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[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]

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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
mewithoutYou
Catch for Us the Foxes
Tooth & Nail

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Despite having a terminal case of Whining Disorder (W.D.), my life is pretty good. I've got a husband who makes me laugh and isn't afraid to head-butt me when I'm being obnoxious. I've got a dog who loves me - more so when my fingers taste like Doritos - but regardless, she does. My family calls all the time to let me know what delicious home-cooked things I could be having if I'd just trade in said Doritos and come home more often. My friends, be they mostly far away, are a constant source of hilarious comfort and comforting hilarity. I've got a good day job, where I learn the hard way every day by doing stuff incorrectly, but I do enjoy a challenge. And, at nights, I get to leak my meager little creative, sweaty urges through Lost at Sea. Drip… drip… Did I mention my Whining Disorder?

My life just got a teensy bit better, though, with mewithoutYou - not because the band's so great that it lifts me to some higher plane (while they are great, that's taking things a little too far heavenward, after all, I'm Catholic) - but because my first thoughts were, honestly, complaints.

"Oh, here we go… this ought to be good."

Forgive me, I review a lot of CDs, so when it looks like hardcore, which I have a hard time being objective about, I let out a little disgruntled sigh before taking it in.

"mewithoutYou, huh? Emo or noisy, flip a coin…"

mewithoutYou, despite a semi-painful and grammatically insensitive name, is, in actuality, haunting, raw and fairly innovative. Low expectations or not, it takes more than that to be impressive, and this CD is awfully good.

Catch for Us the Foxes is punk-inspired, with equal doses of Minor Threat and Interpol envy to balance it out. It's not afraid to be moody and gauzy, nor does it turn its back on intensity.

While it does begin with a brief stumbling point - the opening "Torches Together" seems a little threadbare and incoherent - it gets better as it warms up. Full of strident guitars, intentional pacing and mellow-to-throaty vocal range, their passion rises in waves and is truly powerful. When "The Soviet" proclaims, repeatedly, that "God is Love and Love is Real," it's sheer conviction that moves the track from depression to redemption. It feels unnatural to call a track among the current "new punk" ranks awe inspiring, but mewithoutYou deserves that praise. They stretch the genre to their will, and make room for all of their complex inclinations, pushing as they go. Catch for Us the Foxes reclaims a substantial patch of punk territory for the thinkers - it gives some optimism to where the momentum may lead.

It's hard to pin down, which makes it thoroughly surprising and interesting. The cool droning of "Paper Hanger" recalls Thurston Moore's sturdy, distorted melodies and brainy ramblings; "Four Word Letter (Part Two)" turns momentous, ululating and dancing in celebration. In darkness and light, it's certain that these young men are capable, intelligent and adventurous. With so little to complain about, a release like this really gives me hope for the future - I suggest interested parties should check it out; despite what your money-mooching doc may tell you, it's a lot better than yet another W.D.-related co-pay.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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