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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
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
The Magic Magicians
The Magic Magicians
Suicide Squeeze Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Indie rock side projects seem to be coming out of the woodwork. I'd say these projects as a whole are in a 70/30 ratio- 70% being a bad waste of time and 30% being worthwhile. For me, the greatest project in the 30% ratio so far would be that of the Postal Service and pretty much any of the combinations in the Post Parlo records HOME series (though I don't think those count as an out and out "side project".) The Magic Magicians are a side project for John Atkins (of 764-HERO) and Joe Plummer (of the Black Heart Procession) and this lo-fi pop duo can thankfully be found in the 30% of side projects.

The sound ratio of the Magic Magicians is also in the 70/30 range, that being 70% Atkins to 30% Plummer. I think I was hoping for the opposite (as I am a bigger Black Heart Procession fan than I am a 764-HERO fan), but that's not to say the album in not enjoyable. Mid-tempo and a bit dreary, every song has a backwoods nightmare kind of feel to it. I can see that these boys are friends with Isaac Brock and have a big appreciation for Ugly Casanova.

The songwriting and word play seems a little simple (and, at times sounds similar to that of Lance Hahn of Jchurch), but it is disguised well in fun, semi-complicated instrumentation. In fact, the instrumentation does not sound like that of a two piece band for much of the album. These two have put some fun and enjoyable work into the creation of this album, making me wonder if in fact they both did have equal parts to do with it. Standout tracks: "Cascade Express", "The Cab and I", and "Action".

11 tracks span the 29 minutes of this album and left me with a That's it? Sort of feeling, so I guess that is to say I wanted more.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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