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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!
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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Intelligence
Boredom & Terror
Omnibus Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I think we can all agree that we buy records because they have something to offer. Perhaps the lyrics are witty or inspirational, or maybe the riffs are catchy or the beats bootylicious. Now that we've all learned our lesson about not stealing music, we expect something in return for our hard-earned money, even if it is as fleeting as poop jokes from Triumph the Insult Dog. Birthed of the title feelings, The Intelligence's new album Boredom and Terror won't give you much besides a headache.

Most startling is the production of the CD, which is more washed-out than a pair of late 80's Levi's. The gritty, trite lyrics go nowhere but do so very loudly. "Telephone wires/connecting the liars/directly to fires/that never get tired" is as good as it gets, and it sounds as if the vocals were shouted through a megaphone while an uninspired guitar trips over itself again and again. This is the best song on the album.

Hardcore electronica fans won't even be able to save this one; even though my techno days are behind me I still hold Kid 606 and Matmos in high regard, and I can't stand Boredom and Terror. Perhaps The Intelligence are trying to make a point about the worthlessness of pop culture by creating a worthless album, but I don't think they are doing that well, either.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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