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Author: David Menconi

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

  • Exclusive Premiere of Cowboy Jack Clement's "Let the Chips Fall"
    Cowboy Jack was one of the most beloved country and Americana artists of his generation. For proof, just look at the list of artists who showed up to lend a hand on his final album: John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlin […]
  • Easy Ed's Sideshow of Solos, Duets and Ensembles: Session #42
    Welcome to the 42nd installment of random thoughts, trivial facts. occasional fiction, poetry, haikus, photos, artwork, stories of fleeting fame and dastardly deeds, and videos or tunes that may have caught my attention or fancy of late. As you can see by the picture at the side, I've got dessert on my mind, and in particular...pies. The Oxford Companio […]
  • St. Vincent in Concert: As Performance Artist, Annie Clark Shows Her True Colors
    One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next? That’s what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer and her target audience as March wound down while that inevitable da […]
  • Lone Justice - This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 (Album Review)
    Much bootlegged, these landmark early studio recordings by Lone Justice are finally given an official release. By December 1983, performing their swashbuckling fusion of punk and country, Lone Justice were consistently playing ‘sold out’ sets in L.A.’s numerous rock clubs. That month Maria McKee (lead vocal, guitar), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar, backing vocal), M […]
  • Stace England & The Salt Kings – America, Illinois (Album Review)
    Let me tell you a little about Stace England.  Back in 2005 or so, Stace and the boys put out an album titled Greetings From Cairo, Illinois which music critic Greil Marcus put in his Top Ten albums of that year.  They followed it up in 2007 with Salt Sex Slaves, another historically apt musical look behind the facade of reality-as-told.  (Here is part of th […]
  • Young Brits Climbing the Ladder: Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas
    Ah, sweet  youth. Time for an update on Blair Dunlop and Ward Thomas, two young British music talents that  I have mentioned before on these pages and who are worth keeping an eye on. Dunlop turned 22 in February. He is a folk-country singer with an impressive musical pedigree (his dad is British folk icon Ashley Hutchings) and who, I have just learned playe […]

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