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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
Crush Kill Destroy
Punctuate Our Phrases
Makoto Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Bands, bands, bands. Look I wish June of '44 was still around as much as the next guy. We just have to move on. I wanted to be in a band that sounded like June of '44 too, but then I realized I didn't know how to play guitar. After that I realized that June of '44 is probably just a little too easy to sound like. You have to try just a little harder. Normally, I wouldn't be so frustrated, but I get mad when bands that I know are good slip and sound just like other bands. And I know that Crush Kill Destroy has it in them to be better. How do I know this? I made it past the first couple of songs. This album is mostly very, very original and good music. The problem is you have to make it past the first couple of songs to find it.

Honestly, it does not take that much. Just a smidgeon less of talk vocals here, a sprinkle of regular beats here for this band to find its groove. Things start to get moving in the right direction with "I beat the goalie". This songs starts of with an almost Dub beat and then absolutely takes of in the right direction. Here we get a good mix of a lot of sounds and a couple of new ones. The ending of "Toreador" is a little funky and sounds great. On "Emergency Room Lounge" they edge further away from the formula and the results basically speak for themselves. Or they would if you could hear them. In my opinion, the best song on this album is "What you wanted us to do" a clear statement of the acrimonious nature of life. Or perhaps I am just reading to far into things as us reviewers tend to do sometimes. Anyway this song just has the perfect stops and in these stops one guitar comes in and it sounds soooooooooo good. "Mad two-handed assault" is very good too. It is wacked in all the best possible ways.

Well here we have small part June of '44 cover band, mostly kick-ass music that is too good to be missed. So, if you are like me, buy the album and just watch out for the first two songs, the fourth song, and the vocals on "Beautiful and Bored". Perhaps you will like it all. More power to you.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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