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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
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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
+ Tekulvi
Zelienople + Tekulvi
Loose Thread Recordings

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 16, 2001
Aaah Chicago, you're not just on my mind because of your Academy Award-winning ways. Nor are you occupying my wet dreams because of your thick and luscious pizza. Your windy demeanor definitely isn't giving me palpitations. So what is it? It must be the insane amount of bands that call you home, many of the math and post-rock variety, those of the intertwining polyrhythms and spindly guitar action. Sweep the Leg Johnny, Tortoise, Toe 2000, the list goes on and on. And now you go and throw two more bands my way and leave me wanting for more. I am glad I am only writing their names instead of speaking them though, and now you will see why.

Tekulvi occupies the first side of this split 7-inch and brings forth their algebra-inspired rock equations soft and mysteriously. "Low Center of Gravity" begins with a repeated bass and guitar line before the tom-centric drums kick in, pushing along for just long enough before the vocals decide to match the guitar melody. Things get a bit heavier for the last third as parts space apart and the song builds to an intensity that never quite satisfies. But oooh, the anticipationů that's the best part anyway, isn't it? This four-piece knows it.

Zelienople perform two songs on the flip-side, one running into the next, "It's Hard to Steal Cars" and "Christmas". They take a softer shoegaze approach. Bass layers and subtle synth sounds fill space and crate melodic drones beneath the hushed vocals and light drum patterns. And then a clarinet pops up and soothes you with its reed. As "Christmas" gets underway, guitars dipped in delay offer trilly interminglings that paint a pretty picture.

Yes, Chicago, you always come through. I forgive you for The Sea and Cake's boring live performances. I forgive you for your snotty online music 'zines. Keep feeding us stuff like this and I will even forgive you for people who think saying, "Da Bears" is still funny.

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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