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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
Iffy
Biota Bondo/Can O Cope remix
Foodchain Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Minneapolis has long held a place in the rock and roll yearbooks. They've given the world the likes of Bob Dylan, The Violent Femmes, Prince, Sean Tillman and now the party mix trio of Iffy. They have a lot to be proud of in the Twin Cities, as well as a lot to answer for. Iffy seem to fit right in.

Every wonder what a mixture of Cake (you know, "Going the Distance") and Bob Marley would sound like? The Minneapolis based Iffy, whom the LA Times accurately describe as "upbeat and frat-party friendly", are probably the closest thing to an original sounding party band that you'll find these days, and their album Biota Bondo is being remixed by everyone from Tom Rothrock (who's remixed for Beck and Elliot Smith) to reunion rental DJs in VFW halls across the country. Limber up, dust off the dance moves and press play. Before you know it you're simultaneously repulsed and grooving to tripped out, jazzed out, funked out, popped out tracks like "Double Dutch", "Hi-Life", "Georgina" and "Original Greenlight". Iffy often change up the tempo but they rarely pull back on the hooks and beats that are nothing if not enticing.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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