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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart [Slumberland, 2009]
Muffling their excellent knowledge of English in jangle and reverb, four theoretical nerds demonstrate why a band is better than grad school. Obviously no sad sacks if you have the courtesy to log off Twitter and listen, they flip off stacks etiquette in "Young Adult Friction" and cope with the indiscretions of a teaching assistant in "The Tenure Itch." Not only do they have a sound, they have tunes, and the words bring both home. One day it will please them to remember even this. A-