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Down By The Old Mainstream

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Ill Fated
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Pecan Pie
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Yesterday Cried
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Glad And Sorry
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Won't Be Coming Home
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He's A Dick
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Walk Where He Walked
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Nowhere Bound
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Friend
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She Don't Have To See You
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Red Headed Stepchild
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Williamton Angel
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Radio King
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A lovable set of originals from a "stuporgroup" of musicians
2006 | Label: Ryko/Rhino

The call Jeff Tweedy received from a handful of Minneapolis pals in 1994, shortly after Tweedy’s band Uncle Tupelo had splintered, was a godsend. In the midst of picking up the pieces and putting together Wilco, Tweedy had the pleasure of convening in the studio with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy and others to record the full-length debut of Golden Smog, a self-described “stuporgroup” that had recorded a modest EP of covers… read more »

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Like most supergroup projects, Golden Smog’s Down By the Mainstream is a loose, relaxed affair that sounds like it was a lot of fun to record. Unlike most supergroups, the members of Golden Smog improve on their regular bands. Comprised of a number of alternative country-rock stars — including Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, and Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy — the musicians are releaxed and loose, giving the songs a raw, rootsy kick. Since the album wasn’t carefully considered, it has an offhand, relaxed charm that is sometimes lacking from Jayhawks and Soul Asylum albums. Not all of the songs are first rate — “Pecan Pie” and “Red Headed Stepchild” are a bit too cute to be effective — but the performances are full of grit and fire, which is what makes Down By the Mainstream such an engaging listen. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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