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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #74 March-April 2008

Michael Holland – Simple Truths And Pleasures

All siblings have their differences, even twins. Consider twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland, who have taken divergent paths since their former band, Jennyanykind, dissolved in 2003. As Jule Brown, Mark still makes mystic, blues-toned roots-rock that’s a logical extension of Jennyanykind. But Michael has pursued a folksier course on his three solo albums, including [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Jon Shain – Army Jacket Winter

Jon Shain’s voice is the aural equivalent of a sly nod and a wink. Your initial response might be to wonder if he’s putting you on with his ramblin’-folksinger persona — but then you notice how good a guitar player he is, and that you’re humming along. Coming off an informal apprenticeship with Fairport Convention [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Seth Walker – It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Sing

Based on his new self-titled album, you might expect Austin bluesman Seth Walker to have grown up in deepest Texas — sneaking off as a kid to hit the roadhouses and worship at the throne of Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins and other masters of electrified Texas blues. In fact, Walker’s background was a world away [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #73 Jan-Feb 2008

Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala

Had he come along in 1970, Jens Lekman would have been covering Jimmy Webb songs and finding a way to make them even more perverse (I’m thinking “MacArthur Park” here). Today, Lekman perfectly fits a niche for those who favor left-field drama with their pop. Combine the writerly tendencies of Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt with [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Meshell Ndegeocello – The World has Made Me the Man of My Dreams

Meshell Ndegeocello has never been one to make things easy, either for herself or her listeners, and that dynamic applies to her seventh album. The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams opens on a puzzling note with “Haditha”, 90 seconds of end-times speechifying by Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf (a not-very-interesting spiel few [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Martin Stephenson – Hell’s Half Acre

In recent years, Englishman Martin Stephenson has become something like a musical Civil War re-enactor. It’s a destination one never would have predicted for him, based on his initial impression with the 1980s-vintage postpunk band the Daintees. But Stephenson’s heart seems to be in Appalachia nowadays, especially the North Carolina mountain country that produced Doc [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Tom Gillam – Too busy singing to put anybody down

Somewhere in New Jersey, there’s a hospital worker Tom Gillam wants to meet, because he owes this person his life. It was March 2006 and Gillam had just had his third heart attack. This one was so serious, it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. “I was told after the fact that someone [...]

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

Tim Lee 3 / Brent Best – Hideaway (Raleigh, NC)

“WWLD, ‘What would Larry do?’” Tim Lee asked onstage in Raleigh. “I think every songwriter who ever read him would ask themselves that.” Lee was talking about Larry Brown, the late Mississippi grit-lit novelist and subject of a fine Lee-produced tribute album, Just One More (released in May on Bloodshot Records). This show was to [...]

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

Patty Hurst Shifter – Fugitive Glue

BAR BAND (compound noun) — A workmanlike, blue-collar musical assemblage most often comprised of four players (usually male) wielding, in order of importance, guitar, drums, vocals, bass (and sometimes but not often, keyboards). Frequently cited reference points include the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Chuck Berry, Crazy Horse, and other acts working in guitar-based four-four blues-derived [...]

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

Ben Lee – Ripe

Ben Lee is easy to find annoying — a child of alt-rock privilege who’s been moving in the rarefied world of Beastie Boys and actress girlfriends since he was a teenager. Put the gossip-column stuff aside and just consider Lee’s music, however, and it takes real effort to dislike him. He’s never made either a [...]

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From the Blogs

  • 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 […]
  • Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band
    It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Ameri […]
  • Wayne Kramer - Lexington (Album Review)
    Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and […]
  • Kim Churchill – Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver, April 16th, 2014)
    Watching Kim Churchill take the stage is an experience in and off itself. Despite the fact that the Australian singer-songwriter plays alone, he’s not exactly a minimalist when it comes to gear. The multi-instrumentalist sits behind a kit that includes a couple of guitars, a kick drum, a kick tambourine, a set of chimes and a larger pedal board that my brain […]
  • Good Vibes and Fun Times at Old Settler's Music Festival 2014 (Live Review)
    Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarant […]

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