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  • SEVEN-YEAR ACHE
    -- Anya Kamenetz, The Village Voice, October 16 - 22, 2002

    New Orleans is a fine place to become someone else, or to luxuriate in obscurity of your own making. Mike West and Myshkin have done both in their time. As husband and wife, they were acoustic iconoclasts, nearly lost in the brassy blare of New Orleans's cash-money genres... click here for remainder of review

  • SOUTHERN FOLK
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    Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune, Lagniappe 08/16/02

    Mike West admits to a certain fascination with the "labyrinth of Southern politics." In the decade since he settled in New Orleans' 9th Ward, the native of Australia has navigated that socio-political labyrinth at its most grassroots level: By spending weeks on end traveling from one Deep South watering hole to the next, spinning a mix of folk and bluegrass, his own take on Americana...
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    MIKE WEST - NEW SOUTH

    -- Jes Burns, Where Y'at, August 2002

    So I was lying in bed last night after a long evening at work, relaxing, unwinding and sweating in my three-fan non-air conditioned room and listening to New South, the most recent release from Mike West. 'Round about track number six, I began to hear this scratching noise near the ceiling... click here for remainder of review

  • MIKE WEST - ODDITIES & RARRITIES
    -- Dan Willging, Offbeat Magazine, February 2002
    Ofentimes a record with the buzzwords Oddities and Rarities emblazoned in the title is another excuse for an artist's flock to prove they're not only ardent but anal completists as well. In the case of gonzo Ninth-Ward hillbilly Mike West, this is hardly another offering of throw away out takes and b-sides... click here for remainder of review

  • WILD WEST
    -- Bunny Matthews, OffBeat Magazine, March 2001
    Home is, of course, where the heart is. In the case of nouveau hillbilly multi-insturmentalist Mike West, home is "Da Nint' Ward" and Home is the title of his sixth CD, co-produced by West and his heart's desire, songstress wife Myshkin... click here for remainder of review

  • MIKE WEST - Home
    -- Dan Willging, Offbeat Magazine, March 2001
    As with any progressing songwriter, their material over time becomes deeper and more thought provoking relative to earlier work. Such is the case with Mike West's Home ... click here for remainder of review
  • MIKE WEST: Home
    City Life #419, Nov - Dec 2000
    Home is a problematic concept. Australian-born Mike West called Levenshulme his home during his time as frontman of The Man From Del Monte (powerpop contenders during the Stone Roses era) and has subsequently lived in Texas and New Orleans... click here for remainder of review

  • Mike West 16 Easy Songs for Drill and Banjo
    -- Dirty Linen, December '99/January '00 #85
    Mention the name Mike West in New Orleans and you're likely to get smirks, rolling eyes and even heads shaking in disbelief. West warrants all that, which makes him one of the wackiest, most demented people ever to play acoustic music... click here for remainder of review

  • MIKE WEST - 16 EASY SONGS FOR DRILL & BANJO
    -- Mike Butle, Rock'n'Reel, UK, Autumn '99
    A maverick talent, West comes across as the bastard child of Uncle Dave Macon and Tom Lehrer. This may surprise those who only know him for the jangly teen anthems of The Man From DelMonte... click here for remainder of review

  • THE METAMORPHOSIS OF MIKE WEST
    Mike Butler tracks down Mike West, ex-Man from Del Monte, to a levee in New Orleans
    from The Big Issue In The North, June 1999, Great Britain
    It seems laughable that Mike West ever worried that he was not as pretty as Ian Brown.
    Back in the early Nineties, only the Stone Roses challenged the regional dominance of the Man From Del Monte, Manchester's archetypal jangly beat combo. One of the more unlikely reinventions of recent history concerns West's metamorphosis from androgynous pop tart (inseparable from his cocker-spaniel, Roger), to grizzled, left field American troubadour. His powers of observation, and slightly camp persona, seem to have survived the makeover... click here for remainder of review
 

 

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