Tag: Joe Henry

Listening booth — DeVotchKa, “The Man from San Sebastian”

Listening booth — DeVotchKa, “The Man from San Sebastian”

Listening Booth, Music
I meant to write up a proper review for the latest DeVotchKa album, 100 Lovers, but just haven't had the time. So instead I'm sharing my favorite track from the album, at least so far. It's the sultry and exotic "The Man from San Sebastian," a cross between Joe Henry and Gogol Bordello if I've ever heard one. Love that watery, reverb-heavy guitar riff. In summary, 100 Lovers is one of the best albums I've heard so far this year, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right this minute. It's out now on ANTI-Records.   Related articles DeVotchKa: 100 Lovers (pastemagazine.com) Bold New Music, Old-World Sound (online.wsj.com) DeVotchKa is 'romantic, hopefully exotic, and good' (canada.com)
Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best of ’09

Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best of ’09

Music
Before I unleash my awe-inspiring year-end album wrapup, I thought I'd share with you a mixtape featuring ten of my favorite songs from 2009.  The only restriction I'm placing on myself here is that I won't be double-dipping from any artists, although some could have easily taken up half this list.  And away we go! (more…)
2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 1

2007 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances, Pt. 1

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Compiling Best of/Worst of music lists is always a risky endeavor. Inevitably you'll have a bunch of people who are upset because this band or that song was either left off, placed too highly, or included at all. Luckily for me I don't give a crap what anyone else thinks. That being said, I am including the caveat that I am only one man and simply don't have as much time to listen to and absorb music as I used to, so I readily admit that I probably missed out on a lot of good stuff this year. As far as what to include - I didn't want to include so many albums/songs from 2007 as to render this list useless, but I didn't want to overlook anything either. The Best of the Best (Albums) Field Music, Tones of Town - This is my favorite album of the year in a landslide. I am a sucker...
Album review: Joe Henry – Civilians

Album review: Joe Henry – Civilians

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Joe Henry has spent enough time recording and producing albums to know exactly what he wants to accomplish, and how to get right down to it. That's exactly what he does on his tenth full-length release, Civilians. The opening title cut seems straightforward and simple, but is packed with brilliant little musical and lyrical touches that reward close listening. It's an intimate song, complete with a small string section, and feels not so much like the beginning of a new album but the middle of one that is well underway. That intimacy permeates Civilians, which trades the spirit of adventure and texture found on earlier Henry albums like Scar and Fuse for one of delicacy and contemplation. Its songs are layered but never cluttered, delicate yet insistent, and wistful without being dre...