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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
Sean Croghan
From Burnt Orange to Midnight Blue
In Music We Trust

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
MTV's new premier, "karaoke with your next-door neighbor", will truly be a hit this season when sin-dicating talent scouts hit the local bars in the back of you favorite bowling alleys to find the next big sell. You tell a stranger at the bar that Sean Croghan is a likely candidate as he inscribes his name in every space of the karaoke sign-up list; he will be covering his new album From Burnt Orange to Midnight Blue. But wait, the title is more reflective than the cliché spectrum suggests as he announces its release. For instance, you'll find yourself feeling kind of orange (you know… slightly insane, relatively disinterested and burnt out on the usual "hello, how are you?" yet silly enough to withstand a little BS from the average clown crying in his/her beer at the bar) to feeling blue (wondering how exactly you ended up in that desolate karaoke bar in the back of the bowling alley in the first place, listening to Blinky tell stories about becoming a rock star, too, someday and mumbling something about the lack of combustion of animal balloons when under pressure from every angle), then to glance up at the makeshift stage held up by milk crates… then the Disco DJ and his rubber smile…over to MTV's hip new talent scout puffing on a Black and Mild in the dark corner as he tries to figure out which of his three cell phones are vibrating… then back to Sean Croghan, getting jiggy with his acoustic and emotive presence. And it doesn't bother you one bit that you'll never know how that eerie night ended, but before you left, your jocular new companion made the wrong move on the bartender and was disqualified from the competition and kicked out of the bar for making her phallic balloons, the sleazy talent scout bought rounds for the house on his MTV credit card in celebration of signing Sean Croghan to the next big flop in primetime viewing, and in a freak accident, that ostensibly contagious smile of the Disco DJ was ruined by a 12 lbs. sphere of rubber projectile and was rushed to the hospital, and yes, that guilty bowler did indeed foul when he stepped over the line, like this album, he was never able to split the pair for a last chance attempt to spare in the tenth frame for all the league money.

I never imagined that I'd write a bad review for Lost At Sea, but in light of remaining as objective as possible, sometimes one has to give in to ones inhibitions. There were times when I couldn't ignore this album any longer and I forced myself to notice instances of off key harmonies and some blatant wrong notes. Sean Croghan …"has been a staple on the Northwest Music Scene since the late 80's with his hard-hitting, chaotic punk band Crackerbash and then with his much-beloved power-pop quartet Jr. High (both on eMpTy Records)" as attested by his label, but this just doesn't hold the pages together in the Midwest. I recommend Acco brand Small Binder Clips over regular staples because the ¾ inch clip has a capacity for 5/16 of an inch, which would allow the containment of a lot more bullshit and paper wasting bios. In playing devil's advocate to my own demonic tendencies, the third track, "Friday's face in Sundays suit", catches some appeal as Sean Croghan begins with an apologetic soliloquy garnished by his acoustic guitar, and carries on with slow and thick drums, a song that is somewhat reminiscent to that of Joey Burns and Calexico, but the chorus quickly dispels this association. Kids, save your cash, there's plenty of great releases coming out this fall.

Reviewed by June Woons


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