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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Grinderman
Grinderman
Anti

Rating: 8/10 ?


April 13, 2007
While Nick Cave spent a few years on either side of the millennium perfecting the art of the melancholy piano ballad, 2003 found the former Birthday Party frontman nodding to his howling "Release the Bats" days on the uneven, but undeniably intriguing Nocturama, an album which closed with the sprawling 15-minute barnstormer "Babe, I'm on Fire." Anyone who went giddy at that blatantly indulgent and cacophonous dose of pure Cave id should rejoice at the arrival of Grinderman, a project that adheres to that raucous sense of menace while wandering down less lengthy, but even darker, alleys.

Pairing the Bad Seeds down to multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn Casey, and drummer Jim Sclavunos, Grinderman marks Cave's debut as a guitarist, and the charismatic (and newly mustachioed) Australian vocalist approaches the role with sinister relish, treating his instrument like a weapon on distortion-laden tunes such as "Get It On" and "No Pussy Blues." And although these tracks get the record off to a lusty and dissonant start, Grinderman does make room for nuances, particularly on the haunting "Electric Alice," the bluesy title track, and the surprisingly tender "Man in the Moon."

Admirably, Grinderman isn't a futile attempt for Cave and his cohorts to recapture a youthful bygone era; instead, it's a way of channeling that energy into gleefully ornery bursts of fiery invention. The album is loud, visceral, and messily human, and should be regarded as an essential chapter in Cave's considerable discography.

Reviewed by Eric Schneider
A freelance writer and editor based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Eric Schneider is a regular contributor to LAS.

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