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July 2009

Event Reviews

Animal Collective

Animal Collective put the hip-pie in hip-ster, so why was the Orlando audience so ornery? S D Green ponders the lack of love at the concluding date of the band's recent tour with Black Dice.

Nashville Recording Workshop & Expo

The first ever Nashville Recording Workshop & Expo attracted members of the music industry eager to test out new gear, network, and get some tips from the pros. Elianne Halbersberg was on hand, taking notes.

New York Dolls

Even with only two original members remaining, New York Dolls still dazzle, as Jen Cray discovered at a recent Orlando show.

Queensryche

There certainly was no sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll party at the House of Blues as the almighty Queensryche forced fans, and Chris Long, to bask in their eternal greatness.

Wilco

One of America's best live bands, Wilco, try not to overextend themselves as they work out the kinks on the first date of their current U.S. tour. Sean Slone caught the beginning of the long, hot trek in Cincinnati.

Features

British Mysteries from Acorn Media

Whether you are a fan of quirky detectives and wacky coincidences, or in-depth investigations with detailed forensic analysis, Acorn Media probably has a British mystery set that will appeal to you. Joe Frietze is here to take a look at four of their newest releases.

Interviews

The Secret Machines

Gail Worley gets the definitive interview out of Secret Machines' feisty drummer Josh Garza. She calls them a grunge Be Bop Deluxe, but in a good way.

The Beat goes on for ska icon Dave Wakeling

The English Beat refuses to die with the '80s. Ink 19's Robert M. Sutton chats with The Beat's Dave Wakeling about the early days of the 2-Tone ska revival in England and the challenge of taking the past back into the future.

Music Reviews

Music A

Absu

Absu (Candlelight). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music B

Loving Takes This Course

A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom (Chapter Music). Review by Rod Leith.

Rachel Taylor Brown

Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and Other Saints and Superheroes (Cutthroat Pop Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music C

Chairlift

Does You Inspire You (Columbia). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Ray Charles

Genius: The Ulitmate Collection (Concord Music Group). Review by Phil Bailey.

The Cliks

Dirty King (Silver Label). Review by Jen Cray.

Crocodiles

Summer of Hate (Fat Possum). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music D

Dark Castle

Spirited Migration (At A Loss Recordings). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Dear Landlord

Dream Home (No Idea). Review by Jen Cray.

Devil's Whorehouse

Blood and Ashes (Regain). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music E

Ear Pwr

Super Animal Brothers III (Car Park). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music G

Gladshot

Burn Up & Shine (Frankly Mills Record). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Greater California

All The Colors (Subtitled Audio). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music I

Indigo Girls

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug (IG Recordings/Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music J

George Jones

A Picture of Me - Nothing Ever Hurt Me (American Beat Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music K

Keep Your Soul

A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Peter Kruder

Visions LTD EP (Gigolo Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music L

Chris Lake

Crazy (Nervous Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Lonely H

Concrete Class (The Control Group/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music M

Miss Derringer

Winter Hill (Nickel and Dime). Review by Jen Cray.

Music N

NOMO

Invisible Cities (Ubiquity). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music P

Pearl Jam

Ten (Legacy Edition) (Epic Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music R

Alasdair Roberts

Spoils (Drag City). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music S

Kevin Saunderson

History Elevate (Fabric). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Solomon's Seal

The Sea, The Sea (Self-Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Spring Creek

Way Up on a Mountain (Rebel Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Starflyer 59

Starflyer 59 - Ghosts From the Past

Super Furry Animals

Dark Days/Light Years (Rough Trade Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music T

Throne of Katarsis

Helvete - Det Iskalde Mørket (Candlelight). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

Alice Fantastic

Three women deal with stray dogs and dysfunctional relations, then one of them dies and everyone else cries. Obviously, Carl F Gauze isn't feeling Maggie Estep's new novel.

Beatle Books: From Genesis to Revolution

With 1,500 or so books about the Fab Four, a meta-reference work would come in handy. However, Sean Slone comes away disappointed with the tome's lack of a critical eye.

Grunge Is Dead

Greg Prato's new oral history of Seattle music (or "grunge" to you and me, bucko) strikes the right balance between bratty humor and pathos, thinks Matthew Moyer. And was the bassist from Guns N' Roses really in the Fastbacks? Read on,,,

Hawkman Companion

Matthew Moyer finds Hawkman Companion's artwork to be its redemption.

Steal This Music

In light of the recent charges levied against Jammie Thomas-Rasset in the RIAA's case against her, we've unearthed this review on Steal This Music, a book concerning the history of copyright in music.

The Daily Adventures of Mixerman

Nowhere does the line between Fantasy, Reality and Comedy blur more than in the music industry. Carl Gauze reports on the pseudonymous Mixerman's journal of one album gone quite wrong. Or quite right, for the reader at home.

Tour:Smart - And Break the Band

Martin Atkins imparts the wisdom of several decades worth of punk rock self-sufficiency into one book. Except for predictable sections on sex and drugs, Rob Ward is impressed.

Screen Reviews

A Grin Without a Cat

This reissue of Chris Marker's epic documentary about the rise (and fall) of Communist ideals in the 60s and 70s shows Carl F Gauze the dangers of blind faith in anything, be it a person or a theory.