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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
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Fat Possum
Friends of Dean Martinez
Random Harvest
Narnack Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With the look of Nick Nolte after a three-day bender, our hero slowly opens his eyes and peels himself off the tattered couch. "What's that buzzing?" he wonders. With no alarm clock in the room, he realizes it's the pounding of his cerebral cortex against his skull due to the poison consumed last night. "What the hell happened?"

The hero in question could be the main character in the movie made to accompany this compelling soundtrack created by the Friends of Dean Martinez, a dusty and disparate criminal drama.

Looking around the room for anything familiar, he realizes two things: 1 - he's not alone, and 2 - he's clueless to everything else. The faint sound of a Spanish television program echoes from down the hall. A look outside will show him that he is surrounded by nothing but desert and a long, lone stretch of highway. One night in a dive bar in Wendover, Nevada will do that to you.

The music of Random Harvest paints iniquitous pictures on desolate landscapes. FODM manage to piece barely audible drones with power chord anthems, hatching an interesting world wrought with criminal activity. Track after track, each instrument adds vivid textures to a thankless town, piecing together a picture perfect evil little world. When most instrumental albums tend to blend together, creating the sound of one constant song, Friends of Dean Martinez break up the sound from one song to the next. Each track changes so much, you eagerly anticipate its ending to see what will happen next.

Walking down the hall toward the TV room, our hero manages to block out the pounding in his head and listens cautiously to anything audible. Upon reaching a closed door -- the room playing the television -- our hero pauses and takes a deep breath. Inside could be the answer he's looking for. The missing puzzle piece to his night of mystery is at his fingertips.

As an instrumental group, Friends of Dean Martinez have been at it for a decade. The cohesiveness of this album is near perfect. If you enjoy wicked imagery brought on by very imaginative music, Random Harvest should be in your future. You can draw up your own ending to this made up movie sketch... I imagine the hero sees everything that occurred the previous night when a gun barrel is placed between his eyes, and a request for recompense is made by the man holding the gun.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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