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Listening Booth: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, “Cardinology”

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Cardinology (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) It’s been fashionable for the last few years to slag...

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Listening Booth: Tipsy, “Buzzz”

Tipsy – Buzzz (Ipecac, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) They call their music “drunktronica,” explain the seven-year...

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Listening Booth: Rosie Thomas, “A Very Rosie Christmas”

Rosie Thomas – A Very Rosie Christmas (Nettwerk, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Okay, yes, I know — everyone hates...

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Listening Booth: Miranda Lee Richards, “Light of X”

Miranda Lee Richards – Light of X (Nettwerk, 2009) purchase this album (Amazon) She took guitar lessons from Kirk Hammett and R....

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Listening Booth: “Warren Zevon” (Collector’s Edition)

October 30, 2002 – It was close to the end when Warren Zevon made what everyone knew would be his final appearance on Late Night with...

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Listening Booth: The Cure “4:13 Dream”

The Cure – 4:13 Dream (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) For bands like the Cure, that have been able to stick it out for 30 years...

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Listening Booth: Cheap Trick, “BUDOKAN!”

Cheap Trick – BUDOKAN! (Sony/Legacy, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) On the surface, I grant you, this looks like a terrible idea,...

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Listening Booth: Eric Hutchinson, “Sounds Like This”

Eric Hutchinson – Sounds Like This (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Nine times out of 10, I’ve got to believe that a...

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Listening Booth: Red Wanting Blue, “These Magnificent Miles”

When I was in my early 20s, I worked for a major concert promoter here in New Jersey. I recall that each time I walked into his office, I...

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Listening Booth: Ry Cooder, “The UFO Has Landed”

Ry Cooder – The UFO Has Landed (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) It’s a hundred degrees in the shade, easy, and you’ve...

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Listening Booth: The Gaslight Anthem, “The ’59 Sound”

Certain albums deserve to be heard outside the confines of small headphone speakers and cranked through the stereos of traveling cars...

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Listening Booth: Passion Pit, “Chunk of Change EP”

Steadily making its way around the Internet, the Chunk of Change EP by Massachusetts’ Passion Pit started out as a Valentine’s...

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Listening Booth: TV on the Radio, “Dear Science”

From time to time, the price bands pay for innovation is the inability of music writers to accurately capture what they’re doing....

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Listening Booth: Lilum, “Hello From VT” EP

In the fashion world, patchwork, the design concept that calls for small pieces put together as part of a larger design, might be...

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Listening Booth: Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey”

Like many other people, I welcomed Lucinda Williams into my life with the release of the Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, in...

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Listening Booth: Taj Mahal, “Maestro”

Taj Mahal – Maestro (Heads Up, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Maestro celebrates Taj Mahal’s 40th anniversary as a...

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Listening Booth: Ben Folds, “Way to Normal”

Ben Folds – Way to Normal (Epic, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Ben Folds has always been an artist I’ve appreciated more...

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Listening Booth: Joshua Radin, “Simple Times”

Joshua Radin – Simple Times (Mom & Pop, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) When Joshua Radin’s new record, Simple Times,...

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Listening Booth: Tony Lucca, “Come Around Again”

Tony Lucca – Come Around Again (Lucca Music, 2008) purchase this album (CD Baby) Like a lot of white suburban teens, I spent a good...

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Listening Booth: Creedence Clearwater Revival Reissues

Creedence Clearwater Revival – 40th Anniversary Reissues (Fantasy, 2008) (six separate CDs — see below for purchase links)...

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Listening Booth: Nina Simone, “To Be Free”

Nina Simone – To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (Legacy, 2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Nina Simone made her concert debut in the...

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Listening Booth: Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws”

Work or play. Family or friends. Protein or carbohydrates. Life is about seeking balance. Lindsey Buckingham has been seeking balance too....

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Listening Booth: 3rd Rail, “Between Eleven”

3rd Rail has been around for about 10 years and, according to their MySpace page, were named “Best Unsigned Band in California”...

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Listening Booth: Or, the Whale, “Light Poles and Pines”

Or, the Whale – Light Poles and Pines (self-released, 2007) purchase this album (CD Baby) I give all the credit in the world to this...

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Listening Booth: Todd Rundgren, “Arena”

Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Todd Rundgren’s last two albums have been released in election years. But Todd is Godd,...

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Listening Booth: Jason Reeves, “The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (And Other Frightening Tales)”

Jason Reeves – The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (And Other Frightening Tales) purchase this album (Amazon) Think The...

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Listening Booth: Laura Nyro, “Season of Lights … Laura Nyro in Concert”

Christmas Eve, 1970. I was at the Fillmore East to see Laura Nyro. A month earlier, Nyro had released her fourth album, Christmas and the...

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Listening Booth: Amie Miriello, “I Came Around”

Amie Miriello, I Came Around (BellaSonic/Jive/Zomba) purchase this album (Amazon) The current boomlet of female singer-songwriters...

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Listening Booth: Brian Wilson, “That Lucky Old Sun”

Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun purchase this album (Amazon) “Genius is the ability to make something very complex seem very...

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Listening Booth: The Gabe Dixon Band, “The Gabe Dixon Band”

The Gabe Dixon Band – The Gabe Dixon Band (Fantasy) purchase this CD (Amazon) I was never any good at math, but I know enough to...