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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!
[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
The Only Children
Change of Living
Glurp Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


February 18, 2005
In a world of microtonal things with huge impact, it seems nice to go back in the day when we used to be innocent, and the backyard was our world. With magnetic fields pervaded by opposite forces rubbing shoulders with each other, there isn't much world left for the little ones, or as Nina Simone would magnificently sing, "the desperate ones." Beyond the overexposed margins of human experience, there lies a whole lot of love and affection and anger and despair, but the TV cameras are often switched off. It takes a fucking tsunami for people to acknowledge the existence of little islands of isolation.

Immersion is the keyword, because it creates new forms of awareness. And awareness leads to action which leads to… You get the picture, don't you? When working from the inside of sound, reality gets narrower, as your perspective erupts and spreads like lava of knowledge. Besides, the world is a collage of sounds - an assemblage of rhythms and canvas and pictures and voices and gunshots and cries. The process of recording an album involves paying attention to what Mother Earth says and then creating a whole new thing, a necessarily altered tuning of the world's operatic output.

Carpeted with symbiotic love and devotion to the very core of things, The Only Children's debut captures every ounce of air and meshes it with dust, exciting the whole mess and expelling it in a gentle manner on Change of Living. So everything ceases to be the same all over again.

Josh Berwanger is the former lead guitarist and vocalist for emo-enthusiasts The Anniversary, but here his voice drips like filigree twisted by midnight under a huge, yellow moon.

The world's most beautiful irony is to fight with no gunpowder and win the war of interests. When it comes to music, the credo is a variable one but lies on the same rhetorical ground: to write easily-structured songs with unorthodox words and thoughts or vice-versa - to walk barefoot over poignant glass as numbers like "Jesus Came Too Late", the Neil Young-esque delivery over the title track, and the perpetuating kick of "The Circle Will Not Be Broken". This is, of course, a pretty nasty change of pace in your daily music digest but it is a meritorious one.

Change of Living is a record for those who believe in post-Wood/Water Promise Ring. In fact, this could well have been their swan song instead of that full-steamed orgasm with no hugs and kisses afterwards. You've got to be cool to be kind, right?

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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