Oxford American The next time you find yourself browsing your local bookstore, be sure to hit up the music section on their magazine rack. Once there, look for the latest issue of the Oxford American; it’s their 9th Annual Music Issue. It’s hard to miss; just scan for a black and white photo of Thelonious Monk, sitting at an upright piano, staring back at you, and you’ve got it.

Self-billed as “The Southern Magazine of Good Writing,” each year the quarterly literary magazine’s editors publish the kind of music issue that both entertains and inspires. As a testament to this, the quarterlies out-of-print back issues are highly sought after (I know), and if you ever stumble upon a used copy of the accompanying CD sampler, note the hefty price tag.

Ths year’s music issue’s companion CD features: Eldridge Holmes “If I Were a Carpenter” ++ Hackensaw Boys “Look Out Dog, Slow Down Train” ++ The Clovers “One Mint Julep” ++ Sandy Posey “I Take It Back” ++ Reverend Charlie Jackson “Morning Train” ++ Van Dyke Parks “G-Man Hoover” ++ Zakary Thaks “Bad Girl” ++ Karen Dalton “Katie Cruel” ++ Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks “I Feel Like Singing” ++ Teddy Grace “Hey Lawdy Papa” ++ Betty Davis “Anti Love Song” ++ Dwight Yoakam “Yet to Succeed” ++ Amy LaVere “Killing Him” ++ Don Redman “That Blue Eyed Baby From Memphis” ++ Mayo Thompson “The Lesson” ++ International Submarine Band “I Must be Somebody Else You’ve Known” ++ The Parchman Prison Band “Parchman Farm” ++ Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones “Bayou Rock” ++ Thelonious Monk “Trinkle, Tinkle” ++ David Banner “Cadillac on 22’s” ++ Fred Neil “Little Bit of Rain” ++ Betty Harris “Cry to Me” ++ Percy Mayfield “Ha Ha in the Daytime” ++ Iris Dement “Sweet Is the Melody” ++ Daniel Johnston “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances” ++ The Roches “Hammond Song”

Sample two tracks off the compilation below, plus Clem Snide’s cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances,” of which the original is featured on the comp.

Elsewhere: Stephen Deusner hits the nail on the head, per Oxford American, at Pitchfork Media

MP3: Eldridge Holmes :: If I Were a Carpenter
MP3: International Submarine Band :: I Must be Somebody Else You’ve Known

MP3: Clem Snide :: Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievances
Purchase: Oxford American – Issue 58: The 9th Annual Music Issue

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7 Responses to “Oxford American :: The 9th Annual Music Issue”

  1. THANK YOU for alerting me of this issue! The last one I had was with Elvis on the cover, and the accompanying comp was one of the best I’ve ever had. We would let it play all the time. From what I can recognize, this one looks to be top class as well.

  2. thanks, i just ordered a copy from their website.

  3. Great mag – great issue!

  4. I’ve got a few of these, and this one is pretty strong, I think. The Mayo Thompson track (and the Red Crayola article) were real eye-openers. It seems like they steered away from the huge names that pepper past mixes and aimed for a greater amount of obscurity. And rap finally gets acknowledged.

  5. I love the Roches, but was disappointed to see them on the comp. Only by stretching things really thin can you claim that “Hammond Song” is Southern.

    A great CD in any event.

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  7. My subscription lapsed last year and I missed this issue. As luck would have it, OA’s own site is sold out and I’ve lost copies on both eBay and Amazon to other people.

    Is there any way you have a copy of this magazine you’d be willing to sell? Or even just the CD? At this point I’d even take a burned copy of the CD. The magazine is great, but the CD is even better.

    Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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