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Backtrack: Castanets City Of Refuge

If Nina Nastasia and Jim White made an album that acted as an intimate conversation between their audience and themselves, then Ray Raposa's Castanets project…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

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Backtrack: Jim White & Nina Nastasia You Follow Me

Writing about Jim White's drumming is difficult. Last week, I covered Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power's seminal Moon Pix, an album that benefits as much…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 1, 2013 - 5:37 pm

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Backtrack: Cat Power Moon Pix

Writing is about myth making. Taking the true aspects of yourself and defining them so clearly that they become you. Marginal personality tics explode into…
Sam Hockley-Smith | April 24, 2013 - 3:07 pm

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Backtrack: Palace Music Viva Last Blues

At the end of Louis CK's recent interview in The New York Times, he talks about how Woody Allen went out on a limb to…
Sam Hockley-Smith | April 10, 2013 - 4:15 pm

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Backtrack: Silkworm Firewater

Sometimes I think I hate Silkworm. Firewater, which is largely regarded as their greatest album in a catalog that's full of as many great moments…
Sam Hockley-Smith | April 3, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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Backtrack: Ladyhawk Ladyhawk

In 2006, Vancouver band Ladyhawk released their self-titled debut album. There are a lot of ways you could describe it: beer-soaked, stoney, depressed, brawny, reminiscent…
Sam Hockley-Smith | March 27, 2013 - 2:35 pm

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Backtrack: Jason Molina

Over the weekend, Jason Molina died of organ failure due to alcohol consumption. His label, Secretly Canadian, released a statement. He'd been to rehab, and…
Sam Hockley-Smith | March 19, 2013 - 1:32 pm

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Backtrack: Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You

Welcome to Backtrack, Sam Hockley-Smith’s new Stereogum column dedicated to a remembrance of great things past, of important records situated in the middle ground between
Sam Hockley-Smith | March 13, 2013 - 12:03 pm

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Backtrack: Mirah Advisory Committee

Welcome to Backtrack, Sam Hockley-Smith’s new Stereogum column dedicated to a remembrance of great things past, of important records situated in the middle ground between
Sam Hockley-Smith | March 6, 2013 - 2:41 pm

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