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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!
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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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Brookville
Wonderfully Nothing
Unfiltered Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If someone were to play a musical word association game with me, the first thing to come to mind when I hear the band Ivy would be "French." I find their music to be hopelessly, romantically French, a major part of what turns my ear their direction.

Brookville is Andy Chase's newest project, and as he is both a member and producer of Ivy's work, the French pop sound carries over as nicely as you might expect. Lightly electronic and passionately whispered, his soundscapes in Brookville play as though they have been layered on with a paintbrush.

"Walking on Moonlight" is a fast favorite, balancing a tempered slow dance beat with his sweet, airy vocals for music nearly perfect to make out to. While wholly atmospheric, his solo work clings to intimacy over spaciness, warm and languid like a long, slow kiss.

The centerpiece of Wonderfully Nothing is "Justine," named out of love for his daughter, and fueled by unshakably jazzy undertones. The song reverberates as if Amon Tobin and Saint Etienne were collaborating in the comfort of your own living room, kicking off their shoes and reclining on your pillows. Amazingly, the track is also a complete solo effort on his part- while he enlists Eric Matthews, James Iha, and members of Gigolo Aunts and They Might be Giants as his impressive backing band for the album, "Justine" is entirely played and programmed by Chase himself, and is both sprawling and touching.

The addition of those major players is not without great benefit, however, as is heard in tracks like "Beautiful View," which features Matthews, Iha, and Jon Skibic in a sandy trip-hop serenade. The pieces all fit together in such an inviting, unhurried manner that aside from "French", Brookville summons words like "welcome" without a second thought.

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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