Ruby Throat, comprised of Brtis KatieJane Garside and Chris Whittingham, were one of those bands that transported me as soon as I heard Garside’s frail but steady voice, a flashlight bobbing through rocky woods in the darkness. I first heard them when I reviewed The Ventriloquist for PopMatters in 2009. Continue reading
One of the most exciting musical discoveries to come my way is the New York-born, Soviet-raised, classically-and-operatically trained Elizaveta, whose debut album Beatrix Runs is filled with drama and grace. Known as much for her elaborate headdresses as her piano stylings, Elizaveta guarantees an amazing concert, whether she considers herself in top form or is fighting off a cold in Capitol Studios to record an iTunes session release, which is out today via iTunes.
There are few artists as versatile, tenacious, and groundbreaking still working today as Penelope Houston. Famous for her role in the Avengers, Houston also spends time writing more singer-songwriter material, as on her divine latest release, On Market Street. Houston has an enviable savvy about the music industry. Also, she is an accomplished visual artist. No one knows where she finds the time, but we’re glad she does. Read the interview with her below the cut. Continue reading
It’s been 11 years since former Spinanes frontwoman Rebecca Gates released a solo album, but she hasn’t been resting on her laurels in that time. Rather, between curating art shows and making sound installations, she’s been recording her new record The Float over the span of all these years and several cities. And finally we get to hear the result of that hard work.
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I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve neglected this site. Doing so much work for other sites, I realized I was losing the vision of why I started this site. Which was not because I thought I would get thousands of hits or become the Next Big Thing in music journalism, but because I wanted to talk to musician I like and hopefully ask thought-provoking questions and share that with you. An interview I did the other day put all this back in perspective for me. I also decided to rethink the way I’ve been posting interviews, so there will be a new format where the interviews will be in blog posts instead of linked to separate pages. I think that will be more user-friendly. I’m working away at transcribing and preparing content for the site. Be on the lookout Tuesday when I post an interview with Rebecca Gates (formerly of the Spinanes) about her new solo record. Also to come are interviews with Penelope Houston (of the Avengers and solo work), Ruby Throat, Stevie Jackson (of Belle and Sebastian and now of solo work) and hopefully a whole mess of other interviews. Thanks for reading. xoxo
Jenny Hval is a busy lady, writing brilliant albums like last year’s Viscera, her side project, Nude on Sand, and her forthcoming sound installation, “Innocence is Kinky.” Fortunately, she had the time to answer a few questions at: http://euterpesnotebook.com/nude-on-sand-strikes-a-pose-an-interview-with-jenny-hval/
Despite releasing four albums, playing festivals aroudn the world with bands like Tinariwen, and recording with the likes of Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), NYC-based Morley has stayed tragically under the radar. She possess a voice wise beyond her years and an inspiring global vision, not just through her music, but through her activism and willingness to reach out to people. Here, we discuss that, and her new album, Undivided.