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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
»Deerhunter
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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
New Black
New Black
Thick Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
New Black is a young band out of the hipster scene in Chicago made up of two boys and two girls who come together make music that sounds like Pretty Girls make Graves versus Q and not U in a slap fight. Having both male and female vocalists gives each song a different perspective (as well as sound) and challenges the listener to try and find a category in which to place this band. Robotic, Excited and Intense are the three words that come to mind when listening to this album. Though this won't be the greatest album you hear this year, it will certainly be one of the more creative ones. Whatever this band lacks in ability they more than make up for in creativity.

Don't let the first two tracks fool you; it isn't until track three that the creativity really comes into play. "Last Wave" is an interesting song with a new wave synth-swell that shows these kids grew up listening to some B-52's. Though the lyrics are deceptively simple, the instrumentation more than makes up for it, breathing fresh life into a fit of a grrl pop punk song, complete with screamy chorus. "RobotoboR" takes a plunge into the darkness of a goth sounding tune and heats up the dance floor. The fullness of sound on this song is like nothing else on the album. Seems to be the experiment in dance music on this album, and it's pulled off pretty well.

With track titles like "Booze Olympics" and "Angel With Cockroach Wings" you may be turned off to listen; I know I was, but after a few times through it I heard the attention this group pays to creativity and found it refreshing. If you are looking for a new take on a boy/girl experimental sound to start a riot in your brain, look no further than New Black. Let me be the first to say Experimental Synth-goth punk is this season's New Black.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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