What is a Githead?

What is a Githead?

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KITTIE SETTLES ARTEMIS SUIT, ENTERS
STUDIO

Ontario’s Kittie settled its lawsuit
against Artemis Records and spent
March recording its third release, titled Until the End. The band recorded
at Longview Farm Studios with producer
Steve Thompson (Metallica, Korn, Simple Plan) and engineer Ian Hatton (Bonham,
Luxx). “We are excited that the suit is over and done with,” said guitarist/vocalist
Morgan Lander. “The number one thing is the music and we are looking to make
a great album!” Until the End is tentative scheduled for a summer release.
Here an Outsight
interview with Kittie
.


GITHEAD

Scanner announces the formation of Githead
with Colin Newman of Wire on vocals and guitar, Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact
on bass, an expensive computer on drums and Scanner on lead guitar. The new group
has already written and recorded a number of songs for performance and release.
Says Scanner, “describing the music has been the toughest part and all we could
conclude was that it sounded like none of our solo projects at all!! Interestingly
all the lyrics have been taken from junk emails so expect songs about mortgages,
winning prizes and Viagra. Having watched the School of Rock repeatedly I’ve learnt
a number of sharp, sexy moves to use on stage as well as finding out how best
to crowd surf!” Scanner’s new solo album is available at http://www.posteverything.com/bette.
"Entitled Double Fold, it’s loosely themed around the controversial
American book of the same title by Nicholson Baker. Double Fold is one extended
elastic track focusing on a pulse, 128 beats per minute. The book is an exploration
of the dismantling of the greatest archives of our recorded heritage, paper as
a resource now too fragile to store our history on. I collaged hundreds of fragments
from my domestic tape archive to produce what is ultimately a very listenable
and funky entertaining album, equally one to sip a martini at the end of the day
and tap your foot to, or else to begin the day with the finest Scanner aerobic
workout session,” explains Scanner.


PIXIES CONCERT DATES SELL OUT

Tickets for Pixies’ North American reunion headline dates have sold well, generally
selling out. The Pixies will wrap up this series of dates on Saturday, May 1 when
they co-headline, with Radiohead and Kraftwerk, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival
in Indio, CA. The Pixies lineup of Frank Black (vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago
(guitar), Kim Deal (bass), and David Lovering (drums) have been in a Los Angeles
rehearsal studio playing Pixies music together for the first time in eleven years.
All four agree that the “reunion” has, so far, been great. According to Black,
“We were all a little nervous when we first got together, but within maybe five
minutes, everything felt completely comfortable, and it was like the last eleven
years had never happened.” Bassist Kim Deal added, “I experienced what I call
‘muscle memory’ – we’d be playing a song and I didn’t even have to think about
what note came next – my fingers remembered what to play.”


NRBQ TRIBUTE

Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Yo
La Tengo, Spongebob and more pay tribute to NRBQ on a new compilation release.
The Q People is the debut release of new Massachusetts indie label, Spirithouse
Records, and marks NRBQ’s 35th Anniversary. Penn Jillette wrote the liner notes
to the project that Spirithouse founders’ Danny Bernini and Paul McNamara stipulated
must be comprised of only true NRBQ fans. Qualifying band Los Lobos, stated:
“In my version of a perfect musical universe, NRBQ would be as big as The Beatles”
and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills said, “I would describe them as the perfect amalgamation
of sound.”


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MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Registration is open for the third edition of The Midpoint Music Festival. Over
200 bands and solo artists and 25,000 music fans attended last year’s showcases
and industry seminars in Greater Cincinnati. This year’s Festival takes place
September 22-25, 2004. The Conference is headquartered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The Festival will again be held in downtown Cincinnati’s Mainstreet entertainment
district and Main Street Corridor over three nights. Artists interested in submitting
for showcase consideration can visit the MPMF Website
to register and apply. Final registration ends Sunday, May 16, 2004. The artist
notification process will begin in June with showcases and time slots to be announced
shortly thereafter. This year, one lucky band that registers will win MPMF’s Demolition
Song Contest and win a prize package that includes recording time, mixing, mastering
and 500 CDs from QCA. Email MPMF at info@mpmf.com.


