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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]
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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Neutrino
Better Hearing Through Amplification
Reptilian Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is another record that's been out for a while, but I honestly didn't think much of it until I saw the band live in January.

Neutrino is mostly instrumental, with only the occasional vocal to help frame the song. Although you don't NEED to see them live (they're no Bra!d), their shows give you much more of an idea for what they are trying to do. Dynamics are the key here, with the percussion being the centerpiece. Think something along the lines of Dianogah or C-CLAMP, only with even fewer vocals than the latter. Then toss in some 90 Day Men style rawness and you've got a good idea what Neutrino are after. I can't really say that what they are doing hasn't been done before but after seeing them live I can say that they do it very very well. A very energetic and honest show that unfortunately can't be justly conveyed on a disc.

I would recommend buying this album at a show. If you just go out to the store and pick it up, it likely won't stand out at all and you will end up trading it off in a couple of months for that record from those new Emo guys from Texas. If you check out a show, however, you will be pleasantly suprised with them and want to get the record as a result.

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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