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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.
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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]
»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
Moreland Audio
Turbogold
54'40 or Fight Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Wise comedians heed the adage that "Timing is everything," and within the expanding territories of math rock, wise musicians do the same. Moreland Audio's debut shows they have their clever wits about them, building intricacy with progressive struggles, buzz-saw guitars, and the start and stop of a pristine automobile, ready to self-destruct in reckless abandon.

This duo of jazz musician and engineer seems fitting, in that they take one part musical competence and one part hard labor, the likes of which send welding sparks in the place of vocal chords. Indeed, they recognize that intricate time structures are the key to making voice-free music that captures the attention and gets the blood boiling. "Feelin' Turbogold" revels in ballast, brushing the heels of the vengeful gods, ready to smite all non-believers. While the more sedate middle tracks ("I Grind Myself Up", "De Leon") border on a lagging pace, the attention to detail and hypnotic, angular repetition make for a persistent lure.

The tracks are long and complicated, like mimic operas played out in halting, post-rock noise. A foundation of steady, discernable rhythms keep the daggers from flying off their handles. Through the evolving twists and turns, it is admittedly difficult to find something that sticks, but even more difficult to pull away from such a tight grasp. High volume and honed skills prove that Moreland Audio is no laughing matter.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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