Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down

This is a different ADF record because home girl finally lets someone else in on the production side of the album and it shows. Fellow musician Joe Henry comes through and earns his keep by shifting things around enough to keep them interesting without changing up ADF’s core vibe.

The …

by   |  01/26/2005  |  Comments Off on Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down

Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

There’s something in the swagger of Miles Davis’ playing on these recordings that reminds me of a boxer walking down the aisle. There’s the limit of the people crowded all around the runway, the chaos of that moment where the heavyweight comes out from behind the curtain and the whole …

by   |  01/19/2005  |  Comments Off on Miles Davis: Tribute to Jack Johnson

Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Warm summer, top down, driving off to nowhere low-edge rock music with all the outlandish and absurd lyrics you would expect from the former Butthole Surfers frontman’s solo debut. Stripped down production, light use of sampling and Haynes’s trademark megaphoned-in vocal style make short work of today’s alternative scene, going …

by   |  12/01/2004  |  Comments Off on Gibby Haynes: Gibby Haynes and His Problem

Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

The former Screaming Trees vocalist returns with his fourth solo offering, presenting a deceptively-titled and complex group of songs with guest appearances from P.J. Harvey, Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, Dean Ween (Ween), and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), …

by   |  08/25/2004  |  Comments Off on Mark Lanegan: Bubblegum

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