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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Ex Models
Other Mathematics
Ace Fu Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Honestly, I can't think of one reason why people are still into this style of music. I honestly don't get the whole retro thing in general. Chrysler comes out with the PT Cruiser and all of these fat, balding, post-yuppie douche bags jump in line to trade up from their Mazda Miata. The past is the past, man, get fucking over it. Your glory days are behind you, and if you're still living in them and can't seem to move on, do us all a favor and take a bath with the toaster.

What I really don't get about the Ex Models is why they would spend their time playing dress-up with the sound that Devo developed decades ago when they obviously have the musicianship to create something interesting. This is 2001, guys, get with it. The idea of paying homage to styles of the past is one thing when you can do it with a new twist or an inventive flair, but it's another (or, rather, nothing at all) when you're going for a sound that is already documented. It's a tired reference, but the Make Up get mad props for a reason. Yeah, the way the guitars ring out in "Objects and Relations" - one moment in unison, the next in quarrel - is pretty cool, but the context of such flashes sours the whole barrel of geeks in flood pants and belts.

This album is so brittle and tired that I can't even form a critique of it that is even remotely flowing.

By the way, is that guitar riff in "Rock and Roll Simulator" supposed to bee a fucking joke? Because that's what this entire album is - rock and roll simulation.

I have a saying: Those who can, create. Those who can't emulate. Come back when you've got something real. I'm not into simulations, and Other Mathematics is the PT Cruiser of punk rock. If you're into that kind of stuff and you can't find any original albums, you might be into this. I'm not.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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