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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
Apes
The Fugue in the Fog
Frenchkiss Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
My personal tastes have continuously twisted and turned in and against themselves ever since that fateful day ten years ago that I first listened to an album that would change the way I listened to music. No, that album was NOT Nirvana's Nevermind. In fact, it was an album made nearly two decades earlier: Led Zeppelin IV. Don't get me wrong, I'm not discounting Nirvana in the least. Indeed, I was just as obsessed with Nevermind as any other suburban, faux-pissed 13 year-old wanna-be bad-ass was. But I had a far greater appreciation for Zeppelin, who single- handedly laid the groundwork for prog, and remains an obvious influence on nearly every post-rock/math/whatever-you- wanna-call-it band of today. Of course, Nirvana also single-handedly laid the groundwork for many bands today, too. But, to be quite honest, most of those bands are boring and trite. Would Blink182 or Sum (I forget the number) exist if it hadn't been for Nirvana? Probably not. Would I care? Definitely not.

Admittedly, this statement has little, if anything, to do with the Apes or their album; other than the fact that the Apes, like nearly every other rock band in existence, have clearly been influenced by both Zeppelin and Nirvana. What's particularly interesting about the Apes, however, is that they somehow manage to take both these influences, along with a healthy dose of the Stooges, and create something that is just plain, old-fashioned FUN. What's even more interesting is that they do it without a single guitar. Bass and organ garage-rock jams for the masses. This ain't rocket science, and the Apes are poorly equipped, to say the least, to start a revolution--artistic or otherwise. They are, however, quite capable of starting a pretty mean little dance party. And when it comes down to it, I've always had more fun at parties than revolutions, anyway.

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

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