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Jim Ford, ‘Harlan County’ (Light in the Attic)

A Kentucky-born singer-songwriter once called the "baddest white man on the planet" by Sly Stone, Jim Ford pioneered a seamless blend of country, soul, and…
Andrew Hultkrans / July 26, 2011

R.E.M., ‘Lifes Rich Pageant: 25th Anniversary Edition’ (I.R.S./Capitol)

For their fourth album, in 1986, R.E.M. hired John Mellencamp's producer Don Gehman and crafted their cleanest, biggest-sounding production and most straightforwardly bold political statement.
Andrew Hultkrans / July 12, 2011

The Left Banke, ‘Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina, Left Banke Too’ (Sundazed)

Thrown together in 1966 New York to record a promising song by classically trained pianist Michael Brown, the Left Banke had a fractious history --…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 28, 2011

Various Artists, ‘True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax Vols. I & II’ (Now-Again)

3 Sharecropper's son, art ?teacher, record store/label owner, Lee Anthony nurtured a Little Rock, Arkansas soul and funk scene that produced the Gap Band, among…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 21, 2011

Peter Tosh, ‘Legalize It: Legacy Edition; Equal Rights: Legacy Edition’ (Columbia/Legacy)

Malcolm X to Bob Marley's MLK in the original Wailers, Peter Tosh left the group on the eve of global acclaim for a militantly uncompromising…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 21, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973′ (Light In The Attic)

5 Flush with Motown success, Berry Gordy opened an L.A. branch of his Detroit institution to supposedly sign West Coast acts and, in industry parlance,…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 14, 2011

Sebadoh, ‘Bakesale’ (Sub Pop)

2A hypersensitive Joni Mitchell fan caught up in '80s hardcore, Lou Barlow endured years of psychodrama as Dinosaur Jr.'s bassist before starting Sebadoh with Eric…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 14, 2011

Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s Going On: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’ (Motown/UME)

Disconsolate over duet partner Tammi Terrell's death, disturbed by his brother's letters from Vietnam, depressed by Detroit's urban blight, chafing against Motown's factory system, Marvin…
Andrew Hultkrans / June 7, 2011

Reatards, ‘Teenage Hate/Fuck Elvis 
Here’s the Reatards’ (Goner)

With help from his mentors, the late Memphis punk James Lee Lindsey Jr. recorded several singles, EPs, and debut album Teenage Hate under the name…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 31, 2011

Kate & Anna McGarrigle, ‘Tell My Sister’ (Nonesuch)

These Québécois sibs were singer-songwriters of sophisticated folk music cribbed from Irish and French-Canadian traditions, and their first two albums -- 1975's self-titled debut and…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 29, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York’s Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 (1945-59)’ (Year Zero)

On the heels of canon-smashing comp Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude, U.K. journalist Kris Needs returns with a six-volume history of popular music…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 24, 2011

Mickey Newbury, ‘Looks Like Rain; Frisco Mabel Joy; Heaven Help the Child; 
Better Days’ (Drag City)

A sophisticated, unconventional Nashville songwriter for artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, Andy Williams, and Solomon Burke, Newbury is best known for his own trio…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 24, 2011

These Trails, These Trails (Drag City)

6 Like the Pentangle of Hawaii, These Trails were a one-off, private-press, acid-folk project of Kauai's Margaret Morgan and Patrick Cockett, abetted by Dave Choy's…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 24, 2011

Iggy Pop, ‘Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009′ (Shout! Factory)

Spanning The Idiot/Lust for Life late-'70s solo comeback concerts through the 21st-century Stooges reunion tours, this four-CD live box is so raw that you can…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 17, 2011

Loudon Wainwright III, ’40 Odd Years’ (Shout Factory)

Son of a Life magazine editor and columnist, Loudon Wainwright III was one of many "new Dylans" in the late 1960s. But he was, and…
Andrew Hultkrans / May 3, 2011

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