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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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
Orphins
Drowning Cupid
Goodnight Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Every time I hear Black Francis scream, "I am Un Chien Andalusia," I have a moment of solidarity - Me, too, Frankie! Me, too! - and I know from the sounds of Drowning Cupid, the Orphins share that moment with me. Their grainy, punchy, paranoid pop reminds me most of vintage Pixies, and for that I love them almost instantly.

"Camp Cryotop" begins our strange journey like a weird indie rock workout video. It is jumpy and energetic, but always self-conscious and gritty. From there, "Devilduck" establishes more kinship with the Bossanova crowd by incorporating a love of strained surf rock in unexpected places. The style suits them perfectly and makes the album that more enjoyable. It is constantly playtime, but nothing is quite played straight.

"Chinese Prom" introduces some hefty organ lines, bringing in warped New Wave notions of another beloved band, the Talking Heads, and revels in onstage dramatics just for fun. The album just keeps going in this fashion, wholly enjoying its own twists and turns - Drowning Cupid is nothing if not consistently sporadic and tirelessly spontaneous. It is marked by bug-eyed, frantic distortion, tingling guitars, evil curiosities and an unquenchable thirst for fun - each signature adds to the Orphins' appeal as they take great joy in weirding everybody out. That's what makes us so alike, but also so well liked. Just ask Frank.

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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