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Beyond Wine: Getting Back in the Saddle

Beyond Wine, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

Since my trip to Bordeaux in late February, the question on my mind has been when and how I could restart visits abroad. Five months later I ventured back into a new landscape when I drove to Chablis and found aspects that are reassuringly exactly the same and others that are different.

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Beyond Wine: Albums of the Month

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

In a change to our scheduled program, instead of a single album, such is the flurry of wonderful music popping up in an industry that badly needs support that this time around, I send several music recommendations Vinous readers’ way. When the world goes down the pan, it seems to stir creativity in any art form, not least music, which has helped me through the current crisis, as it has countless others. Now is a great moment to seek out new bands, particularly here in the UK, which seems to have rediscovered its musical mojo in 2020.

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Beyond Wine: Crate Digging: 10,000 Maniacs by In My Tribe (1987)

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

In My Tribe remains an important album for me. It brings back a lot of memories of growing up in my hometown. My social life might have revolved around clubbing and the exciting new sounds of techno, but when I got home, it was music like 10,000 Maniacs that I listened to.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Song For Our Daughter - Laura Marling

Beyond Wine, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2020

“Song About Our Daughter” is a triumph for an artist who has quietly gone about building a considerable profile. Deftly splicing Americana with English folk, “Songs For Our Daughter” might well be the high point on what is turning into one of the finest careers in recent years.

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Beyond Wine: Book Review of Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass

Beyond Wine

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2020

I will admit it, I am not impartial. Rush was a big part of my musical education. I remember one of my best friends in school handing me an album with a burning red star floating in a galaxy. It was, of course “2112.” The album opened to reveal a photo of the band dressed in what looked like satin cream and white kimonos, a look that was at once weirdly futuristic and ancient. The term “WTF” did not exist back then, but if it had, that’s exactly what I would have uttered. Then I put the record on the turntable, and my whole idea of what rock music could be changed. Forever. So, to say I am a huge Rush fan is an understatement.


Album Review of Off-Key in Hamburg - Father John Misty

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Apr 2020

If you have not discovered Father John Misty, I suspect you now have plenty of time to do so. “Off-Key in Hamburg” is available to download via Bandcamp and all proceeds go to the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of The Slow Rush - Tame Impala

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Mar 2020

“The Slow Rush” took five years to see the light of day, though Parker apparently recorded the tracks in a period of frenzied activity in recent months. The soundscape is so enormous that you almost have to listen to this hour-long opus in separate sittings.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu Somalia 1972-1991 - Various Artists

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) is a considerable achievement for Samy Ben Redjeb, and the mere fact that this compilation exists is thanks to people like Colonel Ali, who risked his life to protect the recordings for so many years.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of Penguin Eggs - Nic Jones

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

Penguin Eggs is easier to track down and currently the only one available on streaming services, although needless to say, only on vinyl does it sound magical, where you can hear the intricacies of his playing. No, it’s not the kind of music for everyone.

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Beyond Wine: Album Review of All Mirrors – Angel Olsen

Beyond Wine

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

All Mirrors is Angel Olsen’s best album in what has, until now, been a slow-burn career, evolving from her lo-fi roots to a cavernous, lush sound.