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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Q And Not U
"X-Polynation" b/w "Book of Flags"
Dischord Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I always say that there is something to be said for the quality of immediate classicity, or the ability to become instantly classic. Few artists of the modern day have that ability, most of them casualties of over-impressionism or fads or worse yet, sheer lack of talent. One of the contemporary keepers of immediate classicity that goes without saying is Radiohead, another is Fugazi, and a third is Q and Not U- the later of which is quickly eclipsing the arc of big brother Fugazi's shadow.

If you've heard any of Q and Not U's recorded material- smart, clever, cunning art-punk for the dance crowd- you know that their melodic hooks are razor sharp, their percussive punches tight and inside. Even the slower burning numbers of their discography seem urgent next to their peers, but their latest offerings set a new precedent for the spread of infection. Both tracks are politically motivated but neither use content as an excuse to fall flat on concept. The cuteness of the guitar's chorus and the intonation of the vocals in "Book of Flags" gets a little bit rich after too many consecutive listens, but the A-side of the single, "X-Polynation," is marked for serious wear on REPEAT.

The first time you hear these songs you know that they're going to stick with you for quite some time. From then on you'll probably always be able to recall where you were the first time you heard them, their initial impression strikingly deep. For the bit of obviousness in the rollicking classic punk sentimentality of "Book of Flags" it is still a great song, and "X-Polynation" is an instant keeper, John Davis' brisk drum cadence matched in tone by the manic, rhythmic gasping of Chris Richards. The transition between these two songs is also very subtle, lending to the overall package. All I can think now is how long until the next proper album?

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