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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
Skiptrace
Skiptrace
Trainwreck Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 14, 2000
These days it seems that no matter what band you are listening to you cannot help but dissect each and every part of the music. You begin to listen and while you are listening you are either loathing or loving the music, and at the same time you are thinking the sound over in your head trying to put a finger on what other band the band sounds like. Sometimes it is easy to place your finger on the musical mentors or influences and other times it can be right on the tip of your tongue and never come off. I believe that the latter of the two is the most difficult. The more I think about It, I think that the longer it takes you to place your finger on the sound, the better. Sometimes that feeling of knowing a sound and not being able to decide exactly who it sounds like keeps you interested in listening to the record. Who knows- maybe the longer you listen, the more it will grow on you and get stuck in your head. If it never comes then the band must have an original sound and be like no other. Or maybe you are just stuck.

Skiptrace have a sound that is almost both equally original and a combination of sounds created by others over and over again. I could say, Weston or even Modest Mouse or maybe even the Counting Crows but I would never be 100% on target. Like I said before, it is hard to do. I've heard so many records in the last year that I can barely even remember the names of some of them and I can remember records passing by like clouds on a windy day when a storm is forming. Sometimes what you are listening to will capture you completely and hold your attention for the whole entire time, while you are thinking every word in every song and embracing every chorus or build up or break down. Sometimes the record will fade into the background and leave you without an impression, leave you asking was I just listening to something? Sometimes you will force yourself through the whole unpleasant experience and sometimes you will just give up and skim through the album just like a book that you don't want to read.

Skiptrace leaves me wanting to listen to other albums and it also makes me want to listen to it again and again until I decide who their favorite band is. I would like to congratulate Skiptrace on making this 6 song EP long enough to not feel like I had been shafted on an EP. Some bands put out four song EPs and sometimes they are good, leaving you anticipating a release. On the other hand, some bands go about it all wrong and release an EP simply because they have a few new songs and they either do not want to rush the writing or they don't want to waste lots of money on a full length with four solid songs and a bunch of filler.

On a lighter note, Skiptrace are from San Francisco and are self described as a "high energy, guitar driven indie-jam band". I don't know about high energy, but the rest of it may be close to 100% accurate. The singer has, once again, a familiar but not too familiar sound and may get on certain peoples nerves after a couple of songs. The music itself its guitar driven and pretty straight forward, with a very mediocre drummer.

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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