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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
Bitter Life Typecast/Elementary Thought Process
:Sympathy Card" b /w "In Fifty Words
Outreach Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Bitter Life Typecast's "Sympathy Card" is a fast rock number with a big U2/Sunny Day Real Estate styled flood of guitars. Saying the vocals are echoing is an understatement- the singer sounds like he's crooning into an empty grain silo. The song sticks to a strict indie rock build/release formula, but ends nicely with a full-steam drum and guitar blast.

Elementary Thought Process' "In Fifty Words" is quite different. It slowly builds into a big shambling mess, complete with a ramshackle beat, interwoven guitars, what sounds like a violin and an almost gamelan-sounding percussive sequence. The closest comparison at hand in indie rock might be the Microphones' more experimental side. It's an interesting experiment, but the vocalist's floating, rather nasally singing style is too light for the dense production and (possibly intentionally) gets lost in the mix. It doesn't completely come together, but the impressive production was done by the band itself in someone's basement and helps the song congeal nicely. As is, it's intriguing in an academic sense, which isn't surprising for a group whose handle sounds more like a term paper title than a band name.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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