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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ROUTES & BRANCHES
June 23, 2012
Scott Foley

An entire recurring radio program could be built around contemporary variations on the traditional string band.  In some neighborhoods, you can't walk into a coffee shop without running into one. San Francisco's Brothers Comatose is one of the more promising young purveyors of the crowded sub-genre.  Of course, the brothers Morrison began their foray into music as a punk-flavored band, but over the years have decidedly evolved into a more acoustic direction, while maintaining some of the attitude.  Lots of energy pervades these cuts, as well as just the right amount of grit, avoiding the overly polished production which can hinder a young string band.  The Bros Comatose will be touring through beautiful, burning Colorado next week, including a July 3 date at Avo's.



*  Rhett Miller, "Swimmin' In Sunshine"  Dreamer  (Maximum Sunshine, 12)
*  Patti Fiasco, "Nobody's Girl"  Patti Fiasco  (Self, 11)
Brothers Comatose, "Modern Day Sinners"  Respect the Van  (Self, 12)  D
*  Kelly Hogan, "Golden"  I Like To Keep Myself In Pain  (Anti, 12)
*  Magnolia Mt w/Lydia Loveless, "Shotgun Divorce"  Town & Country  (Self, 12)
*  Old Crow Medicine Show, "Tell It To Me"  OCMS  (Nettwerk, 04)
*  Billy Bragg & Wilco, "I'm Out To Get"  Mermaid Ave Vol 3  (Nonesuch, 12)
*  New Ben Franklins, "Miserable"  peter gabriel  (Dingo's Kidney, 12)
*  Jerry Douglas w/Mumford & Sons, "Boxer"  Traveler  (eOne, 12)  D
*  Rachel Harrington, "Nothin' To Do But You"  Makin' Our House a Honkytonk  (SkinnyDennis, 12)
*  Deep Dark Woods, "Back Alley Blues"  Place I Left Behind  (Sugar Hill, 11)
*  Robert Ellis, "All Men Are Liars"  Lowe Country  (Fiesta Red, 12)
*  Robert Cline Jr, "Gypsy King"  All the Right Reasons  (Mockingbird, 12)
*  Seth Walker, "Rosalie"  Time Can Change  (Self, 12) 
*  Shovels & Rope, "O' Be Joyful"  O' Be Joyful  (Dualtone, 12)
*  Son Volt, "Down To the Wire"  American Central Dust  (Rounder, 09)
*  Langhorne Slim, "Bad Luck"  Way We Move  (Ramseur, 12)
*  Elizabeth Cook, "If I Had My Way"  Gospel Plow  (31 Tigers, 12)
*  Lee Bains III & Glory Fires, "Ain't No Stranger"  There Is a Bomb In Gilead  (Alive Ntl Sound, 12)
*  Joe Sampson, "Kill Our Friends"  Kill Our Friends  (Fellow Creature, 12)
*  Don Williams, "Better Than Today"  And So It Goes  (Sugar Hill, 12)  D
*  Mary Karr &  Rodney Crowell, "I'm a Mess"  Kin  (Vanguard, 12)
*  Pete Krebs & Danny Barnes, "C&W"  Duet For Clarinet & Goat  (Cavity Search, 01)
*  Johnny Hickman, "Resurrection Train"  Tilting  (Self, 12)
*  Leeroy Stagger, "Dirty Windshields"  Radiant Land  (Rebeltone, 12)
*  Vespers, "Close My Eyes"  Fourth Wall  (Black Suit, 12)  D
 *  String Cheese Incident, "Can't Wait Another Day"  internet single  (SCI Fidelity, 12)  D
*  Lyle Lovett, "Bears"  Step Inside This House  (MCA, 98)
*  Keller Williams & Travelin' McCourys, "I'm Amazed"  Pick  (SCI Fidelity, 12)  D

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