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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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!
[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
Pinback
Autumn Of The Seraphs
Touch and Go

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 15, 2007
While not exactly unknown, Pinback should be a lot more popular than they currently are. They get unfairly slighted by the hip music community because they exhibit none of the flavor-of-the-week characteristics of other flash-in-the-pan bands. Trumping the cool new thing, they've instead released a consistent and quality canon of work. The band's beautiful melodies, playful tempos, and pop sensibility should have carried them into crossover success a long time ago.

"From Nothing to Nowhere" opens Autumn Of The Seraphs and sets a surprisingly faster pace than usual. The rest of the songs follow suit, with the album seemingly blowing by in forty-five minutes. With their songs usually ambling and meandering along, Pinback have kept their signature sound this time around, but instead have sped things up a little bit. Autumn Of The Seraphs also has a more polished feel to it than previous releases; while not exactly a rock opera, it is, however, a little more grandiose and epic in scope.

Autumn Of The Seraphs is more of the same I have come to expect from Pinback - lovely harmonies and catchy hooks, all with an underlying emotional depth. As its title might suggest, Autumn Of The Seraphs is the perfect accompaniment for a breezy Fall day.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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