This is the story of taking mushrooms, unintentionally playing a record mastered for 45 RPM at 33, and discovering its shadow self . . . and then discussing the experience with its architect. Sonic examples, for the curious, included.
Like his work with Deerhoof, Cass McCombs, Ariel Pink, and Weyes Blood, Cohen’s gentle psych-pop has always rewarded paying close attention. But Chris Cohen finds the songwriter addressing his world with more candor than ever before.
Like Joan Didion’s writing about Los Angeles, or Flannery O’Connor’s examinations of the American South, Pedro the Lion’s “Phoenix” is as much about an inner place as it is about a location on the map.
In the four years since her last record , Sharon Van Etten has been busy. In that time she’s gone back to school, scored a film, and become a mother. It’s that last element that seems to hang […]
Harlem always felt less like “garage rock” and more like a yard sale: strewn out in the driveway, “as is” stickers, handwritten signs down the street announcing “yard sale, this Saturday” still up the following […]
A couple times a week, someone will come up to Lola Kirke and call her “Hai-lai,” parroting the loving mispronunciation of her Mozart in the Jungle co-star Gael García Bernal’s conductor character Rodrigo. As far as crosses to bear go, she admits it’s a fairly light one.
Speaking with Aquarium Drunkard, the actor/songwriter connected the threads between her dual disciplines.
For more than three decades, Jeff Tweedy has written about his fear of being misunderstood. First as one-half of the songwriting team in the pioneering alternative country band Uncle Tupelo, then as the leader of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]