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Jonah Tolchin: Fires From The Cold

Read "Fires From The Cold" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jonah Tolchin's fourth solo album, Fires For The Cold, boasts some notable selling points, but ultimately stands on its own terms as an estimable, if somewhat narrowly circumscribed, piece of work. The vocal contributions of Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones buttress the delicacy of the recording's predominantly acoustic textures, as does the artist's discerning inclusion ...

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Gurf Morlix: Impossible Blue

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An object lesson in simplicity, Gurf Morlix' Impossible Blue is one fast shuffle away from pure excellence. Yet even with due recognition for this, his tenth album, the Americana Award-winning man may yet remain better known by association: collaboration with Americana master Peter Case on his eponymous debut and as a fifteen-year tenure Lucinda Williams (during ...

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Luther Russell: Medium Cool

Read "Medium Cool" reviewed by Doug Collette

The photo of Luther Russell wearing shades inside this digipak perfectly captures the attitude of this album's title, albeit with slightly self-effacing charm. But the music resounds even deeper in that regard. Russell's longstanding independence is the source of the infectious immediacy in his rock, and his do-it-yourself approach to making records creates loose, scrappy power ...

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Paul Collins' Beat: Long Time Gone/To Beat Or Not To Beat

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The snapshot quality in the b&w cover photo of Long Time Gone/To Beat Or Not To Beat by Paul Collins' Beat is hardly a visual corollary to the immediacy of the music. Nor does it correspond to the clarity in the prose the bandleader composed for the CD combining these two EP's recorded in the early ...

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Peter Case: On The Way Downtown: Recorded Live On FolkScene

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Peter Case's On the Way Downtownreminds how prolific the once and future frontman of the Plimsouls has been during the course of his solo career. Recorded Live On FolkScene captures Case just as he was gaining traction during that phase of his career and offers keen insight into both his writing and performing. What's ...

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Peter Case: Peter Case

Read "Peter Case: Peter Case" reviewed by Doug Collette

The music on Peter Case's debut solo album is as pure and straightforward as the title of this eponymous work. And that's even taking into account the layered approach T Bone Burnett applied in one of his earliest production jobs. The seven bonus tracks illustrate how both this original material of Case's stands strong on its ...

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Peter Case: Hwy 62

Read "Peter Case: Hwy 62" reviewed by Doug Collette

With his walrus-like goatee, dark glasses and a fedora knocked back over a straggly haircut, Peter Case looks like the devoted road warrior and musical explorer that he is on the cover of the aptly-titled Hwy 62. And the recordings inside bear out the wisdom he's gained over the years as a songwriter and musician, these ...

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L.A. Music Scene Vets Turn out for Peter Case Benefit Salute

A raft of stalwarts from L.A.s Americana music scene, including but not limited to those who started their careers at local clubs during the 1980s, turned up over the weekend at McCabes in Santa Monica. During three nights of shows to salute the music of Peter Case and help him pay down the bills from his ...


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