Interviews

Jun 17, 2009

London-based producer and music artist Kwes has a thing for a good cup of tea. He enjoys drinking the stuff so much that since last July, he has released a steady stream of mixtapes, each named and inspired by the taste and aroma of a particular blend: “Lapsang Souchong,” “Earl Grey,” “Lady Grey,” “Illegal Tea,” and “Rooibos.” Even his own compositions—such as his personal favorite to date, “Rich Tea”—can’t escape the influence of the throat-soothing beverage. More

Jun 11, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

West Londoners Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze already have The Big Pink’s sound sorted out. “We want to sound like an apocalypse of love harps coming towards you,” Cordell stresses. “We want everything to be so emotional but so brutal at the same time. There’s noise, but we like to talk about pink noise. I want it to sound like a girlfriend that loves and hates you so much that they want to put a big pillow over your head.” More

Jun 04, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Milestones in life tend to be linked with their corresponding dates. For Rose Elinor Dougall, July 17, 2006 saw the release of her band The Pipettes’ unforgettable debut. At just 20 years old, Dougall cradled an indie-pop treasure in her hands. We Are the Pipettes recalled singles-oriented ’60s girl groups with stunning grace. More

Apr 24, 2009 Web Exclusive

Jeremy Haines, the Brooklyn electro-pop vocalist of Project Jenny, Project Jan (PJPJ) never stops daydreaming, even when he and programmer/keyboardist Sammy Rubin are holed up in the most unimaginative of places: a stuffy Days Inn. Haines, who also creates much of the vibrant artwork for the duo's website and albums, is doodling on the hotel room stationery: "I'm actually drawing this woman-man. Looks a lot like Cathy from the comic strip, except with the worst haircut and she's looking at this strange mutant Kermit the Frog character, or maybe the Salt Flats of Utah." Such gonzo cartoons come closer to describing PJPJ's sound than laborious R.I.Y.L. lists or the latest silly genre invented by a critic: laptop rock. More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

The Invisible don’t sound like anyone else. The comparison points all come with a but or a kind-of. How often does this happen in this day and age of constant cataloguing, categorizing, and pigeonholing? In a gun-to-the-head situation, TV on the Radio would be mentioned for their singularity, and Brian Eno’s production as a sonic jump-off point, but… More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

The Parisian members of Revolver—Ambroise Willaume, Christophe Musset, and Jérémie Arcache—are not native English speakers. When they speak, their sentences often succumb to the occasional slip in verb tense or syllable emphasis. There are even instances of hesitation and momentary pause when the search for the optimal phrase leaves them somewhat at a loss. More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Back in their home base of Donnington, England, Late of the Pier’s career started with a jumbled mess of dusty synthesizer equipment, guitars in various states of disrepair, and scattershot drum kits. The band’s keyboardist/sampler, Sam Potter, remembers those early days stuck in a musty attic well. “Our singer/guitarist Sam [Eastgate]’s dad played in a couple bands in the ’80s,” Potter explains. “A lot of the original instruments we played came from that attic. We used to practice with this old battered blue drum kit and this old guitar that was covered in comics. We used to get stoned and just go crazy.” More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Life was looking grim for Will Roan last winter. “A year ago, I was working making raincoats and just trying to be able to pay rent and being really scared because my band was breaking up. It’s a really strange place to be in now—recording a full-length record. Bizarre,” says the singer for Brooklyn’s Amazing Baby. More

Oct 01, 2008 Fall 2008 - Jenny Lewis

"We understand why we get the post-rock thing, but we hate it,” says Robert Toher, guitarist/vocalist of Apse, speaking from his home on Cape Cod. Apse can’t seem to avoid the comparisons to Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and their ilk. More