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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Patton Oswalt
Werewolves and Lollipops
Sub Pop

Rating: 9/10 ?

August 13, 2007
Patton Oswalt might be the funniest person in America. Sitting in my room, with headphones on, laughing hysterically at Werewolves and Lollipops, I realize that I've been waiting for this CD like it was going to blow me.

We met the other day, when I came home after a long day at work to find the Sub Pop envelope waiting inside the mail slot, sitting there like an Ed McMahon-less Publisher's Clearinghouse prize. Eagerly snatching it up in my sweaty-with-anticipation hands, I ran upstairs to my room, skipping steps as I frantically tore off its dress of tape and bubble wrap. Ignoring my roommate (who for some reason was standing in the middle of the house in his underwear), I slipped the CD into the Discman (remember those? (Two parenthesis in one sentence!)), and let the disembodied voice of Remy take me away to a world much funnier than the blow-up mattress in a dimly lit storage space I currently inhabit.

Starting off with Kentucky Fried Chicken™, Oswalt doesn't stop until he's skewered fine dining, Cirque de Soleil, and his own nerdy tendencies. Witty, astute, and hysterically funny, Oswalt's observations and anecdote repeatedly highlight the inanity that is modern life in America. Surprisingly, the ringleader of our country's descent into absurdity, George Bush, gets off lightly, with only one (albeit goddamn pants-pissingly hilarious) bit dedicated to the bumbling Commander in Chief. Whereas Oswalt's previous album tackled the ridiculous state of current politics, Werewolves and Lollipops instead focuses on his skewed takes on American pop culture. I think most of us would be among the choir when Oswalt prays that Paris Hilton get, "cancer of the AIDS of the leukemia of the eyes."

Feeling Kind of Patton, Oswalt's first album, brought my brother and I closer together. Last Christmas, to piss him off, I took the long way home from our grandfather's house and slowly drove through a street noted for its Clark Griswald-ian amount of Christmas lights and festive atmosphere. In response, my brother turned up the stereo and we had a surreal moment of Holiday cheer tempered by Oswalt's rantings about Black Angus. Instead of threatening to kill me like he usually would, Brett shared with me a special moment. Just like Robert Evans, Patton Oswalt truly is a hero, making the world a better place with laughter.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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