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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

  • Willie Sugarcapps and The Mulligan Brothers Together for the First Time at Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm
    April 20, 2014 was the last Sunday Social in the third season at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. If the season had to end, Cathe Steele closed it out the right way with The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps playing together for the first time.  It was a… […]
  • Neil Young Surprises Fans and Sends A Letter Home
    "It's better to burn out than to fade away," Neil Young so memorably sang in his "Hey Hey, My, My (Into the Black)," the song that famously provides the counterpart to his "My, My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" on his Rust Never Sleeps album (1979). Well, Young himself will neither burn out nor fade away nor rust nor sleep. Th […]
  • John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Album Review)
    You could have just as well called John Nemeth's latest release Soul from Spudsville. No matter what the location, everything the Boise, Idaho native touches turns to soul. This one he calls Memphis Grease because it was recorded there in his new adopted homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with Stax style fatback horns, b […]
  • Dan Amor - Rainhill Trials (Album Review)
    Subtle and Sweet folk music from Wales              Most people reading this review will probably be of an age where they have pretty defined music tastes and don’t have the time or inclination to readily discover anything too radically new. I too am a bit like that; but as a music reviewer I can still discover new genres that can spin my preconceptions 359 […]
  • Jimbo Mathus on Americana Music Show #188
    On episode 188 of the Americana Music Show, Jimbo Mathus plays tracks from Dark Night Of The Soul, talks about going from "sepia tones to ultrachrome" and the "crazy Mississippi white boy chain."  Also in this episode, indie rock from Bobby Bare Jr., heartland rock from Jonny Two Bags, country rock from Rodney Crowell, road tripo music fr […]
  • The War on Drugs: From Dylan to Dire Straits, By Way of Attrition
    Whether on the basketball court or onstage, when two supreme talents join forces, it tends to make things better. Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen, LeBron James needs Dwyane Wade, McCartney clearly needed Lennon, and Salt would be a run-of-the mill condiment without Pepa. But there are exceptions to such… […]

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