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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Clem Snide
Moment In the Sun EP
Spinart Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This has to be one of the most bland, pointless releases I've ever had. Clem Snide may be nice and enjoyable, but they embody everything that is wrong with the aging indie rock set that is supposed to be revitalizing underground music. Why songwriter Eef Barzelay bothered stopping off at the SpinArt head offices with these five songs instead of heading straight to the offices of Muzak, Inc.

This EP's centerpiece, Moment In the Sun, was originally released on Clem Snide's big ticket, 2001's The Ghost of Fashion, but was given a release of it's own when the Letterman-funded NBC series Ed picked it up as its theme song. Since then, Eef (really!) and company have been on a press-kit bender, wracking up accolades from Rolling Stone on down to your local newsprint weekly. While I enjoyed The Ghost of Fashion for its simplistic pleasures and overt nods to Palace and Gram Parsons, nothing Clem Snide has ever released has lived up to the press' sweaty-palmed championing. The quartet seems to be supported by a mass constituency of faceless Gen-Xers; widely recognized but unlikely to be anyone's favorite band.

Moment In the Sun electrifies and compresses all of the bland, pointless moments of The Ghost of Fashion and shapes them into a five-pack of made-for-T.V. theme songs with a radio edit spare of the title track. I didn't think it was possible to yawn for twenty-three minutes and thirty-eight seconds, but I just did.

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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