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CISCO & DEWEY “All Across This Ghost Town” (Swingomatic Records)

CISCO & DEWEY “All Across This Ghost Town” (Swingomatic Records)

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:13 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Tony “Cisco” Marsico and Darran “Dewey” Falcone are men on a mission. The duo originally became friends and began creating music together back in the mid ‘90s, but, to paraphrase the musical philosopher, John Lennon, “Life is what happened to...

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THE ARCS  “Yours, Dreamily” (Nonesuch Records)

THE ARCS  “Yours, Dreamily” (Nonesuch Records)

By | October 8, 2015 at 2:07 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Dan Auerbach is a man constantly in motion. When he isn’t creating music and touring with his tremendously successful band, Black Keys, he is producing other artists or collaborating with other musicians. Dan Auerbach was born in Akron, Ohio, the son...

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WILCO “Star Wars” (dbpm Records/Anti- Records)

WILCO “Star Wars” (dbpm Records/Anti- Records)

By | October 1, 2015 at 1:18 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Wilco has been so good for so long that it’s easy to take them for granted. The band has been a going concern since 1994, rising from the ashes of alt.country progenitors, Uncle Tupelo. Uncle Tupelo, along with the Jayhawks, pioneered the alt.country...

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MARSHALL CRENSHAW “#392: The EP Collection” (Addie-Ville Records)

MARSHALL CRENSHAW “#392: The EP Collection” (Addie-Ville Records)

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:33 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin 1982 was an interesting year for Pop music. It felt like anything was possible. Proven hit-makers like Stevie Wonder, J. Geils and Journey were in the Top 40. So were crap-tastic tracks by Air Supply, Quarteflash and Charlene, (remember the execrable...

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THE STRYPES “Little Victories” (Virgin/EMI Records)

THE STRYPES “Little Victories” (Virgin/EMI Records)

By | September 17, 2015 at 12:26 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The “Sophomore Slump” is a true musical malady. It strikes some and misses others. Artists who achieve critical acclaim or commercial success (or both) with their debut, turn around and release a second album so far off the mark, that their original...

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ORANGE PEELS “Begin The Begone”  (Mystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records)

ORANGE PEELS “Begin The Begone”  (Mystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records)

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:38 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Anyone wanting to hear some quintessential California music should look no further than The Orange Peels. The Bay Area band has been creating a pristine combo-platter of Baroque-Country-Folk-Pop for more than 20 years. It all began with Allen...

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TOMMY KEENE “Laugh In The Dark”  (Second Motion Records)

TOMMY KEENE “Laugh In The Dark”  (Second Motion Records)

By | September 3, 2015 at 3:18 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The perfect Pop song has a few key ingredients; obviously it must be catchy, it must be memorable and it must feel effortless. Classic examples of this unwritten paradigm include the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There,” The Who’s “I Can’t...

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MARK OLSON “Good-bye Lizelle” (Glitterhouse Records)

MARK OLSON “Good-bye Lizelle” (Glitterhouse Records)

By | August 27, 2015 at 12:09 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Most everybody is familiar with the Lo-Desert sound. From Generator progenitors like Mario Lalli, Zach Huskey, Herb Lineau and Sean Wheeler to mainstream success stories like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age.  But not enough attention is paid to the High...

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THE BIRD AND THE BEE “Recreational Love” (Rostrum Records)

THE BIRD AND THE BEE “Recreational Love” (Rostrum Records)

By | August 19, 2015 at 6:54 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in 2007, it seemed as though The Bird And The Bee literally burst on the music scene with their self-titled debut. But the duo, made up of vocalist Inara George and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin had been mainstays of the Los Angeles music...

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JAMES TAYLOR  “Before This World” (Concord Records)

JAMES TAYLOR  “Before This World” (Concord Records)

By | August 13, 2015 at 3:13 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The Bitch Goddess who writes this column rarely addresses anything from a first person perspective. Her argument is you know she wrote it, therefore it’s probably her opinion you are reading. To paraphrase George Harrison, too much “I, Me, Mine-ing.”...

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The DREAM SYNDICATE “The Days Of Wine And Roses” (Omnivore Records)

The DREAM SYNDICATE “The Days Of Wine And Roses” (Omnivore Records)

By | August 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Anyone who came of age in Los Angeles in the late 70s/early 80s experienced a musical renaissance that was mostly underground. Of course Punk Rock was invented in the bowels of New York and  exploded in Great Britain, but it thrived in L.A. Maybe all that...

