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BENJAMIN BOOKER – BENJAMIN BOOKER

BENJAMIN BOOKER – BENJAMIN BOOKER

Benjamin Booker, it is important to say, is from Florida. Last year he played the Ninebullets Anniversary party on the same day he found out he got signed to a little label named ATO. Around the same time he picked up and moved the band to New Orleans, where he currently resides. This record, self-titled, […]

NIKKI LANE – ALL OR NOTHIN'

NIKKI LANE – ALL OR NOTHIN'

Sassy, spunky, defiant and spirited are words commonly associated with Nikki Lane’s new album, All or Nothin’ while spitfire, sultry and firecracker are words more commonly used to describe Nikki herself. I will refrain from using any of them. To this writer they feel, at best, dismissive while, at worst, sexist. Instead, I’ll just open […]

CALEB CAUDLE – PAINT ANOTHER LAYER ON MY HEART

CALEB CAUDLE – PAINT ANOTHER LAYER ON MY HEART

Caleb has been a favorite of mine since I met him when John Moreland played my local. I wish I had given his previous albums, like Tobacco Town, some attention when they came out but the truth is I had never heard of him until he toured with Moreland. This kid is amazing live and […]

CHEAP GIRLS – FAMOUS GRAVES

CHEAP GIRLS – FAMOUS GRAVES

When I sat down to right this review I wasn’t sure I was a Cheap Girls fan and to be honest I’m still not sure. Famous Graves is a power pop album extraordinaire and that should be right up my alley. The musical nods to the music I was listening to in the nineties is […]

MATT WOODS – WITH LOVE FROM BRUSHY MOUNTAIN

MATT WOODS – WITH LOVE FROM BRUSHY MOUNTAIN

It’s likely no surprise to anyone who knows me, whether in real life or via the internet, that I fucking love Matt Woods. There hasn’t been a musician whose body of work has gotten me this excited since I discovered Lucero in the mid-2000s, and that, my friends, is just about the highest praise I […]

ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND – ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND

ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND – ARLO McKINLEY & THE LONESOME SOUND

This cd found it’s way to me via Sarah Davis, a name you might recognize from another ninebullets fave, Alone At 3am. She was/is a part of the creation and was really excited to get it some radio play on it and after listening to a single track from it on youtube; so was I. […]

PETER BUCK – I AM BACK TO BLOW YOUR MIND ONCE AGAIN

PETER BUCK – I AM BACK TO BLOW YOUR MIND ONCE AGAIN

In early 1980 Peter Buck was working at Wuxtry Records when he met Michael Stipe. Chances are good that you know the rest of that story. But this record review is about a different story, the story of Peter Buck’s second solo record, I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again, a grandiose title […]

KEVIN SECONDS – OFF STOCKTON

KEVIN SECONDS – OFF STOCKTON

When I sat down to write this review I wasn’t aware that Kevin Seconds’ had released a ton of solo albums. That goes to show how much I don’t keep up with punk frontmen and their solo releases. I find these things are hit and miss with a decent amount of miss going on but […]

BOBBY CHARLES — SELF TITLED

BOBBY CHARLES — SELF TITLED

Light In The Attic Records recently rereleased Bobby Charles’ self titled record originally released in January of 1972. Bobby Charles may not be a household name but some of the players on this record probably all. Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Dr. John all make appearances but the strength of the […]

PSALMSHIPS – SONGS FOR A RED BIRD

PSALMSHIPS – SONGS FOR A RED BIRD

Not entirely how this album ended up on my hard drive but I am sure glad it did. Psalmships is Joshua Britton out of Pennsylvania and he is writing a brand of music he self-describes as “ghost folk.” It’s a fair assessment I’d say since Songs For A Red Bird seemed to materialize out of […]