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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
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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
The Naysayer
Heaven, Hell Or Houston
Carrot Top Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Why would a trio of indie rockers from Louisville, KY Anna Padgett, Cynthia Nelson and Tara Jane O'Neil whose roots date back to Rodan and Retsin choose to name their second album after a ZZ Top song? On the track "Heaven, Hell, or Houston" Billy Gibbons & Company tell the tale of a guy going through drug withdrawal that's trying to make a quick buck so that he can purchase a bottle of cheap wine, and he's on the phone with his old flame to let her know that he's passing through town. But The Naysayer's version of "Heaven, Hell, or Houston" (from their 2002 Carrot Top release of the same name) is not a cover of the fabled ZZ Top song, so rest assured that The Naysayer aren't sporting flowing beards and Gibson Explorer guitars these days. The group's song of the same name is a gorgeous tune that brings the album to a quiet close with a looping melodic guitar line and gently ringing bells. The entire album is attempting more so through its cover art and design than its actual music to shoot for a Southwestern flair. Singer/songwriter Anna Padgett has a lovely lower register voice with a hint of southern twang, and her songs remind more and more of Edith Frost and Bedhead with each listen. Heaven, Hell, or Houston is not the most accessible of albums, but it is one ripe with reward and a maturation from 2000's Deathwhisker, also on Carrot Top. There is plenty of top-notch porch-sitting country and dark rural folk to be had on the album's twelve songs.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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