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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
Fancy Hair Dragon
On Golden Sand
Scary Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If I was still in the 8th grade and just getting into the whole pop punk/Lookout records thing, I would love this band to death. Or maybe I would just love the first couple of songs on this record and get tired of the rest of the songs, due to how they tend to run together towards the middle of the 10 song album. I knew that bands that sounded like this years ago still put out albums but I wasn't aware that new bands were still trying to pull off this sound. Some things can only be done a few times successfully. I used to like the Groovie Ghoulies, the Queers, the Vindictives, and all of those bands, I still do. I'm just not still actively getting into new bands that are doing the same thing. Everyone has roots and will always have a part of them that loves the bands that they grew up with. I just can't get into too many bands that do the same thing without adding something of their own to it.

This is the demo tape that your first band put out when they had only been together for about two months. Remember that? As soon as you had enough songs to take up about twenty minutes you made twenty copies of the songs on both sides of a cassette and made a tape cover at your local copy shop and sold them for a dollar in between classes in middle school or high school. The only two people who truthfully liked your tape were your mom and the fat kid who sat in the back of the bus who bought it just so you would talk to him. In my case, this album was recorded a lot better than the one my first band made with a hand held tape recorder, but it still contains the same four chords we used and the same simple verse chorus verse structure and lacking in lyrical talent. Maybe 10 years ago this band could have pulled this off a little better but not in this day and age.

On the cover of the album is a cartoon-ish picture of Jesus in a desert with a astronaut hat in his hand standing in front of a space rocket that has been run through one filter in Adobe Photoshop (craquelure) and then whoever did the design decided that the piece was done and ready to go off for pressing. I've always thought that an album cover should make you want to buy an album, but in this case it would make me decide not to buy the album. The album is titled On Golden Sand and the title and art work seem to have no running theme with the music or even the rest of the art work. The back cover has a picture of a guy holding tombstones with the song titles carved on them. They aren't really carved into the computer generated tombstones they are just typed on it with the worst, most generic, hardest to read, font you could possibly ever imagine reading.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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