Short Takes on 1 Album and 2 EPs

Tycho - Dive

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...]

Kramies – The European EP

Kramies - The European EP

Burgeoning lo-fi bedroom music projects are about as ubiquitous these days as the Kardashians – seemingly omnipresent whether you’re trolling Twitter, Wikipedia, or some hipster blog on Tumblr.  Kim and Chloe are a little bit more outlandish and erratic in their public lives than are the likes of Youth Lagoon of Memory Tapes though, and those … [Read more...]

Q&A with Paul Waclawsky of The Boxing Lesson


Hello Paul! How are you doing? I’m excited to find out more about you after catching your fantastic video for the slow-burning stunner “Muerta”, which I reviewed here at DOA. I’ve also had the chance to listen to the whole Muerta EP, which you released in the beginning of August on New Fortune Records. When did you first start up the band and have … [Read more...]

Interview with The Twilight Sad

Photo Credit: Nic Shonfeld, Brighton Marina

Hello James and Andy! It’s so wonderful to catch up with you between tours and before the release of your new album, No One Can Ever Know, in February 2012.  I would think that you can relax for a bit now, but based on your tweets, it sounds like you’re staying busy!  What is this about filming an acoustic session?  Have you been gathering footage … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

mr. Gnome - Madness In Miniature

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

The Twilight Sad – Acoustic EP

The Twilight Sad - Acoustic EP

The Twilight Sad released a stripped-down acoustic EP as a free download in the spring of this year and it showcases the strength of the band’s bleak, stark, vivid lyrics and James Graham’s richly disaffected, emotive vocals.  The songs on this acoustic EP originate from Forget the Night Ahead and The Wrong Car and are less overtly dramatic than … [Read more...]

The Boxing Lesson – “Muerta” video


“Muerta” by The Boxing Lesson is a grand, deliberately-paced slow-builder awash with bluesy slide guitar lines, deep, solemn organ notes, and tense, pained vocals from lead vocalist Paul Waclawsky. Paul’s lamenting vocals arc upwards in airy anguish, as he strings out the words “…waiting to die.”, backed by Jaylinn Davidson’s sweeter-toned vocals. … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Kennedy of All India Radio and Kilbey-Kennedy


Hello Martin! You’re no stranger to the DOA musical universe, where we’ve written reviews about your band/project All India Radio and your collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.  Since you reside in Australia, I was wondering how the weather was with you (kinda a Crowded House reference…). Here in Melbourne it can literally be four … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#23 (A.I.R.’s Martin Kennedy on Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror)

Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror

All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy on… Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (E.G. Records, 1980) Track 1. “First Light”. We all open beers as the song slowly fades in. The stunningly beautiful combination of Budd’s gentle piano arpeggio and Eno’s shimmering ambience manages to hush an otherwise boisterous group of … [Read more...]