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Newspaper tunes, Jan. 20 edition

Posted in Journalism, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2022 by macmystery
The Silos' album Cuba

Each week when I collect edit, organize and prioritize the pieces that a couple days later will come together as the next edition of The Island News, the weekly, ultra-local newspaper in Beaufort, S.C., of which I am editor, I do so with music in the background.

Sometimes, I listen to a lot of music over the couple of days I’m putting the paper together. Other weeks, not nearly as much, especially if I’m spending a lot of time on the phone.

And quite often, the music will follow obvious trends or themes, depending on what I may be in the mood to hear that particular week, or maybe based on other things that are happening. But other times, the music might be totally random and follow no pattern at all. Just a longing to hear things I may not have heard in a while.

Anyway, wasting no more time, here are the albums I listened to while putting together the Jan. 20 issue of The Island News:

Bruce RobisonIt Came From San Antonio

Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison, Jack IngramUnleashed Live

The SilosCuba

Jackson BrowneRunning On Empty

LiveThrowing Copper

Miles DavisKind of Blue

Billy PilgrimWords Like Numbers

Steve EarleTranscendental Blues

Rosanne Cash10-song Demo

R.E.M.Document

Lionel RichieCan’t Slow Down

Waylon Jennings16 Biggest Hits

You didn’t have to tell me it was a classic

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2008 by macmystery

Steve Earle's 1997 classic "El Corazon"

Steve Earle's classic 1997 album "El Corazon"

Prefix, an online music magazine, has released a list of the Top 10 essential alt-country albums.

For the uninitiated, alt-country is a genre of music closely related to Americana. While classic artists such as Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash often find themselves included in the genre, it isn’t synonymous with the country-rock fad of the 70s. You’ll find no Eagles here.

For the most part, what is now known as alt-country originated with the band Uncle Tupelo, which split in the early 1990s into two major bands: the straightforward Son Volt and the more experimental and pop Wilco, both of which have an album on this list. The genre is best covered by the now-online-only magazine “No Depression,” named for a Carter Family classic, Uncle Tupelo’s debut album and an AOL user group.

The No. 1 album on the list is Steve Earle’s El Corazon, one of several superb albums put out by Earle in the years since his incarceration for heroin posession in the early 1990s and my personal favorite. Other notable album’s on the list include the Jayhawks’ “Hollywood Town Hall,” Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose,” Lucinda Williams’ “Car Wheels On a Gravel Road” and Whiskeytown’s “Strangers Almanac.”

Here’s a performance of “Christmas in Washington” from Earle’s “El Corazon:”