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May 2011

Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair Blues - “Down in the Bottom”

Sexual poaching and its consequences become a life and death drama in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down in the Bottom”.


April 2011

Counterbalance No. 31: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’

The apples turn to brown and black, the tyrant’s face is red, and Klinger and Mendelsohn are taking a look at the 1971 colossus Led Zeppelin IV. Does anyone remember laughter?


Here Holy Spain: Power Trio Piety from North Texas!

Here Holy Spain offers tenacious thunder for the true blue rock 'n roll redux crow.


An Appreciation of the Compact Disc

In between becoming ascendant and outmoded, compact discs had a complicated integration into the mainstream. Still, it’s almost impossible to explain to the uninitiated how unbelievably great compact discs sounded in the mid-’80s.


20 Questions: The Chapin Sisters

Despite their famous folk lineage, the Chapin Sisters are proudly stepping out on their own, and in answering PopMatters' 20 Questions, they start debating between the Beach Boys and the Beatles, Star Trek and Star Wars, and how they once got to share the stage with DMC . . .


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - Goin’ Down Slow

"Goin' Down Slow" is a dramatic tour de force in three minutes and 18 seconds, standing as the most emotionally-shattering performance on Rocking Chair.


Counterbalance No. 30: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Beggars Banquet’

With a blood-curdling “tally-ho”, Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn charge into the ranks of The Big List. This time they hit upon No. 30 -- Beggars Banquet, the Rolling Stones’ 1968 escape from psychedelia.


Political Beat-Science: Dizraeli and ‘Engurland (City Shanties)’

England's loquacious Lothario cuts a blazing path of heated poetry, jumbled sonics, and searing beats on his homebrewed release that's gaining some noteworthy attention in the UK. Currently touring his homeland, Dizraeli is humbly making a name for himself, keeping his feet rooted in home soil but a hopeful eye on bigger designs.


Billy Bang: Goodbye and Rest in Peace

The more I think about the recently-deceased Billy Bang, the more I'm convinced his life is the kind of story someone should write a novel about. Except someone already did: Billy Bang did, and his novel was his life, and his life's story is articulated in his music. And his music lives on.


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Spoonful”

“Spoonful” is one of the best-known and most recorded songs in the history of the blues, and there's something mysterious about it. What exactly is in that spoonful?


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