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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[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
»Screaming Females
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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Preston School of Industry
Goodbye to the Edge City EP
Amazing Grease Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Who would have thunk it, but Spiral Stairs (also known as Pavement's Scott Kannberg) has more than a bit of Dean Wareham in him. For proof, see the opening track to Goodbye to the Edge City, "Somethings Happen Always". Not only is Stairs' vocal phrasing similar to Wareham's work in Luna and Galaxie 500, but his voice actually sounds a bit like Dean's as well. The acoustic guitar strums along nicely, accompanied by a brisk brushed drumbeat, a toy xylophone and a horn arrangement. Pavement this isn't, folks. Good, however, it is. The remaining four songs on the EP leap all over the place-from spacey upbeat rock to melancholy pop-with a yummy sonic palate that includes keyboards, cello, recorder and steel guitar. It's nowhere near as crazy and incoherent as one might expect from a former member of Pavement, which is both refreshing and in good taste. Recommended for fans of Luna, Mercury Rev and the like.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

See other reviews by Doug Hoepker

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