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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
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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
»Deerhunter
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
Damsel
Distressed
Temporary Residence Lt.d

Rating: 8/10 ?


December 14, 2006
I wish it was the alarm that was waking me up, but instead it is the constant pounding in my head that won't let me fall back asleep. Opening my eyes proves to be nearly impossible as the dim light still manages to leave me blind. Like I'm emerging from some kind of cave, I must use my hand to shield my eyes from the blurry glare.

Fumbling around, I try to remember how, exactly, I ended up in this handicapped state. As my eyes become more adjusted to the soft early morning light, I scan the room for the telltale signs of empty Miller High Life bottles. Seeing none, I start to worry and think that something is very wrong. Usually I can blame my catatonic state on the Champagne of Beers, but without the dollar-a-bottle scapegoat I am at a loss as to why I feel this way.

Vision restored, I still can't manage to see straight. Frantically looking around, I search in vain for evidence of any kind that can explain my current situation. Feeling like someone stuffed my skull with cotton balls, it becomes a major ordeal just to keep my balance.

Powering on the stereo, I push play in the hopes that some mellow music will soothe me in this troubled state. It only takes a couple of skewed notes before the denouement hits me like a brick to the face. With Zach Hill drumming like an eight-armed freak and Nels Cline doing his best to break guitar strings, my sluggish mind suddenly recalls last night and my attempt to take in all of Distressed in one sitting. Overloading my synapses, I had never before heard anything as unhinged as Damsel.

Consisting of only four songs and yet still clocking in at over forty minutes, Distressed is a response to the 2004 elections. Wasting no time, Hill, Cline, and a few compatriots entered the studio and put down tracks the following day. Not exactly happy about the election outcome, Damsel has channeled their anger into an album that is unrestrained, forceful, and sure to burrow itself deep into your brain.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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