'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

26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lylas: Lessons for Lovers

Nashville alt.brooders used to love you like a sister... now they want to teach you how to kiss.

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Roy Orbison: The Essential Roy Orbison

The story of the Big O from the beginning of his career to posthumous releases can be found on this new compilation. Orbison knew the mystery of dreams could be better suggested by a trill than by words alone.

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26 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Faktion: Faktion

It may be cookie cutter modern rock, but this debut isn't without its quality moments. Too bad there aren't enough of them.

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

If only Lazarescu had wandered into a slick American melodrama, maybe someone would have made sure he received the relief he needed.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Monkeys & Midgets is an easy, fast-paced throwback to silly childhoods that won't disappoint you as long as you don't go into it expecting anything more.

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26 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Metric

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Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann

Bruegmann maintains that there are at least two causes of sprawl in its modern form, increased affluence and the spread of democracy.

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Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately

As calculated as an improv-noise album can be, Unfortunately melds the accessible with the impenetrable.

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25 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter

The newest singer-songwriter star's debut is pop without apologies, and very skillful pop at that.

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The Church: Uninvited, Like the Clouds

Can we all agree now that the Church are back to form and have been for a few years?

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"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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