Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Current media sensation Lana Del Rey just released her fatalistically-titled album Born To Die at the end of January and she’s riding high on a lively worldwide wave of hype and backlash, with her album debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart and at #1 on the U.K., Irish, and French charts. Contrary to the reactionary rumors found online, … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Soundtrack, 2 EPs, and 1 Album

The Chemical Brothers – Hanna soundtrack Relativity Music Group The 20 songs of this film soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers may seem like plenty, but some numbers are constructed as “joining segments” that exist between the fully-developed songs and, as such, they barely register because of … [Read more...]

Interview with Princess Chelsea

Hello Princess Chelsea – Your debut album Lil’ Golden Book in on the New Zealand label Lil Chief Records and is out in the U.S. on September 6th. Has it been released already in other countries or online? At the moment those are the two official release dates. However, fans from other countries can purchase the album online direct from Lil' … [Read more...]

Interview with Sarah Nixey

Hello Sarah! It’s such a delight to be doing this interview with you. It must be an exciting time for you now, with the release of your latest album Brave Tin Soldiers on May 9th. Is your album only available in the U.K. now or has it been released “universally” (i.e., in downloadable format)? Hello there. I'm so pleased to say that my new … [Read more...]

Kathryn Williams – Relations

Indie-folk, singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams released this self-produced album of covers this past autumn on One Little Indian. Kathryn has a light, warm touch where the bittersweet to melancholic lyrics of other artists turn sweeter and hopeful, and the resulting batch of songs is pleasant, but lightweight in tone.  Spare, picked acoustic guitar … [Read more...]

Bird Call – The Animals Know EP

Singer-songwriter Chiara Angelicola is Bird Call and this 6-song EP was produced by Joel Hamilton (Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, The Black Keys) and self-released in September.  Chiara formed the band Morning Theory in 2002 and has performed in various duos and as a solo artist under her own name, releasing Masquerade in 2008. Chiara’s musical and … [Read more...]

Chatelaine – Take A Line For A Walk

Toni Halliday, best known as the glacially cool and menacingly seductive singer of U.K. dream-rock band Curve (alongside musical mastermind Dean Garcia) in the 1990s to 2000s, has resurfaced at long last in the form of Chatelaine.  The debut album Take a Line for a Walk was released this past June, capping off a 3-years-in-the-making musical … [Read more...]

Purest Spiritual Pigs – Body Misses

Purest Spiritual Pigs is a collaborative multimedia project from artist Helena Thompson (formerly of band Her Majesty The Baby) and the collective’s most recent release is Body Misses which includes 6 new tracks as well as 5 tunes off a previous EP.  The album is self-released on Clandestine Works Records and is also being distributed by Shinto … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Three Albums

Club 8 – The People’s Record Labrador Records Johan Angergård is a musical multi-tasker extraordinaire – as head of Labrador Records in Sweden and as a member of the bands Acid House Kings, Club 8, and The Legends.  Club 8 is actually a duo consisting of Johan and vocalist Karolina  Komstedt (formerly of Poprace) and … [Read more...]

Interview with Bird Call

Hello Chiara!  It’s so wonderful to be doing this interview with you.  I’m really enjoying your new EP, The Animals Know, which was released in September.  You’ve been performing for a while now, starting out in California with the band Morning Theory in 2002, and currently in Brooklyn, NY as a solo artist under the name Bird Call. As Bird … [Read more...]