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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Pidgeon
Might As Well Go Eat Worms
Absolutely Kosher

Rating: 7/10 ?


September 18, 2008
While making the album Might As Well Go Eat Worms, I would wager that the members of San Francisco's Pidgeon never pictured their music blasting from a BMW convertible on its way to the beach on a brilliantly sunny SoCal day. But then again, I'm sure they never counted on a baller like me getting his hands on their CD. I have to admit, I was a little distracted by my Frapaccino and how good my Raybans looked in the rearview mirror, but what I did hear through the roar of that sweet Southern Californian air whipping through my thick, luxurious hair probably wasn't inspired by a sunny day, let alone by a joy ride in a luxury sedan with no roof.

First impression of Pidgeon is that they make a racket. There is a lot of guitar and a lot of tortured screaming. A lot of screaming - I started feeling really bad for the singer, who truly sounded like he was in a lot of emotional pain. After a bit of racket, then things will kind of chill out for a while and the tortured dude will take a little introspective break and, I hope for the sake of his larynx, gargle a little salt and water. Then a sweet-sounding girl will sing really pretty. The band will kind of tone it down a little bit, dissipating the tension, and all of a sudden the album morphs into something mellow and almost dreamy. Then, before things get too complacent, the guitarists hit the distortion pedal and break the lull with some serious shredding.

There's a lot going on in this album. Fast and harsh, slow and delicate, at times violent, at times beautiful. Often the band isn't afraid to blur the lines and hang out somewhere in between. Not quite right for a lovely summer day, Might As Well Go Eat Worms is perfect for when the thick fog rolls in off the coast, obscuring the sun and the pleasant blue sky.

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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