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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Enemymine
The Ice In Me
Up Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The concept of two basses and drums has always interested me. Two instruments that, when electrified, have only been used to accent the low end and counter the high. There were bands which used it to liven things up but never did a bass run the show without guitars until bands like Dianogah started showing up. This is another such band though they sound nothing like.

When I listened I wondered where the bass was, it sounded like "conventional experimental" rock with guitar, bass and drums and I was unimpressed. It seems like if one is going to have two basses as a major thing that sets them apart from everyone else then they ought to use both basses. One of these two is obviously being played as a guitar in the first five songs or so whether or not it's played energetically. I turned it off.

At least a week later I listened again and turned it off again, never allowing myself to get past the first few songs that sounded so ordinary to me. Finally I gave it one more chance all the way through and sure enough I began to see it more clearly. There was more then just the angry kids' loud music, there was sad kids music, hurt and quietly brooding kids music. And there is a theme though I don't know what.

In the end the biggest obstacle was the press sheet which sounded overly confident and immediately made me want to throw it down even if it was the best stuff I'd heard for years. Well, it wasn't the best stuff I've heard for years and I didn't like it right off. It had to grow on me but it's decent, and yes eventually I liked it. But that puts down what I felt obliged to put down, that I would praise it right away. No licking of boots is necessary, and I wouldn't mind if they came to town and played and kicked my ass…

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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