two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in february

Two from my buddies at This Is American Music this month, with one (Great Peacock) not quite out yet; I didn’t listen to nearly as much as I wanted to this month, and wrote about even less of what I did hear. I promise March will be improved! I have a lot to catch up…

best of: top 25 albums of 2012

I hate making these lists. Everything was good! If it was bad, I didn’t keep it, thus, all the albums in my iTunes from 2012 are excellent! Agggh. But anyway: I contributed to the Speakers In Code list, of course, but this one is mine and ended up getting a hefty end-of-the-list tweak from my SiC list….

album rec: the givers and the takers ep

This seems like a good time to tell you that Browan Lollar once saw me in my pajamas, with bedhead, in an elevator, in a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He probably doesn’t remember it, but it’s a true story. Also a true story: after many years as Jason Isbell’s very talented guitarist, Browan has released…

the district attorneys @ local 506

The District Attorneys have put out one of my favorite records of 2012 thus far, the doowop shimmering indie rock gem Slowburner, and they didn’t disappoint last night. They’ve got an amazing chemistry on stage, the harmonies of their singers are tight and clear, and the guitar work is incredible. I adored their set. I…

alabama shakes @ cat’s cradle

When the Alabama Shakes slid on to the national scene last summer, with a slight EP and a handful of YouTube videos, pretty much everyone who heard them knew they were about to blow up — and they have. And you know what? Everything I’ve heard says that they’re amazing live, better than their staggering…