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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
»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
Best Coast
Crazy for You
Mexican Summer

Rating: 8/10 ?


August 3, 2010
For those of us who don't live the SoCal life--sun, weed, wav(v)es and beachy introspection--a listen to Best Coast's easy, breezy debut Crazy for You comes close enough. With ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler on drums and the interwebs' blessing behind them, the three-piece outfit spreads California love with their fuzzy, garage-surf sound.

Best Coast, the brainchild of frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, is best-est at their bluntest...which is essentially their only approach. On the title track, she harps, "Want to kill you but then I'd miss you," On "Boyfriend," Cosentino simply wishes for "he." When everything falls apart on "Goodbye," she wishes her cat could talk; this simple brooding might sound doltish but it's surprisingly relatable even if your cat isn't your confidant (said feline also graces the cover; it's none other than Snacks, Cosentino's internet-famous sidekick. And if you were wondering, yes, Snacks Twitters). When your words are as direct as a West Coast sun ray, riffs or intricate drum fills would just complicate things. Mainly, Crazy for You manages to reference weed without being lowbrow and her cat without being twee. Sun-drenched guitar licks go woozy and Cosentino's crystal clear vocals lament and wish and hope. You don't have to be West Coast-born to feel the weight of an "I miss you so much" chorus and a slow drum beat.

Reviewed by Lara Longo
Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.

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