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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
December's January
December's January
Aisle 2 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I went to college with a guy from the Fox River valley named Steve TeRonde. He was a sketchy character, always pointing out the manhole covers stamped with the Neenah Foundry name. Oshkosh is where the big air show is every summer. I don't really know anything about Appleton but I would still rather talk about it than the music that comes out of it. If I had the money and the scientific skills I would build a time machine tour van and stick Decembers January and their neighbors Sunday Flood in it and send them back to 1995. In this magical and exciting time they could play lots of groundbreaking shows with Braid, upstaging them with their own songs and winning over all of the swaying backpack girlies. Then they would be rock kings and, more importantly, I wouldn't have to listen to this shit now.

The review of this record would mention Decembers January's (ugh) unique blending of catchy pop melodies and a foundation in a more driving, aggressive post-hardcore sound, commenting on the delicate interplay between vocalists as they wrench out beautiful, insightful lyrics that could be reprinted in any anthology of great American poetry. It would certainly compare these guys to Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbox, marveling at the complex song structures and developed sound exhibited on the debut EP. The review of this record would mention all of these things if I were a moron. This record is the worst attempted cover-up of a Braid rip-off that I have EVER heard, and I've heard a lot of them. Actually, these cheese heads don't even try to cover anything up. The opening guitar chords are blueprint Braid. Don't believe me? Check out "Please Drive Faster." I let 4 different people listen to the first track (which of course has a number in the name) and they all called it within 10 seconds.

"Headlights over Michigan" marks a bit of a change, the guitars and percussion mimic the Get Up Kids while good ole Andy squeaks out "Days and Nights" in a Ben Folds falsetto. The title is still a ringer though, sounding a lot like "Lining Lake Michigan."

Come on kids, get a brain of your own. If you're going to tune your guitars the same as someone else at least play some different chords. If you don't shape up I'll have to call your mother and have her confiscate your copy of Frame and Canvas.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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