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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - July, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - July 2011

I love good hip-hop. Good hip-hop only accounts for about five percent of all hip-hop, but when it's good there's not much I'd rather hear. And when it's good, it's often by the Beastie Boys.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - June, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - June 2011

I decided a while back to ride the Dap-Kings train until it took a wrong turn or flew off the tracks entirely. Put simply, they make the best rhythm and blues records around in 2011.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - January, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - January

Pat Sansone is Wilco's Swiss Army knife. He handles percussion, guitar work, vocals, and keyboards with equal dexterity. He and John Stirratt, Wilco's bassist and longest tenured member along with Jeff Tweedy, have also been doing their thing together as the Autumn Defense for a few years now.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - May, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - May 2011

Jason Isbell is one of my favorite songwriters working. I saw a documentary recently about the "outlaw country" music movement in the mid-'70's wherein they described a 20-year-old Steve Earle as some sort of lyrical genius for his age (my words).

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - December, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - December

I've often lamented the lack of a real rock and roll scene in San Francisco. If it's happening, I don't know where. It seems like you could go out every night for three straight months and watch a different Afro-Cuban jam band though.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - April, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - April 2011

I spent the better part of my formative years in Georgia. By that, I mean most of them. Went to middle school and high school in Augusta until a brief (although not brief enough) layover in Gainesville before finding the Promised Land which is Athens. If you like music, there is no better place to be. As I've never met anyone that doesn't like music, it seems like we could all agree, in consensus, that Athens, Georgia is at least one of the best places in the world to be, live, love, fight, fume, whatever.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - November, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - November

Take a look at the artwork for the newest Grinderman album, why don't you? It'll give you a pretty good idea of what to expect when you first hear the record.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - March, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - March 2011

Folks who know these things'll tell you about how the Drive-By Truckers can black out your night in a distorted ocean of guitars and whiskey-soaked rock and roll attitude. They're right. On their latest, "Go-Go Boots," they take a different tact. This is a cleaner affair, but that's all relative, of course. A barroom bathroom is typically cleaner than a music festival portable toilet, but you still wouldn't want to lie down there.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - October, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - October

Following in the footsteps of a famous parent seems especially difficult for musicians. Athletes can get away with it, and often eclipse their parents' achievements. Just ask Archie Manning or Ken Griffey. But Julian Lennon never had a chance.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - February, 2011

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - February 2011

On December 8, 2010, I made a mistake. I suppose there really is a first time for everything. Anyone who pays attention to these things will know that I gave "Best New Vinyl Recording 2010" to the great Hacienda from San Antonio, Texas. That wasn't the mistake. I caught their opening set on the previously mentioned date at the Independent in San Francisco and loved it. Why wouldn't I? The problem is, and this is where the error occurred, that I left before the main event. It was a "school night."

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile- September, 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - September

Little Feat is a band that has worn many hats in its lifetime. Unfortunately, based on what I saw in Golden Gate Park last October, their current hat is ill-fitted, torn, and frayed.

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