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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Private Lessons
False Alarms
No No Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
New-wave music and Coming-of-Age movies from the 70's... Never before have two more opposing ideas been combined. Private Lessons, with their early 80's technology and soft hearts make an attempt to focus a sound fans of Air might really dig.

Any overtly new-wave band can get very annoying right away - with the repetitive drum machine beats and synthesized bleeps and effects, it all comes out sounding like a bad video game scoring a cheesy movie. With a little work, I'll bet these boys can make enjoyable music that doesn't beg to be shut off after the one-minute mark.

The first outing of any new-wave band is a lot like a toddler with a new stuffed animal - the toy will be the only thing the child plays with for a week or two, but once the toddler exhausts all the possibilities with the toy, it will be discarded for something new. All the songs on this album have too much going on. They've busied every song up to the point of saturation, but I think once they play with the instruments long enough and the novelty wears off the songs will become clearer, less cluttered and more enjoyable.

Even though the attempt is to combined two crazy genres to get one psyched-out concept album, the effect doesn't really hold water. If you're looking for some sort of Underworld/Air hybrid band - these guys may be its na´ve little brother.

Reviewed by Brian Sutherland
The last we heard, Brian Sutherland lived in Chicago. He\'s a friend of Sarah Peters. That is about all we know about him.

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