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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
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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
Baptist Generals
Void Touching Faster Victuals
Sup Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I cannot fault the Baptist Generals for what they are (Don't you just love reviews that start out like that?). They seem to do a good job of playing slightly off-kilter acoustic pop with helium vocals, a contorted mix that could quite possibly appeal to those who would appreciate Modest Mouse meets countrified simplicity with a dash of Will Oldham.

Although the idea is there, of the four tracks on Void Touching Faster Victuals not one seems very fully realized as a song. I especially don't like "Fucked Up Life" with it's lyrics about a family whose life is, of course, totally fucked up. The album ends with a track called "Unimaginative" that is just that, with its chorus of "unimaginative". I guess I kind of liked "Jim's Head," but its poor production makes it very difficult to figure out exactly why.

This is a precursor to the full-length album, No Silver/No Gold, due out on Sub Pop this month, so I can only assume (and hope) that most of these songs are throwaways from those sessions and should be judged accordingly. The first song is probably the best produced, so maybe this is a single from the album - only Sub Pop doesn't say as much in hopes that we'll do some of their dirty dishes for them. The dishes are done, dude.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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