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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
LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
DFA Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


May 23, 2005
The boss slowly approaches my desk. He looks around for someone else, doesn't find them, and not wanting to seem like he just walked over to my area for no reason, nods over at me and asks, "What're you listening to? Something too hip for me, right?"

I hesitate, not wanting to sound like too much of a snob. I'm reasonably sure he hasn't heard of it, and I'm just about positive he doesn't particularly care. But, what the hell, I'm feeling a little game today. "LCD Soundsystem," I reply.

"So I was right. Would I have heard of them?"

"Well, you might have. It just came out a little bit ago on DFA Records."

He looks at me and shakes his head a little. "Okay. Sure. What does it sound like?"

I hate having to describe genres that aren't really obvious to people who aren't remotely familiar with them. They never know what I'm really saying, and it's hard to describe without reference points. Ah, what the hell - "It's kind of like a dance-rock style of music."

"Dance music?"

I shift in my seat and smirk. "Yeah, haven't you heard? All the indie kids are dancing now." Might as well have a little fun here.

"Of course they are." He shakes his head. "I'm getting too old. Too old." He's barely 35, so that's hardly true.

"It's kind of ironic you say that. One of the songs here, 'Losing My Edge,' is kind of about that, but with an attitude."

"Is everything all ironic, then? I thought irony was supposed to be dead."

"It's not like that. Each song is made with very deliberate care, not as some sort of winking joke. It's obvious he really loves this kind of music - not with that crap ironic detachment stuff that got so popular."

"I'm still probably too old for it."

"I don't think you can ever be too old for outstanding songs, even if these are mostly fast-paced." I'm not taking that bait. I'm not calling the boss old.

"Don't expect me to dance, though. That is not going to happen."

I try not to laugh thinking about him dancing, as much as I would like my own life to mirror The Office. "It's not all dance music, not in the sense of tracks you'd hear at a club. This one song, 'Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up,' has a kind of George Harrison guitar sound."

He perks up at this. "Hmm."

"And this other song, 'Great Release,' sounds a lot like a really good Brian Eno song."

He sighs. I lost him on Eno. "Look, give me the bottom line. Am I going to want to hear this?"

"It depends. For me, I can't get enough of it. Every song here, on both discs, is interesting and amazingly well-crafted. There's not one dull moment in the whole thing. I love how there's a mixture of live instruments and electronics, and I find the dance elements to be fun, as opposed to cheesy, which can happen when dance and rock mix. For you, well, I think you'll skip by some of the more electronic, repetitive-beat parts and stick with the shorter, more rock-oriented songs. But you'll still find a lot to make you happy here."

"So you'd recommend it?"

"Strongly. Without hesitation. One of the best records to come out in a long time."

"Great." He smiles and starts to walk away. He then turns back to me, and says "now, shouldn't you be doing something productive?"

I laugh, put my headphones on, and open a spreadsheet back up. The boss watches me for a second, as I start to nod my head as I type away.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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