DVD REVIEWS ***************************************

Various Artists
Death Metal – A Documentary
Bill Zebub Productions/MVD

This documentary is an education for those into metal and those not. A series
of interviews elucidate the state of death metal and its history from architects
of the genre and more recent adherents. This is fleshed out with video clips and
live footage, some of it X-rated. Among the guests interviewed is Peter Steele,
vocalist for Carnivore. (3)

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Dee Dee Ramone
Hey is Dee Dee Home
Extinkt/MVD

In 1992, Dee Dee Ramone met with Lech Kowalski so that Dee Dee could contribute
a filmed story to Born to Lose. In this footage Dee Dee tells the camera
several stories, often using his own tattoos as a departure point. Tales of drugs,
violence and the birth of New York punk flow from one to the other as Dee Dee
talks and Lech films. The focus on Dee Dee as a revelatory talking head is very
successful here, with shades of Errol Morris (Fog of War, A Brief History of Time).
Johnny Thunders performing “Chinese Rocks” is included as a bonus, along with some
behind-the-scenes footage. This is part of Lech’s vision of a series of films
on the founding of punk, to be called Born Losers. (4)

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Walter Trout
Relentless
Ruf Records/MVD

This DVD is the visual side of the CD Relentless, the latest live album
from this blues guitarist that, with his band The Radicals, looms ever larger
over the contemporary blues scene. The set is bookended with two covers that exhibit
the truly relentless blues playing fans can’t get enough of from Trout: “Dust
My Broom” and “Serves Me Right to Suffer”. However, the point of the 2003 recording
in Amsterdam at Paradiso was to showcase the new originals. Many of these are
very personal, intimate songs that Trout communicates well. However, in baring
himself, he dispenses with a lot of the powerfully stated blues guitar. This can
be said of “I’m Tired”, “Cry if you Want to” and the ode to a departed friend,
“Work No More”. However, there are several good, solid blues numbers new from
Trout and the fun, lively jab at Internet dating “Chatroom Girl”. (4)

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U.K. Subs
Punk Can Take It
Cleopatra/MVD

While U.K. Subs was at the heights of its fame, during the Another Kind of
Blues
era, it was filmed playing the Lyceum for use in this mockumentary.
There are episodes of the band playing live, but this is no concert DVD and there
are no complete songs. Instead, this was parody film in the tradition of World
War II morale-boosting propaganda. Punks have it tough on the front lines in this
funny film narrated by BBC voice-over legend John Snagge. Along with a photo gallery
is another bonus feature, Nicky Garratt exhibiting his collection of U.K. Subs
memorabilia. This includes albums, CDs, framed posters and news clipping with
his explanations and commentary. (3)

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Asylum
Street Spankers

Sideshow Fez
Spanks-a-Lot

This August 15, 2003 concert includes Stanley Smith (clarinet and more) and Korey
Simeone (violin and more; www.iamkorey.com). While the current version
of the band is great, it is also great this lineup with these two talents is preserved
performing before this sold-out Portland audience. There are 21 songs performed
by the acoustic band full of wit, bawdy content and musical skill. Some Spanker
things, like Wammo performing “Hick Hop” and Korey performing “Fanny”, have to
be seen for true appreciation. That makes this DVD the best introduction to Asylum
Street Spankers that can be had. (4.5)

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READABLES ***************************************

Dean Budnick
Jambands: The Complete Guide to the Players, Music, and Scene
Backbeat Books

Dean Budnick, through the success of his Web site www.jambands.com, succeeded
in popularizing the term “jamband” and this encyclopedic resource goes far to
mark out and delineate exactly what that term covers. This detailed tome touches
on nearly 200 groups. This includes a biography of the band as well as recommended
recordings reviewed and rated. In this way, it combines elements of the All-Music
Guide
and The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Web sites
may make this resource dated on that level relatively soon, for there is frequent
mention of URLs for band sites, discussion lists, fan sites, and the like. Just
as the text highlights the important and worthwhile, it does not shirk from pointing
out albums or groups not worth serious examination. This adds credibility and
makes the book valuable for forays into the genre by the inexperienced music enthusiast
that wants to explore uncharted territory. Extra sections cover Budnick’s Jammies
awards series and the festival scene. (3.5)


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CD REVIEWS ***************************************

