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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
Pound WI
I've Got a Terrible Secret
Sun Sea Sky

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I nearly crapped my pants the first time I put this CD in the player. Pound WI sounds EX-fucking-ACTLY like some guys I knew in high school who were in a band called MAG. There are a few differences in the choruses and some of the breakdowns but otherwise this record walks right down the line of MAG; midwestern kids influenced equally by the Seattle era of the early 90s and the dischordant DC sound of the late 80s.

I guess I should mention that I still listen to my old MAG cassettes on occasion and that I don't find it as uncool as most to be influenced by what we all listened to a few years ago. Pound WI don't really do anything original but the pools of influence they draw from leave them with a much harder and more abrasive sound than most which does actually stand out of the crowd. It should also be noted that Pound does a great grunged-out version of Prince's "When Doves Cry" that will make it onto at least one mix tape and the album ends with someone snoring. I like this record, although likely more for the nostalgia that it invokes than the music itself, and I like Pound WI simply because they aren't doing what everyone else is. If you want something other than the Get Up Kids wanna be wuss pop that is flooding modern rock, there should be enough pound in Pound WI to satisfy you.

On a recent drive home my housemate actually drove through Pound, Wisconsin on Highway 141. Interesting.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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