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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #52 July-Aug 2004

Graham Parker / Anne McCue – Duck Room (St. Louis, MO)

It’s been a hoot reading some of the reviews of Graham Parker’s latest album, Your Country, especially those that accuse the British-born, New York-based singer of jumping on the alt-country bandwagon. With all due respect to the venerable and puissant magazine you hold in your hands, one has to wonder how big a bandwagon there [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Asylum Street Spankers – Mercurial

How does the idea of string-band versions of the B-52′s “Dance This Mess Around”, the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and Black Flag’s “TV Party” (complete with a series of kitschy TV theme-song excerpts) strike you? Your answer will likely determine how you feel about the Asylum Street Spankers in general, and their new album in [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Eliza Gilkyson – Land of Milk and Honey

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Alejandro Escovedo Tribute – Las Manitas (Austin, TX)

“You look good, Alejandro,” singer Nicholas Tremulis said to Alejandro Escovedo, who for a change was attending a South By Southwest concert in the back room of the Mexican cafe Las Manitas instead of hosting one. “Maybe a little too good,” Tremulis continued, joking. “I don’t know about all this illness business. I think you’ve [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #50 March-April 2004

Garrison Starr – Woman Who Still Rocks

The most pointed and personal song on Garrison Starr’s new album Airstreams & Satellites is one that’s not even mentioned in the track listing. It’s a hidden cut, a bare-bones demo called “Inside Out”, that kicks in near the end of the disc, just after the title song fades. “I didn’t even think about recording [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #49 Jan-Feb 2004

John Sieger With The Skeletons – Her Country: The Songs Of Michael Feldman

Michael Feldman, host of Public Radio International’s popular quiz-and-interview show “Whaddya Know?”, isn’t someone you’d think of as a musical artist. Apparently he feels that way, too. While the other left-of-the-dial funnyman, Garrison Keillor, croons away week in and week out, Feldman contents himself by parodying the national news, quizzing audience members on minutiae of [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert – Side Of The Road

Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert both came up as singer-songwriters on the Boston folk music scene of the late 1980s and early ’90s, and they’ve shared many a stage over the years, so it’s only natural that they’d eventually record together. Though their styles differ somewhat — Paul’s songs are intimate and introspective, Gilbert’s a [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Nadine – Strange Seasons

The story of Nadine’s fourth album, Strange Seasons, has a lot to do with process. The album was recorded a year and a half ago by the band’s core members — guitarist/vocalist Adam Reichmann, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Rauner, and bassist Anne Tkach — plus a number of sidemen (including Centro-matic’s Matt Pence, who produced the disc). [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Robert Randolph – Heart of steel

Robert Randolph is perched on the edge of the stage at St. Louis nightclub Mississippi Nights, so close to the crowd down front that at any minute the unruly throng might reach up and pull him in, along with his custom-made 13-string steel guitar. Should Randolph topple, however, there are plenty of outstretched arms to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Charlie Robison – Live

You’d think being Nashville’s most outspoken critic would be a full-time job. But as it turns out, Charlie Robison actually has time to make albums and do live shows, two pursuits that come together nicely on Live, recorded during a two-night stand at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. Robison’s natural charisma is most evident [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Jimbo Mathus on Americana Music Show #188
    On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."  Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music fr […]
  • The War on Drugs: From Dylan to Dire Straits, By Way of Attrition
    Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa. But there are exceptions to such… […]
  • Dylan, "Desire" and the (other) Story of Hurricane: A Lesson In Fatherhood
    Reading of the death of former pro boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter today awoke an old memory which reminded me how lucky I was to have, what in retrospect, was a pretty cool father.  I should add by "cool" I do not mean some kind of "over the hill hipster" who, in a desperate attempt at trying to stay relevant smokes pot or acts […]
  • Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Black Coffee (Album Review)
    After a successful solo outing, Aussie country singer Lachlan Bryan got his old band back into the studio and came up with this cracker of an album. It was released in the autumn of last year in Australia and subsequently picked up a major award as “Alternative Country” album of the year. Such acclaim means any belated praise from me is superfluous, but I’m […]
  • Album Reviews: Gord Downie & The Sadies, Bruce Springsteen, Lost & Nameless, The Annie Ford Band
    Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymou […]
  • Blackberry Smoke Is the Goddamn Truth
    Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt.  Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle […]

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