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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Erase Errata
Other Animals
Troubleman Unlimited

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This all-girl band from Oakland, California, formed in 1999 and in a short time wrote a good amount of songs and played a good amount of shows sharing the stage with bands such as Le Tigre, and Melt Banana along with many other bands. I guess that this is what many people like to call No Wave or New Wave maybe a combination of the two. This is there first full length album and it contains 13 songs. They have a very similar sound to other bands on Troubleman Unlimited but they also seem to have influences that go back to the early days of punk, taking influence from X, and Siouxsie & the Banshees and other bands from that older style.

I don't know if would say that this is catchy or poppy but at times it is. Truthfully they have a very original sound that go back and forth from time change to time change. At some points in the album they use a trumpet that adds to the mix. Occasionally the singing is good and at other times its not so good. Like I said before, this band is really original and all of the different styles they mix together aren't necessarily amazing or ground breaking but I will give them a few points: Original and possible even frantic. This is to be grouped with the Red Monkey album - so if you like the Red Monkey album that Troubleman also put, out I'm sure that you like this as well. I wouldn't think that someone who is really into new wave would totally be into this but if you like stuff with odd time signatures and odd off-time singing and guitars along with everything else this might be your thing.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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