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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
Blink 182
Dude Ranch
Grilled Cheese/Cargo

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Believe me, I try to have some kind of "punk ethics" - whatever in the hell that is supposed to mean - but people like Blink 182 call me out as a pop-rock sucker. Man, when these guys come on the radio I can't help but crank it up and bounce around in my seat. These guys are the "shiznitz" and I can't help liking them, in the way that I use words like "shiznitz."

The coolest part of the Blink182 experience is their videos. They're always naked and there are always tons of hotties running around. That stuff is funny. And their music is pretty good too, I suppose, but it only opens up debate. Blink182 sound like a thousand other pop punk bands from SoCal and beyond, so how do people like them and Weezer and Green Day end up millionaires while bands like the Get Up Kids have to beat people over the head for attention?

Er, uh, fuck. Nevermind.

Most of the songs off of this record sound just like the ones off of their newer record, and a few of these, like "Dammit" (the "I guess this is growing up" song) are starting to get a lot of airtime themselves. Pretty much every song on this record is solid formula pop punk; very predictable and thus very fun. You don't have to think too hard about it. Recorded and produced by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World), there's even a song called "Emo" on this record with lines like "I don't care he is suck a dick he treats you like you are a stupid whore" that you just can't argue with.

I shouldn't like this record, and you shouldn't either. I'm down right embarrassed by it. But I still turn up the volume, dancing behind the curtains.

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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