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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
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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Arrivals
Goodbye New World
Thick Records

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October 1, 2004
It seems like I hear the word "punk" far to often these days. The word itself conjures up the audio image (is there such an animal?) of the countless number of other bands who blame their sound on it. One after another, almost completely interchangeable, music cast in the same tired mold. Once in a while, though, something good can come of it.

The Arrivals, a Chicago quartet who also blame their sound on the p-word, are trying to be that something. They have a refreshing honesty about them. Maybe it's the fact that the vocalists do not have such ideal voices for it, and do not try to pretend. Or maybe it's the fact that the guitars aren't rehashing the same chords and patterns in every last solitary song. A Social Distortion-esque vein pumps some life into the power slash and burn attack. Both facts should be respected, however, what they have here is simply a punk album. Goodbye New World will not disappoint the true punk-rockers. By the same token, it will not make any new punk fans, as it still fits most of the stereotypes.

Not to make them into anything other than what they are, but, I have to admire these guys for not falling as another complete punk-rock casualty. I guess I'm just waiting for someone to shake up the punk community, much like Fugazi has done. Then we can wade through another stack of records influenced by this new pioneering someone. I may be waiting a while.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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