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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

MUSIC

 » 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]

MUSIC

 » 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
Emperor Penguin
Damn EP
My Pal God Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Drastic times cause drastic ripples throughout the sprawling streets and suburbs as men, women, and adolescents reel with the fads and react to the farces of the media, politics, our globalized world, cows burning in huge piles in the UK and oil rigs sinking into the watery depths off the coast of Brazil. Especially with this monkey-president at the helm, there's sure to be some sort of backlash, some artistic movement summing up the collective sentiments of the progressive minded. On the opposite end of the spectrum, just as certainly, there will always be a bunch of cats smoking cigarettes in dark rooms playing loopy, dazed electronica music to slow dead beats in a righteous stoner haze. Enter Emperor Penguin. On Damn, the group's second or third release, they check the pulse of the scene and drone on and on into the wee hours mixing lazy keyboard riffs with heavy bass and drum manipulations. This one is aptly titled, and does indeed sink you down slower and slower and hazier and hazier into a loopy, drooling, droney sound world of after-hours and late night escapes and loss. Unfortunately, you'll have to be a big fan of this group to get over the repetitive lines and occasionally uninspired compositions, which veer towards the indulgent and end up nowhere after suggesting this and that level of proficiency and surprise.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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