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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Movie Music Volumes One and Two
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Maybe I shouldn't be reviewing these records, for a number of reasons. For one thing, I'm about as biased as you can get. I have almost all of Volume I on vinyl. Bob Nanna's parents would probably dis on Braid before I would. For another thing, I've probably heard every song on here at least a few times before, both live and recorded. I've been honking the Braid horn for years now and will keep on honking it forever. Yes, boys and girls, Braid is forever. Even in death, they rock on. How fucking emo is that, yo?

The Movie Music collections are the culmination of years of writing, recording, touring, living, learning, loving, losing and winning. These songs represent everything Braid recorded that wasn't on one of their three long players. Compilation tracks, split tracks, covers and a few unreleased B-sides. This is pretty much everything you need to fall in love with these guys all over again, tracking their progression from ambiguous post-everything rockers to the modern rock staple they were at the end. You can almost smell the dirty basement drapes on the humble beginnings of "Motion Light" and hear the soft, humming weak luminescence of Urbana's globed street lights on "(Strawberry Ann) Switzerland," one of the most cherished numbers in their repertoire. If you ever want to say you are down; if you ever want to say that you're modern punk; if you ever want to know some of the magic, run out and get this now. It's not the same as being there all along, but it is pretty damn close.

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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