'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
Ernest Dawkins New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger

Heavy, heavy Chicago jazz that hits in the gut as well as the heart.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bronx: The Bronx

Though there's an increased presence of more melodic, straight-ahead rock on the second Bronx self-titled, the heavy punk group manages to retain a sense of independence

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Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection

The only reason yet another Steely Dan collection is tolerable is because they earned this excess.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Skye: Mind How You Go

The former voice of Morcheeba has a hip solo debut. You might care, but you probably don't (and you really don't need to).

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Philip E. Karnats: Pleasesuite

Two great songs jump out of an entertaining but inconsistent solo effort by ex-Tripping Daisy contributor.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Leichtmetall: Wir Sind Blumen

It's too fey and reticent for pop, and too hooky to be simply atmospheric.

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24 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Raconteurs

i can see jason but i cant see u. where r u?

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22 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Zombies

It's that time of the season, but the love's run dry.

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On the Last Day: Meaning in the Static

Comb-overs: check. Eyeliner: check. Songs...songs? Anyone? Hello?

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Thee Emergency: Can You Dig It?

Blue-collar, girl-fronted rock and roll band from Seattle talks a tough game but secretly -- or at least in the hidden track -- has a thing for gospel blues.

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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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