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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
Sunny Day Real Estate
Live 5/26/99
Sub Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Those boys in SDRE are pretty smart. I've never been much of a fan, instead opting for the real thing in Mineral (send hate mail here). Boring, yes, but clever as well. First they "break up" in order to set up the feeding frenzy for their third album. Now, itching to dump the faux-indie Sub Pop tag and jump to a REAL label, they produce their last contractual album out of thin air, a live record. (Rumor has it they've already signed with someone else.) Christ, what the fuck is going on with all of these live albums lately? What is this, the Eagles revisited? Good gravy.

I only listened to this album through once, at a friend's house, and I doubt I'll ever listen to it again. It's six songs from How It Feels, two songs from the pink record, and three from Diary; just about the standard formula for a rock concert. SDRE does succeed in finding a nice mix between the roughness of live shows and the candy coating of studio tracks, which I am sure was wholey intentional.

Before you plunk down $16 for eleven songs you've heard before, listen to reason. If it were a live recording of eleven cover songs, it would be different. Use your dough efficiently, kid; You can get BOTH Mineral records from Saul Goodman for only four dollars more, postage included. Better yet, take your tired ass SDRE records down to the local used CD shop, get your $10 and THEN get the Mineral records. Good boy.

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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