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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

MUSIC

 » 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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » 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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
 
»Today is Saturday, November 18.
Liars are RATIFIED: Song of the Week
A cunningly deceptive track, "Scarecrows on A Killer Slant" delivers on many levels, as the intensely frightful nature throughout quells near the end, delivering tranquil vibes. It may have to do with the fact that the track somehow goes from raucous screaming of "And then kill 'em all" to mellow R&B crooning during the outro. Also, it might be a bit too hard and depraved for indie rock softies, so I suggest you grow a pair before you listen. -- Brian Christopher Jones
RATIFIED: Liars.
[06.25.2010]
Remember when Bush nabbed Steve Albini so their second album could emulate the caustic follow-up of their heroes Nirvana? Here these brazen My Bloody Valentine imitators try the same trick with Kevin Shields' latter-day interest in Primal Scream, and actually manage to nail Vanishing Point's paranoid, wind-tunnel audio cinema. The best special effect on "Ayisha Abyss": the seasick bass-snake that worms in and out of the frantic drumscape. -- Dan Weiss
RATIFIED: Serena Maneesh.
[06.18.2010]
Bethany 'What the fuck is chillwave?' Cosentino is Best Coast, purveyor of plain-spoken, sun-drenched fuzz-rock. On the hazy "Sun Was High (So Was I)", a seemingly uneventful day turns achingly lonely; when Cosentino belts out "I thought of you" at the end of each sparse verse, it's clear, this is no stoner ballad. -- Lara Longo
RATIFIED: Best Coast.
[06.11.2010]
[mp3] "Your Head Is On Fire" captures the perfect compositional and experimental elements that I expected to be present throughout the remainder of the album, and standing alone is probably one of the more focused and successful efforts in contemporary psychedelic rock. It's poetical and affective, all the while ironically proclaiming that "Life is tasteless." -- Brian Christopher Jones
RATIFIED: Broken Bells.
[06.04.2010]
[mp3] On "Jesus", a two-minute woozefest of youthful urges, Massachusetts trio DOM makes teenage existentialism (equal parts "I wanna feel it in my heart again" and "I wanna party in a basement") worthy of reminiscence. Us hardened adults can thank the dreamy vocals and syncopation when we've got a hankering for rosy nostalgia. -- Lara Longo
RATIFIED: DOM.
[05.28.2010]
[mp3] I cannot tell a lie: in a roiling sea of chillwave, the most sunlit tune I've heard all year remains the dryly spectacular "Heaven's on Fire" a pop tune fitted with quiet-not-monotone vocals, cut close to offset the sandpapery stop-and-go drums, sighing guitar dives and percolating sample of lovely who-knows-what before piano fills calm you down just to get riled up again by the next hook. One of those endless reels of bliss I presume you've read about. -- Dan Weiss
RATIFIED: The Radio Dept.
[05.21.2010]
[mp3] On "All Around and Away We Go" spacey dream-pop and soul train funk are married in an intimate ceremony that marks the arrival of Twin Sister, a promising new act from New York. A steady guitar pulse squeaks alongside a strutting bass line while breathy vocals compliment intervals of distant, clanging guitar and various reverbed drones on this track of their debut Color Your Life. Asa bonus, you can watch a video from a live performance of the track, directed by Ian Perlman. -- Eric Wedgewood
RATIFIED: Twin Sister.
[05.14.2010]
[mp3] "Juan Matus", the fourth track from Zoos of Berlin's debut album Taxis, is a cut exemplary of the band's potpourri approach to creating a rock song. It starts softly but all at once, the coy bounce of a bass line and a twinkling keyboard underscoring a sunny trumpet serenade before a lounge-cool guitar eventually ambles in. By 90 seconds in the pace has begun to rollick, but it will ebb and flow from uptempo jazz to soaring space rock to chilled out ballad without skipping a beat. Pedigreed with members and collaborators of Pas/Cal, Red Shirt Brigade, Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship, The Pop Project, Javelins and Carl Craig, this Detroit band makes a 6+ minute song feel like a journey through life itself.

The group recently wrapped up a tour of the Eastern US and will be performing at Midwest Fest 2010 from May 21-23 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a bonus, you can watch live footage of "Black in the Sun Room" or any number of interviews and performances online thanks to the Internet. Joy. -- Eric J Herboth
RATIFIED: Zoos of Berlin.
[04.30.2010]
RATIFIED: Song of the Week // In the near future LAS will be augmenting the much-loved MP3 section (regularly updated downloads galore in the left-hand column of the front page) and MultimediaBox (videos and mixtapes and non-mp3 media in the top right of the front page) with a new section highlighting one killer but lesser-known song each week. Readers will learn a bit about the track and have the option to stream or download the cut direct from the front page. Stay tuned for details.
[03.08.2010]

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