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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Shipping News
RMSN Carrier
Quarterstick Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I've always been into packaging. From old cigar boxes to tattered, yellowed envelopes and various colors and weights of paper. That fascination began sometime in my youth and carried swiftly into music packaging. Vinyl is where it is usually at, in terms of packaging, and I've latched on to quite a few 7" singles and 10" EPs simply because of the cutting and stamping involved in the paperwork. The paper associated with the average compact disc is usually the traditional glossy text stock and, while the artwork may catch my eye, the actual packaging is generally blasť. Sure, there are labels like Constellation who go the extra mile to ensure that their product is unique, but I haven't come across anything like the new Shipping News EP in quite some time. The insert is actually a pouch which contains one of those new-fangled little CDs, and it seems to be completely hand assembled. RMSN Carrier is apparently the first in a series of three such releases, this one containing a song written individually by each person in the band. Like so many of the women I've loved, the packaging is to die for and the contents are, well, a bit shallow.

RMSN opens with "Sickening Bridge vs. Horrible Bed", a short bit of acoustic guitar overrun by a trembling voice. A short couple of minutes later "Paper Lanterns" umphs through ten minutes of some incredibly trendy drum machine beats and is followed by the languid and equally lengthy "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo", which is Jason Noble's bass-centric concept.

The second and third installments to the series of limited EPs is are due out on the 23rd of February and June of next year, respectively, and I can only hope they'll be more rewarding in sound than the first. The $10 price tag is a bit lofty for simply the packaging, but die-hard fans of the Louisville post-rock circle will no doubt find justification for picking up RMSN. If nothing else, this will surely be worth a bit of bank on Ebay some day.

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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