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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]

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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
»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
Coconut Records
Nighttiming
Young Baby

Rating: 7/10 ?


May 4, 2007
One half of a conversation between Jason Schwartzman and his agent:

Look Ralph, I don't want to do another period-piece okay? I know, I know - I did it as a favor to Sofia, but cousin or not I do not want to look that foolish again. You got that? Alright.

Listen, I quit the band to focus on my acting and where has it gotten me, Ralph? I know some people enjoyed Huckabees, but it was a far cry from the slam dunk I was led to expect. What I need is a superhero-type role. What do mean? I need the world to see me as a superhero... like Spiderman. But cooler. I know Spiderman is taken! What about the Flash? I'll practice my running if you can get me a script. And where are we at on this Rushmore II thing? What? Owen Wilson schmoenwilson - talk to Bill Murray and see if we can get a go-ahead on that. I don't care, just make it happen. I'll pretend to be a college student. What do you mean? I am an actor!!

No, not this summer - this summer I'll be touring. I just released an album. Yes. Nighttiming. How do you not get that? It's a play on words - like nighttime and two-timing. Yeah, and there's a song with the same name, and its this disco/dance thing. No, that's the only one like that on the whole album. Yeah, it's really out of place, but I thought it could get some radio play so I named the album after it to give it as much attention as I can. It's got a retro-synth sound and a disco beat. It will shake some butts and put smiles on faces, that's for sure.

What else is on it? Well, you remember my old band, Phantom Planet? Well the best track is like that hit single "California"... Oh, come on Ralph! You had to have heard that - we sold it to be the soundtrack for that OC show. Anyway, my first single is called West Coast. It has easy piano tinkling and it's packed with the same emotion as Leavin' On A Jetplane. It will score me some tail while I'm touring, that's for sure. Heck, I'm a movie star. I better be getting some trim.

You know, while I've been focusing on songwriting I've realized something. I suffer from gephyrophobia. No, listen... calm down, Ralph. Don't worry, its nothing that shows up on camera. I just have a fear of bridges. I can't write them. All my songs are simple verse-chorus-verse structure. They're decent songs, but I think a few of them would be stellar of I could stick in a bridge somewhere. What? Jeff Bridges? Yeah, that would be great. Get someone to write up Big Lebowski II and I'm all over it. I need to make things a little more challenging. Maybe I'll play a woman in my next movie, 'eh? That should shake things up!

What do you mean who do I sound like? Well, I'm not big on comparisons, but if I had to put some out there I'd say I'm trying to sound like a sunnier Elliott Smith after he's gone on tour with Weezer. What? Nothing, forget it - just a dead guy and some has-beens. In a nutshell I've got some lo-fi elements mixed with plenty of crunchy pop guitars. I really want to sound indie on this thing, not like Rooney. No, Ralph, not the guy from The Black Stallion - and I'd rather be in a movie with the old codger from 60 Minutes anyway. No, just Rooney - that's the name of my brother's band. So yeah, I've thrown in some banjo tunes and lots of toy piano and synth effects. I know what the kids like, they like it indie and that's what I'm going for. Besides, Shopgirl didn't gross enough for me to record this anywhere but my own bedroom.

So yeah, after this summer tour I'll quit this band to focus more on my acting. Sure, it's easier because I was born into it, but that's why I'm challenging myself with singing and songwriting. Have you ever heard anyone in my family sing? Good luck, 'eh? At least I can carry a tune.

Hit me up tomorrow. Let's have lunch on Hollywood Boulevard. You bring the scripts; I'll bring the talent. Ha ha, yeah, I know. Oh, and you're paying for lunch.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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