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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.
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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
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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
Weakerthans
Reunion Tour
Anti-

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 18, 2007
According to our own watches, the bar closed fifteen minutes early. Forced out, we stood around aimless and drunk, lighting cigarettes on the dirty sidewalks and exhaling into the empty night. Where to go and what to do? Butts were flicked into the gutters with a spray of orange embers as a mad dash was made to the nearest liquor store in hopes that their clock was running a little behind.

We careened down the street towards my friend's house, the conversation coming fast through voices raised by booze. We could care less for those who chose sleep and hoped our racket made it in through their windows, cracked to admit the cool, summer breeze. For all we yelled, the houses stayed still and dark, silent in their judgment.

Laying on my side, I looked through the stack of records like I had done a thousand times before and picked out the same one I always did. It never failed to break my heart this late at night. Looking at the cover, I put it back at the bottom of the pile. If only the memories attached to it could be buried that easily as well.

I found a drink in my hand and all was forgotten. The room was a chaotic disarray of urgent voices and exaggerated action. Someone else had seen to the music, putting on something that we could all loudly and poorly sing along to. Nobody cared, except, perhaps, the neighbors. At the time, none of us were doing anything or going anywhere. We had a dirty apartment and friendship.

Listening to The Weakerthans makes me feel young and happy and hopeful.

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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