Jay Ruttenberg

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  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    Libraness Yesterday...and Tomorrow's Shells Tiger Style   Libraness presents the four-track work of Ash Bowie, an artist whose name should ring a much louder bell than it does. This is not strictly because his name itself is so handsome (how ...

  • 15 years ago | Reviews

    Smog Dongs of Sevotion Drag City   SMOG'S BILL CALLAHAN is a pretty funny guy. Not whoopingly funny like BET's Comedy Jam, but sourly funny like the way your milk smells when you leave it on the kitchen table all afternoon. He's a treat, thou...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Coyle & Sharpe Audio Visionaries Thirsty Ear THE COMIC WHOSE shtick is to trick unsuspecting participants on tape spikes his career with a planned obsolescence. Once your patsies know you, the gig's pretty much up. And in our media-saturated socie...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Oneida Enemy Hogs Turnbuckle ONEIDA NUMBERS AMONG the tiny coterie of contemporary rockers who meld punk and sweet soul without drowning in shtick. If that means they'll never draw like the Make-Up, let alone Jon Spencer, these veterans of Brookly...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Songs: Ohia Axxess & Ace Secretly Canadian IN A NO Depression era, where singer-songwriters seduce young urbanites with weight-of-the-world country moans, Jason Molina, the frontman for Songs: Ohia, has always seemed like something of a lightweigh...

  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Ghost Snuffbox Immanence Drag City Ghost Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet Drag City JAPAN'S GHOST HAS yet to record an album as great as their press photos. During their decade-plus career, this ingenious yet unfocused pack of guitar-wielding hippies ...