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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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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
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Giddy Motors
Make It Pop
Fat Cat Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Upon recommending McLusky's Do Dallas to a sweet and prolific fellow reviewer here, he responded with a simple nod to Giddy Motors, saying that he had "seen the light," as it were, and liked them better. Better than McLusky? My curiosity piqued, I had to check this band out.

Giddy Motors inhabit a space that clings dearly to the ages of Black Sabbath, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and post-Nine Inch Nails cultic sadomasochism. Their tracks range greatly, but maintain a constant, deranged manner that crosses outlandish Hannah-Barbara cartoons with David Lynch suicide cinema.

The result is challenging and difficult to peg, bringing many influences to mind: "Bottle Opener" features interestingly slanted, Jawbox-inspired guitars; "Cranium Crux" is reminiscent of a dark, lazy June of 44 track - complete with high, slithered vocals; "Sassy" has a LIARS-like aftertaste, and "Dog Hands" could replicates the pained, hushed sidebars in Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record.

In all, it is a glimpse of the eccentric, chaotic genius of the Minutemen that shines most brightly through these shifting styles, pronounced in their shared ability to catch the audience off guard. In perhaps their most challenging track, "Venus Medalist," these London cha(m)ps foster the unexpected inclusion of a monotonous and chilling acoustic guitar. The instrument is so out-of-place that it facilitates a feeling that is altogether frightening, yet entirely too brilliant.

My question has been answered- As immediately accessible as McLusky? No. But boundlessly more intelligent and interesting. Thanks, Jordan.

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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