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Big Takeover #85 - Vivian Girls

Jon M. Young

Jon Young currently contributes to Consequence of Sound and No Depression and has previously been a regular contributor to such publications as Trouser Press, Crawdaddy, Music and Sound Output, Request, Launch, SonicNet, Creem, Harp, Musician, Blender, Spin, Paste and Mother Jones. His preferred listening includes The Byrds, Billy Fury, Wynonie Harris, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, The Kinks, Barbara Lynn, METZ, Thelonious Monk, Norma Jean, Charlie Parker, Doug Sahm, Raymond Scott, Del Shannon, Connie Smith, Speedy Ortiz, Dusty Springfield, Toots and the Maytals, Caetano Veloso and Hank Williams, among others. His career highlights include interviewing Del Shannon and meeting Doug and Bob McKenzie.

Live at Home

James Brown – Live at Home with His Bad Self (Republic/UMe)

25 November 2019

The Godfather of Soul sets the stage on fire. Funky nirvana ensues.

booker t

Booker T. & the MG’s – The Complete Stax Singles Volume 1 (1962-1967) (Real Gone Music)

12 November 2019

Sublime soul instrumentals, from “Green Onions” to “Hip Hug-Her.”

The Kinks, Arthur

The Kinks – Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (BMG/ABKCO)

6 November 2019

Ray Davies’ greatest concept album gets supersized.

Bakersfield

Various Artists – The Bakersfield Sound 1940-1974 (Bear Family)

21 October 2019

California’s honky-tonk hotbed gets a fascinating, sprawling survey.

Beatles

The Beatles – Abbey Road (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)

8 October 2019

The Fab Four’s final studio work gets a fancy makeover.

Corb Lund

Corb Lund – Cover Your Tracks (New West Records)

2 October 2019

AC/DC covers: The next big country trend?

Masquerade

mxmtoon – The Masquerade (House Arrest)

26 September 2019

Mxmtoon mixes crippling self-doubt and lilting melodies to endearing effect on her debut.

Jay Som – Anak Ko (Polyvinyl)

4 September 2019

Melina Duterte frets over friends and lovers on a bedroom-pop masterpiece.

Oh, Rose – While My Father Sleeps (Park the Van Records)

Oh, Rose – While My Father Sleeps (Park the Van Records)

31 August 2019

Olivia Rose taps into dark places of the soul with well-tuned empathy.