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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!
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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
»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
El-P
Fantastic Damage
Definitive Jux

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If super production group The Neptunes are - by changing the sound of and validating popular music - the Nirvanas of today's mainstream hip-hop, than El-P (a.k.a. El Producto) is playing the experimental part of hip-hop's Sonic Youth.

With production credits that include Def Jux artist Cannibal Ox's excellent The Cold Vein, Aesop Rock's Daylight, and of course his legendary ex-crew Company Flow's classic Funcrusher Plus, El-P is quickly becoming one of the most significant hitters in hip-hop history. On his latest hip-hop grenade, Fantastic Damage, El-P paints a picture of survival in the dark corners of the Rotten Apple in the dismal and not so distant future.

With his ghetto blastin' production techniques, Master Producto assembles his post-apocalyptic Lego set by stacking layers upon layers of wicked noises and grinding beats creating a tense backdrop for his lyrical ammunition. That's right, EL-P isn't trying to trade in his microphone for the shadows of the directors chair just yet. "My name is El-P I produce and I rap too." Spraying grimy militant rhymes all over the record, El-P lays out everyone in his path including the government, corporate America, nemesis emcees, punk-ass step dads, and even his former record label Rawkus. Check it- "Signed to Rawkus. I'd rather be mouth bleep-ed by Nazi's unconscious." Daaaaaammmmmn! Fantastic Damage is just that, and it'll taste just right for fans of Company Flow, Cannibal Ox, Wu Tang, Eyedea and Abilities.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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