guitars | DOA - Part 2

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [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...]

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...]

Interview with New Politicians

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Heya Renal, Gian, Winston, and Chris!  It’s so cool to have this opportunity to ask you all a bunch of questions about your post-punk sound, new EP Drag A City, and how your musical future is shaping up.  How is everything going for you right now? Hey Jen, we’re excited for the opportunity as well. Everything is going well in our camp. We’ve … [Read more...]

Bernard Butler as Trans releases EP on Rough Trade

As Rough Trade so succinctly puts it: "TRANS ‘Trans Red’ is the first of a series of EPs released through Rough Trade digitally and on limited edition 12” vinyl. TRANS is Bernard Butler, Jackie McKeown, Igor Volk, and Paul Birchers. TRACK LISTING: Rock Steady Jubilee Building No. 8 Dancing Shoes AN IMPROVISED GROUP 355 first idea … [Read more...]

Interview with The Stargazer Lilies

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Hi Kim and John!  It’s quite a delight to chat with you about your new band and upcoming debut album We Are The Dreamers.  You’re no strangers to the music scene, since you were both integral members of the dream-pop band Soundpool.  What’s the reason behind your move from Soundpool to The Stargazer Lilies? John:  Hi Jen, the pleasure is ours! … [Read more...]

Interview with Said The Whale

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Hi Tyler!  It’s such a pleasure to touch base with you about your band’s super-enjoyable new album Hawaiii, out on Hidden Pony Records.  What’re the vibes like right now for you and your bandmates?  Where are you in the midst of your East Coast, USA tour? You're catching me in Virginia Beach, VA. Good vibrations at the moment! We're all excited … [Read more...]

Q&A with Tunabunny

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Hi Brigette, Mary Jane, Scott, and Jesse!  Congrats on your 3rd and latest album, Genius Fatigue, which is out on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records.  I heard you’ve got a U.K tour coming up ASAP.  How is that looking and what are the essentials that you’ll be packing for this trip? Toothbrushes n undies. Also, a camping towel, umbrella and the … [Read more...]

Mickey Hart Band – Superorganism

Mickey Hart Band - Superorganism

Mickey Hart, drummer extraordinaire of the Grateful Dead, kicks it old school and new on his latest album Superorganism, collaborating with such talents as fellow Grateful Dead member Robert Hunter (lyricist), Sikiru Adepoju (percussionist), Crystal Monee Hall (singer), Joe Bagale (singer and multi-instrumentalist), Greg Schutte (drummer), Gawain … [Read more...]

Q&A with The Cannanes

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Hello Frances!  It’s so good to be able to touch base with you about your recent Small Batch EP and catch up on how you and Stephen are doing.  You’ve been going at it for a long while, first forming The Cannanes in 1984 and then segueing through various incarnations of the band to your current duo status.  What was the spark that ignited your … [Read more...]