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Column from web archive January 28, 2009

R.E.M.’s still-echoing Murmur

Recently, through the networking magic of Facebook, I reconnected with an acquaintance from my university days for the first time in more than twenty years. During the brief, ensuing exchange of memory-lane messages, she recalled that way back in early ’80s, I was the first person to introduce her to the music of R.E.M. In [...]

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Column from web archive January 26, 2009

Change is gonna do ya good:
The music of Otis Gibbs

One of my favorite songs of this still-fresh century is Otis Gibbs’ “I Wanna Change It”. From his album One Day Our Whispers, it’s an inspiring sing-along that has only grown in relevance since its release in 2004. Allow me to quote from the song at length. Gibbs sings: There’s been an awful lot of [...]

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Column from web archive January 23, 2009

Dreams, and the work that makes them

So where are the strong? And who are the trusted? And where is the harmony? Sweet harmony. – Nick Lowe, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding)” Was there ever any doubt that Bruce Springsteen would rise to the occasion? Though I’m not one of the true believers who genuflects at the altar of [...]

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Column from web archive January 22, 2009

What else is new in ’09

Nine (Musical) Things That Will Almost Certainly Not Disappoint You In 2009: Besides the whole Obama-is-President thing, it turns out there’s a lot to look forward to this year, like a host of new releases. What follows is a very subjective list of potential highlights, but please bear in mind: Many of release dates are [...]

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Column from web archive January 21, 2009

Our last, best hope

Finally, on the eve of the inauguration of president Barack Hussein Obama, we sat down to watch An Inconvenient Truth. For a period of time in the 1980s-’90s, I found bits of writing work as a film critic, which enabled me to see — for free, of course — 100-150 movies a year. And then [...]

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Column from web archive January 19, 2009

Blues, soul, or rock ‘n’ roll…

A new line of blues and soul DVDs from the Shout! Factory people under the Mojo Working legend has raised a couple of questions for me — ongoing questions. One is whether that “blues and soul” pairing is becoming permanently joined at the hip now. The two genres certainly have had there moments of (as [...]

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Column from web archive January 18, 2009

“All my friends are goin’ to the inauguration…”

UPDATED WITH DAY 2 AND DAY 3, BELOW First, to explain the headline: Central Texas band the Dedringers has a song called “All My Friends Are Goin’ Into The Institution”, a clever and supremely catchy little ditty about watching all their compatriots go off to college. At some point a few days ago, upon hearing [...]

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Column from web archive January 14, 2009

To Grammy or not to Grammy?

As a reader of these pages, you may be approaching the Grammy Awards, to be held February 9, with about the same enthusiasm that you’re approaching the next Osmond family reunion.There will be a few lively moments, at least one goofy singer summit, and maybe even a head butt (there must be a way to [...]

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Column from web archive January 10, 2009

Mixed emotions

Year-end mixtapes, er, mixdiscs, er, mix-iTunes playlists….everybody’s got one. (I suppose the coolest of the cool get ‘em pressed up on vinyl these days.) Not that you asked, but here’s mine. And, with turnabout being fair play, I will ask for yours – feel free to submit it in the comments section at the bottom [...]

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Column from web archive January 8, 2009

Photographic memories

During a recent snowstorm, I slipped and fell into a deep chasm. I believe the natives call it Facebook. My experience there has been mixed. I don’t necessarily care what former classmates and co-workers think about what I’m cooking for supper, but I sure appreciate being able to gawk at all those old photographs those [...]

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From the Blogs

  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]
  • Dan Blakeslee - Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind (Album Review)
    Dan Blakeslee’s new record Owed to the Tanglin’ Wind was recorded in the eaves of an old, beautiful theatre in Providence, R.I. I don’t think any record could genuinely illustrate that fact quite as well as this one. The songs on this record bring you to that place. The environment that these songs were birthed from seeps through the sounds and textures, and […]
  • Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood”
    I feel late to the game with Bill Frisell, discovering him around the time of East/West and just after The Intercontinentals.  We all have those moments of discovering something that is so beautiful and so complete (and even  quite popular), but… […]

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