OSTROV's TOP 10 OF '11

Top 10 Albums: 25. J. Mascis – Several Shades of Why 24. Ruby Coast – Whatever This Is: They made their first EPs while still in high school, but their first LP is mature, polished, and a blast to dance or drive to. (free music alert) 23. Algernon Cadwallader – Parrot Files: Rips off Cap’n … Continue reading “OSTROV's TOP 10 OF '11”

AUSTIN GOES ELECTRIC:

While it won’t carry the same sweeping disdain that Dylan going electric did it was still quite the surprise when I pressed play on Austin Lucas‘ new song “Thunder Rail” and heard electric guitars. I’m not sure if this new track is representative of the overall sound of the new record but if it is, … Continue reading “AUSTIN GOES ELECTRIC:”

ON TOM WAITS AND THE LIVE RECORD

Sometime around midnight last night (I’m on German time for the moment so it was 3:00 Pacific and 6:00 Eastern for those keeping track), I was putting the finishing touches on a night-long Looney Toons marathon when I noticed an email in my inbox from a friend, the subject line reading only “New Waits.” The … Continue reading “ON TOM WAITS AND THE LIVE RECORD”

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: THE LOW ANTHEM

Remember when bands made records? Not ten-song collections of iTunes downloads, but complete, thematic bodies of work meant to be analyzed and appreciated as such? It is worth noting that, while the “single” as a concept has been around since long before Steve Jobs revolutionized portable and digital music, many of the most enduring songs … Continue reading “FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: THE LOW ANTHEM”

PRE-ORDER NEW OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW FOR $5.00

While I don’t normally do this sort of thing a new OCMS album is worth breaking protocol over. Here is a copy/paste of a promotional email that just landed in my inbox: As of today, Old Crow will be doing an exclusive digital pre-order of the album on AmieStreet, making it available for just $5.00. … Continue reading “PRE-ORDER NEW OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW FOR $5.00”