REVIEW: Yes Selma – “Songs of Happiness”

When Chad Beattie, a 24-year-old from Baltimore, first told me about his bedroom project Yes Selma – a Dancer In The Dark nod – he referenced a lot of the Drag City musicians adored by those in the lo-fi singer-songwriter boom of the 1980s and 1990s. And, yes, listening to Yes Selma’s ambitious and ironically…

REVIEW: Wilt – “Hand Mirror”

Portland’s Taylor Malsey presents listeners with some warbled tunes and an inviting, warm blanket of melancholia on the excellent Wilt debut Hand Mirror, out now on Good Cheer Records. And, though it’s mostly a record for people who like their music with bumps and cracks in it, all in all, it’s pretty enveloping stuff. The…

REVIEW: Sir Richard Bishop – “Tangier Sessions”

This is the story of a man and the guitar that took hold of him. The man styles himself Sir Richard Bishop, a Phoenix-bred guitar master known best for his work with the group Sun City Girls. A Drag City artist – his last outing for the label was 2009’s The Freak of Araby —…

BOOK REVIEW: Bill Callahan – “I Drive A Valence: The Collected Lyrics”

Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan might be known more for his early lo-fi aesthetic and morose Minimalist middle period than the pensive Leonard Cohen-isms of his lyrics, but it’s not for lack of trying. So goes the thesis of I Drive A Valence, a Drag City-published book that finds Callahan cherry-picking selections from his finest lyrics and…