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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

  • 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 […]
  • Waylon, John Prine, Kinky, Gram Parsons ... Come Together
    Musicians & Movie Stars: Brief Encounters by W. Conrad This began as a foreword for a small collection of pictures and articles I am assembling for a book I plan to self-publish. As the memories piled on, the words accumulated into a short memoir and loose chronology of what happened in my life and on paper between 1967 and 1979. All of my No Depression […]
  • 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 […]
  • Getting to Know the Levins - Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists
    Huey Lewis and the News have been known to sing about “The Power of Love,” but it was “the power of music” that brought Julia and Ira Levin together.  Their collaboration is a mighty one and it sure feels like it was a union that was truly meant to be. As they state in the interview below, they are committed to making the world a happier place through their […]

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