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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Rusty Truck – Who’s zoomin’ who

We all have skilled friends willing to lend a hand — to fix a computer glitch or check under the hood, that sort of thing. But what if you write songs, and you happen to know some of the biggest names in rock and country music? That’s the case with Mark Seliger, renowned entertainment photographer [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Carla Bozulich – Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger marks the solo debut of Carla Bozulich, the art-rock iconoclast best known as the husky-voiced leader of art-twang group the Geraldine Fibbers. And yes, it’s THAT Red Headed Stranger — a remake of Willie Nelson’s concept-album classic from 1975. Bozulich has long been a fan of the epic album (her former band [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

Born from the politically charged hardcore group Propagandhi, the Weakerthans are an indie-rock band with punk roots, their songs sometimes caustic, often framed with itchy rhythms and scratchy guitars. But that’s where the typical ends. Throughout their third album, Reconstruction Site, the Winnipeg quartet often defies conventional structure (think latter-day Wilco) and frequently forgets a [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Patrick Park – Something Up His Sleeve

Shake Patrick Park’s hand and you’ll likely notice his most peculiar feature — claws. You might not feel them, per se — two years of wearing them has perhaps taught the Los Angeles musician a thing or two about finesse — but you’ll likely see them coming. They’re somewhat menacing — five white, pointy things [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #47 Sept-Oct 2003

Beat Farmers – Live At The Spring Valley Inn, 1983

San Diego in 1983 was a miserable place for a new-music fan. Long before the city’s brief flirtation as the new Seattle in the mid-’90s, the live music coming from its bars was dominated by pandering cover bands, as if there were one for every sailor and beach bum in this coastal military town. You [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Various Artists – A Country West Of Nashville

The latest from Dwight Yoakam producer/guitarist Pete Anderson’s Little Dog label is posited as a sort of cousin to A Town South Of Bakersfield, the acclaimed late-’80 series on Enigma/Restless that documented Los Angeles’ country-music underground of that era. Only this time out, as the title suggests, the scope has been widened drastically to showcase [...]

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The Long Way Around - Feature from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Steve Wynn – Out of Syndication

Steve Wynn could have disappeared from the face of the Earth upon the release of The Days Of Wine And Roses, the 1982 debut album by his former band the Dream Syndicate, and his small piece of rock lore would have been etched in the stones and soil left behind. The album, a mix of [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #46 July-Aug 2003

Damien Rice – O

Damien Rice’s debut album, O, arrived to considerable acclaim and sales in Ireland early last year and seduced U.K. ears soon after. The buzz in the U.S. has been slower in building, spurred initially by the support of Santa Monica, California, powerhouse public radio station KCRW, and just now resulting in the album’s domestic release [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Thorns – Self Titled

Featuring one rock artist of sporadic greatness — Matthew Sweet — and two mildly successful where-ya-been-lately rock singer-songwriters — Pete Droge, best-known for 1994′s “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)”, and Shawn Mullins, best-known for 1998′s “Lullaby”– the Thorns are hardly a supergroup. But neither is it a coming together of old pals; [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #45 May-June 2003

Jimmy Ryan: A man and a mandolin

Jimmy Ryan is one of those names woven into the fabric of Americana music. He’s not atop the marquee, mind you, a la Lucinda Williams or Buddy Miller, but his contributions are considerable. He’s perhaps best-known as one of the principals in alt-country precursors the Blood Oranges, but his cheat sheet also includes the more [...]

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From the Blogs

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

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