Interview with I, Us & We

Hello Jordan, Evan, and Aaron.  What are the vibes like now just after the release of your alluring synth-pop/dream-pop EP Mono? The vibe for us at all times is creativity and forward motion.  As much as we love and are proud of what we have accomplished already with Mono, we are already working on our next piece to present. I’ve read your … [Read more...]

Tideland – Lull

In the current era of music revivalism, we’re awash in throwback bands – folk, dance-pop, post-punk, and others – all striving to reinvent the wheels upon which their respective genre’s forebears rode to prominence. Rather than trying to bring the past back to life in the modern era, Tideland tries to sound about two decades behind the times. That … [Read more...]

Emilíana Torrini – Tookah

Tookah follows 2008’s critically acclaimed Me And Armini. Emilíana Torrini has had a varied career in pop for more than a decade. She was once a member of the 90s indie art band Gus-Gus , she wrote Kylie Minogue's hit "Slow" and in the credits of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers you can hear her "Gollum's Song". It’s this sort of varied and … [Read more...]

Chris Abrahams – Memory Night

To fully appreciate Memory Night wait till it gets dark and find a field to lie in, get up on the roof of a derelict factory or sneak into a deserted theatre, plug your iPod into the PA and sit in the back row as the auditorium fills with the four dark unworldly soundscapes on Chris Abrahams’ third solo release on Room40. Abrahams has long … [Read more...]

Mwahaha – Mwahaha

So they’ve got a name that sounds silly or sinister depending how you say it. They’ve played at Warp Records’ SXSW showcase and collaborated with Tuneyards’ Merril Garbus on their debut album produced by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, WHY?). As an experimental avant-garde band, Mwahaha’s credentials are tight and this release on Plug Research is an expanded … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #2

All India Radio – Red Shadow Landing  Martin Kennedy, the creative, Australian maestro/spaceman behind long-running project All India Radio, touched down with Red Shadow Landing in October.  Martin is joined by Mark Wendt on bass, Kaz Seiger on keyboards, and Michael Evans-Barker on drums and percussion.  Like its predecessors, this album is a … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

The Twilight Sad – “Another Bed” video

This rather macabre video stars musician Stuart Warwick and was directed by Craig Murray.  Stuart takes on the role of a clerk in a video store (Remember what that is?) as the viewer follows him during his mundane daily grind and his disturbing after-hours activities, while laying bare the anomie at the heart of this solitary character.  In a store … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Album and 2 EPs

Tycho – Dive Ghostly International Dive was released on Ghostly International this past autumn and it’s the second album from Tycho, AKA Scott Hansen, a San Francisco-based graphic designer (with some assist on guitar and bass from Zac Brown, Matt McCord, and Dusty Brown).  After a teeth-grinding, eye-rolling day … [Read more...]

Q&A with Inca Gold

Hi guys! I’m thoroughly enjoying your first two EPs, Inca Gold I and Inca Gold II, which are part of a series of three EPs. Who’s in the band and what instruments do you play? How did you all meet up? We are Ezequiel Claverie (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards), Ben Chatwin (Guitars/Keyboards), Alex Lewis (Drums) & Chris Howarth (Bass). Alex: We … [Read more...]