Album Review: Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – Mixed Greens

You know that old saying: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” Or something like that. By all available evidence, this axiom holds true in creative matters as well, at least when the subject is connected to Mystery Lawn Music. I’ve covered a number of MLM-related releases over the last

Best of 2011: New Music

This was easily the most difficult category for me. So many amazing albums came out that it’s pure folly to limit myself to only five. So I haven’t (but six was still tough). DC Fontana – La Contessa — For me, this group had the hands-down best album of 2011. The near-perfect La Contessa brings

EP Review: Jamie & Steve – The Next Big Thing

I could be wrong about this – this assertion is based on observation, not specific knowledge – but as of about 2010, I think that The Spongetones ceased operation as a recording unit, a creator of new material for release on albums. Whether that’s true or not – their last (final?) album Scrambled Eggs was

Album Review: William Cleere + the Marvelous Fellas

When endeavoring to craft a review of a pop album that is built around acoustic piano and male voice, it’s nigh on impossible to avoid mention of Elton John, Ben Folds, Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby. So there: I’ve gotten that out of my way. But not, alas, out of my system. The self-titled album

Coming Attractions: February

There are quite a few things in the proverbial hopper here at Musoscribe World HQ. Here’s just a sampling of what’s to come. New music from Robin Trower, Jakko M. Jakszyk, North Atlantic Oscillation, The Agony Aunts, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ivan Julian, The High Llamas, Cake, Blackfield, Mars Hollow, and The Sterling Loons. And others.