Interview with Madison

Hey there, Madison!  It sure is a treat to touch base with you about your latest EP, the catchy-as-all-get-out We’ve Been Nothing, which came out in early February.  It’s the 2nd of a run of 4 EPs that you’re releasing.  What’s the vibe like for you now and when are the 3rd and 4th EPs due?  For EP #3 the vibe is very happy, very FUN FUN FUN, … [Read more...]

Interview with Dangerous Muse

Hi Mike!  I’m so psyched ‘n’ enthused to be interviewing you regarding your electronic rock project Dangerous Muse.  It’s been a super-busy time for you since the release of Red this past November, the 1st of 3 EPs which will be compiled into your debut album.  What’s the vibe like for you now?  It's great to see how people are reacting to the … [Read more...]

Sarah Cracknell – Lipslide reissue

This past autumn saw the re-release of Saint Etienne chanteuse Sarah Cracknell’s 1997 solo album Lipslide in a 2-disc format.  The first CD contains the remastered (and reordered) tracks from the original album, while the second CD adds on various demos and previously unreleased material.  Sarah’s solo work is very much in line with Saint Etienne’s … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #3

Dangerous Muse – Red EP Electronic synth-pop artist Mike Furey, AKA Dangerous Muse, has been on the scene for a while, breaking through with MTV-approved “The Rejection” in 2006 and with an enticing video for “I Want It All” in 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN6sc-zpFL0).  Mike has released a string of singles and EPs, with 2 more EPs on … [Read more...]

Interview with Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne

  Hello Pete!  I’m absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to ask you a few questions about your spectacularly poptastic recent album Music and Words by Saint Etienne that has been out on Heavenly since May.  It’s a concept album and the ultimate fan love letter to pop music, where you hit the highlights of the soundtrack of our … [Read more...]

Saint Etienne – “I’ve Got Your Music” video

British nouveau-retro electronic-pop trio Saint Etienne is back after a 7-year hiatus with its 8th studio album, the descriptively bland, but aptly titled Words and Music by Saint Etienne.  Released in May on Heavenly Records, this concept album of melodic dance-pop and fleet disco beats contains lyrics that read like pages from an ultimate pop … [Read more...]

Screen Vinyl Image – Strange Behavior

Virginia-based husband and wife duo Jake and Kim Reid, alumni of Shoegazer/New Wave band Alcian Blue, released their debut Interceptors in 2009 and are back with this second album on Custom Made Music.  It’s quite fitting that they share a last name with the Reid brothers of Jesus And Mary Chain because the tunes on Strange Behavior are shot … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Album and 2 EPs

Tycho – Dive Ghostly International http://www.tychomusic.com/ 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...]

Nameless – “Angelina” video

In light of ‘the leg seen around the world’ at the Oscars, an overview of “Angelina” and its accompanying video by Paris-based pop-rock band, Nameless, seems opportune.  Whether or not this song is about Angelina Jolie (It’s more fun to imagine it is), it’s a supremely kicky, sticky piece of ear candy that deserves mention.  “Angelina” starts off … [Read more...]

Little Boots – “Shake”

Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, will be releasing her highly-anticipated sophomore electro-dance-pop album sometime this year and “Shake” is the first cut to make it out to the public.  It first appeared in remix form as part of the 39-minute-long “Shake Until Your Heart Breaks” (Who can resist a song title like that?), where Victoria remixed … [Read more...]