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Ken Shimamoto
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Writer, occasional guitarist, and unreconstructed music geek.
Writer, occasional guitarist, and unreconstructed music geek.

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6.22.2018, Fort Worth
These days, it takes a lot to get my lazy ass out of the house. But when three bands I want to see are playing at our old stomping grounds Lola's Saloon , I can make an exception. Lola's, of course, is Brian Forella's  successor to the late, lamented Wreck ...
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Deep Ellum, 6.18.2018
My first visit to Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions  -- the Stefan Gonzalez -curated evening of creative music that goes down at RBC  (the acronym stands for "Rhythm Beats Culture," he room formerly known as the Red Blood Club and before that, a friend informs...
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The Blankz's "White Baby"
Hardcore (in both senses) record buyers dig their seven-inches. Just think of the L.A. supergroup Off! starting their career with four EPs. Now, Phoenix-based punkeroos the Blankz are going them one better, kicking off their run with a planned series of nin...
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Things we like: Sturgill Simpson, FZ, Courtney Barnett
1) It appears the universe doesn't want me listening to CDs. The player in my car -- which had become my "deep listening space" over the last few years -- went Tango Uniform the other day, after refusing to reject The Young Mothers' CD I'd been listening to...
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Volur, The Dark Red Seed, Hekate
Although new to me, Prophecy Productions , the German label that released the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices album I reviewed last month -- has been around since 1996. Originally intended for a single release by the band Empyrium, the label has enjoyed hug...
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5.17.2018, Deep Ellum
It had probably been close to a decade since the last time I set foot in bustling Deep Ellum, but when I saw The Young Mothers were stopping by RBC  -- the acronym stands for "Rhythm, Beats, Culture" (formerly the Red Blood Club), tucked behind a burger joi...
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The Cleveland Steamers' "Best Record Ever"
A married-couple-fronted rockaroll band (shades of Blondie, X, and Dead Moon) named after a railway mechanics' bowling team, Cleveland Steamers  convened in 2011 as the final project of terminally ill Clevo punk muso Lair Matic. Since frontwoman Meredith Ru...
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The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices' "BooCheeMish"
Back in the "world music"-obsessed mid-'80s, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares  -- a Swiss musicologist's recording of Bulgarian folk songs, sung by the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Voice Choir -- made a splash on the Western pop scene when reissu...
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The Nels Cline 4's "Currents, Constellations"
Besides holding down the lead guitar chair in Wilco (with whom his "Impossible Germany" solo surely ranks among the great rock rides -- sort of a "Marquee Moon"-meets-"Hotel California"), Nels Cline  continues to refine the art of jazz guitar. Since teaming...
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Dennis Gonzalez's "Star System Compositions"
Best known as a musician, Dallas-based Renaissance man Dennis Gonzalez  is also a gifted visual artist, and sometimes his various creative endeavors cross over. A couple of years ago, a gallery in my neighborhood presented his works on paper under the rubri...
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