'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
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

That a down home jamboree could be interesting to heavy-metal loving middle school students speaks to its wide.

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Liseys Story by Stephen King

The book is an unusually careful creation from an author who has too often let himself run on automatic.

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Click (2006)

At heart, Click is a trivial movie that asks an important question about life, the universe, and everything: how on earth can a man who's doing Kate Beckinsale on a regular basis be at all dissatisfied with his life?

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

TM Juke: Forward

Adventurous but not reckless, TM Juke's latest release is a skillful and soulful mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and downtempo electronica.

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Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.

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Ray LaMontagne: Till the Sun Turns Black

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne finds his way out of his cabin only to get lost in the background of his sophomore release.

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15 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lady Sovereign: Public Warning

The major complaint is that we've heard so many of these tracks before. Most of her previous singles appears pretty much unchanged from their original form. Is this enough? It is, and here's why.

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Various Artists: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 4

A compilation whose name says everything (and nothing).

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Urban Tribe: Authorized Clinical Trials

This is roots music for the computer class, unsullied by the march of time or the vagaries of the wider marketplace.

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops/ Joe Carter with Sunnyland Slim: That Aint Right

This split-LP from the past offers two different treasures dating back to 1977 -- early Magic Slim, the sensitive bluesman, an original in fine shading, and happily still with us; and the late Joe Carter, who in his final recording had his own way with the Elmore James repertoire.

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//Mixed media
//Blogs

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

// Channel Surfing

"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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