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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
»No Age
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
Pesky
An Effort To Do Good
Closed System Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Kansas City's Pesky has released an album of pure DIY-style home recorded pop that is carefully polished and produced to great effect. This isn't your typical lo-fi 8-track recorded twee-pop, but rather this is overdubbed ADAT music that is surprisingly catchy and credible upon first listen. The group consists of three members playing the typical skeleton instruments of any good pop band; bass, guitar and drums. Pete Thomas' vocals have a very Andy Partridge-like quality in their fullness and warmth. The arrangements are spare but interesting and fleshed out, a possible contradiction for sure, but it works here. The band covers two Magnetic Fields songs here, "Candy" and "No One Will Ever Love You," reworking and restructuring them to make them their own. At times full of jangley guitar life, at times consisting of intertwining guitar lines, songs like "Rounding Error" and "Bullets Sent Back" play freely within their deliberate pacing. "Building Houses" changes back and forth from an early 80's driving bass line to a spry interlude every few seconds. Overall, this album is an unexpected surprise in its quality of songwriting and recording. Pesky have created a simple and confident debut album.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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