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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
»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
The Slits
Revenge of the Killer Slits
S.A.F.

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 24, 2006
With the A for Anarchy branding still legible on their pocked backsides after 30 years, the grandmammies of chick-punk return with a three-song CliffsNotes of the band's recent and distant past.

They've had some good and bad times, these weird old chicks, dating back to the Pleistocene era, when they suffered nasty safety pin accidents tripping over trilobites their way to CBGBs. And what a shame that place closed, huh? Now New York clubs are going to be strictly catering to nuevo-scenester fuckheads and pretty much nobody else.

And did you know that Neneh Cherry ("Buffalo Stance") did a short stint with the Slits? OK fine, you don't give a rat's ass, but you'll be exposed to her "Yours To Keep" one-off with those goddam super-catchy Teddybears soon enough - I think "Yours To Keep" is the only song off the new Teddybears record that isn't in every 20something-centric television ad on earth.

Anyway, we mentioned that there's old and new here in this sadly short little 3-songer. "Slits Tradition" is the shortest look back, the gals puffing their chests about how they're easily able to keep up with the trends of today's iPod-diddling whippersnappers and backing up the claim by having their instrumentalists recite the dub lessons reggae producer Dennis Bovell beat into them during their brief fling with Island. I'm still trying to fathom the usefulness of dub myself, but whatever. Either way, what Enquiring minds really want to know of course is whether or not Ari Up is still capable of parroting a brassy 19-year-old single mom unleashing a shriek-tornado upon the brand new ex busily packing his things once and for all in the apartment upstairs, which "Number One Enemy" answers directly.

Rumor has it that the self-financing of this record could have been avoided if the girls hadn't summarily roundfiled Island's highly roundfileable memo about making "Heard It Through the Grapevine" their "debut" single, all the more reason for people to get into the habit of knocking over stacks of TVs at Walmart. What kind of old-white-bastard monster would expect the fucking Slits to do "Grapevine?" These Republican douchebags probably buttonholed Sid Vicious about pitching for Vivarin, for the luvva Pete. We're fucking doomed. Al Qaeda to the mall, stat!

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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