Category Archives: Alternative

(August 4, 2018): Chris Volpe – Dusty Bibles

From the 2009 album, Shipwrecked!  From the album notes: “‘Shipwrecked!’ is Nashville-based Chris Volpe’s First full-length release with a live band. The 12—songs produced by Volpe and Grammy Award-winner Phil Harris—range from Americana to folk-jazz to country noir. The band … Continue reading

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(May 27, 2016): The Rave Ups – In My Gremlin

From the 1985 album, Town + Country.  I never had a Gremlin, but the first car I called my own was a metallic blue AMC Hornet station wagon.  Just as horrendous as a Gremlin, really. 

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(February 10, 2016): The Raybeats – Calhoun Surf

From the 1981 album, Guitar Beat.  The Raybeats were an instrumental quartet that hailed from the U.S. midwest (Kansas, Nebraska & Iowa).  This neo-surf Danny Amis tune is a cover of the song first released by his band, The Overtones. … Continue reading

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(February 9, 2016): Chumbawamba ‎– Jacob’s Ladder (Not in My Name)

From the 2002 CD maxi-single, Jacob’s Ladder (Not in My Name).  Released in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and the so-called “coalition of the willing”.  The anti-war protest songs never matched those of the 1960s … Continue reading

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(January 25, 2015) – Sean Rowe – The Real Thing

From the 2014 double album, Madman.  Rowe hails from upstate New York.  I caught him for the first time in 2011 on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.  He has released 4 solo long players over the last eleven years.  This release is … Continue reading

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(January 9, 2016): Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

The title track from the 2008 album, Acid Tongue.  Lewis, of course, made her name with Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service project. Her solo work is better, especially this outing. Elvis Costello (and some of his Imposters), Chris Robinson, Jason Boesel, … Continue reading

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(January 4, 2016): Dead Combo – Waiting for Rick and Nick’s Cafe

From the 2014 album, A Bunch of Meninos.  This Portuguese duo (Tó Trips and Pedro Gonçalves) came together in 2003 to record a tribute to guitar legend Carlos Paredes.  So far as I can tell, most of the work on … Continue reading

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