Author: Bob Fish

Album | Lucinda Williams – Stories From a Rock N Roll Heart

At 70, Lucinda Williams is a survivor, but Stories From a Rock N Roll Heart only tells half the tale. During the pandemic she lost her home in a tornado. If that wasn’t enough, she had a debilitating stroke months…

Album | The Watson Twins – Holler

Making a record can be a frustrating experience, it can take forever to record and along the way the magic is lost. Finding the magic was at the heart of Holler, The Watson Twins’ new album. Recorded in a matter…

Album | Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – Weathervanes

Jason Isbell is an honest man, and his new album with the 400 Unit, Weathervanes, offers an unflinching look at the modern world with a sense of honesty one rarely sees. And like any honest man, he views himself and…

Album | Hannah Rose Platt – Deathbed Confessions

Ghosts seem to haunt every second of Hannah Rose Platt’s Deathbed Confessions. Inhabiting a widescreen wonderland, Platt creates a landscape filled with both the horror and humor that haunts listeners. Her voice, a surprisingly flexible instrument, shades these recordings in…

Album | Califone – villagers

Residing in a neighborhood where Captain Beefheart and 70s AM radio not only coexist but share the same turntable, Tim Rutili’s band Califone examines the strange landscape of villagers. It is, to say the least, an interesting trip, one where…

Album | Tiny Ruins – Ceremony

Ceremony seems to suggest formality, yet Tiny Ruins new album is far less formal than the title suggests. Hollie Fullbrook wrote the album during walks with her dogs along the turbulent landscape of “Old Murky” – Tāmaki Makaurau’s (aka Auckland’s)…

Album | Esther Rose – Safe to Run

Esther Rose has lived a bit of a nomadic existence, and now living in Santa Fe, after stays in Columbiaville, Michigan; and New Orleans, Safe to Run suggests that trading places has had a certain appeal. It’s as if she…

EP | Angel Olsen – Forever Means

Sometimes things just don’t fit. Angel Olsen had that problem with ‘Nothing’s Free’, the first track from her new EP, Forever Means. Soulful in a way that the other songs on Big Time weren’t, it became obvious it wouldn’t make…

Album | The New Pornographers – Continue as a Guest

Creating one of the densest openings a song has ever had, The New Pornographers take ‘Really, Really Light’ from Continue as a Guest and rather than sounding soft and reflective they almost sound like Electric Light Orchestra. Everything jangles and…

Album | Nickel Creek – Celebrants

“My God it’s good to see you/ Right here in the flesh.” With that Celebrants takes a look at what has gone on in the nine years since Nickel Creek released their last LP. Times and people change. Examining that…