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Johnny Cash Gets the Remix Treatmentnew

Cash purists have every right to blanch at these mixing-board artistes slicing and dicing his songs, but the results suggest that even from beyond the grave, the old man is fully capable of busting a move.
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  11-04-2008  |  Reviews

Daptone Captures the Mississippi of Right Nownew

Though it currently has a population of just about 1,300, Como, Miss., holds a large place in music history. Blues greats such as the amazing Hemphill family and Junior Kimbrough lived very close, up in the Mississippi hill country that lies between the Tennessee border and the Delta.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Mike McGonigal  |  09-30-2008  |  Reviews

'Comic Book Tattoo': The Most Prominent Comics/Music Mashup Yetnew

Measuring 12-by-12 inches (just like the sleeves of your LPs), it features 50 stories inspired by the songs of well-known comics fan Tori Amos. It also marks the return to comics of Mike Dringenberg, one of the creators of seminal '90s comic series Sandman.
Willamette Week  |  Brandon Seifert  |  07-16-2008  |  Original Work

Rhythm and Jews: How a Cache of Classic Soul Got Made in the Promised Landnew

The extraordinary story of a group of Black Hebrew expats, whose music is collected on Soul Messages From Dimona, can stand alongside any of the classic myths of funk and soul. And amazingly, the music itself -- a mix of soul, funk, psych, gospel, and Hebrew traditionals -- can match the drama of the musicians' lives.
Washington City Paper  |  David Dunlap Jr.  |  05-30-2008  |  Reviews

'Love and Circuits' Captures America's Current Musical Undergroundnew

Cardboard Records founders Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw explain the comp in no humble terms: a representation of "the current underground scene as a whole." And it's a fair approximation, at least within the bounds of white twentysomethings' fickle tastes.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Michael Byrne  |  04-15-2008  |  Reviews

'Analog America': After the Beepnew

A new compilation of old answering machine tapes reveals what we talk about when we talk to machines.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian J Barr  |  04-07-2008  |  Music

'Paranoid Park': The Soundtrack of Their Livesnew

Skate movie dispenses with the angst, surrounds itself with Nino Rota and Elliott Smith.
L.A. Weekly  |  Randall Roberts  |  04-04-2008  |  Reviews

Stax Sings Motownnew

Stax vs. Motown is, of course, one of the past century's great cultural rivalries, up there with Yankees/Red Sox or Beatles/Stones.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  03-31-2008  |  Reviews

Music of Many Colorsnew

Nigeria Special is consistently surprising, enlightening, and danceable.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Chris Morris  |  03-21-2008  |  Reviews

What's Happening Goes Beyond Bossa Novanew

The compilation proves biodiversity is hardly the only kind of variety in Brazil.
Chicago Reader  |  Peter Margasak  |  03-03-2008  |  Reviews

Deeper Into Fretnew

The guitarists on Wayfaring Strangers reveal the extent of John Fahey's influence.
Washington City Paper  |  David Dunlap Jr.  |  02-21-2008  |  Reviews

Contradictory Attitudesnew

The Brit Box captures many of America's paradoxes for better and worse.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  David Lee Simmons  |  02-06-2008  |  Reviews

Truly a Collector's Editionnew

This re-release features a making-of DVD and two fine additional bonus tracks.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  02-01-2008  |  Reviews

More Than a Product Tie-Innew

The best soundtracks enhance the flicks from which they sprang even as they make a statement of their own. And Juno's CD companion more than accomplishes this goal.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  01-14-2008  |  Reviews

Dictator-rattling Musicnew

Bachata was the guitar-powered music of the Dominican underclass, akin to blues and tango, but with a gorgeously melodic sound tempered by the simplicity of the performances and straightforward, expressive vocals.
Shepherd Express  |  David Luhrssen  |  01-11-2008  |  Reviews

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