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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #32 March-April 2001

Tim Easton – The Truth About Us

Tim Easton steps up in a big way on The Truth About Us. Backed by an impressive cast that includes three-fourths of Wilco, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Easton fully delivers on the promise of his 1998 solo debut Special 20. Easton’s move from his native Ohio to Los Angeles provides a fertile source of [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #28 July-Aug 2000

Christy McWilson – A Pickett’s charge

Last winter, Christy McWilson found herself at a crossroads. The country-rock band she fronted for ten years, the Picketts, had ground nearly to a halt. But she was still writing, and had recorded early versions of a new batch of songs with her husband, Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.), and other Seattle [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

Fernando – Old Man Motel

Old Man Motel kicks off with an old car engine starting, followed by a John Fogerty-esque chord and then a pummeling drum beat. The lead track, “Ride”, is, like many of the cuts here, a smartly structured roots-rock song performed with wonderfully reckless energy. Fernando’s fourth record (including last year’s tasty Pacoima, a side project [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #21 May-June 1999

Baseboard Heaters – Fire down below

It’s a typical follow-your-dream story. Rob Stroup was in tenth grade and Matt Brown in eighth when they started playing music together in the small town of Newberg, Oregon. Brown went off to Denton, Texas, for college, where he caught the live music bug following a local band called Ten Hands. His other favorite artist [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Wes Cunningham – 12 Ways To Win People Over To Your Way Of Thinking

So you’re thinking, “What is there new that could possibly come from yet another Texas singer-songwriter?” Well, what if I told you that this record glides comfortably from tuneful Beatlesque psychedelia to funky urban beats to trumpet solos to Hawaiian-influenced guitar to smooth pop vocals to raps delivered in Spanish? And all in the space [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Nancy Hess – Away

Oregonians love to complain about the impact of transplanted Californians on their Eden — gridlocked highways, escalating property values, the “Californication” of the urban landscape. But the northbound migration has paid one dividend: an infusion of talent to the Portland music scene. Singer-songwriters are finding they can earn a living and even thrive in Portland [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #18 Nov-Dec 1998

Bob Dylan / Van Morrison / Lucinda Williams – Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR)

Watching Lucinda Williams step on the Rose Garden Arena stage as the crowd of 14,000 filed in, I recalled the first time I saw her perform, in 1989 at a small club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her tentativeness that night and almost Sally Field-ish reaction to the crowd’s applause was, at times, excruciating. If [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Luther Russell – Lowdown World

Though still in his 20s, Luther Russell has already packed nearly a lifetime into his career in music. He absorbed a lot playing in bands in Los Angeles since early adolescence, signing with American Recordings and releasing a record with his former band the Freewheelers. When all that didn’t exactly pan out as planned, Russell [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #14 March-April 1998

X – Trocadero (San Francisco, CA)

Who was that dapper fellow in the black cotton turtleneck and closely cropped hair walking onstage with John Doe and strapping on a guitar? Billy Zoom (!), looking fit and not a day older than the last time he performed with X in 1986. On this magic night in a steamy, overcrowded San Francisco club, [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #13 Jan-Feb 1998

Pete Krebs – Western Electric

Pete Krebs is a musical chameleon who fronts a couple of Portland’s most popular bands: Hazel, a noisy power trio, and Golden Delicious, a spirited gang of old-timey/bluegrass pranksters. But on Western Electric, Krebs gets serious and shows what a fine songwriter he is. The eleven songs here are all worth digging into, performed with [...]

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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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