Written by | May 4, 2015 4:35 | No Comments

Two Of A Crime – Miranda Lambert – I kinda liked this without going bonkers over it, but the horns are wonderful and the ending is psychedelic, and Miranda’s country tinge just makes it bigger. Great song – A-

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Written by | April 20, 2015 6:06 | No Comments

At the start of the year I’d have absolutely embraced my inner Miranda Lambert ( “Thank you so much for allowing me to live my dream. I love you so much, thank you”) and been happy she walk away with album, female vocalist and Milestone awards, but after a lousy live show, I am seriously less thrilled .

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Written by | March 29, 2015 8:12 | No Comments

The band, four guitars including Miranda’s, were pretty good country-rockers, and Miranda in an “I Love NY” tee shirt looked the part, the 20 song set wasn’t entirely ungenerous though the 80 minute performance was awful skimpy for a major arena performance. She has more material, Miranda didn’t even pull out one of her best songs, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” -a hit that gave her a unique personality she managed to squander on stage.

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Written by | August 3, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Nashville Cats – The Lovin’ Spoonful – Remember the birth of country rock, you know where nobody could believe The Byrds were for real or even Gram Parsons existed at all? On this wonderful ode to the guitarists in Nashville, John Sebastian gives the back story to the coming of age of white US rock performers in 1966… Pick it – A+

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Written by | July 10, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

Three really good albums and boatloads of whatever with at least two serious dogs in the mix. Take it or leave it, I don’t care, I mean yeah Trey is # 1 but he only sold 105K so oh well whatever, right. I wonder how many of these albums will go, forget platinum, gold.

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Written by | July 8, 2014 0:09 | No Comments

Rolling Stone magazine has their latest Playlist in their newest issue, seven songs they’ve recommended to us jackjills for our perusal. Not as strong this time I’m afraid, and one song, Tweedy’s (a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son) “I’ll Sing It” isn’t on YouTube and the sound has been removed on other sources, so I can’t comment on it, but here be the other six :

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Written by | July 1, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

380 songs make up my best of 2014 so far, but if I hear a better song than “Leave Your Love” this year it wil be a miracle, a torchy swoony dream of adoration and disassembled love which makes much more sense when now Smith has come out as a homosexual.

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Written by | June 19, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

As bad as Lazeretto is, the vinyl sounds awesome: it plays backwards and forwards, there is a holagram of an angel, alternative songs depending on where you put the needle down. The result? The vinyl alone sold an astonishing 40,000 copies and vinyl alone? White would have been at # 4 on the charts. Meanwhile, that country album? Painfully bad.

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Written by | June 12, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

Better Led Zep’s first three albums than all those damn Bro boys, right? And much better Miranda Lambert, who, should stop dressing like Bozo if Bozo was a honky tonk hooker, than any Bro including Eric Church. Between the four of em you’ve got a solid album charts for a change.

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Written by | June 8, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

What drags me is the slower serious one, I get that the world needs adults, but “Holding On To You” is a lugubrious mess and makes you wonder how far this heart on sleeve stuff is gonna take you when you’re content and the closer “Another Sunday In The South” drags her to the finishing line.

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Written by | June 7, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

The week seems to belong to Miranda but I haven’t had the time to give the Ninja’s the listen they deserve. The other biggie for me is The Shoe, a quality duo who actually improvise their songs, and who have maybe thrree strong songs ontheir new album.

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Written by | June 4, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Just One Of The Guys – Jenny Lewis – This mid-tempo indie pop snoozer doesn’t offer much hope for a return to Jenny’s strengths on the new one? And what are her strengths in 2014? She is like Aimee Mann without the golden age. Produced by Beck, which proves you can fool all the people all the time – C+

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Written by | June 3, 2014 7:43 | No Comments

Miranda’s best album since Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t EVEN that much better than any of her others or her work with Pistol Annies or God knows her husband Blake’s “Good Ol’ Boys”. This is as good as country gets in 2014, the only dog the Carrie Underwood duet on this otherwise a sublime collection of songs – ALBUM OF THE WEEK –

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Written by | June 1, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

I don’t dislike Fucked Up by any stretch of the lexicon, but I am not the fan everybody else is and I kinda wanted to go with Bob Mould but… I dunno, I don’t love Bob as much as I might either. What else? Ethan Johns is Laura Marling’s buddy so gets a shout out as such. New 50 cent? I wasn’t crazy about the single. Echo? Meh…

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Written by | May 24, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Tulane – Chuck Berry – Debatably the greatest flying car song of them all, this story of a drug buy gone South is so good both Springsteen and Lennon woulda have killed to write it – A+

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Written by | February 14, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

The Eric Pasley took me by surprise but hey, it is better than reading nitwits compare Eric Church to Springsteen. Not that it matters, the week belongs to daley and the Civil Wars with a cool new miranda lambert cut the cherry on top.

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