Archive for May, 2011

The Same Two Questions

Posted in General on May 31, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

You may notice that there are two questions I ask in nearly every interview I do: “Who are your favorite writers?” and “If you could raise awareness of one social cause, what would it be?”

I ask the first question because I’m a writer of many genres, and I know that the people who read music interviews are usually savvy enough to also be interested in books. The second question I ask to give the artist a chance to voice opinions about a cause important to him or her.

I bring this up because I’m hoping to begin a new feature, The Same Two Questions, in which bands answer only those two questions. This way, perhaps bands known and unknown who don’t have time for a full interview can still participate.

If you’re a musician or publicist and are interested in contributing, email me at erinlyndalmartin at gmail.com .

Thanks for reading!

Ellipsis and the Speakerbox Igloo: Alexis O’Hara

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 30, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

Montrealean Alexis O’Hara is one of the most fascinating sound artists of our generation. Whether she’s wearing a bug costume or designing an igloo made of speakerboxes, she constantly displays a sense of innovation, humor, and wit that is all her own. Her most recent album, Ellipsis, was released in 2010. Here, we talk about all kinds of stuff.

Rasputina Builds a Great American Gingerbread House

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 30, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rasputina’s Melora Creager about the band’s new release, Great American Gingerbread, which features rarities from throughout Rasputina’s career. Read the interview here. You can also check out an interview I did with Melora for PopMatters.com when their previous album, Sister Kinderhook, was released.

Milk Maid Makes a Splash With Yucca

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 30, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

One of the most promising bands to emerge from Manchester is Milk Maid, fronted by Nine Black Alps bassist Martin Cohen. Their debut album Yucca is a treasure of fuzz, catchy hooks, melancholy lyrics, and hazy ballads. In this interview, I catch up with Cohen about the new record.

New Interview With Puzzle Muteson

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 25, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

The latest find from Icelandic wonderlabel Bedroom Community is an unassuming quiet folk genius somewhat reminiscent of If the Creek Drank the Cradle-era Iron and Wine. But Puzzle Muteson’s unique vibrato and delicate guitar fingerings put him in a class of his own. Add in dreamlike songwriting and you have a fairy-tale debut, one that will happily lull you away for many days and nights to come. Read the interview here.

In Love With the Crystal Stilts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 24, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

I caught up with the Crystal Stilts about their sophomore release, In Love With Oblivion. Read the results here!

Other Euterpe’s Notebook Site

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

Hi all–

If you’ve tried to google this site and got directed to another site with the same name and a misspelled version of my name (It says Erin Lynn Martin instead of Erin Lyndal Martin). That site is a failed version that a web designer posted without my permission after he graciously did take the time to design the site free. I’m sorry for the confusion.

–ELM

Under the Canopy with OAX

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 24, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

You may not have heard of OAX, but you’d probably heard them. Or, should I say him, Giorgio Angelini, architecture grad student, musician, and lover of books about Ramen. Read his story here.

Dust Into Champagne: A Bachelorette Interview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 21, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

If you enjoy lulling electronic music with warm vocals and quirky lyrics, Bachelorette has the album for you. Read the wonderfully minimalist interview here.

Body, Soul, and Intellect: An Interview with Hauschka

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2011 by erinlyndalmartin

Internationally renowned crossover classical artist Hauschka has a new release, Salon des Amateurs (FatCat). This record finds him collaborating with members of Calexico and Múm to get a fuller sound than his earlier records. Here, he talks about why that collaboration, dancing, and film. Read…

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