Archive for the 'The AD Interview' Category

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

As a conceptual artist, Ali Beletic seeks to make her art experiential, utilizing vast desert backdrops in the Mojave and Sonoran to continue the land art traditions of figures like Michael Heizer and Richard Long. Her installations exist as physical spaces, often massive and cinematic in scope, but still approachable, spaces for the viewer to be in […]

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In the early ’70s,  progressive rock band Träd, Gräs & Stenar emerged from the Swedish “New Left,” part of the counter cultural “music movement,” bearing a unique sound with elements of Swedish folk, Bay Area psychedelia, the minimalism of Terry Riley, gutsy American R&B and blues, and the British rock inspired by it. Formed in 1969 after Bo Anders’ […]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The songs on Steve Gunn’s seventh album and Matador Records debut Eyes on the Lines don’t move straight ahead. Instead, they loop, swirl, and curl. But they do have a sense of purpose, and the driving language Gunn sprinkles across the nine songs parallel how he and his band push forward. On the album, detours […]

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Beth Orton has spent 20-some years walking the margins between folk rock and electronic music. Before her 1996 classic Trailer Park, she recorded an entirely electronic debut, SuperpinkyMandy, but even then, she covered cosmic balladeer John Martyn’s “Don’t Want to Know About Evil.” In Orton’s hands, the lines between the genres have always been smudged […]

Friday, May 20th, 2016

On its latest LP, Welcome to Worms, Los Angeles band Bleached pulls off everything you want great rock songs to do. Led by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Calvin, the album’s funny and loud, as well as reflective and self-aware. It’s fun, effervescent, and catchy, but it rewards repeated spins, inviting the listener deeper into singer […]

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Psychic Temple is on a tear: In the last couple weeks, the group, led by composer/songwriter Chris Schlarb, has released not one but two excellent records, the loose-limbed Psychic Temple III and a reimagining of Brian Eno’s 1979 album Music for Airports. The twin albums demonstrate Schlarb’s ability to synthesize styles and approaches, combining fusion-era […]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

In the market for an expansive, dreamy headphone record par excellence? You couldn’t do much better right now than Ears, the latest by Bay Area composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Mining influences like the minimalism of Terry Riley, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel, the films of Hayao Miyazaki, and the cartoons of Jean Giraud Moebius, Smith’s […]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

“Anybody can throw a bunch of licks at your face,” Endless Boogie’s Paul Major writes in the liner notes of Anthology Records‘ new reissue of Ilian’s 1977 pop gem Love Me Crazy. “Communicating, telling the story is where it’s at.” “When you hear my songs, you always good,” Leon D. Nahat — Ilian himself — […]

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Following the intense and bloody Nigerian Civil War, a vibrant musical revolution bloomed in the country, with emerging groups and performers creating a fusion which blended funk, R&B, and hard rock. The beginnings and end of this fertile scene is documented incredibly by a new two-volume collection out on Now Again Records, Wake Up You Vol. 1 […]