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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Florida Funk, 1968-1975

Formally, Florida Funk is a sequel to Texas Funk and Midwest Funk, Jazzman Records’ other collections of R&B rarities from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Informally, it’s part of a much longer list of recent regional funk reissues. There’s Southern Funkin’ on the Beat Goes Public label, Funky Funky Chicago and Funky Funky Detroit [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #60 Nov-Dec 2005

Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

I saw the Pogues play only once, in 1989, as frontman Shane MacGowan was descending into drunkenness and a certain Tim Burton film was dominating the box office. Soused beyond measure, MacGowan staggered around the stage with little interest in singing, belching out a slurred and incoherent rant instead. The only words I could make [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #58 July-Aug 2005

Doris Duke – I’m A Loser

Doris Duke’s only major hit was “To The Other Woman (I’m The Other Woman)”, a country-soul song that sits right at the border separating Millie Jackson from Tammy Wynette. It was also the final track on 1969′s I’m A Loser, one of those albums with a mystique that threatens to render the record itself anticlimactic. [...]

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Sittin' & Thinkin' - Essay from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Highway to Heaven Revisited

Among the disadvantages of being Bob Dylan, I imagine, is enduring the aftermath of being dubbed the voice of your generation. It’s one thing to switch from folk to rock just as millions of people were waiting, without realizing it, for you to push your talents in that direction. It’s quite another to become a [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #20 March-April 1999

Billy Joe Shaver – Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill (Highway 71, TX)

Poodie’s Bar & Grill is the kind of place they’d call a “redneck bar” out in California. Located on the eastern edge of the Hill Country, its jukebox is stocked with old-fashioned country and Southern-flavored rock; its wall decor betrays three motifs: beer, Texas, and Willie Nelson. It’s a cozy joint, and on this night [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #17 Sept-Oct 1998

Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies

Some remember Ray and Dave Davies for those wry English singles of the late ’60s: “Waterloo Sunset”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Autumn Almanac” and the like, songs as steeped in music-hall tradition as they are in rock ‘n’ roll. Some associate them with the driving garage rock that first made their band, the Kinks, famous — early [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Dylan, "Desire" and the (other) Story of Hurricane: A Lesson In Fatherhood
    Reading of the death of former pro boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter today awoke an old memory which reminded me how lucky I was to have, what in retrospect, was a pretty cool father.  I should add by "cool" I do not mean some kind of "over the hill hipster" who, in a desperate attempt at trying to stay relevant smokes pot or acts […]
  • Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Black Coffee (Album Review)
    After a successful solo outing, Aussie country singer Lachlan Bryan got his old band back into the studio and came up with this cracker of an album. It was released in the autumn of last year in Australia and subsequently picked up a major award as “Alternative Country” album of the year. Such acclaim means any belated praise from me is superfluous, but I’m […]
  • Album Reviews: Gord Downie & The Sadies, Bruce Springsteen, Lost & Nameless, The Annie Ford Band
    Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun The lead singer of one of Canada’s most influential rock bands gets together with one of the best live bands ever for a collaborative effort and the expected results could range anywhere from confusion to straight ahead awesomeness. Thankfully (and not surprisingly, given the players involved) the semi-eponymou […]
  • Blackberry Smoke Is the Goddamn Truth
    Southern rock is a stylistic hodgepodge--a musical mutt.  Yet in this gumbo pot of a country, its impurities and cross-breeding make it the most American genre of all. And with the Allman Brothers drawing down, southern rock's current standard bearer is Blackberry Smoke, a lofty perch they hardly jeopardized during a lively set last night at Seattle […]
  • Goldie and the Gingerbreads: The First All-Female Guitar Band
    It could only happen in America: In 1947, a 7-year-old Polish-Jewish girl named Genyusha "Genya" Zelkovicz arrived in New York City's Lower East Side with her parents and a sister, speaking not a word of English. They were the only ones in their family to survive the Holocaust. Genya's mother nicknamed her Goldie, and thus began her Ameri […]
  • Wayne Kramer - Lexington (Album Review)
    Wayne Kramer is someone who's life story I'd very much like to read. From lead guitar in the Mighty MC5 to prison inmate to social activist (he recently interviewed Pussy Riot, and is constantly active in speaking out against such injustices) to new father, Kramer's life has an interesting story in every chapter. His latest record release (and […]

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