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 » 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!
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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Salteens
Let Go of Your Bad Days
Drive-In Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
C'mon, Get Happy! A couple of decades and a glut of kitschy memorabilia made a huge deal about it, why didn't you listen? The Salteens made sure to take the advice to heart, and now they want to spread the good news to us all.

Four guys, a gal, and a bag of marshmallows (at least) bring you Wolfie-style harmonics and simple, bright pop. Another shiny Rainblo-pop band brought to us from Canada moves in on Sloan's territory. Whether you think we need it or not, The Salteens make a fairly compelling argument, as they find a place among an already crowded genre, and do so with great heart and charm.

If three Dressy Bessy albums and the Kindercore catalog isn't enough for you, grab on to Let Go of Your Bad Days and do just that. Wallow in how much you miss Heavenly with the hilariously adorable "Damn You," and realize the irony of the title. The music may be about lost opportunities and frustration, but more like the high school crush you never got the guts to talk to than anything too heavy. Aww, they're so cute when they're angry.

"Look Up! Look Out!" and "Turnpike" sound like lost Of Montreal tracks, a little dolorous, but just too outwardly cheery not to believe in a speedy recovery. There is sunshine poured into every earnest note of Let Go of Your Bad Days, and it is neither sickening nor forced. They smile like they mean it, because it's obvious they do. It may just be contagious.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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