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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Meligrove Band
Let It Grow
Endearing Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If marketing actually bases new products on current trends, here's my vision of the future of one stop shopping: "I'd like a Kinks album and a mod-rock haircut, please..."

While The Meligrove Band may not be able to order a "number four", it would certainly be convenient for them. These three young hipsters show that garage rock needn't all sound Detroit-based. Instead, they concoct a mature sound from crunchy Kinks-style guitars, the upbeat wonder of The Beach Boys, and a heavy dose of Elephant 6 mischief.

Between the "las" and the "ooo-ooo-oos", which are quite winning in themselves, this second release takes the catchy sing-song nature of a nursery rhyme and sets it to a delightfully cheery garage pop backdrop and plenty of psychedelic hints.

The Meligrove Band line themselves up with Of Montreal in tracks like "Dr. Moon and the Stars", which not only features a similarly skewed take on storytelling and characterization, but shares their sense of easy harmony and whimsical instrumentation.

In their first single, "Check Your Messages", they prove they can create a ruckus between catchy pop explosions. Even when the guitars are at their messiest, the group manages to maintain a very clean-sounding effort that harkens back to why Pet Sounds still sounds ahead-of-its-time. While, in many respects, we have yet to catch up to that lush and legendary album, The Meligrove Band does their part by layering dense harmony with impressive layers of crisp instrumentation and the spirit of wholesome fun. While it may not be as innovative as Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, it serves as a loving reminder of what worked so magically in the first place. Over thirty years later, the freshness of such a creation is reflected in the eyes of youth. Let It Grow serves a batch of irresistible pop candies, only more nutritiously satisfying.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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