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Love's Not Impossible: My Top Ten Songs of 2012

We had to have some good tunes to get us through a year of watching a psychopathic plutocrat trying to pitch us back into the black and white world of fifties-era paranoia and imperialism. That victory against vileness confirmed, going back over the songs that made us swoon for the past few months is very […]

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Fall rotation: The Pharmacy, The Coup, Dum Dum Girls, Doug Stanhope, King Tuff

Autumn is a favorite, TIG-cherished time of year, but that isn't necessarily good for new music for me: I am a sentimental bastard and tend to pull out worn-down LPs by my long-time sources of melancholic joy, rather than creeping the current release racks for song-buzz. Besides that, this year Sean Rowe's summer-released The Salesman […]

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Tom Waits: Bad As Me

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Tom Waits has had an incredible career in that he has managed to somehow careen in the opposite direction of most artists: his first records are his lightest, most palatable ones — for example, Closing Time almost sounding like The Eagles at moments — and his later albums just get stranger and more uncompromising with […]

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Beauty Parlor: hey, all you pretty things! {new record review column}

I’m going to start this new “album round up” for Three Imaginary Girls with the above recent You Tube video for Sean Rowe‘s “Jonathan”: (1.) Because I think it’s the best song off of his recent Magic album (recently given full treatment here) and though it’s been out a while the video is new. More-so, […]

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Magic

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When my wife heard this playing yet again on the stereo last night she chirped, “So you found a record you really like a lot? That’s awesome!” Yes, Sean Rowe’s brandy-baritone vocals from his ANTI- debut Magic have become as sonically ubiquitous in our apartment as, say, those by Dylan, Cohen, and most recently Van […]

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Strict Joy

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I want to sit you down and talk — I want to pull back the veil and find out what it is I’ve done wrong, Glen Hansard croons earnestly. It’s the first line from the opening track of the new Swell Season album, Strict Joy. The song “Low Rising” is at once classic Hansard — […]

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Arm's Way

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Make a batch of cookies. How about chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmm. Anyway, follow the recipe of choice and make yourself a batch. Then eat them. Tasty! Now, try the same thing, but this time, forget to add the sugar. And the chocolate chips. Now eat them. Are they as tasty? HELLS NO. This is an […]

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