Review: Tom Waits – “Alice”/”Blood Money” (Remastered)

Tom Waits never has sounded better, at least in terms of fidelity, than he does on the new, re-mastered versions of Alice and Blood Money – which were released, to much anticipation, on ANTI- Records. There are good reasons for these revelations, of course, and some of them are so obvious they don’t even need…

REVIEW: Calexico – Edge of the Sun

For the latest chapter in the ongoing saga that is la telanovela Calexico — Edge of the Sun, out now on Anti- Records – let us begin at the finale and work our way backward. Album-closer “Follow The River” begins with the most familiar of sounds: Joey Burns’ shuffling acoustic guitar, John Convertino’s careful and inventive percussion,…

REVIEW: Jolie Holland – “Wine Dark Sea”

Originally published in Popdose on Oct. 30, 2014 Second take? Such a treasure! On Wine Dark Sea, Jolie Holland’s sixth LP, the eclectic singer-songwriter doesn’t just sit at the intersection of blues, soul and folk – she proves she can own it. After the joys of records like Escondida, a true studio-debut gem, or her…