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Thom Schuyler

Tom Geddie
Prayer of a Desperate Man’s title track could be the best spiritual song of recent years. But singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler isn’t content with that. He also tells us he loves Kit-Kats, hates the SOBs who drive Hum...


The Killers

Justin Press
Day & Age (Island/Def Jam) In no universe do mohawks and waistcoats go together. But The Killers continue to churn out throbbing, synth-laden floor-filler that’s equal parts Roxy Music and A Night at the Roxy.



The Killers

Justin Press
In no universe do mohawks and waistcoats go together. But The Killers continue to churn out throbbing, synth-laden floor-filler that’s equal parts Roxy Music and A Night at the Roxy. Disjunctive is right.


Walter Lure

Ken Shimamoto
Look up “survivor” in the unabridged dictionary and you’re bound to see a picture of New York rocker Walter Lure’s porkpie-hatted mug. Present at the creation of punk (CBGB’s, class of ’75), ...



Died Pretty

Ken Shimamoto
Australian record labels have long been ahead of the curve in terms of providing bonus materials to soften the sting of exorbitant CD prices. Heaps of ’90s Aussie CDs had whole bonus discs, a practice U.S. and European la...


Died Pretty

Ken Shimamoto
Free Dirt(Aztec Records) By Ken Shimamoto Australian record labels have long been ahead of the curve in terms of providing bonus materials to soften the sting of exorbitant CD prices. Heaps of ’90s Aussie CDs had whole bo...



Andy Friedman

Tom Geddie
Singer-songwriter Andy Friedman complains on the first track off his new album, Weary Things, that he misses being broken, lowdown, and alone. By the final song, sounding more like Tom Waits doing electric blues, he brags, R...


Dennis Gonzalez & Azar Lawrence

Ken Shimamoto
  Who on earth would dare to launch a jazz record label in 2008? We’ve come a long way from the days when an upstartindie like Blue Note, Prestige, Impulse, or, um, India Navigation could define the sound of jazz in its ...



Andy Friedman

Tom Geddie
Weary Things(City Salvage Records) By Tom Geddie Singer-songwriter Andy Friedman complains on the first track off his new album, Weary Things, that he misses being broken, lowdown, and alone. By the final song, sounding more li...


Dennis Gonzalez & Azar Lawrence

Ken Shimamoto
By Ken Shimamoto Dennis GonzalezRenegade Spirits(Furthermore Recordings) Azar LawrencePrayer for My Ancestors(Furthermore Recordings) Who on earth would dare to launch a jazz record label in 2008? We’ve come a long way fr...