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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Death Cab for Cutie
The Forbidden Love EP
Barsuk Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This band has gotten such a press buzz this year that there really isn't anything close to a revelation that I can say about them, their sound, or even this release. A few days after we sent them our review of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, Barsuk quoted it on the Death Cab web page - now they don't have time to add a link to our site. Times are changing, and these are fast times at Ridgemont High, my friends. I will say, however, that of the five tracks on this autumnal EP three are brand new and those songs continue the somber pop-craftsmanship that Death Cab showcased on We Have the Facts in spectacular fashion. "Photobooth" is the kind of Matthew Sweet style vocals with that predominant Built to Spill style Northwest guitar fuzz that everyone is eating up. Likewise, "Technicolor Girls" rings home like all Death Cab songs - an aural scrapbook of the odd Thanksgiving breaks when you'd return home to high school football, cheap local beer and forgotten girlfriends that seemed somewhat alien after a few semesters out of the loop.

The two new tracks, an acoustic version of "405" and an alternate version of "Company Calls Epilogue," are as seamless and surreal as the originals and, in the case of the latter, a bit more eclectic.

There doesn't seem to be an end in sight for this band and I couldn't be happier for them. Another excellent release.

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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