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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Seth Knappen
Leaving Sound
Future Appletree Records

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October 1, 2004
Dear John Vanderslice,

Let me start by saying I am obviously a fan of all the music that you create. Being a songwriter myself, I have an ear for the creative and atmospheric textures you are able to layer within all of your songs. From the perfectly timed whirrs and buzzes of "Fiend in a Cloud", way back to the beautiful and heartfelt crooning of "My Old Flame". My hats off to you, sir, you are an inspiration.

The way you make a moody album flow is astounding. You can take a simple chord progression and use it to its fullest potential by layering genius sounds and fleshing out strong lyrics on top of all of it. You never (or rarely) create the feeling of any one particular mood - and that is my problem. You see, I've made an album consisting of 9 separate tracks, yet they all sound exactly the same (and to be honest, they're all a little boring).

I was able to work with a friend of mine, Mr. Alan Sparhawk of the band Low (name drop), which possibly added to the dull and somber feeling of everything, but I'm not trying to place blame. I hear you yourself are a bit of a perfectionist in the studio. Geez, if only I had that sort of patience. I have an overwhelming tendency to strum a guitar slowly and draw out one note on a keyboard for minutes at a time. With all that said, I suppose me whining in the most sad and pathetic way when I sing doesn't really help matters much ("Carrying You Through" for example).

I was in the band Darling for many years, which paved the way for my slow music tendencies. I've been around music for a long time and I love to create it, but I think I need a vacation. Maybe I just need to cheer up. Perhaps writing this letter will cheer me up, after all- you are someone I obviously get inspired by. Maybe this will be the start of a long, friendly relationship. Thank you for your time, I gotta go now, I'm gonna eat some Triscuit crackers and watch golf on television.

Write back soon.

Sincerely,
Seth

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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