Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus go way back. They joined us for a long, freewheeling conversation about their traditional music roots and their new collaborative album These 13, an ode to the Mississippi Delta and country blues.
Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek sets out on his own with Two Saviors, an album filled with songs he calls “little prayers and visions from within the constant flux of pain, healing, and discovery.”
Here it is, our Year in Review. As always, unranked and sprawling.
Kevin Morby fled the midwest as a young man. What’s brought him back and how has it inspired his new album, the accepting and fervent Sundowner?
On Tim Heidecker’s Fear of Death, one of the funniest, most absurd, surreal, and reliable entertainers on the planet gets serious, about life’s truest inevitability. But let’s be clear: Heidecker isn’t all doom and gloom. In fact, the record’s rather buoyant and spirited, uniquely and retroactively American in a way—cynical and sharp as a Salem cigarette.
On the eve of the release of Dirty Projectors third EP this year, we caught up with Dave Longstreth to discuss the mosaic aspect of the EPs, the intense beauty of harmony, the band’s current line up, and the mighty influence of the great João Gilberto.
We’ve had 25 years to reflect on the strange, oscillating chasm of Eno/Wobble’s collaboration, which in many ways feels as relevant now as it did in 1995. The music feels as cold and mesmerizing as the surrounding atmosphere of the moon, its synthetic ripples swelling into great oceans of sound. Wobble brought a zealousness to Eno’s ambience, one that stirred a great fire in the belly of an ether otherwise shapeless and benign.
As the world seemingly draws to a stop, Portner finds himself quarantined at home in Western North Carolina amidst work on Animal Collective’s eleventh studio album, the first album since 2012 to feature all four original band members.
M. Ward’s sprawling and reflective tenth studio album, Migration Stories, bears its influence with mid-19th century migration folklore and Pax Americana folk, sung to the rustic hum of heavy guitar strings and vintage Americana. We caught up with Ward amidst our own cross-coastal quarantines to talk Migration Stories, bloodlines, the magic of first-takes, recurring earthquake dreams, and the insanity of modern times.
Haley Fohr is feeling the collapse. “I have this character I’ve created that has yet to get out of the internet,” she observes glumly from her quarantined apartment in Chicago. “She’s stuck inside of the internet.” She’s referring to Jackie Lynn, her country-glam outlaw alter ego. Keeping a hyper-femme, truck driving drug kingpin like Jackie Lynn locked behind a screen is like storing an exotic animal in a dank basement: its unbounded soul decays with each passing day void of any primeval thrill. “But we’re going forward with the campaign,” she continues. “We’re excited to release this [album].”
We caught up with Sam Gendel to learn more about the spontaneous production of Satin Doll, his friendship with Louis Cole, touring with Ry Cooder, collaborating with indie rock veterans, and navigating his peculiar relationship with jazz.
As the release of the new Destroyer album approaches, Dan Bejar spoke to us about recording in isolation, the principal role of John Collins, songwriting inspirations, the end of the world, and the influence of futurism on Destroyer’s thirteenth album…
Michael Gira lived a thousand lives before Swans. He grew up in Los Angeles during the 1960s with absent parents. He was constantly snagged by the cops for misdemeanors, eventually […]
Catching up with AD, Stuart Staples shed some light on the process behind this new record, the importance of looking forward, why he doesn’t like his music in TV shows, the music he comes from, and more …