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Ry Cooder

I, Flathead | Nonesuch/Perro Verde
Ry Cooder once again navigates a Southern California of strange realities and real strangers.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 24, 2008


Rachid Taha

Rock El Casbah: The Best Of . . . | Wrasse
On this first career-spanning collection, which skitters around chronologically, the consistency of Rachid Taha's work is more evident than ever before.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  June 17, 2008


Robyn Hitchcock

Sex, Food, Death . . . and Insects | A+E
Robyn Hitchcock, in one of many illuminating moments of reflection during this 53-minute documentary, posits that his songs “don’t appeal to meatheads.”
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 20, 2008


Billy Bragg

Mr. Love and Justice | Anti-
There is no irony in the title of Billy Bragg’s first album in six years.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 06, 2008



Ishumar | Real World
Toumast are soul rebels whose gritty/sweet trancy guitar jams reflect a life of struggle and turmoil.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 15, 2008


Dave Douglas and Keystone

Moonshine |
Moonshine  borrows its title (and, ostensibly, its mood) from a Fatty Arbuckle film, one co-starring Buster Keaton.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 01, 2008


In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2

Shout! Factory
His good intentions and best efforts notwithstanding, economists are divided as to how effective Bono’s campaigning on behalf of Africa’s poor, diseased, and disenfranchised has been.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 25, 2008


Ed Sanders

Sanders' Truckstop | Collector's Choice
Beer Cans on the Moon still met with a deserved shrug.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 05, 2008


Patty Larkin

Watch the Sky | Vanguard
Patty Larkin made this a real solo album, sequestering herself in remote locations to build these dozen songs from the ground up.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008



Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008


Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool

Yep Roc
The reissue tacks on 10 additional tracks, making this expanded edition the final word on Jesus of Cool .
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 12, 2008


Karen Dalton

Cotton Eyed Joe | Delmore: 2CDs, 1 DVD
Dalton pours herself so fully into each tune, it’s no wonder she flamed out.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 05, 2008


Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price

Last of the Breed | A+E
With a collective age of 225, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price live up to this concert DVD’s title, which it shares with an equally superb studio album released last year.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 28, 2008


Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Every so often in Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 you can see the beaming host, Eric Clapton, behind a stack of amps shooting photos of his fellow performers.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 22, 2008


Norman Granz Presents Improvisation

Eagle Eye
The 1950 footage is only part of the story: the program is fleshed out with equally dazzling later performances.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 14, 2008

Gram Parsons

Archives Vol. 1 | Amoeba
These two discs go a long way toward supporting the notion that Parsons was a pivotal player in the rise of country rock.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 07, 2008


Queen Latifah

Trav'lin Light | Verve
Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007


Scene and heard

The year ahead in DVDs
Entertainment companies are pumping out music DVD titles by the hundreds, and 2008 will see a deluge of releases across all genres.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007


City of Dreams: A Collections of New Orleans Music

City of Dreams never comes off as an epitaph.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 17, 2007


In action

The ‘Jazz Icons’ DVDs
In the era of YouTube, we’re apt to forget that not every note of music ever played has been captured on film or video.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 26, 2007


Bert Jansch

Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning | MVD
Jimmy Page admitted being “absolutely obsessed” with him.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 13, 2007

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