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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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
»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
»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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Narcissus
Newwave Techno Homicide
Takehold Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I was driving. Going somewhere not important enough for me to speed and then I put in Narcissus. After one actual song I noticed myself going about five miles above the speed limit; two songs-a firm grip on the steering wheel; three songs and I wanted to shoot every person I passed. Once I skimmed the liner notes I was surprised to find that what seems to torment them so isn't devastation but in places such as the title song it's a hope or knowledge of the future.

The instruments aren't unlike anything I've ever heard before, they remind me of the late 80's thrashing and metal that I blasted in junior high to make my parents stand up and take notice that I had finally become conscious of myself and become my own person-the same person as every other kid my age; there isn't much originality in them-no repetition but no originality either. John Pope's vocals drove me insane and at the same instant tantalized me. I wonder how he can do that but wouldn't ask him even if I have the chance because he'll need every sound he can muster to perform these songs. (I advise anyone who finds it imperative to speak to him to do it before he turns 35, just to be safe.)

I definitely wouldn't have bought this CD myself, it ain't my style but I wouldn't mind standing outside a venue these kids play as to see what comes in and goes out as far as people and sounds.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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