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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
Ponies In the Surf
Ponies On Fire
Asaurus

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


April 4, 2006
Ponies In The Surf first came to my attention last year when an inconspicuous, self-titled EP was included in a package of music that arrived at work. Absentmindedly throwing it in the stereo, I missed the allure of the music the first time through. It was only during subsequent listenings that I discovered just how unique and charming the songs on that short EP were.

Upon finding that there was a new full-length album released by the band, I jumped at the chance to review it. Not to be disappointed, Ponies On Fire continues in the vein of their earlier EP, with siblings Camille and Alexander McGregor crafting more songs filled with meandering melodies and ethereal vocals. Perfect for a lazy, sunny afternoon, the album's fourteen songs breeze by pleasantly. A gently strummed guitar and tender voices transport the listener away from their worries and deposit them in a pool of warm memories and happy remembrances.

With Ponies On Fire the McGregors' have managed to make another album full of songs that seem effortless in their beauty and simplicity. Claimed to have been written while sitting on a summertime porch, it's hard to see these songs coming into being from anywhere other than a comfortable chair in the fading twilight of a beautiful July evening.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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