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November 30, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Earlier this year, R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins and other admirers lent big-name credibility to this cult-hero singer-songwriter by recording his songs for a benefit tribute album. As intriguing as that collection was, Chesnutt's fifth album--his first for a major label--reminds us there's nothing like going to the source. "About to Choke" consists of elaborate kiss-offs, affectionate satires, gothic contemplations on decay and renewal and detailed accounts of painful trials.
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February 26, 2014 | By August Brown
Today's spur-sharp crop of young female country singers owes a lot to Lucinda Williams. Without Williams,  who in the late '80s and early '90s set the template for bourbon-slugging, disenchanted women in what came to be alt-country, there might not be a Kacey Musgraves, Caitlin Rose or Hurray for the Riff Raff as we know them today. As with most great country, the original article has gotten only better with time. On Tuesday night at the Echoplex, Williams continued her drolly titled “World Tour of Los Angeles” (which has included stops at the Troubadour, Glasshouse and other Southland venues)
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August 4, 1996 | Richard Cromelin, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
It's hard to imagine a greater compliment for a songwriter: some of the most popular and/or respected names in contemporary pop--including R.E.M., Madonna, Hootie & the Blowfish and the Smashing Pumpkins--each recording one of your songs for a charity album. If you're an obscure artist whose records have come out on a tiny independent label, the endorsement seems all the more genuine. And if the tribute coincides with your signing to a major label, you must feel utterly validated and confident.
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December 26, 2009 | Claire Noland
Vic Chesnutt, a singer-songwriter of spare, idiosyncratic folk songs tinged with melancholy, died Christmas Day in Athens, Ga., after taking an overdose of prescription muscle relaxants, a family spokesman said. He was 45. Chesnutt had been admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center on Wednesday and died surrounded by “devastated” friends and family, according to Jem Cohen , a filmmaker and friend who produced Chesnutt's 2007 album "North Star Deserter. " "This is not a story of a rock star being on heroin or even drinking themselves down," Cohen said Friday in an interview with The Times.
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November 20, 1998 | RICHARD CROMELIN
*** 1/2 Vic Chesnutt, "The Salesman & Bernadette," Capricorn. You find Elliott Smith too accessible? Well, there's always Vic Chesnutt. The trailer-park Leonard Cohen might get listener-friendly on his sixth album, dressing up his songs with touches of Southern soul and horn-spiked rock, but his music retains its tough core and its unique blend of tragedy and innocence. Chesnutt plays the Troubadour on Tuesday.
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November 22, 1992 | RICHARD CROMELIN and Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
* * * Vic Chesnutt, "West of Rome," Texas Hotel. The Georgia oddball's idiosyncrasies have been slightly reined in on his second album, but even with tasteful small-band settings (R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe produced again) and a sharper songwriting focus, Chesnutt is an acquired taste. A cynical innocent, he's alternately hilarious and haunting, malevolent and whimsical, and his strangled twang puts him up there with Cohen, Waits and Prine in the eccentric singers' hall of fame.
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November 29, 2009
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown The Happy Hollows One of Silver Lake's perennial almost-made-it indie rock acts wraps up its November residency at Spaceland, showcasing the spiraling post-punk guitar work and breakneck rhythms on the new full-length "Spells," all led by the feral charisma of frontwoman Sarah Negahdari. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. Mon., 8 p.m. Free. (323) 661-4380. Vic Chesnutt The singer-songwriter has capped a long and fruitful career with some of his best work yet on two collaborations with Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and members of Godspeed You!
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February 26, 2014 | By August Brown
Today's spur-sharp crop of young female country singers owes a lot to Lucinda Williams. Without Williams,  who in the late '80s and early '90s set the template for bourbon-slugging, disenchanted women in what came to be alt-country, there might not be a Kacey Musgraves, Caitlin Rose or Hurray for the Riff Raff as we know them today. As with most great country, the original article has gotten only better with time. On Tuesday night at the Echoplex, Williams continued her drolly titled “World Tour of Los Angeles” (which has included stops at the Troubadour, Glasshouse and other Southland venues)
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August 19, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Special to The Times
Even when Loudon Wainwright III was writing songs in his early 20s, many of his characters were already looking back wistfully at their younger days -- such as the protagonist of his 1970 recording "School Days," who begins his tale, "In Delaware when I was younger . . . " "They're songs written by a young man and originally recorded when he was a young man," says Wainwright, 61. "But now, tragically, I'm not a young man anymore, and I am singing...
