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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
Pele
The Nudes
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The situation is this - Pelé has been around for a while, making great instrumental rock at a fairly prolific pace, circumstances considered (the members being shared with numerous other bands, some of which tour full time). While making said great instrumental rock, said Pelé has gone largely unnoticed by the world in general, including rock journalists and not excluding their peers. Now, with the release of their fourth album, this Milwaukee trio find themselves thrust into everyone's center of focus. Case in point: none of Pelé 's previous releases were even reviewed by CMJ, yet The Nudes recently received a stellar review and the track "Nude Beach, Pinhole Camera" was included on the October sampler. Why do you suppose that is?

Well, of course the answer isn't "they got a heck of a lot better." On the contrary, some of the songs off of The Nudes may have been out-takes from previous efforts (specifically "Black Socks"). The true answer is because independent music is as void of ethics and morals and a true feel for real life rock than corporate music is. Pelé is receiving all of this attention simply because they were finally picked up by a label with a scenester following. It really is a shame, too, as the Rosewood Union - Pelé's former label - has consistently released quality music that went otherwise unnoticed by thousands (American Heritage, C-Clamp, et cetera). On the other hand there is Polyvinyl which, despite showing terrible taste on a regular basis (who in the fuck would pass up Sean Na Na for Paris TX? Hey Mercedes and not the Firebird Band? American Football over Sheilbound? Really!) has carved a path for itself from Danville, Illinois to Rock City, USA by bandwagoneering the whole midwestern emo circuit (which is why they made the choices I mentioned), proving that less can indeed be more.

So, here we are, years after Pelé 's inception, with thousands of people running around totally geeked on the new record by the hot "new" band, Pelé . We have eight tracks, all cleverly titled (as always) and all finding solid footing on a base more rooted in standard song structure than anything Pelé has shown us to date. The beauty of The Nudes is that while coming at a more direct angle than on albums past, there is still the signature Pelé panache about each song, the experimental flips and dips that make them so quirkily embraceable In all honestly, this record is amazing, but the whole scenario behind it is rather sickening. I only hope that the minions are running out to buy their older stuff and returning dollars to those who spent so much faith on Pelé and other unhip musicians.

Reviewed by Avery Jones


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