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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Giant Drag
Lemona
Wichita Recordings

Rating: 5/10 ?


February 14, 2005
I vaguely remember a 50-something year-old male family member - I'm not quite sure of his relation to me - who, whenever the extended-extended family convened for weddings and birthdays and such, would draw everyone's attention come mealtime with his insistence upon dousing any and all dishes with A-1. Be it on steak or hot dogs or ham and cheese omelets, the man really, really, really liked his A-1, and it actually made mealtime a stress-free ordeal for him. He never had to worry about offending my great grandmother by barely touching one of her suspicious casseroles, because as long as he poured the sauce on in a thick layer, he could find anything palatable.

I'm sort of the same way with tremolo - if a band cranks up their amps loud enough and lets loose with hazy, swirling guitar bliss, I'm likely to overlook trite lyrics or flat melodies and focus all of my attention on the glorious noise. My favorite album is, after all, Loveless.

Because of this tendency of mine, I personally think that "Cordial Invitation," the middle cut on this five track EP, is a nice tune, even though I know better. Guitarist Annie Hardy grabs her vocals and Micah Clabrese's drums by the hair, holding underneath a roaring tide of blurry guitar, making enough noise to get away with it - as long as, of course, one ignores the fact that, beneath the layers of musical sauce, the song is nothing but a bland, mushy concoction of various indistinguishable leftovers. In this case, ignorance is indeed bliss.

The other four songs on Lemona go a bit easier on the pink noise, forcing the listener to confront general boringness. Predictable soft/loud turns stand in the place of actual dynamics, distortion overrides melody, and lyrics like "I will fuck you while you cry" sound edgy and jaded, but ultimately only add to the record's cold, processed feel.

Giant Drag may be able to turn a few heads as a novelty of sorts, as they focus their attention on the aesthetics of '90s alt-rock bands like Belly rather than chasing any trendier sounds, but all of their grit and sincerity can't atone for the fact that this EP offers little more in the way of strong songwriting than any other slice of post-Nirvana cutout bin fodder.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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