Artists On Albums: AOA#34 (Yo La Tengo’s James McNew on Seizure)

James McNew (Yo La Tengo and Dump) on… Chris Knox’s Seizure (Flying Nun Europe, 1989) In the late 80s, Homestead Records released domestic versions of several records originally issued on the Flying Nun label from New Zealand.  It was the way I (and lots of people) first heard The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, and the Tall Dwarfs. I … [Read more...]

Orcas – Orcas

Thomas Meluch and Rafael Anton Irisarri already have pretty good things going with their main musical endeavors - the gauzy ambient folk of Benoît Pioulard, and the sometimes techno-baiting, amorphous ambient shapes of The Sight Below. Despite differences in approach, both exude a certain mood that end users could lump together - a shared … [Read more...]

Lali Puna – Our Inventions

It’s been six years since Lali Puna’s last release, 2004's Faking The Books, but these Weilheim, Germany experimental electronic artists have been dabbling in a surrealistic blend of electronica, indie and pop since their 1999 debut Tridecoder. Steering away from the more guitar-driven Faking The Books and turning more towards the bubbly … [Read more...]

múm – Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know

Over the years, Icelandic experimental musical collective múm (pronounced "moom") have seen a revolving door of musicians and singers, and they are a few years removed from the imaginative, crackling electronic fairy tales of their first two excellent albums, Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (2000) and Finally We Are No One (2002). And while … [Read more...]