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2004 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Jay Bennett

    published December 23, 2004

    Remembered as much for being a vital part of Wilco as for being unceremoniously dumped by Jeff Tweedy in the documentary I Am Trying to Break... More >>

  • Devotchka

    published December 16, 2004

    There is a great but untrue story of pre-Clash Joe Strummer going into a bar and spotting Graham Parker. Strummer says he saw the Sex Pistols a... More >>

  • John Guliak

    published December 9, 2004

    "I've been running out of stories/I've been stealing Tom Waits songs," sings Canadian John Guliak on the title track of this thoughtful, funny and... More >>

  • The Gourds

    published December 2, 2004

    Mistakenly thought of as a novelty act after their infamous psycho-bluegrass makeover of Snoop Dogg's classic "Gin and Juice," the Gourds have... More >>

  • Kevin House

    published November 25, 2004

    Blissful amateurism can produce calamity or genius. Quite often, it does both. Kevin House is a British/Canadian songwriter equally adept at... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 4, 2004

    Why can't all country be this good? This small Nashville-based label has collected 12 relatively obscure Texas artists who turn in excellent... More >>

  • American Music Club

    published October 21, 2004

    Reformed after a 10-year hiatus, San Francisco's mope-rock kings have retooled for a new generation of manic-depressives. Gone are the... More >>

  • Paul Brill

    published October 14, 2004

    At first vaguely reminiscent of Duncan Sheik and Ben Folds, Paul Brill shakes off such god-awful comparisons and blissfully heads into... More >>

  • Dave Alvin

    published September 30, 2004

    Considered one of the godfathers of Americana, Dave Alvin is having one of the most unexpected rebirths in recent memory. His new effort,... More >>

  • Asia

    published September 16, 2004

    "Heat of the Moment," Asia's original stab at melding stodgy progressive rock with pop, was Yes for those who couldn't stomach 11 minutes of Jon... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 26, 2004

    A tribute collection must be judged not on the reverence for the source material but on the overall quality of the new product. However great the... More >>

  • Sally Timms

    published August 19, 2004

    As a member of the Mekons, Sally Timms' sexy, almost secretive vocals have added loads of likability to the brooding, political, country-punk... More >>

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