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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Midlake
Baman and Slivercork
Bella Union

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This album is glorious and confusing. Many of the songs simply don't make sense. Take, for example, "Kingfish Pies", which bemoans the fact that "the particle separation room was made without windows... and kingfish pies takes much longer now without any windows." The song is enjoyable, but its elements mesh awkwardly: it's sung in a genuinely melancholy croon over an energetic beat and carnival-like bells and organs and lo-fi synthesizers. I found myself wondering what the hell Midlake was trying to do: Are these people merely being eccentric and absurd and random for the sake of being eccentric and absurd and random?

I don't think so. Despite the whimsical lyrics and a few goofy melodies, some of this music is quite endearing. Songs like "He Tried to Escape", "Some of them Were Superstitious" and "No one Knew Where we Were" have lo-fi, fuzzy, heartfelt souls. They're rather catchy, a bit psychedelic and dreamy, a bit nostalgic, sort of slow, at times sad, and at times fun. Such songs caught me in a dream-like daze, and things like, well, sense, were replaced by soft, warm emotions.

Even though Midlake recalls 60s-style psychedelica, the band could arouse new and unique emotions within me. Once you get beyond some of Baman and Slivercork's general confusion and awkwardness - its "what the fuck?" moments - you should find some tangible depth, heart and soul.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
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