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Sun Seeker :: Georgia Dust

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

“Turn your back when light brings color/ Don’t see me how you see others…” So goes the chorus to “Georgia Dust,” the yearning and reflective debut single from Sun Seeker. It’s is a complex and nuanced tune that belies the band’s age: Alex Benick, Austin Edwards, Asher Horton and Ben Parks aren’t too many moons […]

Christopher King :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Why The Mountains Are Black collects “Primeval Greek Village Music” from 1907 – 1960 for Third Man Records. 28 tracks are culled from the 78 rpm collection of Christopher King, a life-long collector and expert set of ears based in the small community of Faber, VA. Mountains is an excellent point of entry to the […]

Ty Segall :: Emotional Mugger

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

In a goofball YouTube promo, Dr. Ty Segall, PhD defines “emotional mugging” as a “psychoanalytic subject-to-subject exchange formed as a response to our hyper-digital sexual landscape.” So sizing one another up, frontin’, a cold barrier of distraction, the practice of impenetrable differentiation… This silly promo vid is of special import because I think Ty’s trying […]

Ryan Sambol :: Now Ritual

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Many moons ago, Ryan Sambol fronted the fantastic Austin band The Strange Boys. They disbanded in 2012 after 3 albums. Sambol begat the The Strange Boys at a young age, and the group was praised for its prodigious ability to synthesize all forms of roots, rock, and R&B. So much so, talk about the band […]

Gloria Ann Taylor :: Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing

Friday, December 4th, 2015

“I gave you my last dime. . . but it looked like a ten dollar bill to me.” Those opening lines to “How Can You Say It” get at the essence of Taylor’s unique style of soul music: impassioned, all-in emotional journeys on the axis of love and pain. Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing collects […]

Tinariwen :: Live In Paris

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Tinariwen is a perennial favorite here at AD, and the Touareg band has just released their first proper “live” album, recorded in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord last December. Tinariwen’s prowess as a “live” band cannot be overstated. Their rapturous style of Saharan guitar music is wholly captivating in the flesh, and […]

God Less America :: Beyond The Fringe Of C&W

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

It’s late October, and we’re breathing chill, autumnal air, damp with death and lit by the blood moon. During these darkest of nights we while away our witching hours and pay homage to our devils. We reflect on fear itself, and what we realize to be the most frightening is not the bogeys, demons, and […]

Charles Mingus :: Mingus Plays Piano

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The album opens with Charles Mingus sputtering a percussive motif with one hand while the other riffs out an arabesque fantasia. There’s a duality present here, a tension of opposites. A fixed pitch struggles with an ecstatic melody and the battleground is rhythm. This gives way to rich, rolling chords, which develop into a strange […]

Benny Joy :: Nowhere

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Rarely does Tampa appear in the annals of early rock history. It was there bluesman Hudson Whittaker, aka Tampa Red, worked up his slide chops before making his career in Chicago, and Ray Charles lived in town for a while, playing with Charlie Brantley’s Honey Dippers and cutting some of his own early sides. But […]