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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
Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere
Downtown

Rating: 8/10 ?


May 19, 2006
Dive on in, those who are 1/100 as sick of rap as me - the water's fine.

And let me tell you, I've had it up to here with rap. I'm sick of hick whiteys tossing around words like "props" and starting every sentence with "give a brother." In my opinion - as if I'd bother typing anyone else's - Run DMC teed it up, Chuck D kicked it through the goal posts, Meat Beat Manifesto popped in just to assure everyone that mustard-toothed British honkies could beat the piss out of it, and Eminem made it nice and Walmart for all those fucked-up little soccer brats with their huge-ass man-boobs. It's done. Can we now please move on, in an orderly fashion, to noise, futurepop and industrial metal - just pick a door, ma'am - and knock it off before all those pot-metal grillz make the dentists even richer than the Bush tax cuts have already made 'em? Fight the Power through ethnic clue-suckin', my Westport-chizzlin', organic-cigarette-smokin', Nextel-sellin', Smallville-watchin' homies.

Gnarls Barkley is another story though, from a better dimension. Cautious consumers shouldn't expect Dungeon Family-era Cee-Lo here (as if that ship hadn't sailed a while ago), or any largely comparable effort for that matter; this team-up with Brian Burton's Danger Mouse character may indeed not be liked at all by even the lowliest mall-scuzz who typically finds hirself hypnotized by loosely related product like Gorillaz and so on - but forget that.

The New Jack Motown compiled by the pair is sure to be tagged as an overstimulated revision of Marvin Gaye, but what is most obvious is how Black Eyed Peas-ish the tuneage is (see the remake of the Violent Femmes' classic "Gone Daddy Gone") and how much time it spends lifting its ear up for a scratch from Bowery Ballroom indie dweebs ("The Boogie Monster), neither of which is a capital offense, but only a major label would scribble "ALT" on its forehead in such a garish font. Among other oddities encountered on a stroll through St. Elsewhere are a Nintendo-meets-Fat-Albert novelty item ("Transformer") and an Urge Overkill spasm interrupted with random occurrences of scorched-earth breakbeat ("Just a Taught"). Throughout, Cee-Lo's crazed Muddy Waters-meets-Al Jarreau tenor drools soul and exudes liquid-nitrogen cool.

Should you download some of this? Yes. Never mind the know-it-alls - Cee-lo is the new Barry White, up an octave. But it'll take an act of Congress to get it anywhere near the amount of airplay the latest single from this month's 187-ed rapper will hog up.

Or is all that crap dead already and I just wasted perfectly good rant space?

Nah. Stupid sure seems to get endless mileage nowadays, doesn't it?

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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