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BRANDI CARLILE “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” (ATO Records)

BRANDI CARLILE “The Firewatcher’s Daughter” (ATO Records)

By | July 30, 2015 at 12:52 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Bet you didn’t know that Brandi Carlile is a band. Well, it’s true. Not in a Jethro Tull kind of way, where no one in the band was named Jethro, nothing that confusing. The band is comprised of twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth, and centered around the...

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WILLIE NELSON & MERLE HAGGARD “Django and Jimmie” (Sony/Legacy Records)

WILLIE NELSON & MERLE HAGGARD “Django and Jimmie” (Sony/Legacy Records)

By | July 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have been making music professionally since the middle of the last century. Between them, they have recorded more than 110 albums! Many of these records are considered classics, some are great and some are just okay. But...

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RICKIE LEE JONES “The Other Side Of Desire” (TOSOD Records/Thirty Tigers)

RICKIE LEE JONES “The Other Side Of Desire” (TOSOD Records/Thirty Tigers)

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When Rickie Lee Jones sings, she demands your complete attention. Don’t think you are going to put one of her records on and clean house, it’s impossible. Forget about reading the paper, or a book, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything but...

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TRANSLATOR “Sometimes People Forget” (Omnivore Records)

TRANSLATOR “Sometimes People Forget” (Omnivore Records)

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:33 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The accepted definition of a “one-hit wonder” is a band or artist that achieved chart success only once, or had a signature song that overshadowed the rest of their oeuvre. The Pop Music landscape is littered with one-hit wonders. One-hit-wonders...

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BEST COAST “California Nights” (Harvest/Capitol Records)

BEST COAST “California Nights” (Harvest/Capitol Records)

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I stay high all the time just to get by…California nights make me feel so happy I could die, but I try to stay alive.” That brittle and beautiful couplet, from the title track of their new album, illustrates the sly dichotomy of Best...

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2TON BRIDGE  “2Ton Bridge” (2Tonbridge.com)

2TON BRIDGE  “2Ton Bridge” (2Tonbridge.com)

By | June 25, 2015 at 3:23 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The birthplace of Country-Rock isn’t Nashville or New York. It all happened in Los Angeles almost at the same time, the separate inspiration of two transplanted Angelenos and one native son. Gram Parsons had grown up in Winter Haven, Florida the scion...

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CASSANDRA WILSON “Coming Forth By Day” (Sony Legacy)

CASSANDRA WILSON “Coming Forth By Day” (Sony Legacy)

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:24 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin 20 years ago, it seemed as though Cassandra Wilson literally burst on the Jazz scene with her stunning New Moon Daughter album. Along with Diana Krall (and later, Norah Jones), she was introducing the uniquely American idiom to Starbucks’ drinkin’ Gen-...

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MARVIN ETZIONI “Marvin Country” (Nine Mile Records)

MARVIN ETZIONI “Marvin Country” (Nine Mile Records)

By | June 11, 2015 at 3:28 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If Marvin Etzioni ever decided to pack up and leave Los Angeles, the recording industry based in that city might just have to close up shop. A one man Wrecking Crew, Etzioni is a musical Zelig, having played with everyone who’s anyone. Born in Brooklyn...

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SHELBY LYNNE

SHELBY LYNNE

By | June 4, 2015 at 1:22 am | No comments

 “I Can’t Imagine" (Rounder Records) By Eleni P. Austin Back at the turn of the 21st century, Shelby Lynne released I Am Shelby Lynne. The album was such a revelation it topped critics’ year end lists and was a modest commercial success.  She even won a Grammy for...

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PAUL WELLER “Saturns Patterns” (Warner Brothers Records)

PAUL WELLER “Saturns Patterns” (Warner Brothers Records)

By | May 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When Punk Rock exploded in Great Britain back in 1977, few would have predicted its continued resonance in the 21st century.  Most people dismissed the style as brash and unlistenable. Punk Rock was a reaction to rampant unemployment as well as the...

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MICHAEL Des BARRES  “The Key To The Universe” (FOD Records)

MICHAEL Des BARRES  “The Key To The Universe” (FOD Records)

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:16 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king.” Of course that’s Frank Sinatra, but it could just as easily be Michael Des Barres, who seems to have had more lives than the proverbial cat. Descended from French nobility,...

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COURTNEY BARNETT

COURTNEY BARNETT

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:36 am | No comments

 “sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit” (Milk Records/Mom+Pop Records) By Eleni P. Austin “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you, tell me I’m exceptional I promise to exploit you.” That caustic admonishment comes from Courtney Barnett...

