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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Operation Makeout
Hang Loose
Mint Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I recently bounced throughout an entire drive from LA to Oakland. That's about 5 1/2 hours of solid bouncing, which is pretty damn hardcore. I am not talking about mild up and down movement; I mean solid, in the seat of your car, bouncing and head bobbing. I couldn't help it; I was listening to the new CD by Canada's Operation Makeout called Hang Loose. It's power-pop, it's pop-punk, it falls somewhere in the mediocre realm of this genre, but the shit makes you bounce.

First of all, there are the boy-girl vocals. Rainer Maria are the masters of this art of course, Mates of State also do it pretty well, but Operation Makeout operates these shouty trade offs with a sweet cadence that comes from listening to the aforementioned bands. Then there are the trebly bass sounds, the frantic drum fills and Katie's Corin Tucker style vocals, most noticeably on the first track, "Life on Your Windowsill." Angsty themes span the album, with other songs titled "Lost, Unwanted… But Still Nice" (a cutie instrumental) and "Housewrecked" (another popper). I am 25, but for some embarrassing reason these themes still kind of appeal to me, but that's between you and me. The guitar sounds range from the requisite power chords to spindly riffing and Jesse's (bass) gruff shouts counter the girl vocals by bringing in the boy. Duh. Operation Makeout are earnest in their efforts, even if the songs all kind of sound the same and blend together an hour after a listen, but lines like "There's a place where all my worries come to meet, it's on the top of the trail at the end of my street, It goes nowhere interesting, you can see the skyline there…" Well, it touches you someplace cheezy and appealing. Even if you don't want to admit it.

The real American Northwest- I am talking about north of Olympia, north of Portland, north of Seattle- I am talking about the British Colombian Northwest (yeah, that American Northwest) has been churning out some good music recently… Hot Hot Heat and New Pornographers for examples. Operation Makeout play simple pop-punk on this follow up to their debut EP, First Base, and renew the power of the cutesy trio band.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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