Scott Marshall
My Life in the Gush of Boasts
Paniculture

The title suggests Brian Eno and David Byrne’s groundbreaking album My Life
in the Bush of Ghosts
. Like that album, there are elements here of electronic
music of the cerebral and dance varieties. While the album title and such piece
names as “Squirrelbrain” (in three parts) and “Days of War, Nights of Love” suggest
a comedic if not frivolous attitude, the electronic music is serious and cinematic,
Eno-esque and often eerie in its organic minimalism. However, Scott is not content
with being merely a Steven Reich with a home studio. His music transmutes into
being the angular soundtrack of robot marionettes and can at times feature the
impulsive breakbeats of today’s techno. (4)


The Master Plan
Colossus of Destiny
Total Energy

This is a release of a New York supergroup of sorts. Keith Streng is on guitar
and vocals here, as he was in The Fleshtones. Drummer Bill Milhizer is also from
The Fleshtones. Making for a good two-guitar lineup is Paul “Peppermint” Johnson
(Waxing Poetics). Also adding vocals, as do all members, is bassist Andy Shernoff
(The Dictators). The music is fun, a blast of ’60s garage rock. Everyone but Milhizer
is credited with songwriting, which contributes to the variety of this great rock-n-roll
record. With all the history in this band, you know some cool covers are going
to happen. That happens on side two. We get here a version of Lloyd Price’s “Just
Because” (also recorded by Freddy Fender), “Annie Had a Baby” the answer song
to “Work with me Annie”, “Broken Arrow” (Chuck Berry) and Eastern Dark’s Australian
garage pop classic “Walking”. (4)


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Mike Allen
Cirrhotic
Sun Sea Sky Productions

Mike Allen was guitarist and vocalist for Sunday Flood. Some of the dream pop
approach taken by that group can be found here. However, the pale luminescent
dawn of the nascent shoe gazer broke forth into a stormy and wind swept day of
post-industrial electronic akin to Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails. So, do not
come here looking for the safe sounds of Sunday Flood. Guitar textures and the
treated sounds of other instruments are broad-stroked with umbers, grays and other
dark chthonic earth tones in this portrait of nightmares and conflict. Breaking
the mood is vocal interludes recalling early Depeche Mode or The Cure becoming
warm beacons in the tempestuous night of Cirrhotic. (3.5)


Instrumental
Quarter

No Secrets
Sick Room Records

This instrumental music album is sophisticated and rich in moving, protean arrangements.
The timbre of the music is greatly enhanced by attaching to a rock trio (guitar,
bass, drums) a cellist (Marco Allocco). The rock trio is three-quarters of the
Italian indie pop band Kash (www.kash.it). This gives guitarist Paride
Lanciani a new creative outlet and direction from Kash. (4)


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Franz
Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand
Domino Record Co.

On tracks like “Tell her Tonight” and “Take Me Out”, this band named after the
WWII-inducing assassinated archduke, recalls New Order and the later dance club-influenced
Manchester scene. This scene, led by Stone Roses and Happy Mondays was documented
much on Factory Records and this seems to be a significant influence for Franz
Ferdinand. As dance pop goes, this is a very good album with great hooks and rhythms.
(3.5)


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Les Baton Rouge
My Body – My Pistol
Elevator Music

Punk siren vocalist Suspiria Franklyn (www.geocities.com/suspiriafranklyn)
leads this Berlin-by-way-of-Lisbon band. Suspiria subtitles the picture on her
Web site “a feminist woman non-stop.” That sounds right as she combines her musical
influences of Sex Pistols, Nina Hagen and The Slits with riot grrl politics and
delivery. Post-garage guru Tim Kerr (Mooney Suzuki, Monkey Wrench) produced the
album. (3)


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T*Shirt
The Convincer
Silvergirl Records

T*Shirt of Lawrence, Kansas had a lot of critical acclaim while it was around,
but the music rings kind of hollow in this posthumous release. The opening track
“Shrine” seems to echo this empty, unfulfilled promise of college rock that T*Shirt
is just a small chapter of. However, it must be said that a lot of what is to
be gained from songs like “Broke” is subtle and this album bears greater fruit
with repeated listening. The album covers 1995 to 1997 through EP and singles.
(3)


