Annie Automatic – “Call Me Crazy”

French and company are back with the lead-off single from their upcoming EP titled Songs From The Center.  The L.A.-based alt-rock band released rockin’ debut album Don’t Look Down in the summer of 2011, but this new song showcases Annie Automatic’s softer and sweeter side.  While “Call Me Crazy” is definitely a 180 from the rock format, it’s just … [Read more...]

Ruby Throat – O’ Doubt O’ Stars

The U.K.-based, alt-folk noir pair of KatieJane Garside and Chris Whittingham is back with a third album of sonically subtle, yet emotionally acute reflections and reveries.  The minimal arrangements of Chris’s guitar-craft and KatieJane’s airy, imploringly wistful vocals give the evocative (sometimes bleakly, sometimes hopefully) lyrics maximum … [Read more...]

Ruby Throat – “Barebaiting”

KatieJane Garside and Chris Wittingham of Ruby Throat both appear in the second video that Chris directed for a song off the duo’s sophomore album Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird.  Chris trades the diaphanous images of “In the Arms of Flowers”, the first video he directed, for the inky black and sunlight-white visuals of “Barebaiting”.  The tap of … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Three Albums

Smoke Fairies - Ghosts V2 Records http://smokefairies.com/ Smoke Fairies is the London-based duo of Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies and the U.S.-only release Ghosts compiles their first two singles and an EP into a 9-song disc of hauntingly stark and beautiful noir alt-folk tunes that revolve around the gals’ ethereal to earthy dual … [Read more...]

Ruby Throat – “In the Arms of Flowers”

Chris Wittingham, one half of Ruby Throat, has applied his talent to directing a video for “In the Arms of Flowers” off of the duo’s sophomore album Out of a Black Cloud Came a Bird and it features KatieJane Garside, the other half of Ruby Throat, and a brief glimpse of Chris in shirtsleeves, vest, and hat. Chris captures the ephemeral … [Read more...]

Interview with Ruby Throat

Hello Katie Jane and Chris!  I am so thrilled to be doing this interview with you.  Ruby Throat’s debut album The Ventriloquist and second album Out Of A Black Cloud Came A Bird are hauntingly delicate and achingly disquieting masterworks of heart-rending suffering and exquisite beauty.  Can you go into some details about the differences between … [Read more...]

Short Takes

Little Boots – Hands Warner Bros Step aside Lady Gaga, Kylie, and Annie while Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh, former lead singer in the band Dead Disco) delivers a big dance-pop kick on the album Hands, due Stateside on March 2nd.  Already out in the U.K., the platter is an ear-pleasing delight of supremely melodic, immediately appealing, … [Read more...]

Interview with Saint Bernadette – Part 1

In mid-December I met up with Keith Saunders (guitarist, backing vocalist), Meredith DiMenna (vocalist), and Joe Novelli (slide guitarist) of Saint Bernadette at a church before the band’s show at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  We chatted in-depth about their new album Cover Thy Neighbor, their blues-based, rock and alt-folk sound, … [Read more...]

Interview with Saint Bernadette – Part 2

DOA:  Now, Keith, you do backing vocals also for at least one of the EPs. There’s a lot of your backing vocals on I Wanna Tell You Something. Keith:  Yep, we like to have this format in the band where we’ve got a female singer and a male back-up singer.  It’s a little bit of a role reversal from the more traditional set-up of a male vocalist and … [Read more...]

Bob Log III – My Shit is Perfect

It's been six years since Bob Log III has released an album. That's nearly unheard of in today's churn 'em out at least once a year pace, but as Log points out with his album title, it takes some time to get it right. That's not to say the one man band has been sitting at home fretting over perfecting each note. This guy tours relentlessly, often … [Read more...]