the Buzz for July 2nd, 2010



If this website’s statistics are correct — and I have no reason to believe they aren’t, though I’ll confess I haven’t independently verified to be true what follows — then you are currently reading the Buzz’s one hundredth record store report. It’s very difficult to comprehend that I’ve written a hundred of these already, but they say time flies when you’re having fun, alas. Check out who’s helping us pass the century mark this week:


For their latest project, the brand new double-disc set Staring Down the Brilliant Dream, those marvelous mavericks Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — better known as the Indigo Girls — have combed through the recordings of all their live shows from the past four years and compiled a collection of thirty-one of their favorite performances and moments. A handful of Indigo classics — “Closer to Fine” and “Shame On You,” among them — are included, although the gals largely (and admirably) choose to bypass the obvious hits and dig deeper into their discography to fill out this album. The results, at times, are plainly electrifying: “Moment of Forgiveness” (a gem from their overlooked 2002 record Become You) shines as a stripped-down acoustic ballad; newer staples like “Get Out the Map” and “Kid Fears” remain fabulous; and the brilliant Brandi Carlile considerably livens up a cover of
Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”