T for Texas

I don’t know what it is about Upstate New York that causes people to grow bushy beards, abandon electric instruments, and settle into deep, weird, soulful Americana, but I can’t tell you how thankful I am for it.  I talked about Levon Helm and the Band yesterday, and while I certainly love Helm solo and … Continue reading

R’n’r Confessional: Letter to an Indie Nation

Rock ‘n’ Roll Confessional, Dec 07 Letter to an Indie Nation Through convenient revisionist history, Bob Dylan lives in our minds just as he was in 1965: skinny, wild haired, hidden behind dark glasses, and smoking; jittery on methamphetamines and singing about morality; criticizing society while trying his best to find his place in it.  … Continue reading

Wish List 2007

Wish List 2007 1.    To lighten up a little bit; go read my column this month and you’ll understand. 2.    I know it’s not out yet, but that new My Morning Jacket record is going to be killer. 3.    The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965. DVD.  … Continue reading

I’m Not There OST

Various Artists – I’m Not There Columbia; 4 stars To try and sum up I’m Not There, the thirty-four song soundtrack to the Todd Haynes Dylan biopic of the same name, is about as futile as trying to draw a conclusive summary of Dylan himself.  Haynes took a shortcut by casting six lead actors as … Continue reading