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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]
»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
Mad at Gravity
Resonance
Artist Direct Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Fade in: Indie-kid is driving home with broken CD player, and chooses to listen to the local Modern Rock radio Station ________ (insert local modern rock radio station i.e. The Zone, The Rock, etc..)

Pseudo-Human Modern Rock Radio DJ: Now the moment you have all been waiting for. The calls are in and votes are tallied. Here it is, our number 1 requested song on tonight's Top 9 at 9……

[Intro music begins but it actually turns into a commercial for something Modern Rock.]

[The break continues on for 8.5 minutes littered with commercials about Trojan condoms, trendy local clubs, and the station itself.]

[Indie-kid is starting to get disgruntled with commercials and lack of actual music being played. Ponders searching for a new station but realizes he has been in this situation before, and any station he tries is going to give him the same shit.]

Pseudo-Human Modern Rock Radio DJ: Just edging out Jimmy Eat World's "A Praise Chorus" by 22 votes for tonight's number 1 spot, here is Mad at Gravity with "Walk Away".

[DJ leans forward and flips switch on mic. ON AIR light goes off]

Pseudo-Human Modern Rock Radio DJ [to Hot 17 Year Old Summer Intern]: I can not believe people actually think we keep track of their votes when they call this place. Like we give a shit what they think is good music. All that matters is the size of the checks in promo package. Remember that, and you might just make it in this biz.

Hot 17 year Old Summer Intern: I think I am starting to catch on. Like those checks that majors send us with the promotional stuff, are kind of like a bribe. I never knew about stuff like that before. Things are really run like a business here. It really does not have anything to do with the music.

Pseudo-Human Modern Rock Radio DJ: Well, we don't like to refer to it as a "bribe", we choose the term "supplement".


Meanwhile Indie Kid begins to ponder to himself: Mad At Gravity. Seemingly, a band that has been picked, packed, and manufactured for today's status quo. Man, this shit is not even good. Why would anyone call in and vote to hear this song!? I guess mostly it all goes back to the fact that today's youth have been brainwashed with mediocrity, mostly. And a band like Mad At Gravity chooses to continue in that straight line, keeping things clean, bland, systematic. They sure know how to cater to the masses with over-produced sound and an excessive amount of chorus melodies. Jeez, if they repeat that line "walk away, and I stare…." I might just decide to drive this car into the nearest wall. These guys sound a lot like those Hoobastank guys.

Every time I turn on the radio it always ends up the same way. I have this notion that radio can be served as a medium to enlighten us with complicated, challenging, fresh music. Alas, I am let down once again. Where is that damn Karate cassette, I know it's laying around here somewhere. Ah! Gassssoooline…

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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