In our continuing quest to present fuller and more thoughtfully written music journalism to you, rather than glib tossed off bon mots aimed at the legions of short attention spanned media-consuming blobs so prevalent out there, we present to you THIS lengthy review of the Waco Brothers and Paul Burch collaboration Great Chicago Fire we...Read more
We've been doing this long enough that we can spot a journalist or blogger who is just phoning it in, who crib from our press releases, juggle it around and rush out the door to get to the bar 5 minutes sooner.
Thus, it always does our hearts good to read a piece by someone who is obviously OVERCOME by something,...Read more
HA HA TONKA played the much vaunted ACL festival in Austin TX last weekend and by all the accounts we've heard (we weren't allowed to go, our cruel overlord bosses allow no such things) they knocked it out of the proverbial park
HERE'S a link to Rolling Stone's "Best Moments" from the festival photos
Click on the publication to see the full review
"An unsettling, rocking journey from the dark edges of the American Underground to the bright dawn...Read more
The MTV Hive gave their picks for "great twang* records for the springtime"
"With temperatures rising across this great land, outdoor activities such as driving with the window down and bocce ball will soon commence once again. And what goes well with warmth and cold suds? Twang! Here's five great Americana-tinged records we're excited to pair with some well-honed sunburns."
That's short for Ha Ha Tonka on the Huffington Post. It's just in this era of Twitter, we can no longer be bothered with full words. KWIM?*
Find out their appearance on Anthony Bourdain's No...Read more
Sometimes a record comes across our desks that, despite common sense business reasoning, we just HAVE to be a part of. This is one of those records....Read more
In this time of joy and fellowship, the blog Muzzle of Bees asked our resident lo-fi seemingly always bummed Ben Weaver about his favorite sad songs in a recurring feature of theirs called Sad Songs and Waltzes. Check out his thoughts on the Replacements, Randy Newman, Townes Van Zandt and more HERERead more
Perhaps you've heard us rail about it before, but the Interweb has made it possible for a lot of BAD writing to be seen by a lot of people on equal footing with GOOD writing. Thus, we're always giddy to see some thoughtful, interesting and, dare we say, informed critical responses to our releases, and endeavor to pass them along--and...Read more
Whitey and the band are busy boys in the city of Chicago this weekend. A show at the Country Music Festival, Fitzgerald's, an in store at Laurie's Planet of Sound and a FREE show at Reggie's, all coming the week of the release of their self-titled ALBUM on Tuesday.
Top shelf Chicago writer and country music historian Dave...Read more
Today's a big day 'round here, yessir. Justin released his new album Harlem River Blues today and the word is already rolling out: It rules!
From eMusic: "Earle swings for the fences on his latest album and delivers his finest collection yet."
From Yahoo!: "...capitalize on the promise Earle showed on his previous releases and push him to a new level...[he]...Read more