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Jan 02, 2007 Air

Nicolas Godin, one half of the French duo Air, sounds like he’s speaking from a monkey cage. In reality, he is in the lobby of a hip New York hotel after having spent hours with his other half, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, convincing passport control they are not the thieves of their own passports which were stolen a few years back. More

The Most Serene Republic

Jan 02, 2007 The Most Serene Republic

With its 2005 debut, Underwater Cinematographer, Milton, Ontario’s The Most Serene Republic established itself as the newest band in a Canadian indie-rock scene led by the likes of Broken Social Scene, Stars, and The Dears. Though the band was still in its infancy, Underwater Cinematographer succeeded on the strength of an experimental, multi-instrumental pop sound that was as engaging as it was eccentric. More

The Helio Sequence

Jan 02, 2007 The Helio Sequence

Time and space seem to be the cornerstones of the untitled work in progress from Portland, OR duo The Helio Sequence (vocalist/guitarist Brandon Summers and keyboardist/drummer Benjamin Weikel). Summers cites the use of odd micing in closets and a more acoustic writing approach as having influenced a record unlike anything the duo have produced before. More

John Waters

Jan 01, 2007 John Waters

As a true legend of outsider films, it should surprise no one that director John Waters also has a taste for the obscure and eccentric in music. Following 2004’s compilation CD A John Waters Christmas, his second set is a celebration of Valentine’s Day entitled A Date with John Waters, with a similarly unconventional set of songs designed to seduce you into submission. More

The Bees (aka: A Band of Bees)

Jan 01, 2007 Web Exclusive

The Bees, England’s pioneers of revamped ’60s psychedelic peace music, will return in 2007 with Octopus. Bees’ songwriter Aaron Fletcher describes the new album as “sound[ing] more like 1666.” More

Crispin Glover

Dec 01, 2006 Crispin Glover

Crispin Glover has been the epitome of the cult actor since the mid-’80s, when his star-making turn as Marty McFly’s dad in Back to the Future charmed audiences and his portrayal of Layne in River’s Edge guaranteed that he was a performer to watch no matter how big or small his roles. Though his persona has garnered him a devoted fanbase (including early-’90s fanzine, Mr. Density), for the most part, the actor, writer, and filmmaker was and still remains enigmatic to many. More


Oct 01, 2006 Wovenhand

Offering the dark and ominous counterpoint to Danielson’s celebratory avant-pop and Sufjan Stevens’ studious craftsmanship, Wovenhand is the Sounds Familyre label’s most unfortunately overlooked act. More

Badly Drawn Boy

Oct 01, 2006 Badly Drawn Boy

More than just a cheeky reference to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album, Badly Drawn Boy’s Born in the U.K. is Damon Gough’s assessment of current world affairs as filtered through the eyes of a quintessentially British songwriter. More

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus Meets Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls

Oct 01, 2006 Fall 2006 - The Decemberists

Gothic rock, death rock, darkwave…there are countless labels that attempt to pin down a phenomenon in rock music that leans toward the darker side of human nature-thematically, stylistically, lyrically, and melodically. It peeked out at the world at certain moments in music throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s with songs like The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs,” David Bowie’s “The Bewlay Brothers,” and Brian Eno’s “Driving Me Backwards.” But it didn’t really break through the surface in a big way until shortly after the punk movement, and Bauhaus were one of-if not the first-acts to introduce it to a wide audience. More