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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]

MUSIC

 » 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]

MUSIC

 » 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
Azeda Booth
In Flesh Tones
Absolutely Kosher

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 19, 2008
The noise is deafening. Nine months in the making, I step into the sunlight and immediately want to crawl back to where I came from. I've crossed thousands of miles and hundreds of years to get here, back where I started. And at this moment I want to be the furthest distance possible from this point.

My first few nights back in America are spent anxious and awake, listening to Azeda Booth to keep me calm in my strangely unfamiliar circumstances. Eyes closed, I can picture myself anywhere. Pillows are nice, a thin blanket is enough to keep out the slight chill, and the gentle melodies and whispered words that enter my ears swirl around inside my head. Soft crackles and ethereal atmospherics create a pleasant floating sensation. I am grateful for the peace that comes with the feeling that I am not tethered to anything on earth. Almost imperceptibly, the corners of my mouth curl into a small smile.

Contentment is here in the dark, accompanied by this mellow, sweet music and thoughts that wander haphazardly about what was. Consciousness is fleeting and I fall asleep knowing that tomorrow will be tough, but that the dreams to follow will be as soothing as the music that preceded them.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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