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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Some Girls
DNA Will Have Its Say EP
Three One G

Rating: 7/10 ?

July 29, 2005
Some Girls, the band that's not Pretty Girls Make Graves who may or may not be taking their name from a Smiths song ("Some girls are bigger than others"?), get right to the point.

From the opening fuzz bass of "I Need Drugs," Wes Eisold's tortured screams remind us why hardcore is so much better than rap-metal. Still, this six-minute EP is nothing too spectacular - just solid, tense, pummeling hardcore punk for those days when you don't feel like listening to Death Cab.

And they're a "super-group" of sorts, as well, featuring members of The Locust, Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, American Nightmare and Unbroken. To top it off and give the band some not-needed street cred, Karen O shows up to put in some guest, er, screams, on the title track. Blink and you'll miss it though, as Rob Moran and Chuck Rowell's guitars whitewash the mix with a distortion morass that'll make you choke on the angel food cake that you're stuffing in your head at your garden party… which may not be the best place to listen to this record.

Lyrically, the imagery is more on the metaphorical side of hardcore quotables ("I keep my head in the clouds/My feet aren't seeds so I see no reason to plant them"), although there's some nice tangible imagery as well ("Crowded couples sipping sucking sex/Under bleachers, student teachers know best"). Definitely don't skip the video on this disc, all MTV flash-cuts, art-school pretension, making out and hardcore performance.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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