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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
Pedro the Lion
Progress EP
Suicide Squeeze Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Gracefulness abounds, flowing like water from a clumsy crack in the earth, shattering preconceptions. Where you think you would strike oil comes a wash of Evian. David Bazan takes unconventional themes, swarths them in soft acoustic string massaging and his ruggedly handsome vocals, turning them from the righteous lecture to the common ground. Four tracks that follow up nicely to Winners Never Quit and, while continually resisting any type of stylistic growth, expand the unsuspecting buzz about the Seattle songwriter. Indeed, Bazan offers up the most accessible right-wing pop since that girl with the big curls wondered aloud "What if God was one of us?" Sure, there will always be a Jars of Clay or Creed floating around the airwaves, but there will perhaps never be anyone with Bazan's stoic knack for recounting, engaging, surrounding and disarming. Who else other than a dead woman could tell the tale of a mother's suicide leap in such a way?

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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