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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Beauty Shop
Grief EP

Rating: 8.9/10 ?

October 1, 2004
My best friend used to live with this guy named John. John has this band called the Beauty Shop. They have quite a following in the little indie mecca of Champaign-Urbana, in frigid Illinois. They played the Lost At Sea X-Mas benefit show last month. The Beauty Shop, although a trio in a live setting, is John Hoeffleur's spirit being wrenched out through the skeletal strumming of an acoustic guitar, the end result something between Elliot Smith, Beck and Johnny Cash. Hoeffleur's vocals are thick and grainy yet viscously flowing, like an unlikely yet sweet mix of molasses and gravel.

This six-song EP begins with the very Beck-like twanging and drawling "Lies" and then swims through "Science Lights," an inspiring number that reminds of Jay Farrar led Uncle Tupelo in all their greatness. I really can't say enough about this song, as it is truly intense in its minimalistic hugeness. Four more songs unwind like an old rope over the next quarter hour, ending with the rollicking (in context) "Bloody Nose." Although far more abrasive, the vocals haunt with an impression similar to Mark Lanegan's.

A straightforward, bare bones album with a tint of bitterness, this record shines in a way that few others can. With the recent rebirth of the singer/songwriter craze, the Beauty Shop could easily be the next Pedro the Lion.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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