Jack Logan & Bob Kimbell Woodshedding

While it might seem a bit more fashionable now for someone like Lambchop's Kurt Wagner to proudly say that (up until recently) he's kept his day job laying floors, credit should be given to Jack Logan for carrying the banner for every working guy out there making great and largely unheard music. It wasn't until the double-disc compilation of his home recordings, Bulk, that he got some attention in the early '90s, and it made him a bit of a novelty. Yet, that album epitomised the ennui of contemporary society as much as any punk album released during that time did, which undoubtedly explains why he was discovered and subsequently forgotten a few years later. That's what makes Woodshedding such a pleasant surprise. For one, it's a chance to catch up with Logan and his unique take on ramshackle roots-rock, but most of all the album shows that he continues to improve with seemingly every song he writes. Like Harvey Pekar's comic American Splendor, Logan's music is a diary of his life, one filled with realities we all face, but in Logan's voice they become heroic challenges. Although the album is being billed as a collaboration (their second), Logan dominates for the previously mentioned reasons and it should be essential listening for fans of his work. (Parasol)