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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Bob Feldman Tribute – Fitzgerald Theater (St. Paul, MN)

Red House Records owner Bob Feldman was a round man with a sharp mind and a cavernous laugh who embraced music with contagious passion and exquisite taste. On the very rare occasions when he disagreed with the artists on his roster, he’d settle it by challenging them to leg wrestle (Peter Ostroushko was better at [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Florida Funk, 1968-1975

Formally, Florida Funk is a sequel to Texas Funk and Midwest Funk, Jazzman Records’ other collections of R&B rarities from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Informally, it’s part of a much longer list of recent regional funk reissues. There’s Southern Funkin’ on the Beat Goes Public label, Funky Funky Chicago and Funky Funky Detroit [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volume 2 & 3

This double-disc follow-up to last year’s tribute to the venerable Chicago institution finds ever more obscure performers tackling ever more essential tunes — some ancient, some only sounding that way. On the first disc, Tanglewood churns up the seafaring sing-along “South Australia”; Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon duet kindly on Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Vee-Jay Records of Chicago was not the first successful black-owned label — Duke-Peacock of Houston stakes a better claim to that title — but until Motown exploded, it was certainly the most successful. This four-disc box is unquestionably a definitive collection, far superior to 1993′s three-CD The Vee-Jay Story. Founded in Gary, Indiana, in 1953 [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Atlantic Blues, 1949-1970

In 1949, Granville “Stick” McGhee (And His Buddies) saved Atlantic Records from Shakespeare. Stick had recorded a song called “Drinkin’ Wine”, and one of Atlantic’s distributors needed a bunch of copies but couldn’t find it. Atlantic did them one better: They found Stick and his older brother Brownie and re-recorded the tune. It became an [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

50 Years Of Stax – Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)

It’s been a half-century since Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton founded Stax Records in an old South Memphis movie house, and Concord Records, the historic soul label’s current owner, has been making the most of the anniversary with some high-profile gigs. In March, Booker T. & the MGs played a smoking, intimate set and backed [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – The Sandinista Project

When the Clash released their sprawling messterpiece Sandinista back in 1980, the general consensus was that this was a political manifesto as much as it was a musical endeavor. Perhaps this was because they named the three-record set after a communist-inspired Nicaraguan rebel group that had recently won its revolution, and had yet to be [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash came into this world as a niece to A.P. Carter, who was a giant of American music, as stoic and distant as a Civil War portrait. Her mother, Maybelle, was a beloved matriarch, not just of a gifted brood but of an entire genre of music. As if this weren’t enough to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Just One More: A Musical Tribute To Larry Brown

Larry Brown, the renowned southern writer who passed away in November 2004, loved music. Unlike many writers of his stature, he never forgot where he was from and even celebrated that place in his novels, short stories, and memoirs. Brown is remembered as one of the masters at capturing a sense of place, and one [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Stagecoach Music Festival – Empire Polo Fields (Indio, CA)

The Empire Polo Fields are 78 acres of verdant man-made carpeting bordered by lush groves of date palm groves and the jagged pink-and-blue ridges of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The grounds have barely been cleared of the plastic water bottles and glow sticks from the previous weekend’s Coachella Festival, but there’s a sense of relief [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Album Review)
    I’ve heard a lot of really unique descriptions of Lydia Loveless's new album, "Somewhere Else".  It’s always X + Y that supposedly equals a new sound.  None of them seem to capture the essence of the record for me.  On Loveless’s Facebook page, her sound is described as “Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar whil […]
  • Q and A with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
    Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are an edgy band.  Edgy in a good way.  From song to song you never know what kind of potion the band will cook up for the listener.  They are masters at so many different styles and when all is said and done, they’re just plain awesome.  Grooving modern vintage music is what they sometimes call their genre and that’s perfect.  It […]
  • Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - New Skin (Album Review)
    Who knew that Choral flavoured Folk music could be this cool? When I first encountered Bridie Jackson and the Arbour three years ago they were like a breath of fresh air blowing across a very stale and dusty Folk music scene; and nothing has changed in the intervening years; apart from them getting better. For once it is genuinely difficult to point you to i […]
  • Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (Album Review)
    Young folksinger finds a voice to match his impressive words Even at the tender age of 22, Blair Dunlop already has all the hallmarks of a seasoned pro: fronting the reformed and regenerated Albion Band, touring solo virtually non-stop, winning plaudits and awards for his debut album in 2012; all of which all brings us to what they call ‘the difficult second […]
  • Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (Album Review)
    Once upon a time, Katie Herzig wore her heart on her sleeve and wielded an acoustic guitar, both apropos of being a singer/songwriter. These days, though, she keeps company with synthesizers and drum loops. Yeah, the heart is still right there on the sleeve, but now you can groove to its beat. Herzig's new collection, Walk Through Walls, is a song cycle […]

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