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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Riverdales
Phase Three
1-4-5 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Riverdales will always be compared with the Ramones. Ben "Weasel" Foster has been influenced by the 70's punk rockers so much that it can't help but bleed through in all of his poppy punk rock musical endeavors.
I grew up a fan of Screeching Weasel, my high school days filled with coming into the City to see either local or big, well-known punk bands play at the crummiest venues in Chicago. VFW halls in the Suburbs, College quads and even a few forest preservations around the suburbs have held some of the most fun punk shows I've ever seen. Attending high school around Chicago, I was privy to seeing some of the best music at an early age - since it is... CHICAGO.

On the year of my graduation from high school I heard the rumors and read in Maximumrocknroll that Screeching Weasel had "officially" broken up and reformed as The Riverdales. I was both dismayed and pleased with this news. Pleased because it also announced the soon-to-be released Screeching Weasel Compilations, B-sides, Live tracks, etc. album, Kill the Musicians dismayed because I had never gotten the chance to see Screeching Weasel play live. I had, at that point seen every other punk band that had come through Chicago from '93 to '95, but not the Weasel.
As soon as I could I drove my white 1985 Ford Escort 5speed to the Homewood Record Swap and picked up the Riverdales first self-titled release on cassette. That tape stayed in my car player for close to a year. It was the perfect blend of Screeching Weasel and the Ramones. Pop punk inspired by the 50's/60's rock and roll sound. I loved it. Rev. Norb of Boris the Sprinkler even appeared on the first track "Fun Tonight". Awesome.

Cut to 2003. My tastes have become a little more eclectic, if not just grown up. The Riverdales are still making the same exact music and you know what? It is just what I needed. The Riverdale's style of Rock and Roll pop punk can only be outdone by one of Ben Weasel's (excuse me, Ben Foster's) favorite bands - the Teen Idols. The Riverdales have a new face because of the reformation, but the sound is the same. Tough-actin' pop punk that charges at you and if you don't grab it, it will leave you in the dust. But to be sure, you will get another chance in a year or two. These pop punksters will keep it going until their fingers fall off. Standout tracks include "Sniper", "Get Away" and "I Believe In You And Me".

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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