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The Big Takeover Issue #94

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.

METZ – Up on Gravity Hill (Sub Pop)

12 April 2024

“I’m wound so tight my head could pop,” sings Alex Edkins.

Laetitia Sadier – Rooting for Love (Drag City)

23 February 2024

The elegant Stereolab singer continues her restless quest.

Bob Dylan – The Complete Budokan 1978 (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings)

20 November 2023

Dylan in Tokyo, reimagining the canon.

The Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)

15 November 2023

The Fab Four, reconfigured once again.

IAN SWEET – SUCKER (Polyvinyl Records)

2 November 2023

Jilian Medford plunges headlong into desperate longing and crushing heartache.

Elvis Presley – Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (RCA Records / Legacy Recordings)

11 August 2023

The King in all his glory, before the fall.

Marshall Crenshaw – Field Day (Yep Roc Records)

16 July 2023

A garage-pop genius steps out of line.

Brigid Mae Power – Dream from the Deep Well (Fire Records)

30 June 2023

Mesmerizing Irish folk music, dressed up for today.

Shana Cleveland – Manzanita (Hardly Art)

10 March 2023

The leader of La Luz pivots from groovy psychedelia to unplugged strangeness.

Elvis Presley – Elvis on Tour (RCA/Legacy Recordings)

18 January 2023

The King struts his stuff on big stages and goes small behind the scenes.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

21 November 2022

Jimi on the cusp of change, testing the boundaries of stardom.

Beatles

The Beatles – Revolver Special Edition (Super Deluxe) (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)

28 October 2022

A Fab Four masterwork, refurbished and expanded.

Roger Miller

Roger Miller – Roger and Out and 11 Other Albums (Capitol Nashville / UMe)

30 September 2022

An underrated Nashville genius takes the spotlight in a dozen reissues.

Spacemoth

Spacemoth – No Past No Future (Wax Nine / Carpark Records)

29 July 2022

Scruffy synths and existential despair add up to a mesmerizing debut.

JD McPherson

JD McPherson – The Warm Covers EP, Vol. 2 (New West)

6 June 2022

An electrifying performer tackles rock’n’soul classics from Iggy Pop to Irma Thomas.

Weird Nightmare

Weird Nightmare – Weird Nightmare (Sub Pop)

20 May 2022

The fiery METZ frontman edges out of his comfort zone.

Renata Zeiguer

Renata Zeiguer – Picnic in the Dark (Northern Spy)

12 April 2022

Peerless dream pop from a Filipino-Argentinian magician.

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding – Warm Chris (4AD)

25 March 2022

Sly folk-pop trickster from New Zealand plays intriguing head games.

Left Banke

The Left Banke – Strangers on a Train (Omnivore Recordings)

25 February 2022

Glimmers of baroque pop brilliance, decades after “Walk Away Renee.”

Connie Smith

Connie Smith – The Latest Shade of Blue: The Columbia Recordings 1973-1976 (Bear Family)

20 January 2022

A country legend rolls with changing times and reaffirms her greatness.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker – Bird in LA (Verve)

14 December 2021

Have alto sax, will amaze: genius at work.

Elvis Back in Nashville

Elvis Presley – Elvis: Back in Nashville (RCA/Legacy Recordings)

15 November 2021

The King circa ‘71, still in fine voice, at a creative crossroads.

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – The Future (Stax)

8 November 2021

A big voice infuses old soul sounds with modern urgency.

La Luz

La Luz – La Luz (Hardly Art)

25 October 2021

A pastel psychedelic haze, seasoned with notes of modern angst.

Beatles

The Beatles – Let It Be Special Edition (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)

18 October 2021

The long and winding road of the Fab Four’s most troubled album.

R&B in D.C.

Various Artists – R&B in D.C. (1940-1960) (Bear Family)

23 September 2021

Soulful stars and wannabes, from Lloyd Price and The Clovers to Baby Dee and TNT Tribble.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings)

21 September 2021

Dylan chases inspiration every which way, never pausing to rest.

Booker T.

Booker T. & the MG’s – The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (1968-1974) (Real Gone Music)

3 September 2021

Elegant instrumental gems from the impeccably funky Memphis quartet.

Country Funk

Various Artists – Country Funk Volume III (1975-1982) (Light in the Attic Records)

9 August 2021

Country cousins take a snort of disco and funk. Get out on the floor!

Los Lobos

Los Lobos – Native Sons (New West Records)

30 July 2021

A Los Angeles institution crafts affectionate covers of hometown faves.

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus – Home Video (Matador)

2 July 2021

A journey through the past stirs up heavy memories.

Juana Molina

Juana Molina – Segundo (Crammed Discs)

11 June 2021

A 2000 psychedelic gem from Argentina resurfaces in the material world.

Bachelor

Bachelor – Doomin’ Sun (Polyvinyl Record Co.)

28 May 2021

Jay Som + Palehound = a gentle, idiosyncratic gem.

Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White – Smoke from the Chimney (Easy Eye Sound)

11 May 2021

The Swamp Fox receives a thoughtful assist from Dan Auerbach.

Tune-Yards

Tune-Yards – sketchy. (4AD)

31 March 2021

Merrill Garbus mixes itchy music and restless social commentary to spark a revolution of the mind.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan – 1970 (Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings)

10 March 2021

Copyright protection produces more enticing revelations from Bob’s endless back pages.

Lael Neale

Lael Neale – Acquainted with Night (Sub Pop)

23 February 2021

Stark, confessional tunes plus Omnichord equal unsettling intimacy.

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield – The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 (Real Gone Music)

16 February 2021

A British pop great teams up with American producers to make timeless music.

Richard Hell

Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Destiny Street Complete (Omnivore)

3 February 2021

An underrated album from a Big Apple provocateur gets refurbished.

Iggy Pop

Iggy and the Stooges – From KO to Chaos (Skydog)

20 January 2021

James Osterberg through the years, profound and profane.

Staple Singers

The Staple Singers – Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection (Craft Recordings)

31 December 2020

Gospel titans rock the house with spirit and soul, and everyone’s invited.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker – The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Craft)

11 December 2020

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and friends make beautiful, exotic noise.