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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #51 May-June 2004

Coal Palace Kings – Live at the Garden Grill

Albany, New York, is a strange nexus. There, the state highway crosses and splits to different compass points, connecting disparate cultures — tumbling north from New York City to Montreal, winding west from Massachusetts to Buffalo. At this crossroads, you’re at once immersed in New York state politics yet a stone’s throw from New England, [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #50 March-April 2004

Tom House – That Dark Calling

Writers fairly consistently and fairly accurately yoke Tom House to tradition — the mineshaft caterwaul of Dock Boggs, for example. But House also seems to occupy his own musical world, a surreal, American primitive landscape full of fleabag beauty, poetic mind shapes, and intriguing, oddball non-verbalisms (liquid purrs, primal scat warbles and amiably bubbly vibrato). [...]

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Bound - Book Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock’s Flight From Haight-Ashbury To Woodstock

Even if you don’t fully subscribe to Richie Unterberger’s big bang theory — that is, that the collision of folk and rock resulted not only in “folk-rock” but in various mutant strands, including acid rock and country rock — Eight Miles High and its prequel, Turn! Turn Turn!, represent some of the most thorough pop-music [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

George Usher Group – Fire Garden

The pair of openers, “Are You Coming Or Going?” and “The Day Before I Found Her”, pretty much typify the intent here – cascading, chiming guitar figures and sweet stinging leads propelling George Usher’s euphoniously arty popcraft. The former member of Beat Rodeo and the Schramms has a pure pop heart, but much like fringe [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Amy Allison – No Frills Friend

Amy Allison’s third album adds new dimensions to the vocalist’s pose as downtown NYC country chanteuse. The opener, “What’s The Deal?”, evokes the easy, pastoral roll of the Byrds’ “Ballad Of Easy Rider”; it is lush, winsome and reflective all at once, with Allison’s evocative, funny little voice providing comfort even as it hints at [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Crooked Fingers – Red Devil Dawn

Eric Bachmann, who led North Carolina indie-rockers Archers Of Loaf throughout the ’90s, took a turn from insouciant noise-pop to melancholy when he initiated Crooked Fingers in 2000. Red Devil Dawn, the third Crooked Fingers album, continues that mode — but this time around there’s also a surprising levity at work, with the tunes coming [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #44 March-April 2003

Mark Selby – Dirt

With Dirt, Mark Selby stretches beyond the fairly direct blues-rock boundaries of his 2000 debut More Storms Comin’. Selby has had a lucrative run penning songs for such radio-friendly folks as Trisha Yearwood, the Dixie Chicks, Jo Dee Messina and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. On his own, however, he adheres to more rugged principles, letting his [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #44 March-April 2003

Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán – Mambo Sinuendo

Ry Cooder is an iconoclast and a searcher, and when he chooses his collaborators, he tends to ally himself with characters just as fiercely enigmatic. This is to be expected from a man who pores through discarded, cheap guitars, looking for a sound or tone he hasn’t yet heard (except in his mind). It was [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #42 Nov-Dec 2002

Laura Cantrell – When The Roses Bloom Again

Laura Cantrell has consistently posited herself as a fan first and foremost, not only through her duties as a DJ at famed freeform station WFMU, but also with her 2000 debut album, Not The Tremblin’ Kind. On the latter, she championed great songwriters such as Joe Flood, Amy Allison and Robert McCreedy, covering their songs [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #41 Sept-Oct 2002

Sixteen Horsepower – Folklore

There’s a precarious line between high lonesome and high drama, and Sixteen Horsepower certainly topple over into the latter. Critics have frequently attributed some dark Appalachian influence to the group’s sound, but in truth their music is more cosmopolitan than mountain. This is high theater, and Folklore evokes London more than any dark holler, especially [...]

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From the Blogs

  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • A Preview: Pt. Reyes’ Far West Fest Is a Huge Model for Pint-sized Festivals
    For the last six years, my husband Dave and I have been involved in a funky little homegrown festival called the Far West Fest in Pt. Reyes Station, Calif. For us, it’s a great way to get back to our theatrical roots while helping to support live music. We have stage-managed at least one of the three stages and been involved in set-up,… […]
  • Freight Train Boogie Show #263 featuring The Duhks, Seth Walker, Jacob Thomas Jr, Amy Lavere and The Felice Brothers
    FTB Show #263 features the new album by The Duhks called Beyond the Blue. Also new music from Jacob Thomas Jr, Amy Lavere and The Felice Brothers.  Here's the direct link to listen now! Show #263… […]
  • Jeff Crosby & The Refugees - All Nighter (Album Review)
    “Stop Runnin,” the first track, launches in with a very Tom-Petty-esque guitar part. Shortly after, Crosby’s gruff vocal hits it and I am listening. You got me, Jeff. Full band, rock and roll. Its good. The second track has a little bit of a Swinging Steaks feel to me, with the lead line of the electric guitar. I like the Steaks, this again, is good and I am […]
  • Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)
    Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original… […]
  • Getting to Know Jesse Terry -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    I first got to hear Jesse Terry at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) two years ago.  I was captivated by his songs and he had such a nice, easy rapport with his audience that it was impossible to ignore his presence at a conference full of hundreds of other singer-songwriters. One listen wasn’t enough. Two listens wasn’t enough. You get the… […]

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