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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
Fireside
Uomini D'onore
Crank! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After hearing their "Headacher" track on the amazing Crank! comp a few years ago I couldn't wait to hear more of Fireside. Luckily I picked up this CD, actually released by Startracks in 1998, and although they don't sound at all like I though they would, this is still a solid record.

Fireside reference just about everything of any importance in the last 10 years of American indie rock. There is some Quicksand style guitar riffage, some Helmet sounding dynamics, and some very over the top lyrical dramatics ala Jawbox/Jets to Brazil, fit for reprint in the Blake Schwarzenbach College of Lyrics textbook. Songs like "Let Rasputin Do It" are highly effective loud rock rockers, but they didn't stop there. As a closer Fireside throw in "(Oh I'm So) Alone," an alt-country roots rock ballad for good measure. I know I shouldn't but I like this record, and I like it a hell of a lot.

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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