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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
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Sinkcharmer
Stars in Winter
Unstoppable Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 14, 2000
This is a good album. I like it very much. I hadn't ever heard of these guys before. They're eastcoasters. There are some songs that aren't as good as the other songs but most of them are really good. I think they're young. I looked up their stuff on the internet and they only have a couple of albums, so I bet they're pretty young.

They seem like they would be cool to hang out with because I bet they have a good sense of humor. They're not jokers or anything. They're not stupid like the Bloodhound Gang. They just seem grounded: not assholes or self-mutilators or space cadets or people with lots of mirrors in their house, um... narcissists. The girl that sings isn't that good of a singer but she makes me feel good and she isn't very self-conscious. I'm referencing "Goosemayer." They're just a band having fun in that song like in the old days. There's this one point at the end of the song where the girl goes, "Oh, Goosemayer!" and that's really nice. You'd have to hear it- it's the way she says it that's just cool. Actually the lead singer guy doesn't sing very well either, but it doesn't matter. He puts his body into it.

Then sometimes they get serious and kind of dramatic and everything, and that's good too. The first song starts off like an introduction should, all slow and setting the mood which is a little late-fall-outdoorsy-electronic-ukulele-mushroom-trip-ish. The second song is driving like Hunter Thompson through the desert, and the third song reminds me of the Magnetic Fields if they lost their irony. It's kind of mesmerizing and upbeat and it bores happily into your head. The fourth song states the theme: stars in winter, and they say it a bunch of times but you don't get tired of it. And goddamn, the fifth song kicks so much ass I can't even stand it. They call it "Down to Dollars" and I think it's about corporate buttheads but in the background they have like a Will Rogers horse trot and a violin playing the theme from Psycho or something and they say, "none of them really give a fuck," and the funny thing is it sounds like they don't really give a fuck but they're getting into it anyway. And then there's a bunch of good songs after that too. Nine of them I think.

Sometimes I'll drift off and forget I'm listening to their album and I'll think it's one of Pavement's albums, like Wowee Zowee maybe, which is their best one. Sinkcharmer likes to go all atonal kind of like Pavement but their lyrics aren't as overtly poetical like Malkmus' are. Sometimes they sound like a double-time Modest Mouse that don't hate themselves. It's just nice to hear a band with a realistic perspective on life; not bubbly and mindless and not cave-dwelling and mopey and not angry and violent and not überpolitical and acidic, but is able to approach songs from many different angles under one musical umbrella. I hope these guys come to California and play for me. (San Francisco or maybe Modesto. Yeah, Modesto!!)

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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