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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
DJ Shadow
The Private Press
MCA Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
1996's album Endtroducing by DJ Shadow, the mixing alias of one Josh Davis, established him as a forerunner in the science of sample slaying. Six long years later, Davis introduces us to his second proper solo release, The Private Press. With the opening track, "Letter from Home" Shadow, in his own little way, apologizes for the long hiatus between albums, before he hits us with "Fixed Income" and the Invisible Scratch Pickles-sounding "Walkie Talkie" - two tracks that are nice head bobbers but not worth a six-year wait. But after six years, what's a few more minutes? And that's just how long it takes before beat master Davis unleashes his mesmerizing rhythmic magic on the mind blower "Giving up the Ghost" and the wonderful "Six Days." The latter sounds like Portishead covering a track off Air's Moon Safari with borrowed beats from Mu-ziq, and although it's been done before, Davis does an excellent job of putting his own twist on things. Shadow continues to work it on "Mongrel Meets His Maker," and he goes completely mad on the experimental herky-jerk of "Monosylabik." On the techno infused break dance homage "Right Thing/GDMFSOB," DJ Shadow taps into the 1980's and continues to do so on the Depeche Mode-ish epic "Blood On The Motorway," and again on the Trans Am-like "You Can't Go Home Again." On The Private Press we see Josh Davis taking several different looks at the basket while keeping just enough Shadow in the mix to stay above the musical bar he set so high six years previous. The Private Press is recommended for fans of Wagon Christ, Air, Q-Bert, and U.N.K.L.E..

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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