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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #70 July-August 2007

John Dee Holeman – Heaven can Waif

Tim Duffy is backstage at one of John Dee Holeman’s concerts, showing him a copy of his new album. And he’s trying to jog the septuagenarian bluesman’s memory about the musicians who accompanied him on the record. “Remember them?” Duffy asks, pointing at the cover. “They had kinda English-sounding accents? Band from Australia with two [...]

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

Buffalo Tom – Three Easy Pieces / Meat Puppets – Rise To Your Knees

The early-’90s alternative-rock “revolution” is far enough in our collective rearview mirror for nostalgia to have set in. And here we have a couple of potential beneficiaries, two bands that had brushes with the mainstream before fading out — Meat Puppets as cameo stars of Nirvana’s 1994 swan song Unplugged, Buffalo Tom with the song [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #69 May-June 2007

Mitch Easter – Dynamico

During Let’s Active’s mid-1980s heyday, critics dropped adjectives such as “winsome,” “jangly” and “cute” to describe the band’s music. Dynamico, Let’s Active mastermind Mitch Easter’s first album since the waning days of the Reagan administration, should inspire no such descriptors. While Easter still cranks out the hooks, catchy as ever, Dynamico is undeniably a rock [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #69 May-June 2007

Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads

Back in Mott The Hoople’s day, you never would’ve picked frontman Ian Hunter as a candidate to age gracefully. Improbably, he has done just that, perhaps because he was always a bit older than his peers. Hunter’s actual year of birth has long been a matter of dispute, with most accounts putting it somewhere between [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #68 Mar-Apr 2007

Cary Hudson – Bittersweet Blues

If Cary Hudson’s electrified 2004 release Cool Breeze recalled one aspect of Mississippi — the amped-up blues-rock of the North Mississippi All-Stars, minus the sprawling jams — the pared-down acoustic ruminations of Bittersweet Blues bring to mind the Mississippi of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. There’s a writerly, descriptive feel to the former Blue Mountain [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #68 Mar-Apr 2007

The dB’s/ Mitch Easter / Sneakers – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)

There really should have been a North Carolina flag in the house for this show, in which three of the Tarheel state’s most storied acts drew a sold-out crowd. There was the classic Chris Stamey/Peter Holsapple/Will Rigby/Gene Holder dB’s lineup’s first show in New York City since 1982. Middle act Mitch Easter was the long-ago [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #67 Jan-Feb 2007

Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday

Elvis Perkins’ debut album comes with enough back-story to overwhelm a lesser talent. He bears a striking resemblance to his late father, actor Anthony Perkins, who died of AIDS on September 12, 1992; and his mother, photographer Berry Berenson, was on the plane that hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001. [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #66 Nov-Dec 2006

Dexter Romweber – Piano

Piano is Flat Duo Jets leader/Mozart fan Dexter Romweber’s version of classical music for short attention spans: thirteen disjointed tracks of melodramatic keyboard flourishes in less than 28 minutes. A Cliff’s Notes version of Rachmaninoff or Dvorak, it sounds like soundtrack music to an old silent film, played by Bugs Bunny decked out in a [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #66 Nov-Dec 2006

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Ole! Tarantula

Robyn Hitchcock just wasn’t cut out for this dimension, which might be distressing if he himself didn’t seem so good-natured about his lot. In the late, great Syd Barrett’s absence, Hitchcock has this particular quadrant of the astral plane all to himself. He makes good use of it on Ole! Tarantula, his return to rockin’ [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #65 Sep-Oct 2006

Sara Hickman – Motherlode

Parenthood is great and all, but there are still times when you want to hire a babysitter, dress up nice and hit the town like you used to. So it is with Sara Hickman, returning to the world of grown-up music after an extended sabbatical making children’s records. Based on this ambitious two-disc concept album [...]

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From the Blogs

  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Chris Isaak's Life Beyond the Sun
    In 2011, Chris Isaak took the long overdue step of recording an album at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. It wasn't just any album, it was faithful interpretations of classic songs by his musical mentors and heroes: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to predict that the album would be […]
  • Dave & Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)
    “My brother Dave is a triple threat and I’m so proud of him – singer, songwriter, and guitar player.” That’s what Phil Alvin told a July 26 sellout crowd at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The show was winding down but fans were totally pumped as the Alvin brothers exchanged pleasantries and showed no sign of their famed sibling rivalry after Dave […]
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Schoolkids Records: An Interview with Owner Stephen Judge
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. That's not really anything to celebrate, it's not an accomplishment, and what's that got to do with music? Nothing. It simply marks the inevitable passage of time. But, 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of Raleigh, N.C.'s Schoolkids Records, which is an accomplishment and is definitely […]
  • Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel (Nashville, Tenn. – July 25, 2014)
    Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that's certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don't leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There's no personal engagement on LaMontagne's part. It's as i […]
  • Freight Train Boogie Show #264 features new music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes
    FTB Show #264 features the new album by Old Crow Medicine Show called Remedy.  Also new music from Carolina Story, Yvette Landry and The Sweet Potatoes. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts.  Here's the direct link to … […]

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