a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
Casual Listening will be on vacation next week
Sixpence None the Richer – My Dear Machine (rock)
The latest salvo in the “pay what you want” download movement, this EP is worth the suggested $4. Catchy melodies in an ethereal voice over ambling rock with Christian overtones. You can find this and many others at a cool site called NoiseTrade www.noisetrade.com. You can preview samples, and then name your price to purchase albums. 90% of the proceeds go directly to the artist, which is about 80% more than they usually get.
Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers – Between the Whiskey and the Wine (country)
Great honky-tonk and western swing in a classic vein. Lewis’ powerful alto delivers a set of heartbreakers that echo the sound of the great Hank Williams.
Drakkar Sauna – Wars and Tornadoes: Drakkar Sauna Faithfully Sing Songs of The Louvin Brothers (country)
A loving (louving?) tribute to the classic country and gospel duo that was the musical godfather of the Everly Brothers. Shining harmonies with guitar, mandolin, and fiddle revive sweet songs of yesteryear.
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands – Live (bluegrass)
Sizzling bluegrass picking that benefits from avoiding the recording studio. Great live energy that reminds you of being at a good summer folk festival.
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