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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!
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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
»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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
A Minor Forest
So Were They In Some Kind of Fight?
My Pal God

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 28, 1999
A Minor Forest, unfortunately for lovers of creativity, broke up. I guess that might have something to do with the album's title. This last hurrah is composed of their 7-inch singles, split EPs, the "Joyful Ride on the Donkey" ten inch, and the legendary tour-only (300 copies) locked-groove vinyl. Oh yeah, and the Little River Band cover from the My Pal God/Ohio Gold/Action Boy tri-label sampler.

What bums me out, more than the fact that people just didn't appreciate how different and dynamic A Minor Forest were, is that they seem to be bowing out and admitting some kind of false defeat. One of the hottest topics in recent memory (at least in Chicago-area post-punk circles), the locked groove tour vinyl is available here on CD without the locked groove. I think that kind of sucks. If people want it they should get it in the original format or, like myself, find a cassette dub of it on the floorboards of an impounded Toyota Camry. But the truth is that people didn't like the band all too much, or at least their sense of humor, apparently. But forget people anyway; A Minor Forest was great to those who got it. In their niche they were a great band who did something just a shade differently than anyone else out there. Unfortunately, like an Ezra Pound of rock, they were ostracized and driven out. Sucks for us.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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