Archive for the 'The AD Interview' Category

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Wrapping one’s head around the music of Wooden Wand, the ongoing project of idiosyncratic singer/songwriter James Jackson Toth takes some effort. With over 100 releases to his name, from spiraling freak-out ragas and avant-garde experimentation to classic Asylum Records-style folk pop – Toth skips through styles like a zealous host swapping out LPs on the […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Singer-songwriter Bill Fay has enjoyed a long and legendary career in obscurity. The British musician first raised eyebrows among listeners back in 1970 with his startlingly unique, baroque debut record Bill Fay, which despite a poor commercial impact quickly became a cult classic and garnered comparisons to other unusual and uncelebrated songwriters, such as Nick […]

Monday, November 26th, 2012

“Modern timelessness, without a speck of bullshit.” Those were the words employed by my good friend John describing Chris Cohen’s “Heartbeat”, a standout cut from the excellent Overgrown Path LP on Captured Tracks. Timeless and sans bullshit nails it. Cohen’s LP, recorded in rural Vermont where the songwriter moved following the dissolution of his band […]

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Growlers’ music that has trickled out over the past few years is scrappy, sloppy, and immediate. They call it “beach goth” — lo-fi surf rock with a country backbeat. On tape the music sounds chill, but in concert it achieves a frenzying effect; a surprisingly tight and no nonsense live show helmed by the devil-may-care […]

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Inspired to pursue pop music after discovering the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Margo Guryan, a schooled jazz pianist, crafted brilliant pop gems that were recorded by artists ranging from Mama Cass, Astrid Gilberto and Julie London to Glen Campbell, Bobby Gentry, and beyond. Thanks in part to a pair of reissues, and Saint Etienne’s cover of […]

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s been a minute, but with both Patterson Hood and Will Johnson having solo records out this week (Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance and Scorpion, respectively), it seemed like a good time to bring back Longshots — an AD feature in which we step back and let artists interview one another. I kick things […]

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

When we first wrote about Foxygen, the band was on the verge of inking a label deal with Jagjaguwar (who recently re-released the Take The Kids Off Broadway EP). Now labeled up, the band is, for the first time, seriously touring behind their work – all while maintaining their frenetic pace of writing and recording. […]

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

People like to call Kelly Hogan a “chanteuse,” but isn’t that really just a fancy French word for “she can sing her ass off?” The Georgia native cut her teeth belting it out in Atlanta with rootsy-jazzy-indie-indefinable The Jody Grind before moving on to the Rock*A*Teens, and then to Chicago, where she tried to quit […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It might have seemed just a bit too obvious to ask Dean Wareham to work on a project scoring screen test films done by Andy Warhol, but really it was all too perfect. Wareham has received his fair share of comparisons to the Velvet Underground over the years through his work in Galaxie 500, Luna, […]