Half British, Half Australian, ‘Allo Darlin is totally fun, and that comes through on their recent release,Europe. The record has a blissful pop easiness about it, and that’s refreshing. Neither twee nor pretentious, Europe is full of catchy pop hooks and pithy songwriting. Here I talk with bassist-vocalist Bill Botting.
Archive for April, 2012
Pianist and media personality Christopher O’Riley keeps himself busy, to say the least. He hosts NPR’s “From the Top,” a show celebrating classical music among children. He performs around the world, and is noted for playing shows as eclectic as one comprised entirely of Schumann and Elliott Smith pieces. A constant innovator of both classical and pop music (notably Radiohead), O’Riley is also stunningly well-read and in possession of a winningly dry sense of humor. Here, he talks about his eclectic new record Shuffle. Play. Listen., what band is the “wannabe Radiohead,” stair machine reading, and his love of Skinny Puppy.