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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
Rapider than Horsepower
Rapider than the World
Alone Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I remember the first time I heard the Pixies. A friend recommended them as the greatest band in existence, so I hurried to the library and checked out the only release they had - Trompe Le Monde. I remember, very clearly, rejecting their sound as too weird and noisy, even upon forced repeat listens, at the tender age of 14. I remember thinking "Planet of Sound" was close to unlistenable, and instead clamored for labelmates Belly in the Pixies' place.

Looking back, I realize that may not have been the best first album of theirs to reach for when needing an introduction to their sound, though I am thankful that I finally found Surfer Rosa, and with it a consistent favorite band later in life. Rapider than Horsepower reminds me of that particular experience - it's like nothing else, though I know that later, it will finally make sense to me.

Rapider than the World is like a tin can warmed over an oven; expanding, crackling, shrinking down, then inevitably exploding. It isn't the conventional manner of doing things, and could even be ill-advised, as it's not the way these things are meant to be cooked, but it still tastes good as it splatters all over your lips, your face and your linoleum flooring.

If you try and imagine Shudder to Think as a loud, modern band a la These Arms are Snakes, you'll get a good idea of Rapider than Horsepower's sound. They're bizarre, harsh and off-kilter, yet somehow very alluring. They play salivating, hallucinating rock, giving in to their afflictions. Swampy, Nirvana-tinged numbers make their way to the forefront, always with humor and a foaming mouth. If you enjoy a little quizzical musical dissection, Rapider than Horsepower is for you, as it goes over your head to get under your skin.

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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