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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!
[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
Rock City Crime Wave
Songs From the Underworld
Catapult Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There is an underworld, and these are certainly the songs from it. All across this great land, every night, urban bikers and truckers pull up to dirty dives. All along the bar stand greasy men with pompadours and flood pants, tattooed arms draped around mullet-haired women in stone washed jeans and white tennis shoes. Together they sip screwdrivers and bounce quarters into an endless string of glass baskets brimming with names like Daniels and Beam. In the back of the bar, on a black stage lined with a tattered black curtain, a band blasts away through stacks of Marshalls. The drummer, bald of course, makes menacing faces while the tubby bass player romps around in circles, entranced in the sheer power of his own plucking. The singer screams out "Gimme gimmie gasoline/ gimmie a light/ love in the middle of a fire fight" while women brush the bleach blonde bangs out of their eyes for a better look. He never removes his shades, keeping the veil of mystery pulled tight, but extends a hand in an offer of appreciation.

The scene never changes, playing out until the wee hours of the morning. The guitars wail, I'M A BLACK EYED SOUL SUCKIN SONOVABITCH belts out through the PA as men and women get their drink on. This is Cryptville on a Saturday night. The voodoo skulls are glowing, the devil is on the prowl, metaphoric snakes are slithering through the metaphoric grass, and Rock City Crime Wave wants to crawl all over you.

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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