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Re: “Your Daily Lick: The Jonah Kit

I suspect that this need, for a substrata of the population to compare to Dylan every singer-songwriter with balls hanging between his legs and an acoustic guitar hanging from his neck, is a virulent strain of cultural rigor mortis. Someone unusual surfaces, writes and sings original songs that are funny, serious, entertaining, and moving, and the vampires come out of their creaking coffins to tell the rest of us that there is no escape from cliche, that singers who stray from the accepted norm should be discouraged because the sound of their "off-key" voices will cause hacks everywhere to turn away. Dylanesque. Is that like Romanesque? Burlesque? Ridiculous? Jonah Watchman is an artist. We should be grateful he performs for little thanks and even less remuneration. His band-mates, Taylor Still and Dave Herman, are musicians. Together they created one of the most original and thoroughly American albums recorded this year. They deserve better than a three sentence put-down in a weekly that rarely rises above fishwrap quality. As for Bob, he's so Dylanesque that he's become a caricature of himself and he wanders the underworld troubling the sleeping minds of music aficionados everywhere. Bless his restless soul.

Posted by brendan on 12/30/2008 at 5:48 PM

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