Richard Buckner: Bloomed

“This isn’t a goodbye letter, this is should I be here at all” [Merge Records] • 2014/03/18, remastered (1994) • Style: Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter L&M Picks:  Blue and Wonder | Mud* | This Is Where Bloomed, Buckner’s debut, remastered for us more recent fans. I cannot help but envision someone playing their guitar quietly in a dark bar in the Midwest. Nothing fancy…

Phosphorescent: Muchacho de Lujo

• 2013/03/19 • Dead Oceans • Indie Folk, Alt-Country • *Song for Zula* | A New Anhedonia | The Quotidian Beasts “I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee.” — “” Sometimes you have to wonder if singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, the one-man-band behind Phosphorescent, would have been happier recording smooth country cuts back with Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins,…

Deer Tick: Negativity

“I don’t want to be your bargaining chip.“ [Partisan REcords] • 2013/09/24 • Style: Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alt-Country After reading a few recent blurbs about John McCauley’s tough year, the title of this record seems fitting. Hopefully he found the creation of this album therapeutic. For the most part, gone is McCauley’s reckless delivery from his early work…

Richard Buckner: Surrounded

• 2013/09/03 • Merge Records • Alternative/Indie Rock, Alt-Country • *Surrounded* | Foundation | Go | Mood | When You Tell Me How It Is “Dying for an opening line.” More rock than country, but the hints are there in the sounds produced by this strong singer-songwriter. Richard Buckner

Laura Veirs: Warp and Weft

• 2013/08/20 • Raven Marching Band • Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana • America | That Alice | White Cherry “Everybody’s packing heat in America.” — “America” This Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter writes beautifully crafted songs in the same vein as Neko Case and Laura Gibson. Her style has many faces all of which can be heard at different times within this…