two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in august

Two sentence reviews of new albums I listened to in August. Behind the jump: Lost in the Trees, Arcade Fire, The Goodnight Loving, Frontier Ruckus, Dax Riggs, the Dead Brothers. Griffin House — The Learner: House’s follow-up to 2008’s stellar Flying Upside Down is a bit of a let-down; he starts and finishes strong, but…

so i remember ev’ry face

There’s a great story in Across The Great Divide, about how the Band hooked up with photographer Elliott Landy. They didn’t want the best photographer — they asked around, looking for the worst photographer, because “best” wasn’t necessarily what they needed at the time, and someone said, “Well, I don’t know if this guy is…

this year’s models @ local 506

And then after the Lost in the Trees set on Thursday, and a pit stop at Linda’s for more beer, t., Jenni, Chiv, and I moseyed up to the 506 to see our friends Seamus and Alex front an Elvis Costello cover band, backed by the inimitable Robert Sledge and two of Alex’s bandmates from…

locally grown: lost in the trees @ wallace plaza

If you’re lucky — if you have a good local scene — if you support that scene — if you get to be friends with people who are not just talented, but pretty close to genius — if all those things happen in a perfect confluence, sometimes you get to watch your friends get famous….

they say danko would have sounded just like me

“You grow up with a dream of discovering this place, not in terms of Columbus but in terms of your own imagination.” — Robbie Robertson of The Band At the moment, in between trashy mystery paperbacks, I’m slowly reading — savoring — Barney Hoskyns’ Across The Great Divide: The Band and America, which is exactly…

i can lick any sonofabitch in the house — sounds of dying

I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House — Sounds of Dying. Out soon if not now, Suburban Home Records. Okay, so: sometimes when you’re a teenager or a 20-something and you’re really anxious and angry all the time, and you wake up in your late 20s and you realize that all that energy going…

black joe lewis & the honeybears @ local 506

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were great last night — if you’re into neo soul, R&B or funk, pick up their full-length debut Tell ’em What Your Name Is! — but I’m disappointed with my shooting. Tons of movement combined with the 506’s reversion to a big sucking black hole, and 2/3rds of what…

malarkeygras 2010 @ the pour house

There are bands you love, and then there are bands you love and nights that sounds like the inside of your heart. And last night, the entire Pour House howling along with a blow-the-doors-off cover of “Thunder Road”, was the latter.

holy ghost tent revival @ the blind tiger

holy ghost tent revival @ the blind tiger, originally uploaded by minervacat. baby i don’t know, i don’t think anybody can ’cause that which keeps us moving is that which we can’t understand