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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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
»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
Calendar Girl
Everyone But You
Intelligent Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
"Where have the heroes gone, I think we scared them off." It is true that there are very few heroes left in rock and roll. It is equally true that there is a lot of shit floating around trying to be passed off as good music. And at the bottom of the pile of complaints and negativisms about rock and roll's current state their lies one more truth.

It is true that catchy songs and effective pop songwriting can truly reach out and grab attention.

Calendar Girl run through thirteen tracks with the same gusto and appeal that took Knapsack, not to mention the same sonic approach. Large, muddied guitars lumber through luminescent vocals and stoic percussion to create a very spaced-out sounding hard rock that touches on psychedelic overtones ala the Flaming Lips.

Of his own outfit Blair Shehan said "I think we make dark, hard rocking music with a hook and varied dynamics", words that could equally be attached to Johnny Anguish (that just simply can not be his real name) and his Calendar Girl. The entire five and a half minute duration of "Crawl" is radio friendly without a hint of sacrifice in the distortion, the vibrant tremolo lulling the listener while the vocals sweetly run fingers through their hair.

While some of the guitar chords are definitely borrowed from a few of the more widely known fuzz-rock bands and the vocals are made the focal point of almost every track, Calendar Girl rarely disappoint over the course of this tastefully decorated album. These thirteen songs set a mark that I am hoping their next album will reach and surpass.

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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