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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]

MUSIC

 » 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
The Ramblin' Ambassadors
Avanti
Mint Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
"I was nominated for a Juno Award" sounds like something that should be preceded by "Hey, baby" before ordering a nicely chilled Labatt's up in Calgary, but for Brent J. Cooper, it's true. His former band, Huevos Rancheros, got quite a bit of airplay and fan support from the north; creating big beat guitar rock to warm the chilly masses.

The Ramblin' Ambassadors is his new three-piece outfit, conjuring much of the same bright magic. The sound is big, in close quarters with a Western shooting match on the opening "Sixty Seconds to What?", and not letting the nostalgia go. A parallel might be found in the Pixies' Bossanova, where surf rock met dusty trails, and yet Avanti is far less surreal. Even when tracking muddy rock through these influences on "Lungbucket," their take is decidedly straight-laced, far from the reaches of introspection. This record is dedicated to a rough and tumble brand of playtime, meant to capture the body, not the mind.

Nine entirely instrumental tracks plow through visions of rejuvenated live crowds, touching on Ennio Morricone and Dick Dale in all their lighthearted danceability. The spirit of fun has the memory of past charm in its crosshairs, hoping those same happy Canucks haven't forgotten their fun-loving mission. This is music to pop in at your next party - perhaps more appropriately if it's a theme party - but it will no doubt get the herd moving.

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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