DVD Review: Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven — The First Annual Camp Out Live at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

OK, here’s the thing: I like Cracker. And I really like Camper Van Beethoven. Camper’s genre-blending of Eastern ethnic sounds with, well, everything from C&W to punk to bluegrass was way ahead of its time. And while listening to them now, it’s hard to remember just how groundbreaking they were. But their music still holds

Album Review: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians — Stranger Things

Edie Brickell is back. Actually she never left. While she recorded and played with New Bohemians in the early 90s, she dropped the band for her ’94 and ’03 releases. Her latest release, Stranger Things, finds her reunited with a slightly altered lineup of the group. Brickell’s music still maintains its hallmark navel-gazing, sounds-like-she’s barefoot

Album Review: B.G. — The Heart of Tha Streetz Vol 2 – I Am What I Am

In 2006, intentional mangling of words (anything-izzle) and “creative” spelling are the hiphop equivalent of a rocker bellowing “Hello, Cleveland!” Fans of more-of-the same are in for a treat with the latest release from B.G. aka B. Gizzle aka Christopher Dorsey. On his latest, The Heart of Tha Streetz Vol. 2 – I Am What

Album Review: Steve Bertrand — Pain is a Megaphone

Guest review by Annelise Kopp Pain is a Megaphone? On the album cover, Bertrand sulks introspectively. Maybe he’s regretting having doomed his career with such a terrible album name, or possibly he’s thinking about everything he said in track 2…or was it track 7? Released May of this year, Steve Bertrand’s debut solo album is

Album Review: Bargain Music — American Born

To a rock and roller’s ears, it’s often difficult to discern the difference between an earnest effort from a singer/songwriter and parody or mockery. In perhaps the same way that fans of pap-pop might have screened This is Spinal Tap and come away nonplussed, saying, “I don’t know. They aren’t a very good band,” this

Album Review: Phil Ayoub — Schoolbus Window Paper Heart

At musoscribe.com a lot of self-released CDs cross my reviews desk. That’s fine; with the new paradigm, plenty of worthy artists are bypassing the traditional channels, be they majors or indies, and putting the stuff out there themselves. Self-released albums have one advantage: the promo push can go on long enough to gain traction. Which

EP Review: Nicole Atkins — Bleeding Diamonds

Some albums are suited for playing in the background while doing dishes, enjoying a meal or — as attempted in this case — writing a review. Bleeding Diamonds, the EP from Nicole Atkins, is not one of those albums. The disc demands the listener’s attention. That doesn’t mean the listener will especially dig the six

EP Review: Automatic Music Explosion — This Is…

“We wanna play your high school,” announces their MySpace page. This one gave me a real chuckle (and not the condescending kind, either). From the leadoff drum beat of “Take Me Home” (ripped from the Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night” and any number of sports cheers) to the faux-snotty vocals that recall Redd Kross, the

Album Review: Apostle of Hustle — National Anthem of Nowhere

What to make of this disc? The first track, “‘My Sword Hand’s Anger,'” bears similarities to the work of the late Malinese guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Yet when the melody kicks in, it sounds more like an Unplugged-style take on indie rock, with sampled female laughs. It’s catchy yet odd. The title track takes a

Real HipHop Network: The Revolution Will Be Televised

In today’s highly-segmented media marketplace, it’s fair and reasonable to ask if there is room for another cable channel. It often seems like every special interest has its own dedicated 24/7 programming these days. But according to Atonn Muhammad, there’s a significant void in the programming menu. And he and his team are poised to