Robert Christgau http://kenw.org en Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary' http://kenw.org/post/album-review-runaways-diary <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Album+Review%3A+%27Runaway%27s+Diary%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Memphis singer songwriter Amy LaVere specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 42503 at http://kenw.org Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers http://kenw.org/post/album-review-english-oceans-drive-truckers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The band Drive-By Truckers are in their third decade playing alternative country music tinged with Southern pride. Critic Robert Christgau says they put out a great album in 2008 then hit a lull. But he says their latest album, out this week, is a true comeback.<p>ROBERT CHRISTGAU, BYLINE: I confess I had no idea what the title song of the Drive-By Truckers' "English Oceans" was about until I read the press kit. Oh, it's Mike Cooley's poetic take on how Republican operative Lee Atwater imagined the male, white, Southern psyche. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 38888 at http://kenw.org Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades http://kenw.org/post/latyrx-still-deft-and-defiant-after-two-decades <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsvEx3r_Uvs</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 34455 at http://kenw.org Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths http://kenw.org/post/aesop-rock-and-kimya-dawson-showcase-their-strengths <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q_7fT-vSXU</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:16:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 26498 at http://kenw.org Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone http://kenw.org/post/marc-ribot-isnt-trying-comfort-anyone After six years as a sideman for many soul veterans, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17083894/marc-ribot">Marc Ribot</a> made his name in 1985 with <em>Rain Dogs</em>, the album that marked <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15295750/tom-waits">Tom Waits</a>' permanent transition from eccentric singer-songwriter to truly weird singer-songwriter. Ribot has held down straight gigs since then, but his work has tended toward the avant-garde. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 25879 at http://kenw.org Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone