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January 2009

James McMurtry

James McMurtry sings about economic struggle, working class woes, and corrupt governments. Jen Cray was not the only Orlando fan who found his Southern Gothic folk rock soothing this holiday season.

Of Montreal

With a stage show more akin to performance art than rock concert, Of Montreal is anything but subtle. Jen Cray did not wear a pink leotard or face paint to the Orlando show, but she enjoyed it all the same.

Robot Love

The streets of downtown Eau Gallie thrummed to the strains of gypsy jazz, as inside the old Science Museum an expression of art titled Robot Love hummed on. Ian Koss reports on the happening


Top 19 Dead People of 2008

Carl F Gauze rounds up the best of those who left us last year. If there's a more perfect number than nineteen, we've yet to find it!



There's something in the "vatten" in Sweden. They just keep churning out these awesome, ethereal folk bands. P. McEver corners one, Fredrik, to find out just what makes them tick. Don't be surprised if the answers include raspberries, imaginary friends, and submarines...because they do.

Kayo Dot

Erica Belfiore gets in a Q&A with neo-metal explorers Kayo Dot at their recent show in Jacksonville, FL. Though she didn't discover their favorite ninja turtles, she did manage to unearth some reflections on the band's music and the populist approach to a maudlin of the Well comeback.

Music Reviews

Music A

Awake My Soul

Original Soundtrack (Awake Productions). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music B

The Boxmasters

Christmas Cheer (Saw Mill Records/Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music C

Tom Casino

Lucky In Love (Self-Released). Review by Michael Sutton.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bayou Country (Fantasy). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music D

Bill Deasy

A Different Kind of Wild (Traveling Light). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music F

Brooke Fraser

Albertine (Columbia Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Future Clouds and Radar

Peoria (Star Apple Kingdom). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music G

Jeff Gutman

No Way Back (Mr. Knees). Review by Chris Catania.

Music H

High Places

High Places (Thrill Jockey). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Holy Roman Empire

Egress (Slanty Shanty). Review by Chris Catania.

Music I

Illa J

Yancey Boys (Delicious Vinyl). Review by S D Green.


Broken Lands (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music J

J Dilla

Ruff Draft (Stones Throw). Review by S D Green.

Joy Missile

Bent Perspective. Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Music L


Under the Sun. Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Music M


Madvillainy 2 (Stones Throw). Review by S D Green.


Journey to the West (XL Recordings). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Mt. Sims

Happily Ever After (Hungry Eye). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Shawn Mullins

Live at the Variety Playhouse (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music N

Northern Portrait

Napoleon Sweetheart EP (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P

Charlie Pickett And...

Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And... (Bloodshot Records). Review by James Mann.

The Points

The Points (Mud Memory). Review by Jen Cray.

Music S

Raphael Saadiq

The Way I See It (Sony BMG/Columbia). Review by John-Thomas Crockett.

Scott Simons

Start of Something EP (Rostrum). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Kyle Stevens

Songs from the Orange Room. Review by Robert M. Sutton.

Super XX Man

There'll Be Diamonds (Tender Loving Empire). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music V

Tom Verlaine

Words From The Front (Collectors' Choice). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl

Carl F Gauze gets a kick out of kitsch. Flipping through this photovolume of forgotten Jewish album covers, you will too.

Bee Thousand

The 33 1/3 series has produced some great essay books exploring some of rock's most iconic albums. S D Green finally gets around to Marc Woodworth's commendable attempt to make sense of Guided by Voices' shambolic classic, Bee Thousand.

Pink Floyd: The Black Strat

The guitar is the iconic symbol of rock music's sex, rebellion, and power. Pink Floyd: The Black Strat is a new book about one of Dave Gilmour's primary instruments -- his black Stratocaster. S D Green explores whether the book conjures any of the instrument's magic by uncovering its underpinnings.

The Compact Duchamp: Amp After Amp

A slim volume of black and white collage art gets Carl F Gauze all hot and bothered about Dada.

The Manga Guide to Statistics

Like statistics AND steamy Japanese art? This guide from Shin Takahashi and Trend-pro Co. may be a little bit light on the hot-and-heavy, but Carl F Gauze finds space for it on his bookshelf.

The Psychology of Joss Whedon

Bruce Phillips narrowly skirts induction into Joss Whedon's awesome cult, and he has this book to blame.

Screen Reviews

Death Note (Desu Nōto)

The first of two live-action films based on the manga/anime/videogame, Death Note, is now available on DVD. It ain't no Sin City, says Phil Bailey.


A young woman enters the constricted world of a small diner and changes the owner's life in this European film. Carl F Gauze finds the beauty amongst varying shades of gray.


Matthew Moyer wonders whether Maybelline or perhaps a more sinister faction is responsible for Gorgoroth's awesomeness.

Video Hysterie: 1978-2006

Matthew Moyer believes that this new Lydia Lunch DVD retrospective provides a fine primer for a life well-lived on the fringes of art and expression.


Harvey Milk gets the biopic treatment from Gus Van Sant. Carl F Gauze worries that the man's life and work might be overshadowed by the need for this to be an Important Movie.

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

A young boy discovers the horrors of the concentration camp through his father, the camp commandant. Carl F Gauze sees the darkness descend.