'Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes', or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

'Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes', or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

By Eric Rovie

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend. 5 Dec 2016 // 7:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Binge by Barrett Seaman

As "one male Ivy League junior" affirmed, "It's easier to go out and get fucked up and hook up than be sober and ask a girl on a date and get nothing for it".

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Kultur Shock: We Came to Take Your Jobs Away

Kultur Shock does rock music laced with punk attitude, Balkan folk riffs, and a really really good sense of humor.

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Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.

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Heartless Bastards: All This Time

No sophomore slump here. In fact, the Heartless Bastards greatly improved upon their debut, Stairs and Elevators.

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Mindy Smith: Long Island Shores

Almost three years after her debut, it's finally Difficult Second Album time for Miss Mindy Smith

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Rumen and Angel Shopov: Soul of the Mahala

Soul of the Mahala sits between the conservatory and the ghetto. It's music from the wrong side of the tracks played with technical proficiency and respect.

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Guster: Ganging Up On the Sun

Pop music ain't easy, but damn can Guster make it look effortless.

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The Citizens: Post Cro-Magnon Drift

The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.

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The Brass Kings: The Brass Kings

The Brass Kings conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled "Americana". And thank goodness for that.

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Massiv in Mensch: Klang der Unterblichkeit

The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.

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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

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"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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