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Interview | The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “We’ve been painted as devils for corrupting R.L. Burnside, as well as for fucking things up for Elliott Smith.”

Photo | Michael Lavine. If you haven’t heard it straight from the lips of Jon Spencer, THE BLUES IS NUMBER ONE…and that’s not just some cool-as-shit thing for him to yell at your ass while sweating and bouncing around at a Blues Explosion show. For me, “The Blues” is number one, and they’ve been that way ever … Read more

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10 to Spin | Jenny Owen Youngs

I knew very little about Jenny Owen Youngs until I heard this song a few weeks ago. And that was when I woke up. Let’s have a listen. (And yes, the ending is brilliant.) That piece of goodness is off Youngs’ latest album, An Unwavering Band of Light, which is a must-listen for those of … Read more

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10 to Spin | Elizabeth & the Catapult

When Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult responded back with her 10 to Spin playlist, our first one of 2012, her theme of “Awesome Broken Voices” intrigued me. I started listening to Ziman’s voice back in 2010 when we featured “Go Away My Lover,” taken from her 2010 album, The Other Side of Zero, … Read more

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Our 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011 (Quarter 4)

Album art courtesy of Arts & Crafts As we coast into the end of 2011, we have a batch of new contenders for those Best of the Year lists that you’ll soon see on every music blog known to man and woman. Including this one. Here are the top twenty-five albums we’re most looking forward … Read more

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10 to Spin | Hannah Miller

Singer-songwriter Hannah Miller grabbed my attention the other day. See, I’m a sucker for a gal, a voice, and a guitar, and her song “At My Best” sure did the trick. I like simplicity in music; I like the cold truth. Give me something that is real any day over what has been manufactured, or … Read more

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10 to Spin | Matthew Ryan

To me, the best Matthew Ryan songs are the ones where you’re left feeling exposed, like he’s written something about you, something secret. Ryan is one of my favorite songwriters because of songs like “3rd of October,” “Your Museum,” and “It Could’ve Been Worse” – songs that are courageous because they tell the truth, even … Read more

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MP3 | Infantree – Euphemism

The California four-piece, Infantree, released its Food For Thought EP earlier this year to high praise. With its eclectic mix of instruments (crunchy banjo, folky mandolin, buzzing electric guitar) and vocals compared to the mellow Tom Waits, the EP conjured up a lotta excitement for the LP, Would Work. The 12-song effort was produced by … Read more

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10 to Spin | Anna Rose

Anna Rose may like to escape every now and then, but singing and writing songs has always been in her blood. Once the 25-year-old from Manhattan picked up the guitar, it’s always been in her life: with her on subways, used heavily in her songs she records and performs. Rose, it seems, knows what makes her … Read more

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Delta Spirit Releases “Bushwick Blues” on iTunes

Delta Spirit is set to release LP2, History From Below, June 8th on Rounder Records. To celebrate, the band has just put up the first single, “Bushwick Blues,” for sale on iTunes and confirmed an in-store performance on June 7th at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles. History From Below was recorded at Prairie Sun Studio … Read more