Archive for December, 2015

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

2015 marked the passing of pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons, a man described by one contemporary as the “Picasso or Michelangelo” of his instrument. Over the span of his nearly seven-decade-long career Emmons logged innumerable sessions and released more than a dozen albums as a bandleader or solo artist. In addition, as a founding […]

Monday, December 28th, 2015

This month often finds Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy’s warm and luminous cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” on steady repeat. It’s perfectly cozy and bittersweet (Christmas in a nutshell) and, similar to the pair’s 2013 full-length album of Everly Brothers covers, fairly catholic to the original. However, back in […]

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 […]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Here it is. Our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2015. Have at it.  – AD _____________________________________________________________________________________ Deerhunter – Fading Frontier: The album’s name might seem to belie its subject matter: this is probably the warmest, most emotionally serine piece the band has […]

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 […]

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

If you have a window near, go ahead and look outside. Chances are, there are some Christmas lights up somewhere within view. In the coming weeks, you’ll probably frantically brave mall crowds and horrific parking lot jams for last-minute gifts, wondering why it is that you avoid the mall for an entire year only to […]

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Philly’s Spacin’ are set to coast into 2016 with their long delinquent second album – Total Freedom. Recorded deep in the depths of the Chillinger Community Center, the fuzzed out choogle they hang their no shirt, no shoes, no problem mantra on is transmitted blaringly loud on the opening cut “Over Uneasy”. Vamping on the less […]