Robert Christgau http://ripr.org en Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary' http://ripr.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 20:44:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 34249 at http://ripr.org Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers http://ripr.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 30074 at http://ripr.org Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken http://ripr.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 20:53:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 20723 at http://ripr.org Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths http://ripr.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 15214 at http://ripr.org Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone http://ripr.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 19:52:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 14451 at http://ripr.org Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal http://ripr.org/post/jonny-fritz-country-jester-gets-personal <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2_RIg0vZPQ</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:16:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 14228 at http://ripr.org Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind http://ripr.org/post/homeboy-sandman-rapper-leaves-law-behind The bare facts of Homeboy Sandman's back story don't sound very hip-hop: prep school in New Hampshire, Ivy League B.A., even some pieces for The Huffington Post. But, as is often the case with class and race in America, bare facts don't tell the whole story.<p>Sandman's Dominican-born father was a gifted heavyweight who quit boxing to become a lawyer. His Puerto Rican mom graduated from college around the time her son was winning his third scholarship, this time to law school. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Robert Christgau 1567 at http://ripr.org Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind