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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
Get Up Kids
Red Letter Day
Doghouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Get Up Kids. What can you say? They make some people want to puke and other people want to cry. This 5 song EP won't change any of that, even though there is a definite improvement in quality here from Four Minute Mile.

"One Year Later" starts things off with a much more driving sound than I am used to from the GUKs, making me wonder if there really is some hardcore history behind their horn-rimmed emo pop glasses. "Mass Pike" features a bit of piano alongside a drum machine, a combination I wouldn't have thought could work, but it does in a very catchy way. "Anne Arbor" is one we've heard before, but this version is a little different than the one on the Sub Pop single.

Red Letter Day doesn't drive me to the point of disgust-induced regurgitation, a marked improvement over Four Minute Mile. Unfortunately it doesn't have the same driving freshness that the Contrast and Doghouse singles did either, but that won't stop every 17 year old girl with a pop bead necklace between Bangor and Bakersfield from buying it.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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