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Banditos’ self-titled release

With a name like Banditos, you might expect this band to be from, say, Texas. But all six members are from Birmingham, Alabama, though now firmly ensconsed in Nashville. The alternative Nashville, that is, where you can still twang and … Continue reading

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Lady Lamb’s After

Listening to Lady Lamb the Beekeeper‘s second album After, I find it easy to believe simultaneously that Aly Spaltro is a self-taught, bedroom-recording savant and that she’s a road- and club-hardened performer. The truth is that she’s both. After is … Continue reading

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Angel Olson’s Half Way Home

It’s a cliché to say that such-and-such a singer is a “unique voice,” but I have to resort to it in the case of Angel Olson. In a world full of cutesy and waif-like vocals from female singers in all … Continue reading

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Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Mammoth Waltz

After beginning as a traditional Cajun band in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Lost Bayou Ramblers began experimentally fusing elements of indie rock and other styles into their sound. With Mammoth Waltz they go full-on psychedelic in their arrangements of what remains … Continue reading

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Frank Zappa’s The Torture Never Stops (DVD)

If, like me, you never saw Frank Zappa live with one of his fabulous bands, this DVD release from Eagle Rock is a great way to see what you missed. Or even if you did witness the madness before Zappa … Continue reading

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The Beatles in Portland DVD

The Beatles made their one and only visit to my home state of Oregon as part of their 1965 tour, playing two shows on a Sunday in August. Alan Ginsburg even wrote a poem about it. Salem-based filmmaker Chuck Stenberg … Continue reading

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The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

Clips of The Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 have become part of American popular culture, to the point that everybody remembers watching that historic first appearance, even if they didn’t actually watch it, or weren’t even … Continue reading

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Andy Gill & Kevin Odegard’s A Simple Twist of Fate — Bob Dylan and the making of Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a landmark album. It is listed on numerous “best-of” album lists, be they of “all time” or the Seventies, or of the rock era. It and its follow-up Desire are his two top-selling … Continue reading

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Larry Kane’s Ticket To Ride

Larry Kane indeed got a ticket to ride. He was the only American journalist in the Beatles’ official press group on their groundbreaking 1964 U.S. tour. The tour changed the way rock ‘n’ roll concerts were played, it changed a … Continue reading

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Calexico’s Feast of Wire

In Feast of Wire the Tucson, Arizona-based Calexico has made the most overtly political statement in its brief but prolific history. Their fourth full-length CD offers a cohesive vision of the collision of cultures in the desert borderland between the … Continue reading

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica

The avant garde of one generation is often the mainstream of future generations. Thus, Yoko Ono’s ululations of the Sixties influence The B-52s’ warbling in the Eighties; Velvet Underground’s dark, jagged art-rock informs punk and postpunk bands too numerous to … Continue reading

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