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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
Oma Yang
From the Heart of Jumbo Malaria
Slowdance Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Oma Yang seem to be the siamese twin of Slowdance labelmates The Roots of Orchis. They are both instrumental bands, both hail from the San Diego area, both played last year's Che Fest (which the Slowdance people can't quite mention enough times), both appeared on the Che Fest 99 compilation put out by Slowdance, and they obviously share the same taste in album design (both CD faces featured scratchy illustrations and no name or other identification, making it easy to get the two mixed up. The two bands like each other so much that they decided to tour together - both last year and this year. It seems Slowdance is trying to make San Diego into a nepotist hive rivaling that of Washington DC.

These bands are so similar that it is really difficult, if not impossible, to give a thorough, discerning review of each. So,anyway, for the musical report you can simply read the Roots of Orchis review (here is another link just incase you missed the first one) and substitude more of a straight ahead rock angle for the jazz that the Roots delve into. Like their twinkie band, Oma Yang craft competent, undistracting instrumental rock with the occasional noise or sample thrown in, although on occasions such as "Corn On One Side" they go way overboard and nearly cause hemhoraging with the excessive, offensive noise. Oh, and they also have much better song titles. For example:

"There Is No General Chow In Team"
"Fast and French: The Way Home"
"The Roots of Orchis Drinks Cheap Beer"
"Spiders Making Love Like Bears"

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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