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Author Archives: Dennis Pernu

Danny Garcia

Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders
 
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Often dismissed by cognoscenti as a morbidly nihilistic knuckle dragger, John Gazale, Jr. – a.k.a. Johnny Thunders – tends to be remembered more for the trampled track of junky business he left in his wake than for his catalog or impact. In addition to founding roles (more…)

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Neil Young

A Letter Home
 
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In more ways than one, Journey Through The Past – the title of Neil Young’s 1972 directorial film debut – would have been a better title for A Letter Home, the latest from Winnipeg’s favorite son. Recorded in the 1947 Voice-o-Graph booth at Jack White’s Third Man (more…)

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Courtney Barnett

The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
 
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Courtney Barnett’s sleepy slacker persona might be a put-on, but what this young Aussie may (or may not) lack in what the older folks call “gumption,” she compensates for with droll, witty lyrics dosed with indie lo-fi and ’60s garage psych. Comprising Miss Barnett’s prior limited (more…)

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Nils Lofgren

Face The Music
 
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Wags might be forgiven for calling Nils Lofgren the Forrest Gump of rock. The dude’s not only played with everyone, it seems, but he’s been a key guitar (and accordion) foil for some of the most critically acclaimed figures in rock. And that’s precisely where (more…)

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The Jayhawks

Sound Of Lies, Smile, Rainy Day Music
Stumbling Through The Dark
 
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In late 1994, Minneapolis’ entry in the “godfathers of alt-country” sweepstakes appeared on the ropes. The Jayhawks learned that Mark Olson, who for 10 years had split songwriting duties with lead guitarist Gary Louris, was taking his leave. Suddenly, the harmonies that (more…)

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Tweedy

Sukierae
 
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Where does time go? In 1996, the liner notes to Being There, Wilco’s masterful two-disc paean to American music, included a dedication from ringleader Jeff Tweedy to his wife and their newly born son, Spencer. Fast-forward 18 years and we find Wilco’s frontman releasing another double LP – this one with Spencer and under the […]

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Dex Romweber Duo

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Dex Romweber and his trusty Silvertone have been kicking over the gnarly dustbins of American music since he was a teenager. (The uninitiated are advised to seek out a mini-documentary that aired on MTV’s “Cutting Edge” in 1987.) Many guitar nuts will no doubt (more…)

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The Autumn Defense

Fifth
 
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Wilco’s bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone steal some time from their day jobs and step out with their appropriately titled fifth long-player under the Autumn Defense moniker. Fifth captures ’70s AM-drenched, hook-laden tunes in the vein of pop masters like the Beatles, (more…)

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Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey

Going Back Home
 
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Wilko Johnson was having quite a run. In 2009 he stole the show in Oil City Confidential, Julien Temple’s acclaimed rock doc about Johnson’s old band, Dr. Feelgood. In 2011 he began appearing as a mute executioner in the cable series “Game (more…)

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Jonny Two Bags

Salvation Town
 
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Entering his 15th year as Mike Ness’ guitar foil in Social Distortion, Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham steps out with a platter of his own. Social D fans hoping for a stopgap collection of roots-punk with a Stonesy patina until that band’s next LP will (more…)

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