Robert Christgau http://publicradioeast.org en Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary' http://publicradioeast.org/post/album-review-runaways-diary <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Album+Review%3A+%27Runaway%27s+Diary%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Memphis singer songwriter Amy LaVere specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 42477 at http://publicradioeast.org A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God http://publicradioeast.org/post/tuneful-conversation-sometimes-distant-god The wry and tuneful Withered Hand is Dan Willson, a graphic artist from Edinburgh who drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager — but not, you get the feeling, with a satisfied mind. His moniker is a scriptural reference, and he named his 2009 debut <em>Good News</em>, one way Christians refer to the New Testament. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 37291 at http://publicradioeast.org A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers http://publicradioeast.org/post/album-review-english-oceans-drive-truckers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The band Drive-By Truckers are in their third decade playing alternative country music tinged with Southern pride. Critic Robert Christgau says they put out a great album in 2008 then hit a lull. But he says their latest album, out this week, is a true comeback.<p>ROBERT CHRISTGAU, BYLINE: I confess I had no idea what the title song of the Drive-By Truckers' "English Oceans" was about until I read the press kit. Oh, it's Mike Cooley's poetic take on how Republican operative Lee Atwater imagined the male, white, Southern psyche. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 35843 at http://publicradioeast.org Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken http://publicradioeast.org/post/sam-bakers-say-grace-once-beautiful-and-broken Sam Baker has a backstory that must be told. In 1986, at age 31, he was traveling by train in Peru when a bomb from the terrorist group Shining Path exploded right next to him. The little girl he'd been talking to was killed along with half a dozen others, and his own injuries required 18 operations. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 21991 at http://publicradioeast.org Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths http://publicradioeast.org/post/aesop-rock-and-kimya-dawson-showcase-their-strengths <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q_7fT-vSXU</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:34:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 14017 at http://publicradioeast.org Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone http://publicradioeast.org/post/marc-ribot-isnt-trying-comfort-anyone After six years as a sideman for many soul veterans, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17083894/marc-ribot">Marc Ribot</a> made his name in 1985 with <em>Rain Dogs</em>, the album that marked <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15295750/tom-waits">Tom Waits</a>' permanent transition from eccentric singer-songwriter to truly weird singer-songwriter. Ribot has held down straight gigs since then, but his work has tended toward the avant-garde. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:52:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 12938 at http://publicradioeast.org Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal http://publicradioeast.org/post/jonny-fritz-country-jester-gets-personal <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2_RIg0vZPQ</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:16:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 12656 at http://publicradioeast.org Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal