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2006 Stories by Scott Faingold

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  • The Drones

    published December 28, 2006

    The angst-ridden, transcendent, skull-busting guitar attack of vintage Neil Young and Crazy Horse informs The Drones' music like raw genetic... More >>

  • Pavement

    published December 28, 2006

    Historically, Pavement's Wowee Zowee, first released in 1995, can be viewed as a bridge, of sorts, between the band's first pair of... More >>

  • Son of Man

    published November 30, 2006

    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery / None but ourselves can free our minds. -- Bob Marley, "Redemption Song," 1980 ... More >>

  • Born to Bruise

    published November 9, 2006

    "I was tied to some train tracks in Cheyenne, Wyoming." It's certainly among the best excuses I've ever heard from a musician tardy for an... More >>

  • Joanna Newsom

    published November 9, 2006

    The word "lavish" has been hanging around patiently in dictionaries and thesauri for years, just waiting to apply itself to the new Joanna Newsom... More >>

  • Robert Pollard

    published October 26, 2006

    Ohio native Robert Pollard's faux-British accent has never been more pronounced than on "Accidental Texas Who," the first track on the... More >>

  • Dark Star Rising

    published October 19, 2006

    Jenny Lewis is in a bit of a quandary. "We're planning to do a children's show in a couple of days, and I was asked which song I would like... More >>

  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    published October 12, 2006

    It's been three years since the last proper Bonnie "Prince" Billy release, but the once and future Will Oldham has been far from idle. Aside from... More >>

  • Two Gallants

    published October 12, 2006

    "Desperate times call for desperate men," howls Two Gallants vocalist Adam Stephens during the opening track of his band's most recent CD, What... More >>

  • Grammar Rock

    published October 5, 2006

    Karen O is laughing. It's a throaty but light, even melodious, sound, not far removed from the slyly unpredictable, declamatory vocal style that... More >>

  • Frank Black

    published October 5, 2006

    When Frank Black was first whelped from the rib of Black Francis following the premature demise of the Pixies a decade and a half ago, he came on... More >>

  • The Thermals

    published October 5, 2006

    Nowadays Reagan-era punk rock political alienation sounds positively quaint. The currently reigning neocon junta and attendant Internet beheadings... More >>

  • Richard Buckner

    published September 21, 2006

    On his eighth album, singer-songwriter Richard Buckner largely leaves his trademark melancholic alt-country stylings behind in favor of primal,... More >>

  • Aimless Attack

    published September 14, 2006

    It's not easy being Massive Attack. Just ask Daddy G (known to his mum and the taxman as Grant Marshall). "It can be a painful process. At a... More >>

  • Sparklehorse, with Danny & the Nightmares

    published September 7, 2006

    There's rarely been a better chance to get on intimate terms with the positive musical results of chemical imbalance than this Proletariat show.... More >>

  • Rollins Band/X

    published August 24, 2006

    All hail the venerable punks of late-'70s Los Angeles. Yes, it's been a good 20-something years since Penelope Spheeris's Decline of Western... More >>

  • Pool Party

    published August 3, 2006

    "I think that between the four of us there's a kind of unspoken guilt, really, that we're lucky enough to be able to do this for a living where... More >>

  • Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    published June 29, 2006

    The New Amsterdams Story Like a Scar Vagrant The first five songs are fairly lifeless, if professional, midtempo guitar... More >>

  • Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    published June 15, 2006

    For reasons best known to him, our outgoing assistant music editor continues to randomly listen to every single promo CD sent his way, in its... More >>

  • Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    published June 8, 2006

    For reasons best known to him, our outgoing assistant music editor has made a point of randomly listening to every single promo CD sent... More >>

  • Shellac

    published June 8, 2006

    "This is the first time we will have ever played in Texas," enthuses Shellac vocalist and guitarist Steve Albini over the phone from Electrical... More >>

  • C.J. Chenier

    published June 1, 2006

    Don't look now, but C.J. Chenier just might be shaping up into zydeco's answer to late-period Johnny Cash. The title track of his sophisticated,... More >>

  • Motorcycle Madness

    published May 18, 2006

    You can listen to these songs / Have a good time and walk away / But for me, it's not that easy / I have to live these songs forever. --... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published May 18, 2006

    The good folks at the Anti label sure know how to pick 'em. But while labelmate and fellow flame-haired vixen Neko Case gets all the attention... More >>

  • Scott Walker

    published May 4, 2006

    Best remembered as a former Walker Brother and all-around '60s easy-listening perv, Scott Walker (né Engels) has long been the most unhinged of a... More >>

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