Robert Christgau http://kttz.org en Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary' http://kttz.org/post/album-review-runaways-diary 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. Our music critic, Robert Christgau, thinks she's never gotten that balance quite as right as she has on her new album, "Runaway's Diary."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RABBIT")<p>AMY LAVERE: (Singing) Old man, I hear they call you rabbit...<p>ROBERT CHRISTGAU, BYLINE: Louisiana-born Amy LaVere gets a lot of things done. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 45110 at http://kttz.org A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God http://kttz.org/post/tuneful-conversation-sometimes-distant-god The wry and tuneful Withered Hand is Dan Willson, a graphic artist from Edinburgh who drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager — but not, you get the feeling, with a satisfied mind. His moniker is a scriptural reference, and he named his 2009 debut <em>Good News</em>, one way Christians refer to the New Testament. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 41467 at http://kttz.org A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers http://kttz.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 40413 at http://kttz.org Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades http://kttz.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 34632 at http://kttz.org Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken http://kttz.org/post/sam-bakers-say-grace-once-beautiful-and-broken Sam Baker has a backstory that must be told. In 1986, at age 31, he was traveling by train in Peru when a bomb from the terrorist group Shining Path exploded right next to him. The little girl he'd been talking to was killed along with half a dozen others, and his own injuries required 18 operations. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 30487 at http://kttz.org Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken