Category: Miscellaneous Music

Scritti Politti Makes Mark In Philly

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER "No one combines smartly deconstructed lyrical grace, heavenly harmonies and caramel-coated choruses like [Scritti Politti's Green]Gartside. No one fuses such wordy romanticism with a blend of soul, reggae, and California pop and a… more »

Village Voice vs. Joanna Newsom

VILLAGE VOICE "So here's the story behind the record: Somewhere around '04 Joanna broke up with her boyfriend of six years, a good man and talented producer named Noah G. who's currently working with Banhart and the rest of the freak squad. She'd lived… more »

More Accolades For Joanna Newsom

OBSERVER UK "The best records often arrive mystifying but complete, as though gestated under physical laws different from our own. Ys is one; initially alien-seeming, but the more ferociously excellent for it. Named for the mythical drowned city of the… more »

Joanna Newsom talks to Paste about her new album, "Ys"

PASTE MAGAZINE "These forms are closer to what I was exploring in school, back when I thought I was going to be, like, a ‘composer.' In those times, I certainly thought there were particular music-making conventions and parameters which differed betwee… more »

Best New Folk & Folk-Rock CDs: Past Eighteen Months

Sibylle Baier COLOUR GREEN (Orange Twin Records) Robbie Basho VENUS IN CANCER (Tompkins Square) Sandy Bull STILL VALENTINE’S DAY 1969 (Water) Vashti Bunyan LOOKAFTERING (DiCristina) Karen Dalton IN MY OWN TIME (Light In The Attic) Espers II (Drag Ci… more »

“New Magnetic Wonder”: Apples in Stereo Album Preview

I recently obtained an advance copy of New Magnetic Wonder, APPLES IN STEREO'S first new album in five years. I can thankfully report that it shows the band in as fine a form as ever. It contains 14 “proper” songs and 12 mini-musical segue-ways. Band… more »

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Joanna Newsom Talks To Sean O'Hagan

OBSERVER UK "On the strength of her extraordinary new album, the mysteriously titled Ys (pronounced 'ees'), let's just say JOANNA NEWSOM is as out there as it gets at the moment. Imagine Emily Dickinson with a harp, and you're half way there. In contemp… more »

One Creepy Dude

Tim O'Brien, Alias Leo Thomas, Burgler, 1883 more »

V/A – “The In-Kraut Vol. 2; Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967-1974"

If you enjoy listening to obscure Beat, Now-Sound, Soul, Funk and Soundtrack tunes from the late '60s and early '70s, this is definitely the compliation for you. Totally groovy, totally obscure and totally hip! Most of the tracks appear here on CD for… more »

Interview With Green Gartside Of Scritti Politti

FROGGY DELIGHT "You will gather that since I’m talking to you with a hangover and a virus, I am still enjoying my Beer to the full! I guess one thing I have down is like, when we play live or anything …and we haven’t done much touring but we’ve done som… more »

Private Press Records Get New Life

NEW YORK TIMES “Many of these records have been around for a while, at record fairs and so on,” said Byron Coley, a music writer who has been collecting private-press records since the early 80’s. “Lots of collectors initially bought the private-press r… more »

Interview With Ryuichi Sakamoto

THE AGE "He's perhaps most famous for his collaborative work - with musicians as diverse as Iggy Pop, Brian Wilson, Youssou N'Dour and David Byrne. Filmmakers such as Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci and Brian De Palma have called upon his talents a… more »

Joanna Newsom: Toronto Concert Review

CHROMEWAVES EYE WEEKLY has an interview with Joanna Newsom. BOSTONIST reviews her performance in, you guessed it, Boston. more »

Joanna Newsom: Tugging At The Heart's Strings

GLOBE AND MAIL "It bugs me to no end. I'm tired of feeling like I need to put extra energy into making statements outside of my songs. But it remains startling, deflating, and somewhat funny that people can ignore so much of what I've said and am sayin… more »