Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he’s able to endure the few weeks each year that it’s actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it’ll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he’s always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he’s never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
The more you look, the more examples of the fantastic you find in music this year.
Wednesday, December 17 2008
It did seem -- perhaps because of the genre's traditional real-world concerns -- like a lot of the year's best Americana releases sensed the storm clouds gathering.
Monday, December 17 2007
If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.
Tuesday, August 21 2007
Hollywood After Dark, Killers from Space, and a conversation with Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni and The Film Crew member, Kevin Murphy, about RiffTrax and other stuff.
Thursday, March 10 2005
Protecting an artist's copyrighted work is one thing; using invasive software is another.
Monday, July 29 2013
When it comes to crowdfunding, there's no easy way to talk about the money.
Thursday, May 30 2013
Digital music makes sense to me. But dragging a needle through the grooves of a slab of vinyl and Led Zeppelin IV coming out? Now that's witchcraft befitting the Devil's music.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
The late Jason Molina was never anything but honest about his trials and errors, his long dark blues, and his farewell transmissions.
Sunday, February 10 2013
This Is American Music is thriving in these challenging times because it hasn't lost sight of its core purpose: to champion good music, especially from its Southern surroundings, and to do it because it knocks you on your ass with emotional recognition or gets your ass up and moving because the music rocks so hard.
Thursday, October 11 2012
If you're hooked on the sad song, you never stop looking for the next good one.
Monday, April 13 2015
Seeds of experimentation and collaboration planted long ago bear some of the best fruit of Calexico's long career.
Thursday, April 2 2015
Despite what seems a one-note premise, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 legacy has thrived because of the deep love and relationship the cast has with movies.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
This fondly remembered alt-country band comes back in an impressive way.
Sunday, March 29 2015
Recording in mono might seem like a back-to-basics move but the Mavericks never forgot what they were about anyway.
Thursday, March 26 2015
Pug fought through some tough times to produce this optimistic, rewarding record.
Thursday, April 23 2015
Kelly Link's imaginative, sometimes challenging, stories follow their own rules but they never take the easy way out.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
It's only fitting that the Party Dolls' new album Love Wars Baby will drop on Valentine's Day.
Thursday, November 7 2013
"Savoir Faire" is our first glimpse of the new material from the District Attorneys.