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MAX CADY “Killing Me” (Max.Cady.com)

MAX CADY “Killing Me” (Max.Cady.com)

By | May 7, 2015 at 3:27 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Each year, thousands of bands come to Los Angeles with dreams of stardom; some, like Guns N’ Roses or Jane’s Addiction achieve that elusive goal. But the Sunset Strip is littered with bad deals and broken promises. Of course, the music business has...

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COLIN HAY  “Next Year People” (Lazy Eye Records/Compass Records)

COLIN HAY  “Next Year People” (Lazy Eye Records/Compass Records)

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:27 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When MTV was in its infancy, no band was more ubiquitous on the music channel than Men At Work.  Colin Hay was the band’s quirky front man. But if all you know about Hay is outback tales of traveling in a “fried out kombi” eating vegemite sandwiches,...

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Bettye LaVette “Worthy” (Cherry Red Records)

Bettye LaVette “Worthy” (Cherry Red Records)

By | April 23, 2015 at 12:46 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin During the first half of the 20th Century, with the advent of the phonograph record, Pop Music became, well, popular. In that era, songwriters wrote, musicians played and singers sang. Hoagy Carmichael wrote “Stardust,” studio musicians recorded the...

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SUFJAN  STEVENS “Carrie &  Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

SUFJAN  STEVENS “Carrie &  Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Fuck me, I’m falling apart.” That’s Sufjan Stevens channeling his grief on “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross,” the first single from his achingly beautiful new album, Carrie & Lowell. Sufjan Stevens never had an easy childhood. His...

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STIFF LITTLE FINGERS “No Going Back” (Rigid Digits/Mondo Recordings)

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS “No Going Back” (Rigid Digits/Mondo Recordings)

By | April 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The band Stiff Little Fingers has been a going concern since they formed in 1977. This is mostly due to the perseverance of vocalist/lead guitarist, Jake Burns. The original trio of Jake Burns, guitarist Henry Cluney and bassist Ali McMordie started off...

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KATE PIERSON “Guitars And Microphones” (Lazy Meadow Music)

KATE PIERSON “Guitars And Microphones” (Lazy Meadow Music)

By | April 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Hey, I’m Kate and I am a Taurus/I love tomatoes and black-capped chickadees.” That enthusiastic announcement came from Kate Pierson in the midst of “Song For A Future Generation” off the B-52’s third album, Whammy. By then, the five-piece group...

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance” (Matador Records)

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance” (Matador Records)

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:41 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Belle And Sebastian have been making a very specific style of rainy day music for nearly 20 years. Hushed and delicate, their songs have provided a soundtrack for sad-eyed hipsters since 1996. The brainchild of Stuart Murdoch, the band began as a school...

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES “Terraplane” (New West Records)

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES “Terraplane” (New West Records)

By | March 19, 2015 at 2:08 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If you look up the word “rebel” in the dictionary, chances are the definition is accompanied a picture of Steve Earle.  He seemed like a fresh new voice in Nashville, when he burst on the scene with his 1986 debut, “Guitar Town.” But Earle had been...

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GANG OF FOUR “What Happens Next” (Metropolis Records)

GANG OF FOUR “What Happens Next” (Metropolis Records)

By | March 12, 2015 at 2:40 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Gang Of Four is probably one of the most significant bands of the last 35 years, influencing Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, Fugazi, Jane’s Addiction, INXS, Bloc party, Interpol, Futureheads, No Knife, Franz Ferdinand and R.E.M. Chances are, you have...

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DECEMBERISTS “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World” (Capitol Records)

DECEMBERISTS “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World” (Capitol Records)

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:52 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Say what you will, say you will or will you won’t, or you whatever, You prevaricate your whole life don’t you? /This much I can say: I would’ve waited till the oceans fell away and all the sunken cities would reveal themselves to you/But you...

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JENNIFER KNAPP “Set Me Free” (Righteous Babe Records)

JENNIFER KNAPP “Set Me Free” (Righteous Babe Records)

By | February 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in 2002, Jennifer Knapp was the biggest star in Contemporary Christian Music. But she walked away from it all to lead a more authentic life. Jennifer Knapp and her twin sister, Lori, were born in Chanute, Kansas in 1974. Her parents divorced when...

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DWIGHT TWILLEY “Always” (Big Oak Records)

DWIGHT TWILLEY “Always” (Big Oak Records)

By | February 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Dwight Twilley has been recording music, with varying degrees of success for nearly 40 years now. In The pantheon of Power Pop, Twilley remains god-like for faithful fanatics of the genre. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native formed a firm musical partnership with...

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