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brakesbrakesbrakes, Booker T. Jones, Manchester Orchestra, Milk & Honey Band and More

0 Comments · Friday, April 24, 2009
If I keep pushing titles into the following week, I'll be reviewing a couple hundred CDs in December, which could actually work out pretty well. The release sheets the month before Christmas are skinnier than my 401K returns in 2008, so I'll need to hold back some material for the lean times. But for now, it's all feast and no famine. Let's check out new CDs from brakesbrakesbrakes, Booker T. (of MGs fame), Manchester Orchestra, Chairlift, Milk & Honey Band, supergroup Tinted Windows and Art Brut, plus classic vinyl from Matthew Sweet.  

Scott Miller, Willie Nile, Fastball, Tragically Hip and More

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The titles are stacking up like cordwood here in April, and rolling the weekly excess into the following posting seems less like a solution and more like stockpiling. This week I tackle new CDs from Scott Miller, Willie Nile, Fastball, Circus Devils, Silversun Pickups, John Doe and the Sadies, The Tragically Hip, The Ettes, Alexis Harte and Eulogies, plus classic vinyl from Tucky Buzzards.  

The Thermals, Dukes of Stratosphear, Bob Mould and Much More

0 Comments · Thursday, April 16, 2009
Holy guacamole, it's another banner week. To expedite this week's column, I've shunted a handful of titles to next week just to give myself a little breathing room. As my design prof used to say, when you're up to your ass in alligators it's difficult to remember that your objective was to drain the swamp.  

Bruce Cockburn, Steve Forbert, Gomez, John Scofield, The Decembrists and More

0 Comments · Friday, April 3, 2009
The next couple of weeks are looking to make me busier than a one-legged extra in a Jackie Chan movie. Lots to review, little time to work it all in; to quote the ever ebullient David Lee Roth, might as well jump ... into new CDs from Bruce Cockburn, Steve Forbert, Gomez, The Flatlanders, The Vines, The Decembrists and more, plus vintage albums by Patto.  

Pete Doherty, Dan Hicks, Nils Lofgren and 1990s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
As a dichotomous counterpoint to the popular column in our own esteemed pages, I would advance the theory that this is the Best Week Ever in terms of fascinating and worthy releases. Something for every taste: new albums from Pete Doherty, Dan Hicks, Nils Lofgren, 1990s, Damion Suomi, John Wesley Harding and Ian Tyson and classics from Danny Wilson.  

Luka Bloom, Cursive, Oh No Not Stereo and Chris Cornell

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The march through March Madness continues. As I suspected might eventually happen, this week was so rife with new releases I was forced to push a couple titles to next week to avoid being slammed this week. Here's the latest from Luka Bloom, Cursive, Oh No Not Stereo, Chris Cornell and Roxy Epoxy, plus classic vinyl from Savoy Brown.  

Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Ian McLagan and Much More

0 Comments · Friday, March 6, 2009
This is the biggest week for releases since the first of the year, at least in terms of sheer quantity. I check out new CDs from Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Buddy & Julie Miller, Wild Light, Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Eric Elbogen and The Church's Marty Wilson-Piper and remember a live Jimi Hendrix bootleg.  

The Venus 3, Morrissey, Tommy Keene and Gurf Morlix

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The release sheets continue to fatten nicely, so there's plenty to talk about this week. I'm checking out new albums by Robyn Hitchcock's The Venus 3 side project, Morrissey, Tommy Keene and Gurf Morlix, plus some classic Manfred Mann platters.  

The Black Lips, Tom Rush, K’Naan and Shemekia Copeland

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
We're reviewing now, boys and girls. Look at these Tuesday release sheets filled with fabulous prizes. The titles are beginning to stack up like cordwood and I'm going to be humping like I'm going to be humping like Hugh Hefner at a sorority mixer to keep up. Lots of new releases, plus a tribute to Rory Gallagher.  

Dan Auerbach, Dex Romweber Duo, Miranda Lee Richards, Jorma Kaukonen and More

0 Comments · Friday, February 13, 2009
Now it's raining releases, making it more difficult to decide what I have the time to cover here. I'd love to talk about every new CD that comes out every week, but with my other writing assignments and, well, a life, that is more than impractical - it’s impossible. Still, let's start with 'Keep It Hid,' the debut album from Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach.  

Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and More

0 Comments · Monday, February 9, 2009
So I finally picked up the new Bruce Springsteen but haven't had a chance to spin it yet. And I'm hot to hear the new Heartless Bastards, but maybe I'll wait until the hoopla dies down and give it a review based on a little perspective. So what does that leave us with in the present tense? Quite a lot actually: new CDs from Ben Kweller, The Von Bondies, Roger Manning and Ladyfinger, plus a 1973 classic from British singer/songwriter John Martyn.   

The Jayhawks, Secret Policeman's Balls and Sensational Alex Harvey Band

0 Comments · Friday, January 30, 2009
I have not yet heard the new Bruce Springsteen (no promo love from the label), and the weather conspired this week to keep me from hitting a store to pick it up. One disc that did make its way into my P.O. box is 'Ready for the Flood,' the first equal studio collaboration from Mark Olson and Gary Louris since the pair parted company as The Jayhawks in the mid-'90s.   

Pollard, Firesign Theatre and More

3 Comments · Friday, January 23, 2009
Now this is more like it. The CD release sheets are fattening up as we move farther into the new year, offering considerably more possibilities with each passing Tuesday. This week offers a trio of discs from a broad spectrum of musical veterans: Robert Pollard, Odds and A.C. Newman. Plus a forgotten gem from Firesign Theatre.  

Clearing Out '08

0 Comments · Thursday, January 15, 2009
From my perspective, there are a pair of sweet discs on the shelves this week. The first is the fifth album from Derek Trucks, nephew of the Allman Brothers’ Butch Trucks. Prodigy can be a dangerous word to associate with a young musical talent. It can carry the connotation that the instrumentalist in question is touched by some divinity that has imparted unfathomable technical dexterity at an age that makes true musical understanding prohibitive at best.   

CDs and Vinyl Released and Remembered

0 Comments · Friday, January 9, 2009
With the new year, I've chosen to take on a new challenge: Namely a weekly review column I've christened with the title of a classic Bob Dylan track. The name appealed to me on a number of levels, which makes sense as I'm a multi-leveled guy.