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Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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Barbed Wire Creek, Buzz Cason and More... The Beat’s Record Roundup

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Barbed Wire Creek

Barbed Wire Creek

The debut EP from the Panama City country band features hefty doses of rock ‘n roll. The six original songs are superbly thought out and structured. If you prefer your country with some oomph and shredding guitars, Barbed Wire Creek is out to please you.

- Nikki Hedrick

The Beatles

Yesterday and Today


With the infamous butcher cover restored—along with the inner sleeve plugging some of Capitol’s less memorable mid- ‘60s releases—this is a must for American Fab Four fans who came of age prior to the CD. And the music’s pretty great, too.

- Chris Manson

Algebra Blessett


eOne Music

Best R&B diva the world’s never heard of, and you’re welcome. Blessett’s music is deeply felt, and she kindly avoids the tendency to oversing that is so often (and wrongly) expected of “quality” music.

- Chris Manson

Ian Carey and Ben Stolorow



San Francisco jazzmen Carey (trumpet) and Stolorow (piano) did some gigging together last year in the Bay Area and decided to make it legit, the result being Duocracy. The album offers 10 tracks, including American Songbook standards (“You Took Advantage of Me,” “All the Things You Are”) and showpieces like “Cherokee.” Carey’s tone and approach are in the hard-bop style, somewhere between Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown in their bouncier moods. Stolorow skillfully backs him up, and there’s a meeting of the minds on every song. When two fine players are having fun, it’s good to listen in.

- Bruce Collier

Buzz Cason

Troubadour Heart


Cason is in his seventh decade but shows no signs of slowing down. This isn’t a sonically safe, nostalgic rehash, but an exploration of music old and new. Whether he dons a slight country croon or indie rock vibe, Troubadour Heart proves Cason still has a lot of heart to share.

- Nikki Hedrick

Dum Dum Girls

Too True


Dee Dee is the reigning rock ‘n roll goddess, even though she’s been around for a while. I could listen to her all day long. Every track on this 10-track, half-hour album packs a punch.

- Chris Manson

Jeremy Pelt

Face Forward, Jeremy


By the time you read this, trumpeter Pelt will be somewhere in Europe, where he is spending a lot of performing time this year. The album’s title could be called a touch misleading, since some tracks may remind you of some of the more shimmery funk-electric efforts of Miles Davis’ later years. A trumpeter needs a confident, sustained tone—muted or otherwise—to sell “mood” music like this, and Pelt has all that and more. Fabiana Masili and Milton Suggs contribute vocals.

- Bruce Collier


Disguised Vultures

Metal Blade

Best metal album in forever, and you gotta love a band that turns a song called “Please Kill Me” into a spirited crowd-pleaser.

- Chris Manson



If you’re a fan of early Black Sabbath, Slomatics are a must listen. They nuzzle up to warm, fuzzy tones and give them space to breathe and linger. “The Carpenter,” which clocks in at over 10 minutes, is intoxicating old school doom. From end to end, it’s fantastic.

- Nikki Hedrick


Everything in Its Right Place – Radiohead Remixed (2012)

It isn’t a stretch to understand why classical musicians would be drawn to Radiohead, but not many would commit to transforming these songs for their instruments and recording an album of covers. This is a beautiful re-envisioning of tunes many rock fans know by heart. It succeeds in maintaining an edgy quality on songs like “15 Steps” and pure sweeping beauty on “No Surprises.”

- Nikki Hedrick

Doug Tuttle

Doug Tuttle

Trouble in Mind

Records The experts are calling this “lo-fi psychedelia,” but the songs and vocals are running over with heart. “Leave Your Body” has an irresistible “Tomorrow Never Knows” vibe, while the extended guitar run on “Turn This Love” would make Neil Young jealous.

- Chris Manson