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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
The Vanishing
Still Lifes Are Failing
Gold Standard Labs

Rating: 6/10 ?

January 22, 2005
When I listen to The Vanishing, I like to dress up and put on make-up. Light foundation and powder coupled with dark, exaggerated eye shadow to get that sexy cadaver look. Sometimes, for fun, I wear a toga or flapper dress to add the illusion that I'm a corpse from a different time period. My hair, of course, is always dyed black and if it is just another night, and I am hanging out with the Un-Holy Communions (my group of friends), I will just throw together something usually involving black leather pants, a long black (duh) coat, and lacy gloves. Recently, I've been wearing this necklace my mom got for me that is a chain with an ankh hanging from it. She got it at one of those new-age alterna religious stores at the mall, but no one knows that, so I can keep wearing it. I try and wear my boots, but after homework and The Simpsons, who has time to lace up forty eyelets?

All this talk of fashion made me forget I'm supposed to be talking about music. The Vanishing are pretty cool. It's totally dancey music, but dancey in a good way. It's frightening dance music. No Neptunes crap and the girl who sings is really scary, but not scary like a Christina Aguillera's makeovers, or scary like recent pictures of Britney Spears. She's scary like the girl in Species who eats men after she has sex with them.

Well, I doubt the singer would eat any men, but she would probably bite them and draw blood because she's pretending to be a vampire. If the Un-Holy Communions ever get our shit together and we have our New Year's 2005 Dead Man's Party, The Vanishing is going to get people's booties shaking.

It's not just dance music, though. There are ghastly vocals and creepy effects so you also think about the songs. The best part is that it's not Siouxsie or Bauhaus, so when I listen to The Vanishing I get so much cred. Watch your feet, cause I'm dropping names.

Actually, I'm not that big of a jerk, my favorite thing about listening to The Vanishing with someone who's never heard them is that they will be totally excited - and I know how it feels to hear that awesome band for the first time. Someday, I want to go to San Francisco and see The Vanishing play in some crazy Oakland warehouse on Halloween. I'd totally brag about that one. Until then, I will just have to settle for going to that Mexican food place that turns into a goth club after they close on Friday nights.

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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