Archival Music Releases

I wrote a piece about “archival” music releases for Diffuser. I discuss three different types of these albums. The first, Wheedle’s Groove, focuses on a specific regional scene–the soul and funk of Seattle. The second, Too Slow To Disco, is like a glorified mix tape you might make your friend. The last one, L’Amore, is a reissue of an album that was privately pressed and barely heard back in 1983. Below, listen to Lewis’ “Cool Night In Paris.”

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Dispatches from Country: David Nail, Frankie Ballard, Jerrod Niemann

I wrote about three recent country releases–from David Nail, Frankie Ballard, and Jerrod Niemann–for Splice Today. David Nail’s album is excellent. See the article here, listen to Nail’s “Brand New Day” below. If you want his upbeat hit, here’s the video, which is a bit voyeuristic.

Loveless

I wrote about two new albums from Dawn Landes and Lydia Loveless for Splice Today. Both women get a lot of mileage out of classic pop themes–Landes leans towards folk and country, while Loveless works more in the Tom Petty/Pretenders/Stevie Nicks mode. Below, the title track to Landes’ album “Bluebird.” Read the piece here.

(The dancer in this video, Storyboard P, recently earned a profile in The New Yorker.)

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