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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
Quixote
Protests of the Weak
Makoto Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
You get a couple of beers in me, and I'll talk your ear off, sure; but normally, I'm a pretty low-key guy. A fairly mild-mannered sort, really - all circumstances considered. Even taking into consideration all the proverbial shit that has hit the fan in the past month or two, I somehow manage to maintain a pretty damn cool-and-collected demeanor.

But every once in a while, and almost always behind securely closed doors, I have been known to thrash. And I mean THRASH. My mother thinks it's a symptom of never actually maturing, emotionally and psychologically, past the "terrible two" stage of infancy; but I'd beg to differ - as I'm sure these guys would, too.

I combined my reviews of these two bands for a variety of reasons, the chief being to save time. With both bands sharing the same home town (Kalamazoo, Michigan), the same label (Makoto), and the same drummer (Mike Gard); I had no qualms about taking the short-cut, in both cases, towards essentially the same destination.

While Quixote chooses to explore the more melodic, Shiner-esque side of hardcore, Keleton DMD covers the more abrasive end of the same narrow spectrum. Both bands are quite impressive, but each seems to lack something-- a certain element of true surprise and spontaneity that sets extraordinary bands, particularly in this genre, from the more generic. Sorry guys, but your bands do sound pretty damn similar, and not just to each other. But then again, hardcore as a genre, when done right, rarely has time to question its own originality or artistic merit--why waste time trying to break new ground when banging your head against a wall of sound can be just as effective?

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

See other reviews by Dheeru Pennepalli

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