Pictureplane, “Real Is A Feeling” (free track)

May 17, 2011

By Shannon Hassett “Real Is A Feeling” begins with a slow-building club buzz usually reserved for standard house numbers. Part of its charm is its ability to retain this vibe while maturing from beat to song, showing signs of MGMT …

Jump into the explosion: Levi Agee on Thor

May 16, 2011

By Levi Agee I guess the straw that broke the camels back was Kenneth Brannaugh’s Thor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the film. It was highly entertaining, funny at times, and great to look at, but I think I …

Chelsea Wolfe, “Advice & Vices” (free track)

May 16, 2011

By Michael Miller The frightening “Advice & Vices” by Chelsea Wolfe sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of an elevator shaft after some natural disaster. It’s dark, but not overly so, with a simple riff that recalls Surfa …

APB on New Amsterdam gin

May 15, 2011

New Amsterdam, it’s become much too much. — Elvis Costello Welcome to New Amsterdam. So smooth you can drink it straight. — New Amsterdam Gin propaganda By Paul Bowen The proprietor of this blog recently stumbled into and/or shoplifted a …

Sunday columnette: Robert Johnson, the 82 percent solution

May 15, 2011

As you’re probably aware, last Sunday marked the centennial of seminal bluesman Robert Johnson’s birth, and in commemoration, Sony Music has released the definitive collection of his works, has re-released his complete recordings in a two-CD version called Robert Johnson: …

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

May 13, 2011

I have a philosophy about drivers. Find one you like the looks of, or feel of, and stick with it. Because, these days, they all perform about the same. I can say this because I’ve hit every stinkin’ one of …

Bloodworth opens May 20

May 12, 2011

W. Earl Brown, maybe best known for his role as Dan Dority on HBO’s Deadwood series talks about his new movie project, Bloodworth, based on Tennessee writer William Gay’s Provinces of Night, which opens here (in Little Rock) next Friday. …

David Starr Band at the Afterthought May 14

May 11, 2011

My friend David Starr is bringing his band to the Afterthought for his first gig in Arkansas in a decade. (Wow, it’s been that long since Starr’s Guitars moved to Colorado?) Anyway, they’ll be kicking it off around 9 p.m. …

Howie Gelb’s Alegrias

May 10, 2011

We had some Howie Gelb/Giant Sand news here recently; here’s an update in Fire Records ambitious plan to re-release of roughly 30 albums. Here’s the press release info on, and a track from, Gelb’s 2006 album Alegrias: “Alegrias, the long …

Cheap shots and the end of an era

May 10, 2011

I don’t talk about it much but I guess I am a Los Angeles Laker fan. I come by it honestly, when I was a kid we lived in Southern California’s Inland Empire, in the little city of Rialto hard …