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Various: This Is How I Kill My TearsThis Is How I Kill My Tears (2004)
Deep Elm Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Deep Elm's roster is one of those special exceptions. It's rather easy to sit back and call each and every one of their bands "indie rock" to some extent; but unfortunately the shortcut-taker, "indie rock" is just as wide a style as any other right now. It covers entirely too many ways of experime.
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Deep Elm's roster is one of those special exceptions. It's rather easy to sit back and call each and every one of their bands "indie rock" to some extent; but unfortunately the shortcut-taker, "indie rock" is just as wide a style as any other right now. It covers entirely too many ways of experimenting with traditional rock styles to actually grasp a real idea. Their 2004 sampler, number five for those counting at home, featuring all Deep Elm bands on tour this year, is not only a solid hour-plus collection of songs, but hell, it's free.

There're a lot of direct comparisons that can be made ‚?? but for the most part, it's not quite bands that are commonly copped. Surrounded sounds a lot like Sleep Station, with the soothing vocals under effects, and a pretty string orchestra creating a beautiful environment on "On Top of the World." Although these following bands have been around just about the same length of time, Desert City Soundtrack's pair of songs came off to me kind of like Murder By Death; a slight western feel put to an even more original sound. Let's just selfishly acknowledge Eyeball's great contributions to the scene for a moment.

Anyway, "Blindfold the Leaves," by Settlefish, has spoken word parts definitely reminiscent of Brazil's ripping-off-At-the-Drive-In style, while a patch of half-yelled-half-spoken vocals at the 1:30 mark in their "Scream At Horizons" contribution sounds like Daryl Palumbo might pull off. Ex-June Spirit vocalist Ian Musgrove sounds more like Matt Pryor than he ever did singing for Fire Divine (see: beginning of "Smoke and Mirrors"). Actually, "Reputation Outlives Application," the following song, sounds like the Get Up Kids too, just maybe with a bit of semi-screamed vocals, and lots of dynamic parts with a more rocking feel ‚?? a formula that I was actually quite enjoying. As for Burns Out Bright, they should call "Our Proudest Moments" "Our Predictable Moments;" it's entirely too easy to tap along to a structure as simple that song establishes. Lock and Key's "2nd Quarter Broken" sounds like early PMFS without the screams at times (and better production) ‚?? which is a nice changeup in the constant cycle of ripping off that style we've witnessed the past few years.

There's a nice amount of tunes, several of which are on unreleased/upcoming albums, and a majority of which are good or above. So whether you pay $2/3 for the shipping of the actual CD or download it as a benefit in the $39.99 a month cable modem bill, it's wholeheartedly recommended.

01. Sounds Like Violence ‚?? You Give Me Heartattacks
02. Sounds Like Violence ‚?? Cry, Oh Cry!
03. Fire Divine ‚?? Smoke and Mirrors
04. Fire Divine ‚?? Reputation Outlives Application
05. Burns Out Bright ‚?? Crowded Streets‚?¶
06. Burns Out Bright ‚?? Our Proudest Moments
07. Lock And Key ‚?? Independence Game
08. Lock And Key ‚?? 2nd Quarter Broken
09. Desert City Soundtrack ‚?? My Hell
10. Desert City Soundtrack ‚?? Drowning Horses
11. Slowride ‚?? Smoking Cigarettes
12. Slowride ‚?? Panther 1
13. Red Animal War ‚?? Satellites
14. Red Animal War ‚?? Riot
15. Settlefish ‚?? Blindfold the Leaves
16. Settlefish ‚?? Scream At Horizons
17. Surrounded ‚?? On Top of the World
18. Surrounded ‚?? Better Not Be So
19. Benton Falls ‚?? Trial and Terror
20. Benton Falls ‚?? Bitter By Choice


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Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

this score is for hating an entire music label because of one bad experiance with an employee

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

damn that 'richdork' thing was hilarious! thanks to whoever threw up the link. that top review contains about 10 'word of the day' from dictionary.com which came up in a row earlier this month. genius.

Jesse (April 21, 2004)

I'm not saying anything about the bands...but ever since I reviewed their anti-suicide comp a few months back and got flamed by a an employee of theirs because I didn't like it, I just hate Deep Elm. That post was for the guy who was praising them.

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

these songs are all samples

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

This is how I kill emo kids:



Dud3 (April 21, 2004)

"This is how I kill my tears" Pfffffft!

The only tears I have are tears from laughing my arse off at this indie parody at SA:


inagreendase (April 21, 2004)

"Deep Elm records is promoted by Abercrombie and Fitch. "

I knew that already. There are plenty of label associations I dislike, but it doesn't prevent me from enjoying their bands.

Plus, anyone can figure that out by simply looking to where that first MP3 links to.

Jesse (April 21, 2004)

Deep Elm records is promoted by Abercrombie and Fitch. Just ask Scott, he'll tell ya.

Oh, and the title of this comp made me vomit *just a little* inside my mouth.

This is How We Suck at Being A Record Label is more like it.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

holy shit this is really good

skankin_in_the_pit (April 20, 2004)

"Anybody heard Beetlejuice on Howard Stern this morning? Pure fucking comic genius without even trying (or being aware). This score's for Beet."

I had to leave right before he came on but i'm just about to check out marksfriggin.com to read about it. It was some sort of "Beat the juice" game right? It doesn't get any better then Beetlejuice.
This score's for John the Stutterer.

Icapped2pac (April 20, 2004)

Anybody heard Beetlejuice on Howard Stern this morning? Pure fucking comic genius without even trying (or being aware). This score's for Beet.

Benton Falls' last album was daaaamn good, so everybody make sure and check those 2 songs out. I'm also pretty fond of that BOB song "Our Proudest Moments". Yeah, it's fairly predictable, but it's executed well and it's damn catchy.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

score is for the comp...not the review. let's acknowledge eyeball's contributions to the scene? give me a fuckin' break. that label was nothing until the co-owner's band got signed by a major label and hence eyeball got flooded with dirty major label cash. anyway...deep elm is the most underrated and underappreciated label ever.

GYBE (April 20, 2004)

Where's the PMFS songs? They're on tour...

Score is for Desert City Soundtrack.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

that is the absolute worst name for a compilation i've ever heard.


Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

this is how I slit my wrists - TahoeJeff

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

Lock and Key is fantastic, they remind me of Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike. Hot Brown Key. Deep Elm is a good label, with good records.

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