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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

  • Rod Kennedy (1930-2014) and the Kerrville Folk Festival - Interview & Remembrance
    Rod Kennedy’s legacy is incalculable for those who truly love music, he departed this earthly plane on Monday 14th April 2014. R.I.P. The following “warts and all” late May 1986 interview with Mr. Kennedy, the founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, was the lead feature in the debut issue of the Kerrville Kronikle fanzine sometime around 1988. No serendipity […]
  • Simone Felice - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow - 4/11/2014)
    With his second solo album safely under his belt Simone Felice is rapidly conforming his status as one of the finest purveyors of Americana around these days. Fortunately (for us) he remains somewhat under the mass radar allowing audiences to see him in intimate settings such as the hallowed King Tuts, a perfect space to see and hear his shamanistic offering […]
  • First Seldom Scene Album in Seven Years: Exclusive Look
    Seldom Scene issues its first Smithsonian Folkways album next week with guests including Emmylou Harris. Mike Auldridge passed away in 2012, but the group includes founding member Ben Eldridge as well as Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Fred Travers. Here is a look at "My Better Years" the Hazel Dickens' tune from the album,  […]
  • MerleFest - Wilkesboro, North Carolina - April 24-27 2014
    While there are quite a few notable festivals that begin earlier than late April, many of us kick off the festival season by trekking to not your normal community college, the Wilkes Community College in the rolling hills of north central North Carolina where MerleFest has been held every year since 1988. Named in honor of Merle Watson who lived nearby, 2014 […]
  • Americana Boogie new releases for the week of April 15th... Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr, Moot Davis, Secret Sisters, Ray Bonneville and more
    BOBBY BARE JR. Undefeated (Bloodshot) Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he s the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, instead, he blazed a path of unique songwriting… […]
  • Five Questions: Kris Orlowski
    With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. First, it's a full-length record (after three EPs) and, second, he's a band (not just a singer/songwriter). Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic […]

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