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Issue #40 - In the Studio 2012 - Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, and Twin Shadow

Mar 26, 2012

Under the Radar’s Winter (March/April) Issue features an In the Studio 2012 themed cover with the frontmen of three notable acts set to release new albums later this year—Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. All three were photographed together exclusively for Under the Radar in New York City by photographer Tommy Kearns.

“If anyone out there can get Bob Dylan to listen to my record, please, make it happen.” – Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr.

“On Wittenberg, you couldn’t pull one thread out of the quilt. This one feels different, like each song is a unit unto itself.” – Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth

“There’s never been any album we’ve released where there hasn’t been some type of struggle.” – Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste

The issue includes a series of In the Studio interviews with the following artists: Best Coast, Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, Tegan and Sara, and Twin Shadow.

Our main features include articles on Chairlift, of Montreal, Spiritualized, and Air—who created a score and concept album for and around classic French short film, Le Voyage Dans la Lune.

“Nostalgia is a comfortable blanket.” – Air’s Nicolas Godin

“It’s a very present record, almost too close for comfort sometimes.” – Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek

“It wasn’t just an exercise in writing songs. I wanted it to be a really fucking important record.” – Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce

The Detection section features interviews with Bear in Heaven, Andrew Bird, Field Music, and First Aid Kit.

“I’m a terrible Scrabble player.” – Andrew Bird

Our “Pleased to Meet You” section highlights seven new artists: Badlands, Django Django, Grimes, Philco Fiction, Frankie Rose, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and Zambri.

Making the same record twice, who wants to do that? It’s boring, isn’t it?” – Frankie Rose

Over 110 CDs, DVDs, books, films, TV shows, and comic books are reviewed in the issue, including reviews of releases by: Barry Adamson, Air, Band of Skulls, Willis Earl Beal, Bear in Heaven, Brendan Benson, Andrew Bird, Bonobo, Bowerbirds, Bright Moments, Busdriver, Leonard Cohen, Cursive, Lana Del Rey, Delta Spirit, Dirty Three, Justin Townes Earle, Earth, Eight and a Half, Eux Autres, Fanfarlo, Gift of Gab, Heartless Bastards, Herman Dune, Howler, Islands, Damien Jurado, Kaiser Chiefs, Ben Kweller, La Sera, Lambchop, Mark Lanegan Band, Lilacs & Champagne, Lost in the Trees, Lost Lander, Magnetic Fields, Memoryhouse, The Men, Miike Snow, Mouse on Mars, Now, Now, Sinead O’Connor, Oberhofer, of Montreal, Perfume Genius, Plants and Animals, Pond, Poor Moon Pop. 1280, Prinzhorn Dance School, RACES, Lee Ranaldo, Frankie Rose, Daniel Rosen, Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters, School of Seven Bells, Sepalcure, Sleepy Sun, Sleigh Bells, Speech Debelle, Spiritualized, John Talbot, Tanlines, Tennis, Terry Malts, Tindersticks, The Ting Tings, Trailer Trash Tracys, Lissy Trullie, The Twilight Sad, Sharon Van Etten, VCMG, Virgin Forest, Rocky Votolato, Mirel Wagner, The Wedding Present, White Hills, White Rabbits, Wire, Dustin Wong, Xiu Xiu, Yellow Ostrich, Young Magic, and Zambri

The not-to-be-missed digital version of the issue (available for Mac, PC, iPad, and Android) includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 94 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra photos of: Air, Badlands, Bear in Heaven, Andrew Bird, Chairlift, Dirty Projectors, Django Django, Grimes, Grizzly Bear, of Montreal, Philco Fiction, Frankie Rose, Spiritualized, Twin Shadow, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and Zambri.

The digital version also features exclusive bonus interviews with Bowerbirds, The Darcys, Fanfarlo, La Sera, Lindstrøm, Lost in the Trees, The Magnetic Fields, Shearwater, Tennis, Trust, and Paul Weller.

There’s also an expanded review section with reviews of new albums from: Sophia Knapp, Cotton Mather,Rose Elinor Dougall, Jonquil, Rosie Thomas, Trust, and Wendy & Carl.

Selected quotes from the digital issue:

I think we keep each other happy and entertained and positive, and I think that shows up in our music.” - Bowerbird’s Phil Moore

“You just pay a licensing fee to a publisher, and as long as they don’t deem it extremely disrespectful or disastrous to the original recording, you’re good to go…. It was like $700 or something, like 600 bucks. It’s crazy.” - The Darcys’ Wes Marskell on covering Steely Dan’s Aja

“Pop music should be like science fiction.” - Fanfarlo’s Simon Balthazar

“I’d never really written lyrics about my own life before. So it’s definitely scary. That’s the reason I like it so much. Because it’s fun to be scared sometimes.” - La Sera’s Katy Goodman

“I guess this will probably be my weird album.” - Lindstrøm

“The purpose of this record was to give my brain an outlet to imagine where my mom’s soul might be.” - Lost in the Trees’ Ari Picker

“I’m a veritable gear slut.” - The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt

“I remember on my 21st birthday thinking, ‘That’s it. It’s fucking ended.’” - Paul Weller

“I am present in this record as a character in a way I have never been in a record.” - Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg

“We’re happy if it all goes away tomorrow, because we like the album, and if we ever have kids one day, it would be a fun thing to tell them about.” - Tennis’ Patrick Riley

“Much of the album is about my fear of sex.” – Trust’s Robert Alfons

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Dirty Projectors
Django Django
Grizzly Bear
Tegan and Sara
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