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10:24 AM on 02/18/11
Blake Solomon
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I understand the "surf and "beach" rock comparisons, but so far everything I've heard from this EP makes the Best Coast sound like a joke. Maybe that's just my condescending opinion toward them though.

Regardless, I disagree with this review. I felt like each song had its individual personality. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
Yeah, I don't know, it's just so same-y, even for an EP.
11:00 AM on 02/18/11
Blake Solomon
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I really liked this EP. I've enjoyed everything to come out of the whole lo-fi surf rock sound. Surfer Blood, Beach Fossils, Real Estate, and Best Coast. Now I'm awaiting The Vaccines' full length.
You're not putting The Vaccines in the surf rock group, though, are you?
03:56 PM on 02/18/11
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The full length was boss. Haven't listened to this yet. I've been too busy blasting the new Cloud Nothings record - I'll throw up my review when I get a chance. I wouldn't put Best Coast in this same category either. Beach Fossils = Ducktails = Real Estate = Memory Tapes. Best Coast = Dum Dum Girls = Vivian Girls.
I do enjoy Memory Tapes and Real Estate, Ducktails not so much. But I would put Memory Tapes in a far different, far superior category, as its dominance of electronics allows for much more experimentation in my opinion. I too enjoyed Beach Fossils' prior album, but this doesn't feel new and it certainly feels like a waste of money if you already have that album. There's nothing wrong with a band having a sound and using that sound for their whole career, but for my money I need to have some sort of change between tunes and certainly between albums.
05:16 PM on 02/18/11
Blake Solomon
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Money issue = Mediafire. But on a serious note, I see where you are coming from with Memory Tapes. I also think he has a lot more offer sonically compared to the more straightforward surf pop guitar work of Real Estate. I don't see how you like Real Estate, but not Ducktails - it's the guitarist's solo project. He does a bit more analog-type recording, but it's essentially the same guitar work/floating vibe. "Killing the Vibe" is one of my favorite songs so far this year - you should check it out. Like I said before, I haven't given this EP a listen yet, so I can't really weigh it against the full length, which I loved. A little off subject - have you checked out the new Cloud Nothings record? You'd probably dig it.

I'd also have to disagree with the "changing between albums" argument. There has to be cases where you want bands you listen to remain somewhat constant when it comes to their overall sound. Again, you have to realize that this is just an EP and not a full length, which does make a difference.
I've heard the new Ducktails album. It's just not as interesting/diverse as Real Estate to me. I mean, obviously all of this stuff is nit-picky, because in its essence, yes it sounds a lot like Real Estate. But if I'm going to pick one, I'm going to go with Real Estate. It's also kind of strange that he released a solo album that is pretty much exactly what his band does only more benign. I don't know, it might just be a case that I heard Real Estate first and now this will always be "that second thing I heard from them."

I listened to the Cloud Nothings album once a week or so ago. It was ok, although the guys voice started to bother me after a while. Interesting stuff for sure, though.

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