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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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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
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Fat Possum
Haymarket Riot
Haymarket Riot
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When I was a freshman in high school, and again when I was a senior, I had a study hall period. It was in the library, and Rich Seidel was the monitor. We called him "Rischard" because he had, you know, a lischp. He was kind of a loud, odd guy, as you might expect from the Agriculture and Shop teacher, and he always made a point to make an ass out of his students at every opportunity. "Mischter Herboth," he would say, "Do I need to call your mother in here and have her tell you to be quiet?" He would say things like that loud enough so that everyone could hear and get a chuckle. When I was a freshman, it was kind of awkward. When I was a senior, I didn't give a shit. Anyway, in that same study hall I sat across from a kid named Andrew Harnish who, at the time, was a really close friend. He used to write lyrics for imaginary songs by our imaginary band (we thought we would call it VEGITABLEGARDENTOOL) in his notebooks (only one of many reasons why he never graduated). They were pretty transparent, pretty juvenile, and every time I listen to any song with lyrics written by Kevin J Frank, I think of them. I mean, that Sky Corvair thing shouldn't really count because he was like 8 or something and that band was so horrible, but you know what I mean. The Kiwi Waltz is another example of a terrible project, and by then Kevin was old enough to know better. Traluma was a definite improvement, but I think that was because Neil Sandler was sharing the lyrical duties. Now we're back to just Kevin, back to ice cream and "I watch the vermin concrete wall drip with your facade" and other likeminded genius prose. Sure, "get back!/ run faster!/ get back!/ the kids have shit in their hair/ i got my ass kicked on saturday at the roller rink" is funny, but, c'mon, so is N'Sync, when you really think about it.

Lyrics and vocals aside, Haymarket Riot will kick your ass. Haymarket Riot won't take the time to noodle out some Tristeza type calculus rock, and I won't take the time to think up a complicated review to tell you why that is exactly why you should love them. Really, there aren't many words that can do Haymarket Riot justice. There really isn't an easy way for me to review this record. If you liked Traluma - and why on earth wouldn't you have liked them - then you will like Haymarket Riot. If you like some Braid, a little bit of American Heritage, maybe some 90 Day Men, then you will like this. Okay, so that 90 Day Men reference wasn't quite accurate, but you get the picture. Midwestern flavor rock and roll with all of the dynamics and pure ball-shaking power that you need in your life.

A winner, hands down.

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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