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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
First Prize Killers
The Powdery Parade
Eclectone Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
"The City Won't Let You Down", but God will. He's vain, distant and in case you hadn't noticed, He stopped listening a long time ago. First Prize Killers songwriter Paul DesCombaz thinks you two should break up. You need to get on with your life. The next time you go to church, tell Him it's over. Just don't make a scene in the sacristy.

On "God Takes A Lover", the fourth song off First Prize Killers' Americana flavored third album, The Powdery Parade, DesCombaz compares the Almighty to a boyfriend who's never around when you need Him. The metaphor is couched in countrified hooks and slide guitar that gave the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" such a pleasant southern drawl.

DesCombaz's hometown of Minneapolis, on the other hand, is the kind of trusted friend who's always straight with you, even if it has to kick your ass once in awhile to get you to see the light. "The City Won't Let You Down" is a raucous cacophony of fuzzed-out guitar and blaring trumpet you can't help but sing along to.

Elsewhere, Mike Brady's lilting banjo and Courtney Remes' swooning violin lend a pastoral beauty to "Vampire Lake", a whimsical tale of a robot that wants to go skinny-dipping but is afraid he'll rust. Radiant pop melodies snuggle up under downy quilts of keyboards on "The Lower 48" and "Situation South", while the chorus in "Gods Of Mars" showers you with gorgeous, harmonized vocals.

Equal parts early Wilco, R.E.M jangle and infectious power pop (think The Mayflies U.S.A. with more twang), The Powdery Parade will put First Prize Killers on the alternative country map. Just don't tell God where they are. Rumor has it He wants to kick their asses.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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