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Thursday, June 18, 2009


June 18, 2009
Scott Foley

Apparently, I'm in a "trashy" mood of late. Two of the more enjoyable albums I've heard lately sound like they're made by half-drunken americana pirates (pause a moment to picture what said americana pirate might look like ...). Those Darlins is a sister trio (at least they play sisters on record) who sound like they could provide the opening act for a roller derby. Deer Tick play gorgeously sloppy, with a lead singer that sounds like he just swallowed a bee. Together with a promising new Ha Ha Tonka tune, they supply enough grit to keep the show from heading off into over-earnest acoustic territory.

* Guy Clark, "Voila An American Dream" Platinum Collection (Sony, 08)
Kirsty McGee, "Profit Song" Kansas Sessions (Hobopop, 08)
Tom Gillam & Tractor Pull, "Stand By You (live)" Play Loud ... Dig Deep (Treehouse, 09)
* Amanda Shires, "Upon Hearing Violins" West Cross Timbers (self, 09)
* Red Stick Ramblers
, "Morning Blues" My Suitcase Is Always Packed (Sugar Hill, 09)
* Lucinda Williams, "Little Angel, Little Brother" Sweet Old World (Elektra, 92)
* Shelly King & Subdudes, "Summer Wine" Welcome Home (Lemonade, 09)
* Daddy, "Wash & Fold" For a Second Time (Cedar Creek, 09)
* Lyle Lovett, "I'm a Soldier In the Army of the Lord" Smile (Curb, 97)
* Jason Isbell, "The Blue" Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (Lightning, 09)
* Those Darlins, "Red Light Love" Those Darlins (Oh Wow Dang, 09)
* Charlie Robison, "Beautiful Day" Beautiful Day (Dualtone, 09)
* Jayhawks, "Stick In the Mud" Sound Of Lies (American, 97)
* Brian Ledford, "Truth and Love" Truth and Love (self, 09)
* Scott Miller, "She's Still Mine" For Crying Out Loud (FAY, 09)
* Son Volt, "Dynamite" American Central Dust (Rounder, 09)
* Diana Jones, "Better Times Will Come" Better Times Will Come (Proper, 09)
* Patterson Hood, "Pollyanna" Murdering Oscar (Ruth St, 09)
* Beat Farmers, "Happy Boy" Tales Of the New West (Rhino, 85)
* Waifs, "How Many Miles (live)" Live From the Union Of Soul (Compass, 09)
* Deer Tick, "Little White Lies" Born On Flag Day (Partison, 09)
* Gougers, "Everybody Knows" Long Day For the Weathervane (self, 07)
* Ha Ha Tonka, "Walking On the Devil's Backbone" Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South (Bloodshot, 09)
* Rodney Crowell, "Bluebird Wine" Heartworn Highway (Hacktone, 06)
* Conor Oberst & Mystic Valley Band, "I Got the Reason #2" Outer South (Merge, 09)
* Levon Helm, "Growin' Trade" Electric Dirt (Vanguard, 09)
* Slaid Cleaves, "Beautiful Thing" Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road, 09)

~ Scott

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