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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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  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • Learning Songwriting at the Feet of Steve Earle
    Steve Earle has his eye on the history books. Not for himself, necessarily - though I doubt he’d object - but for his art form, “songwriting as literature.” With Camp Copperhead, Steve seemed to be trying to secure this form a place in history. “Four days of singing and songwriting,” the marketing materials promised. “Hard core.” I’m a non-professional songw […]
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I, II & III 2014 Remasters (Album Review)
    Has any music reviewer ever missed the mark more than John Mendelsohn in his 1969 Rolling Stone critique of Led Zeppelin’s scorching, finely honed debut? After calling the album self-indulgent, he labeled Jimmy Page “a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs” and dismissed Robert Plant’s “strained and unconvincing shouting.” The album […]
  • Shawn Amos - The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It (Album Review)
    The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs. Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with […]
  • New Country is Boring Me
    My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. In jazz improv, never sit on the fourth scale degree. In orchestration, don’t cross your voices. In composition, never repea […]
  • Hook & Anchor - Self-titled (Album Review)
    Hook & Anchor are a new Portland, Ore.-based band with something of a pedigree. Bringing together Blind Pilot’s Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski with veteran old time specialist Gabrielle Macrae (of the Macrae Sisters), and Erik Clampitt of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck and Power of County, all of the individual members of the band… […]

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