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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #28 July-Aug 2000

Various Artists – Full Circle: A Tribute To Gene Clark

It’s hard to believe the rehabilitation of the tattered legacy of Gene Clark has taken so long to instigate. The ultimate image of 1965 cool, Clark — with his brooding, velvety voice and a sackful of moody, introspective, unforgettable songs such as “Feel A Whole Lot Better” and “Set You Free This Time” — was [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #26 March-April 2000

Willie Nile – Beautiful Wreck Of The World

With his raspy yelp of a voice, a poetic gift both urbane and romantic, and a wildly kinetic and acrobatic stage show, Willie Nile burst onto the late ’70s New York City scene as the bastard spawn of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Despite two fine albums for Arista and a high-profile tour opening for [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #16 July-Aug 1998

Damnations / Hazeldine – Stubb’s (Austin, TX)

Taking the stage on the first certifiably oppressive night of the summer — earlier, Central Texas experienced its first 100-degree day of 1998 — in Stubb’s downstairs dungeon of a music hall, the Damnations proceeded to reel off song after song of the stomp and glory that has made this Austin band so special over [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #15 May-June 1998

P.F. Sloan – Waterloo Brewing Company (Austin, TX)

Songwriting legend P.F. Sloan’s first Texas appearance in as long as anyone can remember was a low-key one, even though it came in the midst of the South by Southwest Music Festival. Though he has released one indie album, (Still On The) Eve Of Destruction, and has made several stateside and overseas appearances in recent [...]

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From the Blogs

  • 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… […]
  • 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 […]

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