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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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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
Jackie Cooper
The New Mood
No Karma Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It is as evident in nature as in a band's introduction when a fruit is ripe enough to be plucked from the vine. Jackie Cooper's debut shows that these musicians have waited for a phenomenal harvest before letting us all partake. What we have here are seven songs that could wait no longer, nearly bursting to be enjoyed.

The opener, "Absinthe", is as instrumentally precise as it is intense, and shows from the very start that these young men are bounty hunters, out to snatch you from your comfortable routine. "Memento" packs a post-Mellon Collie punch, sedate and unassuming, but entirely arresting, and "I Over R" features a cleverly bent guitar line, crawling its way under your skin; begging to be itched.

The mood is eerie and breathtaking, standing the hairs on your arm to complete attention. This is the quintet's hallmark, as their meticulous interplay takes up every inch of the thick space it inhabits. There is a great allure in their commanding presence, as with each listen you'll be both dominated and satisfied. It seems Jackie Cooper took a one-way flight to the world of Radiohead, never to outstay their sincere invitation.

There is an overwhelming dynamism in The New Mood that will not let you relax for more than a moment. While they give the illusion of peaceful lullabies with well-placed, wispy vocals, they steadily draw you into that false sense, then laugh with delicious malice when you can't escape. Such clever fellows, they make trickery so pleasurable: with this first taste of blood and wine, I am thirsty for more.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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