Category Archives: Retro Reviews

Netflix Corner: Ken Burns’ Jazz Series

Ken Burns Jazz Series Review

Jazz: The TV Mini-Series Directed by Ken Burns I’ve heard people talk time and time again about Ken Burns documentaries, but I’m actually not sure I’d ever seen one. Burns is sort of PBS’s documentarian extraordinaire, as he has done documentary series on everything America including baseball, the Civil War, national parks, and much more. Burns is so patriotic in his work, I bet there is a 12-part series on apple pie coming soon. Describing jazz as the only true

Secret Machines Retro Review: Now Here is Nowhere

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Secret Machines Now Here is Nowhere Let’s start the new year at LxL by rewinding the clock 10 years. In 2004, Dallas psych-rock band the Secret Machines released their full-length debut, Now Here is Nowhere, to very little fanfare, but the album stands out as one of the best albums of that year. The reason I have chosen to highlight this album is the recent passing of their lead singer and one of two brothers in the band, Benjamin Curtis,

Retro Review: Chris Isaak – Forever Blue

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Chris Isaak Forever Blue In last weeks Top Ten list I made the assertion that Chris Isaak’s 1995 album, Forever Blue, is one of the most underrated albums of the 90′s.  Known best for 1989 smash hit “Wicked Games”, Isaak has had a surprisingly enduring career in making quality music, even if he is less and less recognized.  It is certainly time for Chris Isaak to get more recognition of LxL, rather than just a passing reference in a Top

Retro Review: The Replacements “Answering Machine”

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The Replacements “Answering Machine” Sunday night, at the same time of all the tomfoolery of the VMAs, Minneapolis rock legends the Replacements returned to the stage for the first time in 22 years with a straight-up workmanlike attitude. Rather than twerking it for the boys and girls like Miley Cyrus, the Replacements busted out 23 songs at Toronto’s Riot Fest, including music spanning their whole career. Based on the videos I’ve seen, it looks like Paul Westerberg and the gang

Angel Olsen Review: Half Way Home

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Angel Olsen Half Way Home It’s usually pretty unlikely that video of a live show catches my eye online, as most video footage fails to capture the fullness of the live experience. But Angel Olsen has proved one of the exceptions, the St. Louis born but Chicago-based singer/songwriter has a voice and the songwriting chops to knock you out, even through the doldrums of Youtube. Not only that, but being associated with folk troubadour Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy)

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