The
Vindictives

Muzak for Robots
Teat Records

This is over an hour of instrumental music crossing Kraftwerk with a cheap Casio.
The thin keyboard music could be a homemade soundtrack for public access TV espousing
New Age philosophy and alien contact. Still, the extreme stylization adds a charm
and appeal to what could be just as easily called Vangelis Lite. One standout
track is “Oberseite Aus” (all the songs have German titles), which could be a
Wendy Carlos wannabe trying to reincarnate “These Boots are Made for Walking”.
(3)


Buddy Miles Express
Hell and Back
Innerhythmic

Patriarchal funk-rock drummer Buddy Miles went from Wilson Pickett to The Electric
Flag to the unfortunately brief Band of Gypsies with Jimi Hendrix to less successful
projects to prison and from there to be the voice of cartoon raisins. Miles is
now back on track doing the progressive funk-rock he is made for and as exemplified
on this album and with his other project, Hardware. This album patiently flows
from song to song, delivering electric rock-fueled ballad soul. This version of
the Express features Nicky Skopelitis (Material, Elliot Sharp), frequent collaborator
Kevon Smith on guitars and a four-man horn section. Much of the material is familiar:
“Born Under a Bad Sign” and “All Along the Watchtower” are here. Miles also includes
his own monumental “Them Changes”, which is present on the Band of Gypsies
album. This album still seems far seeing and progressive though it was originally
released on Rykodisc on 1994. (4)


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Bill Laswell
ROIR Dub Sessions
ROIR

This full-length, four-track album compiles material from ROIR’s four Laswell
releases. This is an excellent introduction to the post-dub electronica Laswell
available from Laswell on ROIR. Priced like a sampler but laden with over 45 minutes
of bass bliss, this album features Nicky Skopelitis, Aiyb Dieng, Jah Wobble and
more with Laswell. This compendium excerpts Sacred System Chapter One: Book
of Entrance, Sacred System Chapter Two, Dub Chamber 3
, and Book of Exit.
What this collection will not do is tell you which of the four to acquire for
further listening, they are all required for any hip CD collection. (4)


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Badawi
Clones & False Prophets
ROIR

On Clones & False Prophets, Badawi enhances his dub electronica with the
infusion of avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot (John Zorn, Tom Waits), jazz drummer
Ben Perowsky (Lost Tribe, Elysian Fields) and saxophonist Doug Wieselman (Kamikaze
Ground Crew, Robin Holcomb). This allows for a mix of the expected dub flavors
(“Enter the Etherics”) with sophisticated, arty fare (“Fire and Brimstone”). Carolyn
“Honeychild” Coleman, frequent collaborator with Badawi creator Raz Mesinai, is
on hand though she provides vocals on only two tracks of this largely instrumental
album. (4.5)


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Graham
Parker

Your Country
Bloodshot Records

Graham Parker proves himself an elder statesman of the intelligent pop song on
this latest album that is marked by subtle shades of Nashville. The songs are
largely touched by melancholy, even when on the surface this is not expected,
such as the lyrically defiant “Nation of Shopkeepers”, one of the standouts on
the album. Lucinda Williams is on hand to duet with Parker on “Cruel Lips”. This
further accentuates the roots direction this excellent album is headed in. (4)


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Various Artists
Ennio Morricone Remixes, Vol. 2
Compost Records
http://www.cinesoundz.com

Setting the mood for a high noon gunfight is the drifting, floating 2-CD remix
album of spaghetti western scorer Ennio Morricone. The remixes touch on scores
for My Name is Nobody and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and beyond.
It is “Il Bruno, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo” from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
as remixed by Hird that really stands out here. The accentuated Western sounds
take on an almost jungle atmosphere while the plaintive melody still wistfully
rolls on like a tumbleweed. There are a lot of moments like that on this album,
such as the breathy vocalizations and disco beat on Swell Session’s take on “A
Lidia”. Other remix artists present include Chicken Lips, Tom Middleton and more.
(4)


Johnny
A
.
Get Inside
Favored Nations

This Johnny A’s second release and the instrumental guitar album has many highlights,
including the country soul rendition of “Poor Side of Town” (Johnny Rivers). Johnny
A spent much time in Peter Wolf’s solo band, but this music is more sophisticated
and less ostentatious than that association would suggest. Much of the music has
a sunny, effortless, breezy joy like the swinging “Sing Singin'”. In this way,
the album straddles rock and jazz, drawing on the genres for a fine mix of muscle
and agility like an artful pugilist making sweet art out of a wicked punch. All
of this is blended together with a common theme of blues that will be keep record
store employees guessing on what section to put this disc in. (4.5)


