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Yo La Tengo played a fine gig at the De la Warr Pavilion last night, and one which seems to be getting better in retrospect.
It was excellent in parts – and transcendentally superb in places.
But it was hobbled by their chosen set structure and some of its longeurs left me looking at my watch.
They chose to play the first half mainly sitting down with acoustic guitars. When there were drums, Georgia Hubley used brushes on a…Continue
Posted by Peter Wrench on December 8, 2013 at 1:00am
"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig." Robert A. Heinlein
Every year about now, I get tempted to engage in some porcine education. From my lofty perch as a sometimes blogger and devoted Americana/Folk fan, I feel the need to explain my music to The Recording Academy voters. It never fails, year after year. The Grammy nominations come out and I think, what the hell were they thinking? How in the world could they have missed that…Continue
A t first glance, the idea of Belgians playing bluegrass makes as much sense as Texans doing Morris dancing - it might happen, but do we really want to see it? In this case - the Belgian one - the answer is a surprisingly definite yes.
The band in question is called The Broken Circle Bluegrass Band, but it's…Continue
5. Daniel Romano, Come Cry With Me
To be honest, I don’t know why I like Romano. There’s the obvious: his voice, songs that reach into earlier eras of country and resurrect the naked, vulnerable emotion of singers like Gram Parsons. Come Cry With Me feels almost hipster self-aware – like Romano knows what he’s doing and who he’s channelling and it could be silly, but it’s the only logical pathway for what he has to say.
4. Kelly Willis and…Continue
Posted by Gillian Turnbull on December 7, 2013 at 9:30am
Next time I see Jc Babb, I am going to shake his hand for awhile and order him a couple of drinks, on me. Babb, you see, sent me a message a couple of weeks ago cluing me in on a dude named Adam Pasion and whereas normally I would pass on recommendations (I am way behind on reviews/articles as it is), when Babb said that Pasion's O Hear the Rattling! album was one of the best albums he'd heard this year if not the best, I couldn't help myself. For one thing,…Continue
Posted by Frank Gutch Jr. on December 6, 2013 at 11:30pm
This album – with its spooky Nosferatu with a 1940’s cruiser cover -- was released independently in 2006 but, with the passing of the beloved Levon Helm – this album by Bow Thayer deserves another listen.
It’s almost like discovering new music by The Band – which would also qualify the three albums Rick Danko made with Danko / Fjeld / Andersen. But, that’s another review.…Continue
Posted by Bill Frater on December 6, 2013 at 12:30pm
Most people know Eddie Spaghetti as one quarter of the self-proclaimed “greatest rock-n-roll band in the world,” the Supersuckers. Known for their raucous performances and hard-hitting style of punk and country-influenced rock music, the Supersuckers have gained a devoted following since forming in 1988. Recently Eddie Spaghetti, the band’s frontman and principal songwriter, decided to branch out with a solo record that blends country twang with dirty rock and roll, making for one…Continue