Archive for March, 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Matthew E. White’s “Tranquility” is lovely. It’s about a fatal heroin overdose. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s overdose, to be precise. And it’s lovely. I’ve spent three months listening to Fresh Blood, White’s latest record, as often as I can take it. In nearly every pre-release interview I’ve read, he mentions that spending two years playing 2012’s […]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Here I was given the great opportunity to interview Masaki Batoh. I became aware of some of Batoh’s work in the mid-1990’s when a relationship between Batoh’s band Ghost was begun with the Drag City record label (I have had a long and satisfying relationship with Drag City dating back to the early 1990’s). When […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

We were big fans of Ryley Walker’s debut LP on Tompkins Square last year, but his latest, Primrose Green, shows that the Chicago singer-songwriter was just getting started. A whole review could be devoted to calling out Walker’s vintage influences — Pentangle, Van Morrison, John Martyn, Tim Buckley, just to name a few. They’re obvious […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Aquarium Drunkard Session: Previewing five songs from her just released lp, Short Movie, Laura Marling cut the following session for us last December in Los Angeles. The set airs Friday on the SIRIUS show — first taste for AD readers, below. Laura Marling :: False Hope (Aquarium Drunkard Session) Laura Marling :: How Can […]

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Michael Angelo’s self-titled 1977 LP is an earnest fusion of post-Beatles psychedelia and “out there” lyrical incantations, but reflecting on its 2015 re-release by Anthology Recordings, the Kansas City songwriter would like to clear up one popular misconception: “To this day, people hear the album and they say, ‘Were you doing LSD?’ And no, I […]

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. SIRIUS 381: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Oliver – Off On A Trek ++ Linda Perhacs – Paper Mountain Man ++ David Wiffen – Never Make A Dollar […]

Friday, March 27th, 2015

We lost a great musician this week — English guitarist John Renbourn. Whether duetting with Bert Jansch, creating a masterful folk-jazz hybrid with Pentangle, or playing all on his own, Renbourn was the epitome of taste, style and subtlety throughout his long career.Like his brother-in-arms Jansch, he’ll be memorialized as a “folk” player, but Renbourn […]