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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]
»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
D\'Arcangelo
Eksel
Rephlex

Rating: 8.1/10 ?


September 19, 2007
Here's a list of all the actual twins in music that I could think of: the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of Nelson, members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (thanks Wikiapedia), The Watson Twins, and the guys from Blonde Redhead. I'm sure there are many, many more, but frankly I don't care enough to find out just so as to extend an opening paragraph in a review.

Although less renowned than most of the formerly named, Germany's Fabrizio and Marco D'Arcangelo - aka just D'Arcangelo - are perhaps the most stylistic and creative of the bunch. Evidence is contained inside and out on the group's recent Rephlex Records full length, Eksel, and the subject matter itself rivals that from electronic heavy hitters such as Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert.

Eksel is an album enriched by a heavy but subtle layering of electronic percussion. As a meticulous rhythmic production sense appreciates on one side, the other beauty of D'Arcangelo's third album is a hearty sense for breakbeat and dance rhythm. The group has been left to steep in the electronic/techno waters for years and now's the time that a new sound emerges, fresh and void of the stereotypical "techno" gag characteristics.

It would be a shame to give such high praise to the rhythmic detail and not mention the attractive and moody melodic samples. Sometimes tone comes forth in an ambient way (slow-wafting synth clouds in "Irko") and in other moments trembling tonal vibrations ("Ternat") are what draw the most crucial song-central focus. In many, or, better said, most songs, the layered ambient buildups and shorter but more puncturing samples intersect and the end results are something different and intriguing every time. Well done.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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