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Alex V. Cook is an author, journalist and music critic living Baton Rouge, LA. His work has appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, DownBeat, Paste Magazine, Hails and Horns and The Wire, and his first collection of essays Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Culture was published by Side Cartel in 2006.

He is the music editor for, editor for Sweet Tooth, and a frequent contributor to 225 Magazine, OffBeat and Country Roads.

He is a founding contributor to the Badasses of Contemporary Composition blog.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Greatest Washboard Solo ever Committed to Tape

And I can say this with some authority, being a Louisiana boy who has experienced many a scritchy-scratchy moment at even more sweaty outdoor zydeco concerts.

Back in January, I went to see the North Mississippi All-Stars at SoGo, and during the second blistering set (these guys don't really do it for me on record, but are stupid crazy good live, and I don't mean by usual jam standards of "sounding good when you are high" sounding good. I mean, they totally rock out, cock out and all) , Luther put down his guitar and took to the drums, while brother Cody hooked a washboard to a tangled effects pedal board and basically opened up a god's eye of racket, turning what at first seemed a brave step past "extended drum solo" in the annals of Concert Tediousness into the kind of feral cosmology I look to the Boredoms and and The Stooges and Albert Ayler for.

The whole concert is available on SoGo's media page for download (Attention bands and nite-klubs of planet Earth. Please start doing this. We will all love you long time for it) but, here is what Buddha's washbord sounds like when he makes Jimi Hendrix play it to enetrtain the troops in Purgatory :

Scritchy-schratchy-boom-the universe explodes


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