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Friday, March 04, 2011

March 3, 2011
Scott Foley

Call it my New Sneaker Theory. Or maybe my Worn Jeans Theory. Couple years ago when the O's sent me their debut CD, We are the O's, it seemed they had something going on. Good harmonies, a good way with a hook, but not yet stellar. Now, on their follow-up, Between the Two, they realize that initial promise. It's like when you buy a brand new pair of Converse. New Converse look sort of stiff and ... well, new until they are broken in. New jeans, too. Like the O's, give them a year or two of touring and exposure to the elements and they will emerge scratched, worn and bent in just the right places. RIYL Avett Bros or Two Gallants.

* Lucinda Williams, "Blessed" Blessed (Lost Hwy, 11)
* Volebeats, "Empty Streets" Volebeats (Rainbow Quartz, 10)
* Matt the Electrician, "Middle of a Little Country Road" Best of Times: TX Artists Performing the Music of Sara Hickman (Sleeveless, 11)
* Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, "Hurry Up and Wait" Bright Examples (9th St Opus, 11)
* Slim Cessna's Auto Club, "Smashing Indictment of Character" Unentitled (Alt Tentacles, 11)
* Steve Earle, "City of Immigrants" Washington Square Serenade (New West, 07)
* Dave Alvin, "Harlan County Line" internet single (Yep Roc, 11)
* Exene Cervenka, "Turning With the World" Excitement of Maybe (Bloodshot, 11)
* Dolorean, "If I Find Love" The Unfazed (Partisan, 11)
* Devotchka, "Man From San Sebastian" 100 Lovers (Anti, 11)
* David Wax Museum, "Chuchumbe" Everything is Saved (Self, 11)
* Robbie Fulks, "Never Could" Couples in Trouble (Boondoggle, 01)
* JD McPherson, "North Side Gal" Signs and Signifiers (Self, 11)
* Drive-by Truckers, "Everybody Needs Love" Go-Go Boots (ATO, 11)
* G Love, "Walk On" Fixin' to Die (Brushfire, 11)
* Mountain Standard Time, "Loving Sound" Mountain Standard Time (Self, 11)
* Cowboy Junkies, "Wrong Piano" Demons (Self, 11)
* Buddy Miller, "No Good Lover" Majestic Silver Strings (New West, 11)
* Middle Brother, "Million Dollar Bill" Middle Brother (Partisan, 11)
* Bobby Long, "Who Have You Been Loving" Winter Tale (ATO, 11)
^ The O's, "Tryin' to Have a Good Time" Between the Two (Idol, 11)
* Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, "Lost Lovin' Gal" Holy Coming of the Storm (Self, 11)
* Neko Case, "Lonely Old Lies" Virginian (Bloodshot, 97)
* Charlie Shafter, "Jesus and James Dean" internet single (Self, 11)
* Carrie Rodriguez & Ben Kyle, "Fire Alarm" We Still Love Our Country (9th St Opus, 10)
* Lynn Miles, "Something Beautiful" Fall for Beauty (True North, 10)

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