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The J. Tillman Interview – Reassembling Assumptions

The J. Tillman Interview – Reassembling Assumptions

J. Tillman Learns Through Book Writing and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy; Gets His Kicks from Fans Getting All of His Humanity By Crystal Murphy Between his notably more lighthearted new songs, J. Tillman told a story about the last time he was in Pioneertown. A local approached him asking if he was a glass blower—for the […]

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

Live Review: Lucha VaVOOM – The Mayan Theatre, LA – 10/28/10

“Don’t get hit in the head with a chair” and “Be sure to say your prayers before you go to bed tonight” are the only words of advice I am offered before I venture up the traffic infested 5 freeway to see Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan Theatre in LA. I don’t quite know what […]

Win 16 Disk Hank Williams Sr. Box Set

Win 16 Disk Hank Williams Sr. Box Set

Quick! Name five Hank Williams hits! If you couldn’t name them, you’re out of the game. Don’t even bother continuing to read. But if you did, do we have a treat for you!! You could win what may be the largest box set of all time: Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus! Amaze your […]

Conan O’Brien & Jack White on Upcoming Live Album

Conan O’Brien & Jack White on Upcoming Live Album

Conan O’Brien’s “Polk Salad Annie” is bullshit! Umm…that’s not us, that’s from the man himself. Never mind that original songwriter Tony Joe White got the name wrong — it’s actually poke salet, as in pokeweed and the 14th century English spelling of salad. But who cares; Southerners sure don’t. Nevertheless, Conan’s live version actually rocks […]

Bela Lugosi’s Dead — UNDEAD!

Bela Lugosi’s Dead — UNDEAD!

You cannot look away! LOOK HERE! Stay in the Halloween spirit with this classic bit of dreamy goth rock from Bauhaus. (Bevare . . . take care.)

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

If Lou Reed had lived in California, worked in a surf shop and smoked weed instead of bopping his crazy ass around NYC shooting heroin, he would have formed Sonny & The Sunsets instead of Velvet Underground. Honestly, we’re glad this did not occur, but you get the idea. Sonny Smith, the frontman of this […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

By Brian Lightfoot Railroad Earth’s self-titled release is a comfortable and confident layering of Southern rock, country and bluegrass. It is an undeniably American record with very naturally performed and recorded songs. Mixtures of sparkly acoustic instruments and twangy-to-growling telecaster tones matched with driving drum beats, semi-bluegrass bits, and some surprisingly funk- and rock-driven rhythms […]

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

By Luke Winkie Ever since Jandek made his ever-so-precarious crawl from utterly unknown, near mythical status to somewhat unknown, somewhat mythical status (on the back of a small handful of previously unheard-of live shows each year since 2005) his presence and insanely-engaging mystery has become somewhat of a commodity. Documentaries have been made, shows have […]

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Anthony D’Amato

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Anthony D’Amato

Solid debut recorded and released independently with members of Ben Kweller’s & Natalie Merchant’s bands, plus Canadian star Sam Roberts. With his debut album Down Wires getting loads of attention, recent Princeton grad Anthony D’Amato seems to be on the fast track to a stellar career as a singer/songwriter. The attention is indeed warranted, as […]

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

CONGRATS TO ADAM S. !! He won the Robert Plant CD! Everyone else can scroll to the end of this review to hear sample tracks from Band of Joy. There is, of course, that unmistakable voice. Call it The Mystical Pipes of Plant. Although slightly deepened with age, Robert Plant’s vocals still have that compelling […]

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

By Melissa Haklitch Cheyenne Marie Mize’s debut solo album is anything but amateur. Channeling vocals similar to that of Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Julie Sokolow, Mize challenges the best women singer/songwriters of the indie/folk scene. While Mize has performed with numerous known musical artists including Arnett Hollow and the Carter Family, Before Lately is […]

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

By Brian Lightfoot Silje Nes’ newest release Opticks is a serene and sleepy record that sonically draws images of wintry landscapes and glassy waters. Like other Northern European songwriters, Silje’s pronunciation, lyrical delivery and vocal style come across as innocent, child-like and sometimes even magical. Vocal layering techniques, instruments played at just above whisper level […]

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

By Brian Lightfoot Josh Ritter’s latest release So Runs the World Away is an emotionally rich reflection on life, death, disillusionment and pain. Though it is largely a record centering on the tragedies of broken love and human loss, it is also one of hopefulness and joy in reflection on the overall human experience. On […]