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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

  • 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 […]
  • Freight Train Boogie Show #263 featuring The Duhks, Seth Walker, Jacob Thomas Jr, Amy Lavere and The Felice Brothers
    FTB Show #263 features the new album by The Duhks called Beyond the Blue. Also new music from Jacob Thomas Jr, Amy Lavere and The Felice Brothers.  Here's the direct link to listen now! Show #263… […]
  • Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)
    Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original… […]
  • Getting to Know Jesse Terry -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    I first got to hear Jesse Terry at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) two years ago.  I was captivated by his songs and he had such a nice, easy rapport with his audience that it was impossible to ignore his presence at a conference full of hundreds of other singer-songwriters. One listen wasn’t enough. Two listens wasn’t enough. You get the… […]
  • Getting to Know Ashley Sofia -- Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist
    Have you ever had the feeling that a musician may have traveled through space and time during a recording project?  Music critics and fans are hailing Ashley Sofia as a 21st century reincarnation of the Laurel Canyon folk-rock sound  on the early 1970s. Ashley’s songwriting and captivating voice make for a great combination; she’s definitely worth a… […]
  • 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 […]

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