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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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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
Ghosts & Vodka
Precious Blood
Sixgunlover Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I just got this record and it has been kicking me in the ass all day. For the past quarter-hour I've been listening to the sixth track on repeat. "Sex is Popular" is, according to the band, "a song for all living things and the infinite hours set aside for humping... a musical celebration of the sexual cycle." According to me, it is an invigorating post-rock explosion that locks in and never lets go, even in the glitchy interlude. Somehow these four self-admonished losers are able to stitch a rocking sonic quilt that is as nimble as anything King Crimson documented and as brisk as the most Jawbox-esque song Burning Airlines could offer up. If you are able to be swept up by music, this track could quite possibly make the longest five minutes of your day.

The tenth track, "Conversational All-Stars" digresses into the part of the band's repertoire that borders on the geeky group hand job attitude that makes so many people hate Joan of Arc. When taken and placed next to tracks like "Sex is popular" this song sounds like something put together for the opening ceremonies of the Retard Olympics. Luckily, Ghosts and Vodka stay in the green for the most part of the album.

The ability to captivate simply with tact and dynamics is a virtuous quality in music, one that is generally overshadowed by simplistic hooks and vocal choruses. Although I do sympathize with Avery's ho-hum reception of Ghost and Vodka's (GNV's, if you're hip) debut, this album is solid enough to put these tongue-in-cheek geeks in with the fraction of bands like Juno, American Heritage and Volta Do Mar who can combine their mathy-ness with atmosphere in a manner satisfying to a heck of a lot of people, including this writer, who is also a fan of well-prepared artwork, which this release has.

I'm not sure when this record actually comes out, but I would recommend tracking it down, and try to snag a copy of the press sheet if you order it online.

(note: It will be interesting to see of the Owls project can do anything as remarkable as this)

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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