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THE BONES OF J.R. JONES – DARK WAS THE YEARLING

THE BONES OF J.R. JONES – DARK WAS THE YEARLING

From the get-go, this album is serious.  Calling forth the ancestral wails of Appalachia and the dirty, sad soul of the Southern Delta in a stern mixture of truth, anger, fire, and – if you look under enough rocks – love; this, the second effort from The Bones of J.R. Jones, doesn’t disappoint.  If you’re […]

The Bones of J.R. Jones – The Wildness EP

The Bones of J.R. Jones – The Wildness EP

We are all sinners, we know this, and if you’re ready to celebrate your inevitable journey to the darkness, then buckle up, shut up, and just listen to this EP. With their music, emotions, and words, The Bones of J.R. Jones have captured my soul – with all of the pain and sadness and anger […]

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS — PUSH THE SKY AWAY

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS — PUSH THE SKY AWAY

For me, Nick Cave has always been at his best when he’s full of hellfire and wrath and is on stage, fervently preaching about love and death and the death of love, growling at us through his aggressive anger, fanatically slamming his fists and wildly stomping his feet. This album is a departure from that […]

JD McPHERSON — SIGNS & SIGNIFIERS

JD McPHERSON — SIGNS & SIGNIFIERS

I have been a fan of rockabilly for a very, very long time. While I don’t roll around every day dressed like a character from The Wild One, I’ve got my rockabilly tattoos, I settle for no less than 4” cuffs, and I still pomp my hair on occasion. I’ve seen bands come and go […]

SHEARWATER — ANIMAL JOY

SHEARWATER — ANIMAL JOY

I love the shadows, the misty-eyed dramatic, the nefarious underbelly of human emotions.  This is why I revel in the myriad shades of grey found in the dewy Pacific Northwest, which I sought out as an escape from the soulless sun, the superficial brilliance, and the oppressive banality of California some 20-odd years ago.  This […]

The Top 10 List of Hoss

The Top 10 List of Hoss

This is not a list of the Top 10 albums of this year. This is a list of the top albums that touched me this year, that I couldn’t stop listening to, that spoke to me or grabbed me in some way and wouldn’t let go. Some are from 2011, and some aren’t. I’m winging […]

Only Living Boy – Hiding Nothing

Only Living Boy – Hiding Nothing

If you had a dirty, toothless cousin that lived in a rundown trailer at the back of the property who sat around all day spitting, gumming, and cursing with a shotgun resting across his lap, his name would be Only Living Boy. This is the band that The Black Keys are too afraid to become. […]

THE LONESOME CITY TRAVELERS – THE LONESOME CITY TRAVELERS

THE LONESOME CITY TRAVELERS – THE LONESOME CITY TRAVELERS

Banjo-driven songs about love and hate, drinking and sinning, and hoping for the best but being ready for when it all inevitably goes to hell, is what The Lonesome City Travelers do, and they do it damn well. Their lyrics are genuine and straightforward – it isn’t so much that they embrace being sinners, they […]

IMELDA MAY – MAYHEM

IMELDA MAY – MAYHEM

Having been a fan of rockabilly now for many years, I’ve come to just accept the fact that not very many truly groundbreaking albums come out anymore in the genre. I guess it’s what happens when the genre has been around for 70+ years and I’m not old enough to have actually been alive when […]