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Author: David Menconi

Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #60 Nov-Dec 2005

Stillhouse – Still on the side

In the dog days of January 2004, Tift Merritt’s backup band was at loose ends — hanging around Raleigh, North Carolina, while Merritt was out in Los Angeles making her Tambourine album with George Drakoulias. But before they’d become Merritt’s country-rock Carbines, they’d been a rock band called Stillhouse. So guitarist Dave Wilson, drummer Zeke [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #59 Sept-Oct 2005

Bob Mould – Body Of Song

The longer an artist sticks around, the more pronounced the struggle becomes between two conflicting impulses: the desire to indulge in weird tangents vs. the desire to please an audience by sticking to one’s strengths. Too much of the latter can put you in a serious rut. But too much of the former can result [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #58 July-Aug 2005

Stephen Malkmus – Face The Truth

You only get to surprise people once. Stephen Malkmus did that back in 1992 with Pavement’s Slanted And Enchanted, a signpost of ’90s alt-rock and a record of intense, startling originality. Through another four Pavement albums and as a solo act, Malkmus has honed his combination of push-pull melodies and angular rhythms to the point [...]

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Farther Along - Obituary from Issue #57 May-June 2005

George Scott: 1929 to 2005

It seems odd to say that a singer as powerful as George Scott was quiet. But Scott, who died in his sleep on March 9 at age 75 in Durham, North Carolina, was the quiet Blind Boy Of Alabama. Clarence Fountain has always been the long-lived gospel group’s gregarious frontman, and Jimmy Carter the guy [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #57 May-June 2005

Anders Parker – The Wounded Astronaut

“I know that some say rock is dead,” Anders Parker declares on the penultimate song of his new EP. “But I never heard a word they said/’Cause my guitar was set on fire/As I destroyed my amplifier.” Then Parker proceeds to do just that, launching into a frantic double-time outro that sounds like he’s trying [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #56 March-April 2005

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – Gathering stones together

Eyes closed, Johnny Irion stands at the microphone with his hands in his pockets and croons the same line over and over: “Always…Lookin’ out…Got your back…Always lookin’ out for you.” He’s the only one in the studio who can hear the accompanying music, which is being played through his headphones. So it’s only natural that [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #56 March-April 2005

Marianne Faithfull – Before The Poison

When last heard from, Marianne Faithfull was playing the devil in Robert Wilson’s stage version of The Black Rider, making Faustian bargains with unsuspecting mortals. You could call that typecasting, given Faithfull’s image of wizened decadence. On the other hand, you can imagine Faithfull herself making a perverse deal with some nameless underworld figure to [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #55 Jan-Feb 2005

Moaners – Dark Snack

The first sound on Dark Snack is a screeching electric guitar, which would be Melissa Swingle’s way of declaring her intentions right up-front: After five albums of gothic alt-country with Trailer Bride, Swingle is ready to let the feedback fly. Not that she has completely forsaken her former band’s eccentricities. Dark Snack sounds southern, rural [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #54 Nov-Dec 2004

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Timeless

The first time I saw Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown play live some years back, I was amused to see him puffing away on the same kind of pipe as my dad. The joke got even better when I went back to interview Brown between sets, and discovered the tobacco he’d been stuffing into that pipe wasn’t [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #53 Sept-Oct 2004

Paul Westerberg – Folker

Paul Westerberg really should just go ahead and make an album called Hamlet and get it over with. Going all the way back to the Replacements, Westerberg has spent his career obsessing over commitment issues involving loyalty, romance and fame. He rarely makes a declaration without some sort of qualifier, usually leaving himself a back-door [...]

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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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