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Scheusch: Album Review

Scheusch Scheusch www.myspace.com/scheusch Consider now, the guitar-drum duo, of which persuasion is Scheusch. If you leave out the bass player, you only split the door two ways. You don’t have to load a heavy bass cabinet, and you don’t need to deal with the guy who always gets basil when you send him out to […]

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The White Tornado: Album Review

The White Tornado Seek Shelter www.white2rnado.com The White Tornado is keyboardist Bill Peterson, who’s been playing shows around Iowa City for some time. Seek Shelter, his debut record, showcases his facility with the piano and organ, not to mention his puckish sense of humor. Stylistically he’s not stuck in any one genre for long, but two […]

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Kaspar Hauser | The Sons CD Review

Kaspar Hauser The Sons www.kasparhausermusic.net Kaspar Hauser started in Iowa City and then moved to Chicago, but they’re back once or twice a year for shows at the Mill.  They play guitar-based pop music, with no grand pretensions or sonic gimmicks.  If you see them live, they look like they just finished a shift at […]

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This Machine | Lemming Nation CD Review

This Machine Lemming Nation You have to admire Marv Hain, for being true to his ideals, and his devotion to a musical form that’s been moribund for nearly 50 years, folk protest songs.  His stage name “This Machine” is, I assume, an homage to Woody Guthrie, who wrote “This Machine Kills Fascists” on his guitar. […]

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Album Review: Deer in the Night | Po' Girl

Po’ Girl Deer in the Night www.pogirl.net [audio:http://www.pogirl.net/deer/deer.mp3] Canada is, like, this whole other country. They apparently are secretly responsible for about half of the music we think of as American. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen? All Canadian. Comes now Po’Girl–two women, Awna Texeira, and Allison Russell, one Torontonian, one Quebecois–sneaking across at Windsor, […]

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Album Review: Soul on Display | Bonne Finken

Bonne Finken Soul on Display www.bonnefinken.com It takes some gut for a white girl from Knoxville, Iowa, to use “Soul” in her debut CD’s title. But Finken can, as they say in the parlance, bring it. She has a voice and delivery with the buttery depth of Annie Lennox, the effortless blues edge of Bonnie […]

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Mixes Mixes Mixes

Not only do I occasionally do a DJ mix from time to time, I host other people’s mixes as a favor. And seeing as how the average LV reader is not an electronic dance music fan, I feel I should do my part and introduce you to some free mixes to listen to. Tom Cox […]

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On a Personal Note

I don’t want to spam up the LV blog, but … I’ve started my own blog at http://www.music.cornwarning.com. I’ve entitled it “Do My Eyes Look Scary?” which is the name of a book of poetry one of the guys in my Undergraduate Poetry Workshop claimed to be writing. I don’t think he ever actually published […]

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Album Review: Disaster Footage at Night by The Lonelyhearts

The Lonelyhearts Disaster Footage At Night Scenester Credentials www.thelonelyhearts.net Lonelyheart John Lindenbaum lives in Oakland, while Andre Perry lives in Iowa City; so the band is not quite bi-coastal — maybe sesqui- or hemi-coastal?  It doesn’t really matter, what with the Internet turning us all into quivering monads afloat in a dimensionless sea. The songs […]

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