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 » 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]

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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!
[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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Braid
Lucky To Be Alive
Glue Factory

Rating: 4/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This all seems really weird, all of this Braid business now, after they're gone and well after what I considered to be their prime. It is just so fucked up, but so cliché that they spent all of those hours, weeks, months living on way less than minimum wage, eating fast food day after day, sleeping in vans and cars, only to be the hottest thing since sliced bread now. Glue Factory records is part of an "Entertainment Group" for fucking crying out loud. What's next - a Braid reunion album on Epitaph or something? I'm starting to feel a bit bitter.

This is a live recording of their last CHICAGO show, which people had been incorrectly touting as their last show ever. As far as live albums go, it does a nice job of documenting their sound (after the first few songs, anyhow, during which the sound guy was apparently sleeping) on stage. It also presents a very well rounded set, perhaps eclipsed only by their final show, which included original drummer Roy Ewing drumming. What it doesn't do, however, is what everyone is probably thinking it does - capture the energy and passion these guys exuded on stage. Nothing will ever do that; not film or audio. Nothing. Their greatest contribution to punk rock - their hearts - is intangible.

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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