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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

It was a cold Christmas night when Inuit songwriter Willie Thrasher first found his musical path. He’d just finished a set with his band the Cordells, drumming at a Christmas dance, performing its normal setlist of Beatles songs and other rock & roll standards, when an old man approached their table after the show. Thrasher […]

Friday, December 11th, 2015

“Most of my albums are a simple collection of songs that have nothing to do with each other except that they were written around the same time and, perhaps, have some recurring themes,” songwriter Cass McCombs told Relix in 2013. His new collection, A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, ETC., is the […]

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

“It’s exciting and kind of spooky!” Neko Case writes in the liner notes of Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule the new eight-album boxset collecting her entire discography, from her 1997 debut The Virginian to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, summing up her reflections on […]

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

I found my copy of Scott Fagan’s lp South Atlantic Blues at a used record shop about 12 years ago. It looked too good to be true, sitting in front of The Nightfly (note: Donald’s surname is Fagen with an ‘e’). The back jacket noted a shared producer with Pearls Before Swine (Elmer Jared Gordon), […]

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Aussie Andrew Kidman is – for lack of a better term – a renaissance man. Musician, painter, photographer, surfboard shaper, wave rider, filmmaker. That’s a lot of hats to wear by any measure but when he rolled up all of his passions and pursuits into one work – he stumbled upon a bit of magic. […]

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The music of Laraaji is defined by its joy. Born Edward Larry Gordon, Laraaji’s music draws from many sources, including his studies of Eastern spiritualism, avant-garde minimalism, and Gamelan rhythms, but it connects directly to his days working as a comedian in Greenwich Village. To hear him discuss it, laughter is more than a pleasure […]

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Nearly two decades into their career, it makes sense that Drive-by Truckers would be releasing another live album, their first since 2000’s Alabama Ass Whuppin’. Given that their catalog has grown to ten studio albums, there’s a wealth of material to pull from. But 2015 has been an interesting year for Patterson Hood of DBT […]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

On Southland Mission, Phil Cook has hit his stride. The record, which found him weeping upon listening back to demos alone in a cabin in Gailax, VA is a testament to the community of inspiring and talented individuals Phil has reveled in and continues to give back to. After serving as musical director on I’ll Find […]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Here in the west, it’s finally starting to feel like autumn. As the sunset comes earlier each evening, it’s been hard to get Joan Shelley’s beautiful Over and Even off the turntable. Deep hued and haunted, it’s built on simple blocks that add up impeccably: Shelley sings and plays guitar with accompaniment by guitarist/Alan Lomax […]