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Richard Pinhas
Tranzition
Cuneiform Records

French guitarist and electronic composer Richard Pinhas offers an organic, flowing
sound where the rolling waves of processed guitar loops washes over the sedimentary
sandstone foundation of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream. The instrumental music
effortlessly fills your deepest headphones with aural adventures aplenty. The
mesmerizing, mystic nature of this disembodied, floating music makes it right
for massage, magic-working and meteor shower parties. (4)


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The Gay
You Know the Rules
Mint Records

The Gay is a bright, crystalline indie pop group featuring the group female lead
vocals from Coco Culbertson (bass, keyboards; The Tennessee Twin, Bif Naked),
Tobey Black (guitar; Maow), Maija Martin (accordion, guitar) and Sara Lapsley
(piano; Vancouver Nights, Kreviss). As can be seen, the instrumentation is rich
in this sophisticated album of bright and shimmering surfaces that reveal glossy
textures of a hip, pop band that has hooks and smarts. This is a strong, promising
debut from the ambitious Vancouver quintet. The sunny and swinging vocal pop here
will have you smiling and humming. (3.5)


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Xiu Xiu
Fabulous Muscles
5RC

Xiu Xiu takes its name from an art house film that showed how the upheaval of
China’s cultural revolution made one young girl’s life cruel, hopeless and, ultimately,
unbearable. Maybe something good could be found in the changes that arose from
that radical time, but the film does not offer anything. Similarly, this opus
fuels itself by giving in to the sheer weight of negative experience by combining
the worst aspects of the U.S. occupation in Iraq and personal experiences of a
father’s suicide, a young child’s molestation and more. The arrangements vary
greatly from the spoken work and noise art piece “Support Our Troops” to the sad
and graphic tale of murderous sexual domination told in the solo acoustic ballad
that is the title track. Forced fraternal incest gets cacophonous electronic treatment
in “Brian the Vampire”. Hopefully a catharsis for the songwriters (I cannot imaging
holding on to all this negativity), this experimental exploration of a taxonomy
of misdeeds may be just the thing to listen to when you think no one has it worse
than yourself. (3.5)


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The
Proclaimers

Born Innocent
Persevere Records

Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid are back with a collection of triumphant
and poignant songs on Born Innocent. Important people have a way of recognizing
the talent in the Reid brothers. The group got early advice and demo time from
Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) and a break as tour support from The Housemartins.
Now, as they return to the scene, we should not be surprised that Scottish musician
and producer Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice, Nu-Sonics) produced this album, which
released in the UK in the fall of 2003. While a Celtic-punk substrate remains
in the music, this album is much more sophisticated and polished than, say, the
raucous and successful Top 3 single “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. These Scottish
soul gems are replete in wide-eyed awareness (“Blood On Your Hands”) and compelling
poignancy (“Unguarded Moments”). This album includes a cover of the ’60s hit “Five
O’clock World” as well as live versions of “Unguarded Moments” and the memorable
title track. (4)


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Ani DiFranco
Educated Guess
Righteous Babe

In a way Ani DiFranco returns to her own roots on Educated Guess. She is
very solo here, having stripped away the backing band. Ani herself played all
the instruments on this album. Going further, the specially bound book, removable
from the CD case, includes Ani’s own artwork and a trio of poems released only
with Educated Guess. The eight tracks of audio were recorded on vintage
reel-to-reel equipment and this may have enhanced a more personal, intimate feeling
that we have not heard from Ani since the early ’90s. The album thus comes forward
as Ani’s testament of the trials of love (“Origami”), the complexities of patriotism
in this day and age (“Grand Canyon”) as well as feminism and more. (4.5)


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Robert Lockwood, Jr.
The Legend Live
M.C. Records

