Archive for the 'The AD Interview' Category

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“I had a little bit of a crisis,” songwriter M.C. Taylor jokes. Arriving in Asheville, North Carolina, where Taylor performed earlier this month with members of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. as a tribute to his departed friend Jason Molina, he realized that his denim jacket wouldn’t cut it against the Southern January chill. […]

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

As El Nino rolled into Southern California in the summer of 1997 it pushed two friends, Brent Rademaker and Chris Gunst, to escape Los Angeles. Frequent trips to Joshua Tree were coupled with crashes at Gunst’s parents home to float in their pool and stare at the desert’s night skies. In the midst of this […]

Monday, November 4th, 2013

In early 2013, Jared Cheek and Jason Nickey came across a weird little record while working at the Bloomington, Indiana record shop, Landlocked Music. Titled It’s Time, the 1977 LP featured a black-and-white image of the man responsible for all the sounds within, songwriter Don Muro, surrounded by various synths and audio gear. “Looking at […]

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

It was somehow agreed upon during my conversation with William Tyler that he would do the transcribing – the difficult, tedious part – and I would write the intro. This is consistent with William’s character: he is the classic overachiever. Add him to any band – even great ones, like Silver Jews, Lambchop, or Yo […]

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Gary Numan was 20 years old when Tubeway Army’s self-titled record dropped in 1978 and launched a career that became very successful, very quickly. Over the past 35 years, Numan’s influence on the shape of electronic music has only grown, casting a heavy shadow over 80s and 90s synth and industrial music. Carrying into the […]

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The Men rarely subjugate themselves to any neat genre filing system, essentially daring record store clerks to stock an acoustic record, entitled Campfire Songs, in punk bins. And while no one will actually fight over where the band’s varied output should sit, there’s two things that are becoming increasingly clear concerning the (present) quintet. First […]

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

“The sound is good… the sound is modern and old fashioned. The melodies are very nice melodies, so because of this, everybody had some kind of…. nostalgia.” That’s how Hailu Mergia describes the sound of his album Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument, the most recent release on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. In short, […]

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The sound of Califone has always been tattered: Delta blues grafted to clattering, deconstructed rock ‘n’ roll, synths hovering over buzzing, droning strings. It’s a patchwork of ideas held together by the worn voice of songwriter/sole constant Tim Rutili. But in the case of Stitches, the group’s first proper LP since 2009’s All My Friends […]

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Van Dyke Parks is a true conversationalist. He speaks in fluid lines, quickly but with great care devoted to each word. At the moment, the producer, songwriter, and arranger — who’s worked for Disney, crafted teenage symphonies to God with Brian Wilson, and arranged strings for everyone from Joanna Newsom to Skrillex – is elucidating […]