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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

  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]
  • Dan Blakeslee - Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind (Album Review)
    Dan Blakeslee’s new record Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind was recorded in the eaves of an old, beautiful theatre in Providence, R.I. I don’t think any record could genuinely illustrate that fact quite as well as this one. The songs on this record bring you to that place. The environment that these songs were birthed from seeps through the sounds and textures, and […]
  • Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood”
    I feel late to the game with Bill Frisell, discovering him around the time of East/West and just after The Intercontinentals.  We all have those moments of discovering something that is so beautiful and so complete (and even  quite popular), but… […]

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