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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
The Green Pajamas
Ten White Stones
Hidden Agenda Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


February 3, 2005
As the world has wrapped up the first month of another year, I will try to keep track of the most promising acts so far. The list goes like this: Dälek, the industrial hip hop ensemble that releases Absence - the follow-up to last year's astonishing collaboration with Faust, Derbe Respect, Alder; Konono Nº 1, an awesome band founded in the 70s and emerging from the suburbs of Kinshasa; the breathtaking jazz outfit Cold Bleak Heat; and, of course, the Blemish remixes for David Sylvian's The Good Son vs. The Only Daughter. Some of these artists haven't released their records yet, but if you stream the right radio frequency on the Internet, you'll certainly have more than a chance to hear a premiere of one or two tracks.

I try to keep an ever-expanding, never-forgotten list, because even the least inflated reviewer can overlook nice projects for failing to pay proper attention when the records came out. Truth be told, most reviewers are now more concerned with the dematerialization of art than with valid pop-oriented bands. And that can be the right thing to do - especially if you consider records like The Green Pajamas' Ten White Stones, an album, as the press release states, "recorded live-in-studio over two nights". These Seattle-based chaps embrace the kind of cross-disciplinary ideas that manage to assemble somehow contradictory songs like the free-wheeling opener "The Cruel Night", as well as the bitchy, spasmodic chop, "If You Love Me (You'll Do It)".

Don't get me wrong: I am a huge Will Oldham devotee and will compulsorily purchase each and every copy of recorded material that the man has ever released (preferably, on vinyl), but an excessive usage of almost inaudible low frequencies, mended with ass-kickingly dominant strings, can really get on my nerves.

...Let alone the sonograph-like, cutting-edge kick of Ten White Stones, an around-the-clock exposure to this record can lead to a slight variation to the classic line "It's not you, it's me": It's not me, it's them. When I want to elaborate on the deafening sound of the seas, I go to the beach or tune in to the Discovery Channel.

So beware: this is not a record for you if you don't stomach folksy and pseudo-psychedelic numbers soaked in My Bloody Valentine's frustrations. On the other hand, if you like to put on make-up and color your eyebrows, but don't despise the country-yard lament or the flower-power bullshit of Elf Power, move your lazy ass and get it! The Green Pajamas will dry your wet pants and change your diapers.

What else can one expect from a band? Well, there's still the pigeon-centric artwork, which, in this case, is quite appealing. But, then again, the pigeons are a real pain in the ass for any urban soul.

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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