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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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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
Jimmy Tuesday/ Sunday Drive/ The Commercials
3 Way Split CD
Kick Start Audio

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When I opened the package from LAS that came in the mail today I was excited. Here was a stack of CDs, many by bands I'd never heard of, so I was looking forward to seeing what Eric had sent me. As I flipped through the discs I came to one that had stripes and an old '50s style microphone on it. I swallowed hard and muttered "emo.....fff". Never one to judge a book or CD by it's cover, I popped it in the disc player just to make sure.

The Jimmy Tuesday Band
Immediately The Jimmy Tuesday Band ("Jimmy" kind of like Jimmy Eat World -- "Tuesday"a day of the week (more on that in a bit) --and "band" that is not much of a band) confirmed my worst fears. Out comes Jimmy Tuesday singer trying to do his best Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes) and Matt Pryor (Get Up Kids) impressions. The songs are emo sonic sludge and have the typical Octave intro, followed by a pause, followed by some heart felt lyrics "I wanted to talk to you/ I like you more than a friend/ More and more each day" that are just awwww cute. The Jimmy Tuesday band receive an "F" for their part of the disc. The F is for being totally derivative and unoriginal. The only excuse these guys have is if they're 15 years old.

Sunday Drive
Onward to Chapter Two of the three way split CD (for future reference a 3 way split CD is usually a big danger sign...any readers who want to email me the name of the last good 3 way split disc they bought are more than welcome). Chapter two belongs to Sunday Drive ("Sunday" as in that day of the week ((days of the week are emo)) and "Drive" as in Christie Front Drive) who use the word Tuesday in their song "Forever in a Day". "Tuesday's here and I'll be waking up to another day filled with life's mistakes." What a coincidence that I reviewed this on a Tuesday and yes, this sounds like one of life's mistakes to me. This band actually named one of their songs "West Girl Scout Road".

Okay brief pause here ... WHAT THE FUCK is up with EMO bands naming their songs after DAYS OF THE WEEK, ROADS, MONTHS, GIRLS and SWEATERS?!?!

Okay Sunday Drive do slightly better than The Jimmy Tuesday Band (God, I can't even type the names of these groups without feeling embarrassed) but they still get an F for being totally derivative and unoriginal like their pals and if they're 15 it's okay but it's still no excuse.

The Commercials
Here comes chapter three, buckle up. Here we are introduced to The Commercials who present a song called "For Tuesday," which is a big surprise eh? The beginning of their first song "It Never Ends" is pure comedy, although I don't think they intended it that way. As the singer plaintively bleats "The way you stare at me/Makes me wonder about tomorrow/Can we forget about the past" somebody in the background is screaming in such a way that it sounds like they are being violated anally by a post hole digger. Then the song starts in ..Octaves (surprise!)...Break (surpise!)...NOFX beat (huh?)....Then the boys get back on track by belting out "Yeah" together in a Braid-esque fashion that says "Hey, we're emo and in case you didn't notice 'YEYEAH'."

The Commercials garnered their well deserved F way before I noticed they named one of their songs "Coach Lubick" after the annoying, sensitive fatty who used to be on TGIF's "Just the Ten of Us". With influences like that The Commercials were fucked long before they ever picked up an instrument.

Kickstart Audio asked LAS to do a feature about their label, so here it is:

With the release of The Jimmy Tuesday Band/Sunday Drive/The Commercials three way split c.d. Kickstart Audio have wasted valuable ecological resources and spawned a non biodegradable product that will exist in our biosphere for another 3,000,000,000 years. If anyone invents a time machine I volunteer to visit the "producers" of this album, Colin Comstock and Adam Sexton, and persuade them to use the $2000 they wasted on this disc in a more socially beneficial way - i.e. not putting this disc out. This disc gets a triple FFF, making my morning uttering that much more prophetic.

p.s. I'm sending these guys my band's demo. We're called The Wednesday December Trembling Get Down Swing Sweaters and I think this is our big break.

Reviewed by Christopher Ashworth
A native of Geneva (the one outside of Chicago, not the one on the lake in the corner of Switzerland) and former contributor to LAS, Christopher Ashworth enjoys listening to Mt. St. Helens albums and reading Cat Fancy magazine.

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