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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
Pfilbryte
Preservatives Affirmative
Fusi Pumper Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There are reasons why, as Editor-In-Chief of this publication, that I am finding myself in a position of policy reversal. This album epitomizes the reasons why, after painful deliberation and even more painful listening experiences, I have decided to retract our long-standing policy of reviewing every album that is sent to us.

Let me be as frank as possible here. This album is horrible. It has been sitting in the bottom of a mail tub for months on end, staring back at me like a scab with all types of lint, dried pus and cat hair matted into it. The black and white artwork is so tacky and void of design taste (are those two descriptions redundant?) that I couldn't even bear to remove the shrink-wrap until now. So certain of the nasty, cheesy, absurd crap-pop within that I couldn't even bring myself to pawn it off on another writer.

Finally the time came and I knew I had to bit the bullet. I peeled off the shrink-wrap, averted my eyes from the gimcrack one-sheet (complete with cartoon font, which would become sickeningly ironic upon reading), and dropped the CD into my computer's audio drive. It was only a matter of seconds before my instincts were validated and literally only 30 seconds before my roommate was doubled over with laughter.

Philbryte is apparently the most clever name that Phil Bright could come up with for what I would loosely call this "musical project. Mister Bright, you see, is a self-ordained "producer/artist" and, oh yeah - Grandson of Walter Lantz, the creator of Woody Woodpecker. I suppose that could be why these tracks would fit remarkably well as a Saturday morning soundtrack to bad animation - they're nothing more than musical jokes.

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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