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Album Review: Early Day Miners — Placer Found

When I think of shoegaze, I tend to conjure up thoughts of gauzy, heavily layered music with a somnabulant, faraway vibe. But of course the subgenre has more variety than that. Case in point is the debut album from Bloomington, Indiana’s Early Day Miners, 2000’s Placer Found. The album strikes an intimate vibe not wholly

Album Review: The Bye Bye Blackbirds — Boxer at Rest

It’s been nearly three years since the release of The Bye Bye Blackbirds’ previous album, Take Out the Poison (see below for a link to my review of that record). The reasons for that extended quiet period have much to do with the tone of the new record. Guitarist Lenny Gill experienced serious health problems,

Album Review: Smoke Fairies — Darkness Brings the Wonders Home

The influence of American blues forms upon the music of Led Zeppelin is widely acknowledged; though they took it in a heavier direction that sometimes tended to exaggerate its more, shall we say, macho tendencies, Zep undoubtedly helped open a generation’s ears to the style. But it’s unfairly reductive to label the band as merely

Album Review: Norman — Buzz and Fade

Had it not been for Don Valentine personally contacting me to inquire if I was familiar with it, the existence of Norman’s Buzz and Fade might have slipped completely by me, escaping my notice. So a hearty, heartfelt thanks to the man at I Don’t Hear a Single for hipping me to a superb release.

Album Review: Eamon Ra — Meat Bones Chemicals Electricity

The album title telegraphs that Eamon Ra is something of an eccentric artist. That the LP comes packed with a magazine-sized lyric/comic book only serves to reinforce that impression. And then when one digs into the music itself (as one most assuredly should), the discovery is that this character belongs in that rarefied place wherein

30 Days Out, March 2020 #2: Sister Ivy, Graham Nash, Wham Bam Bowie Band, Eilen Jewell

UPDATE March 17: It looks as if all live shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. Please support these and other artists by buying their music online, viewing (and paying for) livestreams .. .whatever they may have on offer. We’re all in this together. Because of the worldwide challenge posed by the spread of the

Marinho’s Emotional Openness is on Display on ’tilde’ (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Even with herds of creative artists endeavoring to make music, those cities have at least some sort of infrastructure for all of it. “Whereas in Portugal, sometimes it can be a little bit stressful,” she says. “You know you have the talent and you know that people are going to

Marinho’s Emotional Openness is on Display on ’tilde’ (Part One)

Serendipity is a beautiful thing. In September of 2019 I received a press release announcing the impending release of a new album called ~ (that’s pronounced tilde), the debut release from a Portuguese artist called Marinho. I listened to a bit of the CD that came with the press sheet, and I was immediately impressed.

Eric Gales: (More) Beyond the Blues

To listeners who have followed his work over the last new decades, it may appear that guitarist Eric Gales has evolved his technique. While quite good for what they are, the pair of albums he released in 2006-7, Crystal Vision and The Psychedelic Underground are characterized by what detractors might call overplaying. “My approach has

Down South and Dirty with Dirty Soul Revival

As a style of music, Southern rock is difficult to pin down. Even some of its most dedicated practitioners are at a loss when it comes to defining what exactly constitutes Southern rock. “That’s a good question,” says Abe Anderson of the Dirty Soul Revival. His reply is one commonly used in the interviewing game