Artists On Albums: AOA#40 (Chris Eckman on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts)

Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts & Dirtmusic) on… Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire, 1981) As an echo of Brian Eno’s love of random gestures and creative accidents, I close my eyes and open my dog-eared copy of Nigerian author Amos Tutola’s 1950s novel My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and press my finger to the … [Read more...]

Rock Werchter (Belgium) 2014: A Look Ahead

Vampire Weekend playing Rock Werchters Main Stage at the 2013 edition.

The Line-up Ever since the addition of “The Barn”, Rock Werchter's third stage, in 2012, the festival seems to have made a rather drastic turn to please alternative music lovers. A decision frowned upon by many (mostly hard rock ) fans but economically speaking a great move to win over fans from their biggest Belgian competitor Pukkelpop. The move … [Read more...]

Exclusive Album Stream of Made Of Stars by Strata Florida (Louise Trehy of 1990s 4AD duo Swallow)

Louise Trehy of Strata Florida

Louise Trehy is back at long last with a spectacular new album that channels the dreamy bliss and noisy distortion of the best of the 1990s U.K. dream-pop and shoegazer bands.  Fans of Kate Bush, Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins, B’linda Butcher/My Bloody Valentine, Miki Berenyi/Emma Anderson/Lush, and Toni Halliday/Curve will not only be enthralled … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Alcest - Shelter

Alcest – Shelter The French, post-black metal duo of Neige and Winterhalter has released its 4th studio album and it’s a shoegazer genre-inspired beauty that cuts ties with Alcest’s original post-black metal sound.  Gone are the occasional rapid-fire drum beats, slicing edge of the metal guitar blade, and Neige’s sometimes shouted out vocals.  … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#39 Andrew Kwasny of Elika on Architecture and Morality

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark - Architecture & Morality

Andrew Kwasny of Elika on… Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s Architecture & Morality (Virgin Records, 1981) I found Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark a little bit later in life. That’s not to say I didn’t know them. I was familiar with a handful of their hits; “So in Love,” “Electricity,” “Enola Gay,” and of course the young love … [Read more...]

Q&A with Elika

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Hello Brian and Evagelia!  It's great to be able to find out more about your band.  For those who don't know about you, who plays what instruments in the band?  Who is the songwriter/composer? Brian:  I play guitar and mix the records; Eva sings, plays drums and illustrates everything; Khaya holds down the low end and Andrew does a little bit of … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Tropic Of Cancer - Restless Idylls

Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls This much-anticipated debut album from Tropic Of Cancer (AKA Camella Lobo) was released in September on the Blackest Ever Black record label.  Camella’s occasionally compelling mix of the coldwave and goth genres, however, doesn’t quite gel on this album.  The problem is two-fold and involves the instrumental … [Read more...]

Best Songs of 2013

SPC ECO - "Delusional Waste"

I’m countin’ ‘em down like Casey “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" Kasem used to do on the music TV show America’s Top 10: 10.  SPC ECO – “Delusional Waste” Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and daughter Rose Berlin, creators of electro-ambient fantasias, approach justthissideofpop with their recent tune “Delusional … [Read more...]

Q&A with Traams

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Traams drummer Adam stopped what he was doing for a couple of minutes to answer a few questions. Some mention has been made about Traams coming from Chichester, which people that don't know the area seem to think is a quaint country village with one pub and no buses on Sundays. I lived on the south coast for several years and so won't go making … [Read more...]

Q&A with William Gruff

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Hi Matt!  I’m really enjoying all 6 songs on your band’s Binghamton EP which was released on October 12th.  Who is currently in the band and what do you each play? I play acoustic guitar, Vince Federici plays electric guitar, Charlie Heim is the drummer, Will Tobin is keys, and Julia Adamy is on the bass. I sing lead and everyone does backing … [Read more...]