'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

11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Hard truths, hard times. Prisoners find revelation, redemption, and forgiveness in the words and wisdom of Shakespeare.

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Kottonmouth Kings: Koast II Koast

It's the stuff legends are made of -- hot beats, tight hooks, and a truckload of cannabis references from a do-it-yourself hip-hop crew.

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home feels like an anomaly, a graphic novel with no idea that graphic novels are seldom written this well.

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lost Sounds by Tim Brooks

This week: Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 by Tim Brooks.

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Grace Jones: The Grace Jones Story

What exactly is Grace Jones’ legacy? A hedonistic disco queen? An androgynous new-wave android? A snarling feline captured in photographs by Jean-Paul Goude?

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Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet: Way Out East

Chamber jazz of the highest order, for quartet (trumpet, bassoon, cello, piano) -- a perfect mix of composition and improvisation

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Wrinkle Neck Mules: Pull the Brake

The strongest feature of Pull the Brake is its everyman appeal -- you can sing along from your Prius, your pickup, your Porsche, or the paddy wagon. And that's what country music is about, yes?

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10 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Small Sins: Small Sins

Small Sins could be a guilty pleasure or just a fine accompaniment to your late summer state of mind.

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Various Artists: Radio Thailand

It switches rapidly from one sound to another as if the listener is wandering down a street catching brief snatches of radio from different doorways.

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The Meat Purveyors: Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse!

Checking out what songs a band decides to record and what approach gets taken can prove illuminating. This seems especially true of those on the new album by that punk bluegrass group from Texas, the Meat Purveyors.

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