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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Do Make Say Think
& Yet & Yet
Constellation Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I imagine a quiet parking lot, glazed in opaque neon from the pattern of streetlights spaced evenly across the asphalt, maybe a few scattered cars, the hum of traffic off on a highway somewhere, and this music playing in the background. If you live in an empty town in middle America, or just about anywhere in Canada, or near the outskirts of some sprawling metropolis, this album could be the soundtrack to your life for 48 minutes and if you suddenly had a fight with your girlfriend or parents and had to get away but had nowhere to go but in your car out on the road - this could be the music seeping into your brain. & Yet & Yet is not as angry as you might want for such a situation, but it builds with a palpable sense of tension and release, and overlaps with mournful sincerity into moments of blissful, bittersweet melancholy. The music also has a serene quality not unlike Godspeed You Black Emperor!, and Do Make Say Think also keep it [mostly] instrumental, preferring to express the stirrings of thier souls through wordless incantations that involve some horns, bells, and strings, all woven tight and simple, almost dragged out at points, over a simple, melodic rhythmic base.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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