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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
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
Single Frame
Wetheads Come Running
Volcom Entertainment

Rating: 7/10 ?

February 4, 1999
This is an enhanced reissue of Texas indie rock group Single Frame's debut, released, no doubt, to capitalize on the largely deserved hype the group has received since the album's original release in 2002. During 2003, the album and premier track, "Post Daydream Forecast Endeavor" left a noticeable dent in the press and Volcom Entertainment has since picked it up for the April 2004 re-release.

"Post Daydream" is the band's stronghold, an indie ruckus fused together with the Animals' organ rolls and a Rephlex Records instrumental breakdown. Nothing else on the album quite approaches it, but the band does hold a surprisingly high level of quality throughout. The other proper songs range from El Gran Orgo-era At the Drive-In tracks like "Floral Design in a Straight Line", to shouty Dischord punk with "Mod Style '68." Many of the interspersed tracks are fragments, daydreams and fuzzy little interludes that are alternately puzzling and pleasing.

The bonus features aren't particularly impressive. The forgettable comments from the band members and a few artsy photos don't hold much interest, and two of the three videos are rather ordinary animated affairs. The noteworthy exception is the traffic montage of "Floral Design in a Straight Line" which syncs up well with the quick, jerky song.

The bonus features certainly don't justify repurchasing this album, but interested listeners who didn't catch the band the first time around may want to investigate.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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