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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
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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Get Up Kids
Something to Write Home About
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I wonder what is more embarrassing, being 24 years old and playing in a band called The Get Up Kids, having the same fan demographics as the Backstreet Boys, or knowing your best work is way, way behind you. Maybe I should ask these guys. They should know.

This record is complete bunk, as was their first long player on Doghouse. There are only two great songs on this record, both of which are already released ("I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel" on the Post Marked Stamps split with Braid and "Red Letter Day" on the Red Letter Day EP). In addition to the lousy music, the artwork is borderline retarded, coincidentally just like on their first long player on Doghouse. You know, maybe these guys just have some sort of subconscious conflict that precludes them from making a decent full length record. Maybe it is the same kind of conflict that (apparently) ruins every relationship they've ever been in, forcing them to hit the road and leave their broken hearts behind, occasionally scribbling a sad note or calling from a dusty old payphone. After the somewhat graceful recovery they made with the EP earlier this year I was hesitant to write them off, but now I'm just back to being confused.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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