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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Loud Paper
Volume 3 #4
Loud Paper

Rating: 8/10 ?

June 10, 2002
As pop culture has grown it has continually splintered, sending shards in all directions, fractionalizing everything from music to art to home appliances. Print media has been no exception to that rule, and with each offshoot of popular culture there is a textual incarnation to accompany, document, slander and capitalize upon it. Loud Paper describes itself as "dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse" and, based on the reception, it has succeeded to some point.

I, like most persons captivated by art, have always been interested in architecture, but from a decided distance. Blueprints have always had a sort of intrinsic, skeletal way of speaking to just about everyone, and structural design and landscape modification is what separates places like Barstow, California from places like Bilbao, Spain. While architecture shapes, molds, and frames our lives - it lies at the heart of everything from the homes we live in to the highways we drive upon (even if it is bad architecture) - it is often removed from the place of everyday understanding. Instead architecture is generally cloaked in obscure terms and movements, specialized to a point of dryness that renders it exciting for only the most academic of snobs. Loud Paper is the Ché Guevara of architectural journalism, fighting the good fight for the people, taking back what is ours.

Architecture, as art, was born of the people's need to communicate emotion with the environment, to sculpt our lives and our environment into a pretzel that bridges the gap between mind and matter. While decidedly less academic than Dodge but not as blundering and banal as your average Pier One or Ikea catalog, Loud Paper can, on some level, relate to both the artist and the scholar, and it does so with a flair for visual connection and pop culture. Covering everything from "skateboarding vs architecture" to top design firms such as Herzog & de Meuron (also featured in LAS several years ago, of course - look how hip we are!), with a few record and print reviews thrown in for well-roundedness, Loud Paper is as diverse in content as it is smashing to look at. A bit dry for the average reader, but easily digested over a hot cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese olive nut spread.

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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