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The Big Takeover Issue #86

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.

Optic Sink

Optic Sink – Optic Sink (Goner)

26 October 2020

The best in Memphis synth-punk, direct from a crumbling future.

mxmtoon dusk

mxmtoon – Dusk (self-released)

20 October 2020

An introspective bedroom-pop star grows up gracefully.

Raymond Scott Big Band

The Raymond Scott Big Band – Hemidemisemiquaver: Buried Treasures of The Raymond Scott Big Band (Real Gone Music)

12 October 2020

An innovative maverick fires up his exhilarating 1940s big band.

Sad13 Sadie Dupuis

Sad13 – Haunted Painting (Wax Nine)

2 October 2020

The Speedy Ortiz leader uncorks a bracing solo effort.

Gillian Welch Lost Songs

Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2 (Acony Records)

25 September 2020

An Americana heroine serves up prime leftovers.

Monk Palo Alto

Thelonious Monk – Palo Alto (Impulse! Records/Legacy Recordings)

18 September 2020

The piano genius in fine form, direct from a high-school auditorium.

Whole New Mess

Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)

3 September 2020

An unsparing singer-songwriter gets back to basics, brilliantly.

Johnny Cash Mercury

Johnny Cash – The Complete Mercury Recordings 1986-1991 (Mercury/UMe)

29 July 2020

The Man in Black, looking back and still memorable.

Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks – Orange Crate Art (Omnivore)

13 July 2020

Two old masters take a leisurely stroll through an imaginary past.

Staples Family Tree

The Staple Singers/The Staples – Let’s Do It Again, Pass It On, Family Tree, Unlock Your Mind (Omnivore)

6 July 2020

The first family of gospel rolls with the times on four secular ‘70s albums.

Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power – Head Above the Water (Fire)

8 June 2020

A transfixing Irish singer crafts modern folk tales of vulnerability and strength.

Erroll Garner – Magician (Octave/Mack Avenue)

27 May 2020

Attention: Keyboard genius at work.

Joe Ely Pandemic

Joe Ely – Love in the Midst of Mayhem (Rack’em Records)

29 April 2020

A well-traveled Texas troubadour offers reassurance in tough times.

Locate S,1

Locate S,1 – Personalia (Captured Tracks)

17 April 2020

Christina Schneider takes a journey to the center of the mind.


The Claudettes – High Times in the Dark (Forty Below)

13 April 2020

A brash Chicago quartet turns modern anxiety into snappy entertainment.


Waxahatchee – St. Cloud (Merge)

1 April 2020

Katie Crutchfield delivers emotional shock therapy with devastating efficiency.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald – The Complete Piano Duets (Verve Records/UMe)

16 March 2020

Angelic singing plus timeless songs spells heavenly grace.


Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (ATO)

2 March 2020

Patterson Hood and company wrestle with despair over the state of the world today.

A Girl Called Eddy

A Girl Called Eddy – Been Around (Elefant)

26 January 2020

Missing-in-action pop royalty resurfaces with a sophomore masterpiece.

Los Lobos – Llegó Navidad (Rhino)

16 December 2019

Just Another Band from East L.A. unwraps a new holiday classic.

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.


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

21 October 2019

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


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?


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.