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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.
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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
Deadstring Brothers
Deadstring Brothers
Times Beach Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Detroit's Deadstring Brothers play music that might not initially seem to hail from the Motor City- there is no White Stripes reductionism here, nor any Eminem clones. No, what the Deadstring Brothers play is blues-tinged country, with the occasional foray into rock territory. Vocalist and guitarist Kurt Marschke lends a not-unpleasant timbre to the twang of Peter Ballard's pedal steel, while the organ stylings of Aric Kapinski overlay the whole with a slightly otherworldly feel, solidly anchored in the rhythm section of William King's drums and Philip Skaritch's bass. While the end result is generally enjoyable, the most satisfying tunes are those that make some attempt to break out of the Americana role. "Unbroken" puts Marschke's voice to good use, as it arches and spirals upwards into stratospheres of regret ("I didn't know what to do/ I almost broke in two"). The album has its extreme low points as well: a cover of the classic "Long Black Veil" loses its pathos when reinterpreted as the last track here, and made me run for my Nick Cave CD as an antidote. The problem is, the Deadstring Brothers' version of this song sounds exactly like any other song on the album, and here is the greatest weakness of the album as a whole. You can listen to one song, or all eleven; the end impression is the same.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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