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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
Danielson
Ships
Secretly Canadian

Rating: 8/10 ?


May 8, 2006
A couple of years ago, my friend Neil moved to London. He was an awesome guy and I was very sad to see him go. Through the magic of email, we were able to keep in contact and he would occasionally send me hilarious stories involving his misadventures in the big, foggy, foreign city. As these things usually go, the emails became less and less frequent as time went on and we both got busier and busier in our respective cities. As strange as it sounds, about the only time that I hear from Neil now is when he sends me updates on the Danielson Famile.

And that is the legacy of my good friend Neil. He is the one who introduced me to that crazy clan, The Danielson Famile. Burning me Tell Another Joke At the Ol' Choppin' Block to pass the time that I would undoubtedly spend waiting at the bus stop on my way home from his house one night, he opened my ears to a type of music I never knew existed. I pretty much thought Neil was insane after I had listened to the first two songs on the album.

Daniel Smith once again steps out from the Famile and eschews his former Br. Danielson moniker in favor of the much simpler and direct Danielson. More collaborative than a straight solo album, Ships incorporates a slew of guest musicians including his Famile members, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, and Sufjan Stevens. Even with all of the talented musicians on the album, Ships retains a distinctly Danielson sound.

The most distinguishing part of the music is by far Danielson's voice. A mix between squeak and a yelp, it only occasionally veers into what one would consider singing. That is not to say it overshadows the music. Ships utilizes a plethora of instruments to create a tuneful mix of folky, poppy songs while retaining a weird, quirky feel. This is a Danielson album through and through.

If you are a long time fan of the Danielson Famile like my long lost friend Neil, Ships will not disappoint. Conversely for those who are unfamiliar with any Daniel Smith related albums, Ships is a good introduction. Not as far out as his previous work, Ships will not have your friend thinking you are a lunatic when you burn them a copy for the long ride home.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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