Archive for the 'The AD Interview' Category

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 […]

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Last year, Daughn Gibson (née Josh Martin) debuted All Hell, a mysterious record by a deep-voiced, monikered singer that unfolds in an arresting whirl of loops and twang. The songs on All Hell are moody and disorienting in that the music is culled from a handful of disparate styles and sounds. Propulsive electronica and country […]

Monday, July 8th, 2013

It’s tempting to cast Memphis-born guitarist Bobby Whitlock as some sort of Zelig like character hiding in the back of various studios in the early 1970s, while classic albums like George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and English Gentlemen, Delaney and […]

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

If nothing went right for Big Star during their formative years in the early-mid ‘70s (bad distribution, zero management, internal creative strife), in terms of their legacy, it’s all come out golden in the end. As evidenced in the moving, sad and celebratory documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me (VOD / limited release July 3rd), the […]