This is Lockwood’s first domestic release since 2000, and the exquisite live album
is well worth the wait. The performance at Phoenix’s Rhythm Room sees the 89-year-old
elder statesman of the blues draw upon six decades of bluesmanship. This masterful
performance on 12-string electric guitar comes to us from the only living performer
to have learned the craft from Robert Johnson, his stepfather. (Lockwood performs
four of Johnson’s songs here, including “Sweet Home Chicago”.) Lockwood spent
the ’30s and beyond gigging with Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf and became
a noted Chess session guitarist. Lockwood continued to innovate and improve his
clear, crystalline style through the ’70s resulting here in a gifted performer
exhibiting emotion and soul honed to a sharp edge with precision and technical
ability shining with the glint of a jazz patina. The dozen songs here cover material
by Mance Lipscomb, Leroy Carr, Roosevelt Sykes and more. Lockwood never before
recorded many of the songs here, or never recorded them as a solo performance.

Now in 1913, Leroy “Lasses” White told us “Oh, the blues ain’t nothing/But a good
man feeling bad.” This scintillating performance from Lockwood is journey by time
machine to meet many of those good men of the past. Lockwood initiates the show
with “Meet me in the Bottom” by the renaissance man of the blues, scholar songster
Mance Lipscomb (“Meet me in the Bottom”). However, the shining and smiling delivery
takes from the lows to the lofty heights where Lockwood stands arm-to-shoulders
with the smiling jester of the blues, Roosevelt Sykes (“Feel Like Blowin’ my Horn”).
Another pianist, prolific songwriter Leroy Carr, comes up next with the rollicking
“Mean Mistreater Mama”.

As the set does turn emotional and sad, Lockwood clamps down on the strings to
suppress the ringing tones for a pointedly and poignantly delivered “She’s Little
and She’s Low” (Roosevelt Sykes). After this deliberate delivery, Lockwood loosens
a bit more to perform a great follow-up tune, “How Long Blues” (Leroy Carr). The
crowd, largely silent to this point (rapt), claps as the anthemic pinnacle at
the midpoint of this set, Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago” begins. Keeping
things interesting, Lockwood follows this up with “Exactly Like You”, the pop
gem from the songwriting team Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. All this focus
on pianists’ songs seems to strike at the heart of the Lockwood style: melody
over rhythm. After this brief pop interlude and the addition of a comical, self-deprecating
coda, Lockwood launches into a trio of Robert Johnson songs: “Love in Vain”, “From
Four Until Late” and “Ramblin’ on my Mind”.

While “Love in Vain” is delivered with ringing melody, and gives the most vociferous
audience reaction of the disk, Lockwood echoes the after-hours mood “From Four
Until Late” with a more sparse, understated delivery. “Ramblin’ on my Mind” is
similarly delivered with a lot of empty space which Lockwood fills with a bright
and clear vocal delivery. Lockwood then rambles on to the antecedent of the Robert
Johnson style, Johnnie “Geechie” Temple. Syncopating the rhythm, Lockwood gives
us the salacious “Big Leg Woman”.

Lockwood turns back to Leroy Carr’s songbook for a delicately and simply delivered
“In the Evening” as an apt closer to the set. In a final farewell speech, Lockwood
sharply and suddenly asks the audience for something – money? Applause? Regardless,
it is the saddest note on this golden example of the craft of solo blues from
a master of the art. (4.5)


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The David Johansen Group
Live
Lemon Recordings

This is the post-New York Dolls group David Johansen formed with ex-Dolls Sylvain
Sylvain. This album comes from a July ’78 gig at New York’s Bottom Line. The set
list includes such New York Dolls songs as “Personality Crisis” and “Looking for
a Kiss”. Johnny Thunders joins the band on stage for “Babylon” in the ending climax
of this great rock-n-roll show. They just don’t build ’em like that, anymore.
(4)


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Jucifer
War Bird
Velocette Records

Jucifer continues its captivating formula of contrast. The heavy, distorted death
metal dirge of “Ides of Light” suggests a prelude to a cookie monster voice. Instead,
Amber Valentine swings sweetly and melodically, which highlights the effect when
the bottom drops out of the song leaving Amber to deliver a verse a cappella as
the bridge to the song’s second half. One of the many engaging duos on the scene
now, the other half here is Ed Livengood on kit drums behind Amber as vocalist
and guitarist. Spawned from the fertile breeding ground of Athens, GA, the pair
offers a schizophrenic dichotomy of the heaviest of Melvins with the most dulcet
of your favorite electric female singer-songwriter. (4.5)


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