REVIEW: Fantastic Negrito’s “Please Don’t Be Dead” Contains No Throwaway Tracks

Fantastic Negrito’s “Please Don’t Be Dead” album on Cooking Vinyl records, for all intents and purposes, is autobiographical magnificence. Self written and produced, the tale it tells, is a vastly important one. It’s an acknowledgement of life’s troubles, but more importantly a celebration of life, and a testament of positivity in the face of adversity. […]

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REVIEW: After Years in the Wilderness, Cat Power Has One of the Year’s Best with “Wanderer”

A sense of promise has long surrounded Cat Power. Through all travails, through all the rough shows, her fans have stuck with her, because they knew she had incredible talent. Chan Marshall’s 10th album, Wanderer (Domino Recording), fulfills that promise, delivering everything she was always thought to be capable of, and more. Her husky, soulful […]

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REVIEW: Marc Ribot’s “Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018” Resounds to the Depths of the American Soul

Once, after a show that included Steve Earle, I had an interesting conversation. The gentleman I spoke with disagreed strongly with Earle’s politics, but still enjoyed his music. For as vociferous as Steve can be with his view, this fan appreciated his attention to songcraft. With Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018 (ANTI-/Epitaph), Marc Ribot has made […]

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REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy’s “Let’s Go” Highlights Creative Process

Recently, the subject of musicians’ memoirs came up in a discussion between myself and Austin-based singer-songwriter Terry Klein. (See my review of Terry’s show.) Terry commented that he is disappointed in how little most of them have to say about songwriting. I replied that it’s understandable from a marketing perspective. As a musician and a […]

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