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

Eric Bachmann – To The Races

A decade ago, when Eric Bachmann was playing angular punk rock with Archers Of Loaf, you never would’ve guessed that beneath that loud exterior beat the heart of…well, it would be hard to narrow that down to just one thing. Since then, Bachmann has connected with his inner film-score geek via Barry Black, and his [...]

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

Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen Of The Apocalypse – Self-Titled

Picture NRBQ with a metallic pop edge and an expanded horn section, fronted by a singer who looks a bit like Julia Louis Dreyfus, sounds a bit like Sarah Vowell, and writes a bit like Amy Rigby — only much nastier. There you have this wonderful New York band, who will completely rock your world. [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #64 July-Aug 2006

Roman Candle – Upon further Revue…

It’s said that first impressions linger. Roman Candle can relate, because the band is in the midst of the most protracted first impression in recent memory. Its excellent debut album, The Wee Hours Revue, was released June 6 on V2 Records but has been in circulation in various forms for years, since it was first [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #64 July-Aug 2006

Chatham County Line – Ripe for the pickin’

“I think all the best records capture a mood rather than any sort of perfection. You know, none of us are virtuosos. You could replace all of us with Nashville cats. But this is us.” Dave Wilson Downtown Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre is packed, and Chatham County Line is ready to go. But their gear isn’t [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #64 July-Aug 2006

Various Artists – Big Star, Small World

Big Star was the ultimate cult band, one whose music was “lost” for years before it was rediscovered and became part of the DNA of the Replacements, R.E.M., and other stars of the 1980s American rock underground. So it’s fitting that this Big Star tribute comes with a similarly checkered history. Some of these eleven [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #63 May-June 2006

Garrison Starr – The Sound Of You And Me

It’s easy to root for singer-songwriter Garrison Starr, whose first mainstream notice came with 1997′s Lilith-friendly pop hit “Superhero”. Starr has pursued a rootsier direction since then, somewhere betwixt Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin. She’s made a series of solid records that come tantalizingly close to great — most notably 2002′s Songs From Take-Off To [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #62 Mar-Apr 2006

Various Artists – Songs For Sixty Five Roses

Ask a young kid to say “cystic fibrosis,” and what comes out is something like “65 roses”; thus the title of this disc. When longtime North Carolina music scene veteran John Plymale’s daughter was diagnosed with the disease two years ago, he put together a benefit record to fight it. Plymale put out the call [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #62 Mar-Apr 2006

Southern Culture On The Skids – Doublewide And Live

Rick Miller is seldom mentioned as one of the great guitarists, but Doublewide And Live suggests he should be. Recorded at the Skids’ favorite hometown bar in Chapel Hill (Local 506, site of their long-running annual summertime bacchanal Sleazefest), Doublewide sizzles from the get-go thanks to Miller’s tireless playing. You just won’t believe the guy’s [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #61 Jan-Feb 2006

Subdudes – Behind The Levee

Few albums have been overtaken by unfortunate events as profoundly as Behind The Levee, the Subdudes’ now ironically-titled second album since their 2002 reunion. Understand, it’s a very nice record that won’t disappoint fans of the Subdudes’ second-line blue-eyed Creole soul. But it’s still difficult to hear songs evoking good times down in Louisiana without [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #61 Jan-Feb 2006

Robert Pollard – From A Compound Eye

Think of Guided By Voices’ 2004 breakup as analogous to a puzzling Chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration, in which a thriving enterprise is dissolved so the proprietor can…well, continue doing exactly the same thing as before, more or less. That would be frontman Robert Pollard, the lone constant throughout GBV’s existence. (Toward the end, he was [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)
    While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perha […]
  • Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)
    The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revol […]
  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]

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