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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » 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
Land Of Talk
Some Are Lakes
Saddle Creek

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 15, 2008
Eight lanes wide, the highways seem to stretch forever. Through the over-populated city, the under-populated cars lurch forward, inches at a time. What once must have been a healthy, functioning body is now riddled with parasites that are feeding off of a slowly dying host. It takes forever to go nowhere. I'm wasting my days on the same roads, mindlessly changing lanes and stopping at endless red lights.

The people I used to know here have changed. It's like recognizing the face of a stranger, but not being able to place how you know them. I think of the way things used to be. Conversations we used to have. In some instances, a touch that at one time meant something completely different. With such infrequent exposure to them, my mind connects the encounters here in the this foreign place as points on one unbroken line, failing to take into account the many unknown changes that have separated then and now. Thinking about how it was and how I wish it could be wears me out.

The only thing I have to alleviate this disconnect is Some Are Lakes. Far removed from the desolation I feel surrounded by, Land of Talk's first full-length album's sense of hope, grounded in realism, is at once reassuring and encouraging. It is helpful that I can fill the depressive gaps by listening to the beauty nestled within the Montreal trio's songs. A dab of color in my current gray existence, Some Are Lakes makes staring down the never-ending asphalt a little easier.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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