Archive for the 'The AD Interview' Category

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

47 years after its original release and resounding commercial failure, the Hampton Grease Band’s Music To Eat stands as a crucial entry in the experimental American music canon. Roaring out of Atlanta in the late ’60s, HGB was led by quixotic vocalist Col. Bruce Hampton, alongside guitarists Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling, and the rhythm […]

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Nearly five-and-a-half decades into his career, David Crosby might finally be hitting fourth gear. A new record, Here If You Listen, his second in collaboration with vocalists Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens, along with Mike League of Snarky Puppy, is sweeping and gorgeous. To hear Crosby tell it, and to hear the record, is to […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Loudon Wainwright III can’t help but look back lately. Last year, the 72-year-old songwriter released a memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay & a Few of My Other Favorite Things, and in 2018, he’s followed it up with Years in the Making, a comprehensive boxset pairing live recordings, bootlegs, demos, […]

Monday, October 15th, 2018

On Kurt Vile’s guitar epic “Bassackwards,” a highlight from the Philadelphia singer/songwriter’s newly released seventh album Bottle It In, Vile sings about “chilling out/but with a very drifting mind.” That “drifting mind” is an illustration of Vile’s particular duende. In conversation, as in his songs, he slides from place to place, idea to idea. He does […]

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

You might not pick up on it by listening to the serene, enveloping sounds of composer Sarah Davachi’s Gave In Rest, but the record was born out of unsettled times. Written mostly during the nine months she spent uprooted between Vancouver and Los Angeles, where she’s since settled, the album’s odes to “secular mysticism” nod […]

Monday, October 8th, 2018

“Elk River Blues” can be used as a road map to the solo music of Nathan Bowles. In 2012, as an end to his first album, A Bottle, A Buckeye, the song—written by fiddler Ernie Carpenter as an instrumental lament about the flooding of his boyhood home after U.S. Army Engineers built a dam—is wistful if a bit […]

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

As the cliche goes, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” But a lot of life and a lot of plans went into the making of C’es La Vie, Matthew Houck’s new album under the Phosphorescent banner. In the five years that have passed since his lovelorn Muchacho, Houck has gotten married, […]