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September 2, 2007 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
Vic CHESNUTT has some words of advice for young lovers in his song "You Are Never Alone." "It's OK, you can take a condom. It's OK, you can take a Valtrex," he sings on his forthcoming album "North Star Deserter." "It's OK, you can get an abortion and keep on keeping on." Chesnutt has a long history of morosely hilarious observations about love, sex and death. Yet "Deserter," which features Chesnutt backed by members of avant-garde orchestral collectives Godspeed You!
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2009
Pop & Jazz Previews by August Brown The Happy Hollows One of Silver Lake's perennial almost-made-it indie rock acts wraps up its November residency at Spaceland, showcasing the spiraling post-punk guitar work and breakneck rhythms on the new full-length "Spells," all led by the feral charisma of frontwoman Sarah Negahdari. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. Mon., 8 p.m. Free. (323) 661-4380. Vic Chesnutt The singer-songwriter has capped a long and fruitful career with some of his best work yet on two collaborations with Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and members of Godspeed You!
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August 19, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Special to The Times
Even when Loudon Wainwright III was writing songs in his early 20s, many of his characters were already looking back wistfully at their younger days -- such as the protagonist of his 1970 recording "School Days," who begins his tale, "In Delaware when I was younger . . . " "They're songs written by a young man and originally recorded when he was a young man," says Wainwright, 61. "But now, tragically, I'm not a young man anymore, and I am singing...
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September 2, 2007 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
Vic CHESNUTT has some words of advice for young lovers in his song "You Are Never Alone." "It's OK, you can take a condom. It's OK, you can take a Valtrex," he sings on his forthcoming album "North Star Deserter." "It's OK, you can get an abortion and keep on keeping on." Chesnutt has a long history of morosely hilarious observations about love, sex and death. Yet "Deserter," which features Chesnutt backed by members of avant-garde orchestral collectives Godspeed You!
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August 19, 2000 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Neither the Georgia cult figure's most accessible outing nor his most intoxicated, this brief set (just 33 minutes) has its share of melodic grandeur and verbal minefields. Both sad sack and smart aleck, Chesnutt sings with the exaggerated deliberation of a naughty kid in a choir, and while his anarchic tendencies are checked by his pals' firmly crafted piano/guitar folk-pop, it occasionally all hangs out. Chesnutt plays the Knitting Factory Hollywood on Sept. 4.
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November 20, 1998 | RICHARD CROMELIN
*** 1/2 Vic Chesnutt, "The Salesman & Bernadette," Capricorn. You find Elliott Smith too accessible? Well, there's always Vic Chesnutt. The trailer-park Leonard Cohen might get listener-friendly on his sixth album, dressing up his songs with touches of Southern soul and horn-spiked rock, but his music retains its tough core and its unique blend of tragedy and innocence. Chesnutt plays the Troubadour on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Earlier this year, R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins and other admirers lent big-name credibility to this cult-hero singer-songwriter by recording his songs for a benefit tribute album. As intriguing as that collection was, Chesnutt's fifth album--his first for a major label--reminds us there's nothing like going to the source. "About to Choke" consists of elaborate kiss-offs, affectionate satires, gothic contemplations on decay and renewal and detailed accounts of painful trials.
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June 2, 1990
I found it hard to believe that Don Drysdale, with years of baseball experience, would make the remark that he has always questioned the right of an umpire to put his hands on a ballplayer to prevent a scuffle, inasmuch as a player does not have the right to bodily contact the umpire. Surely Drysdale should be aware of the difference--the umpire is expected to maintain order on the field and if necessary to do so must restrain the player.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2009 | Claire Noland
Vic Chesnutt, a singer-songwriter of spare, idiosyncratic folk songs tinged with melancholy, died Christmas Day in Athens, Ga., after taking an overdose of prescription muscle relaxants, a family spokesman said. He was 45. Chesnutt had been admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center on Wednesday and died surrounded by “devastated” friends and family, according to Jem Cohen , a filmmaker and friend who produced Chesnutt's 2007 album "North Star Deserter. " "This is not a story of a rock star being on heroin or even drinking themselves down," Cohen said Friday in an interview with The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1996 | Richard Cromelin, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
It's hard to imagine a greater compliment for a songwriter: some of the most popular and/or respected names in contemporary pop--including R.E.M., Madonna, Hootie & the Blowfish and the Smashing Pumpkins--each recording one of your songs for a charity album. If you're an obscure artist whose records have come out on a tiny independent label, the endorsement seems all the more genuine. And if the tribute coincides with your signing to a major label, you must feel utterly validated and confident.
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