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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: 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...

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Listening Booth: Two Dog Garage, “Pinboy”

Two Dog Garage – Pinboy purchase this album (MySpace) Two Dog Garage is Alex Kimmell, a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter...

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Listening Booth: Bajafondo, “Mar Dulce”

Every summer, the city of San Francisco has a free concert series featuring noteworthy bands, and some that are yet-to-be-noted — at...

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Listening Booth: Toadies, “No Deliverance”

If music were like food, the Toadies’ new CD, No Deliverance, would be a steak and baked potato entree, with maybe a sprig of parsley...

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Listening Booth: Conor Oberst, “Conor Oberst”

Tepoztlan, Morelas, Mexico is a place known for Aztec magic and extra-terrestrial sightings — so it only seems natural that Conor...

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Listening Booth: Randy Newman, “Harps and Angels”

Randy Newman will be 65 years old in November. On his first album of new material since 1999’s Bad Love, he emphatically...

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Listening Booth: Ry Cooder, “I, Flathead”

The final entry in Ry Cooder’s California trilogy, I, Flathead finds Cooder exploring the Southern California drag-racing culture...

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Listening Booth: Brian Vogan, “Little Songs”

Brian Vogan – Little Songs (2008) purchase this album (CD Baby) I didn’t mean for it to be this way — and every time I...

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Listening Booth: Sia, “Some People Have Real Problems”

It was either Soren Kierkegaard or Wayne Campbell from Wayne’s World who said: “Once you label me, you negate me.” And...

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Listening Booth: Andrew Ripp, “Fifty Miles to Chicago”

Andrew Ripp – Fifty Miles to Chicago (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Name an album Fifty Miles to Chicago — or pose for a...

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Listening Booth: Brandon Schott, “Golden State”

Brandon Schott – Golden State (2007) purchase this album (Amazon) Brandon Schott is a patient man. As those of you who read...

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Listening Booth: Love as Laughter, “Holy”

Stylistically, Love as Laughter have jumped around a fair amount over 14 years of existence. Holy, the sixth release from frontman and...

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Listening Booth: The Notwist, “The Devil, You + Me”

Looking at the six years between The Devil, You + Me, the newest release from the Notwist, and Neon Golden, the release that threw them...

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Listening Booth: Alejandro Escovedo, “Real Animal”

We’ve been hearing the “rock is dead” pronouncements for so many years now that we don’t even listen anymore....

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Listening Booth: Artist of the Year, “Big Night”

Here’s the deal: Every once in a while one stumbles upon a group or whatever that just knocks you on your butt and you gotta...

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Listening Booth: Joan as Police Woman, “To Survive”

When one thinks of survival, it conjures up images of barren islands, a lack of vital resources or, thanks to modern times, television...

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Listening Booth: Pattern Is Movement, “All Together”

The word together implies the combination of parts — and the third full-length from Philadelphia’s Pattern Is Movement, All...

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Listening Booth: Aimee Mann, “@#%&*! Smilers”

I was digging through some old CDs the other day and happened across a compilation disc I made in the mid-’90s that had the title...

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Listening Booth: My Morning Jacket, “Evil Urges”

Their fifth studio album finds My Morning Jacket attempting to fulfill their urge to not be evilly defined solely by one genre....

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Listening Booth: Wolf Parade, “At Mount Zoomer”

For equitable purposes, it’s probably best to mentally separate Wolf Parade from their debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary. Not...

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Listening Booth: Centro-matic/South San Gabriel, “Dual Hawks”

What do we have here? Two bands, two albums, one package. Well yes, and no. While the bands have different names, and very different...

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Listening Booth: Leeny and Steve, “Be Nice”

Leeny and Steve – Be Nice (2008) purchase this album (CD Baby) Would you take career advice from a four-year-old? That’s the...

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Listening Booth: Collette Savard, “Zen Boyfriend”

Collette Savard – Zen Boyfriend (2008) purchase this album (Amazon) Her debut release, 2005’s Most Improved Cheerleader, was a...

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Listening Booth: Wooden Shjips, “Volume 1”

Comprised of material from their earliest singles, everything from Wooden Shjips’ Volume 1 was actually written before the material...