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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Meisha
Meisha Returns, Meisha Forever
The Music Fellowship

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I have a confession to make. I have always liked Steve Reich and Brian Eno (specifically Eno's ambient stuff), but I've never managed to stay attentive and focused throughout any of their albums. In fact, I'm big fan of putting on Music for 18 Musicians or Music for Airports as I try to fall asleep. I would argue (as Reich and Eno probably would as well) that sleeping is a perfectly good aim for this kind of music, along with thinking, writing, driving, or having a conversation. In other words, this music is best suited as a soundtrack to other things, rather than as a focus of attention.

With that said, Meisha gives me an Eno/Reich vibe. I like the record, and I'll tell other people to like as well, but it's not because I managed to listen to the whole record in one sitting. I notice plenty of guitar chiming, piano plunking, and shimmery textures here, all geared toward putting listeners in a certain mood. I for one find that mood pretty enjoyable.

Reviewed by Steve Lamos
Steve Lamos, an infrequent contributor to LAS magazine, is most widely known for his prolific musical resume which includes work in American Football, National Skyline, the Firebird Band, Braid, Absinthe Blind and his solo project, DMS. Steve lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife Tracy.

See other reviews by Steve Lamos

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