'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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Matthew Friedberger: Winter Women / Holy Ghost Language School

Chances are, a simple look at the name of the artist tells you all you need to know about what's contained on the album.

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Find Me Guilty (2006)

All dressed up but not much to say.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Making Easy Listening by Tim J. Anderson

In Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording, Tim J. Anderson shifts the focus away from more familiar approaches to popular music studies in favor of an examination of the creation of the cultural objects, techniques, and industries that played a significant role in popular music as we know it today.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Oh! Calcutta!

Chalk it up to the same societal impulse that produced such it-sounded-good-at-the time pop cultural ephemera as "The Macarena" and bicycle shorts.

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Struggle in the Hive: Struggle in the Hive

The tandem of Nigel Jeffrey and B Patric has created some decent tunes on this self-titled release. Easily comparable to early Pink Floyd tracks like “

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Say Hi To Your Mom: Impeccable Blahs

An eclectic look into the world of vampires that tells us more about humans. Not a concept album, but an album with a concept.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Chris Knight: Enough Rope

The coolest thing is that this might not even be the album of his career.

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The Wonder Stuff: Suspended by Stars

While the Wonder Stuff's comeback was questioned last time around, this disc makes a case for both change and longevity.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Sail Away

Although some artists are labeled "best" with surprising ease and frequency, others need a bit of advocacy on their behalf. Here's a well-deserved salute to Randy Newman.

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The Kahoots: Fourteen Ghosts

The Kahoots clearly know their indie pop, but are still searching for an identity.

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