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PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND: PRESERVATION

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND: PRESERVATION

I’m going to keep this relatively brief because if you know anything at all about the Preservation Hall Jazz band, you know it’s a brilliant record. So, if you enjoy jazz, swing, blues or anything at all about American Roots music, and you enjoy hearing your favorite songs performed by an incredibly eclectic and talented […]

JOE PUG: MESSENGER

JOE PUG: MESSENGER

Joe Pug is infuriatingly good. Let me clarify. If you’re a fellow songwriter, Joe Pug is infuriatingly good. Gifted with razor-sharp wit, vivid, eloquent lyricism and a voice that echoes the younger incarnations of Prine and Dylan, Joe Pug makes other songwriters – most of whom will spend their entire lives trying to write songs […]

CHIP ROBINSON: MYLOW

CHIP ROBINSON: MYLOW

photo: raymond goodman, 2009 Full disclosure: I’m putting this record out on my label, Red River Records. I wanted to mention that first to ensure that you’re aware we’re not trying to pull a fast one on you here. I also wanted to mention it because it’s relevant to this review. I started Red River […]

THE NINEBULLETS INTERVIEW: SEAN MOELLER OF DAYTROTTER

THE NINEBULLETS INTERVIEW: SEAN MOELLER OF DAYTROTTER

Unless you’ve been living in an isolated, internetless location for the last four years, you’re likely aware of Daytrotter. The site started in 2006 and, in the four years since, has provided listeners with nearly ten million free, live tunes from their favorite bands. I will say that again for dramatic effect and because I […]

GLOSSARY: FERAL FIRE

GLOSSARY: FERAL FIRE

Well. Fuck me. One of the things I learned in school is that journalists (and I use the term loosely) are supposed to create a subjective distance between themselves and their subjects. One doesn’t say, “I think,” or “it seems to me.” One leaves oneself out of the equation entirely. I’m going to give it […]

EELS: END TIMES

EELS: END TIMES

Nobody is ever going to mistake Mark Oliver “E” Everett for Jason Mraz, that’s for damn sure. Sure, Everett’s Eels may make the occasional foray into upbeat, jangly rock that sounds deceptively sunny but, make no mistake, Everett’s is a discontented soul, and he is more than willing to place that soul on display. Never […]

SPOON: TRANSFERENCE

SPOON: TRANSFERENCE

By now, you know exactly what a Spoon record – any Spoon record, every Spoon record – sounds like. One part jittery drum pattern, one part slithery bassline, one part Mercybeat, one part late 70’s Stones tight acoustic guitar, two parts undeniably infections guitar and/or piano melody, two parts Motown, one hundred thousand parts hipster […]

THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2009 (KASEY ANDERSON)

THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2009 (KASEY ANDERSON)

Every once in a while, you gotta take a break from arguing about the horn arrangements on the new Lucero record to crack a book. Here are ten I dug in 2009. 01. Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans (Dan Baum) Baum traces the history of the most corrupt, and most culturally rich, […]

KASEY ANDERSON'S 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2009:

KASEY ANDERSON'S 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2009:

Here it is, the only Best Of 2009 list you’ll ever need. Except for AIV’s list. And romeosidvicious’. And the Bird List. Other than that, though, this is the only one worth reading. 01. Visqueen – Message to Garcia The best rock ‘n’ roll record I’ve heard in years is a love letter to lead […]

KASEY ANDERSON'S OPINION: THE 10 BEST SONGS OF 2009 (AND FIVE BEST OF 2010)

KASEY ANDERSON'S OPINION: THE 10 BEST SONGS OF 2009 (AND FIVE BEST OF 2010)

As Charles Durning’s character Henry Larson says in Home for the Holidays (perhaps the greatest holiday film of all time), “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks.” After sifting through a shitload of opinions (pun totally intended!) and lists over the last month or so, I’ve come to believe […]