This week's playlist includes music by Azure Ray, Bat for Lashes, The Everly Brothers, Fats Waller, Iron & Wine, and more.
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"As big as rap is with the R&B community, that's how blues was back in the day. It was the hot thing. We're talking about a genre that is a hundred years old and is still relevant today."
Southerners love their blues the way we New Yorkers love our Broadway. And no matter where I go in the south -- Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, I can never get enough of the raw, gritty blues.
Basically, The Other Side Of Zero -- the new album by Elizabeth & The Catapult -- is a commentary on the parallels of Elizabeth Ziman's New York City life and Leonard Cohen's inability to achieve Buddhist ideals.
This week's column features James Carr, Deer Tick, Mamou Sidibé, White Rabbits, Jimmy Reed and Zee Avi.
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