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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
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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
Havoc
Our Rebellion Has Just Begun
Punk Core Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Like a skeleton lying next to a well, this release has plenty of danger signals right on the cover: wanna-be bad ass band name, mowhawks, leather jackets, and a title alluding to a rebellion. A look at the back reveals song titles like "Worthless Words" and "No Escape". Suddenly I found myself searching for a jewel case so that I could try to trade this in for a couple bucks at the CD Cellar. But, hey, I can't just not write a review of it, and it's against my journalistic ethics to review it without listening to it. So I gave it a chance.

It went like this: ominous drums, catchy but "intimidating" power chord riff, some guy barking: "All the kids at another show/You hit the bottle and your ready to go/You got your blood stained shirt from last night/Now you're loaded and looking for another fight/Pride came first, love came last/You better wise up because death comes fast", guitar solo. It continues on like that for half an hour. Every two minutes the music fades out so that they can switch the chords around and change the lyrical theme slightly. Apparently when that happens it's a new song, and after 12 times around them it's done.

This "chance" that I gave Our Rebellion Has Just Begun lasted about five minutes. I sampled some of the rest of the record simply to make sure my descriptions were correct. Not that I had any doubt. As unfair as it may be, all I had to do was look at this thing and my mind was made up. I could have spent much more time thinking of witty ways of putting The Havoc down. After all, they're old fat guys with mowhawks that sing about how much it sucks being in high school and beating people up. It's just too obvious and completely uninteresting.

But making fun of The Havoc is like shooting a baby deer that's drowning in a barrel of fish inside a cage. I could sit around and try to come up with a detailed explanation of how bad it is, or I could sell it and eat lunch. Based on their attitude expressed in "Worthless Words" ("Talkin trash on others, that's all you ever do/You're not impressing me, and I'm getting sick of you") my words of discouragement will not affect them anyway. I'm not sure if it's because they believe in their rebellion too much to let my opinion bring it to a halt or if they're just illiterate, but my guess is it's probably a mixture of both.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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