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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
GoGoGo Airheart
GoGoGo Airheart
Gold Standard Laboratories

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
As many will note, GoGoGo Airheart have been pioneering the now-saturated dance-punk genre for years. Perhaps this is why Gold Standard Labs sought it fit to re-release their 1997 self-titled debut- to provide the missing history before the explosion. Such would be a move that I could respect, but in knowing what the band is fully capable of, in hindsight the debut can't help but come a little short of current expectations.

Bringing up sounds akin to !!! but more serious minded, they also bear the influences of Sonic Youth and the weird-is-interesting philosophy of abstract art. All of the prerequisite, signature pieces are there, but the recording isn't quite tight. Several odd-numbered tracks fill space as fairly ineffective instrumentals that seem to hang in the air without much purpose, and tracks like "Chemistry in the UXA" are so subdued that they barely make a blip on the radar. In this way, they come off as underdeveloped, and rightfully so, but bright spots serve as indication of future greatness.

On a lighter note, "Four and a Half to 9" harbors a gratifying Indian influence that colors the track with greater interest, and "Red-Dial, Re-Dial" is a danceable glimmer of justified hope. Likewise, "A Book of Dress" shows an early form of the gnarled, unpredictable pacing and clever arrangements the band harnesses so well to date.

I like GoGoGo Airheart as well as the next bespectacled rock girl, and the highlighted tracks certainly warrant a little digging; but unless you're on the market for a collector's item, I'd advise you move forward rather than backward in their catalog.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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