Author Archives: James Kaufholz

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

When you were young You were the king of carrot flowers And how you built a tower tumbling through the trees In holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet Hearing these opening lines to Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the … Continue reading

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Lou Reed: “Transformer”

Writing this feels very strange. The last time I wrote anything for Folkways was in September, 2010 when I reviewed Ryan Adams’ Cold Roses. For the heck of it, I revisited that review and was, frankly, heartbroken. At the time … Continue reading

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Ryan Adams – “Cold Roses”

Ryan Adams sings of North Carolina often. Seeing as Amy and I are only 90 days away from calling the state our home, Ryan Adams’ music, especially Cold Roses, has a new sweetness to it. When my brother sent me … Continue reading

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Chumbawamba – “The Boy Bands Have Won”

Yes, I’m talking about that Chumbawamba. Yes, the same band that gave us Tubthumping. Please, stay with me. I was introduced, or I should say reintroduced to Chumbawamba from my friend, Aaron. I’ll paraphrase the conversation with certain highlights: A: … Continue reading

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Quantic: “An Announcement to Answer”

I was introduced to Quantic at an interesting time. I was so heavily steeped in the modern day folk bands that I started forgetting there was anything else out there. With artists like Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens monopolizing … Continue reading

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The Black Keys: “Brothers”

I used to have a blog where I would share what I was listening to with anyone who happened to come across it. Though this was essentially no one, I still loved nothing more than talking about my current favorite … Continue reading

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