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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
Bowerbirds
Hymns For A Dark Horse
Burly Time

Rating: 9/10 ?


June 29, 2007
Even though it's early and I was out late in San Francisco drinking with the extra exuberance that seeing good friends for the first time in a long time can cause, I'm still on East coast time, so I've been up for hours. Everyone else is in bed, but I've been quietly putzing around the house, getting reacquainted with its lost familiarity and enjoying the fond memories that each room recalls. The gentle morning stillness is broken only by Hymns For A Dark Horse playing on the stereo in the living room. The window is open, the sky is a blue that only a California sky can be, and I'm content to just sit here with a smile on my face.

A certain hero of mine claimed that Bowerbirds are "the complete package," and although my fondness for his opinions in general might render me biased, I still have to say that he's right. Bowerbirds music sounds uncomplicated and effortless and yet is completely captivating. Taking a few acoustic guitars, simple percussion, and the occasional violin or accordion, the band creates a beautiful, folkie backdrop for Phil Moore's gentle and mellifluous voice. Resplendent with images of nature and geography, Hymns For A Dark Horse paints pictures of love and human frailty.

I can't recall the last time I wore out an album with repeated listenings the way I have with Hymns For A Dark Horse. It's a testament to the band's brilliance that their songs remain as fresh and engrossing the fiftieth time as they did on the first.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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