Monday, April 30, 2012

Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) Delivers "Fear Fun"

Josh Tillman is a songwriter, guitarist, drummer, author, artist, and all encompassing renaissance man who, by boldly embracing his impulses, and bravely following his artistic visions, has crafted one of my favorite records of 2012. He has left his role as drummer for the Fleet Foxes, shed his singer-songwriter solo-moniker, J Tillman, and is now calling himself Father John Misty.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Phil Madeira Joins Artists In Harmony For "Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest of Us"

On Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest of Us, producer and writer Phil Madeira set out to create a recording that would gather a variety of artists, celebrating and expressing their collective belief in the importance of faith.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Filmmakers Of The Punch Brothers Film "How To Grow A Band" Tell All

How To Grow A Band is an engrossing documentary that captures the earliest stages of the band, Punch Brothers. The film traces the band's evolution, beginning with Chris Thile's desire to bring his composition "The Blind Leaving The Blind" to full fruition, while exploring the challenges and struggles of the collaborative dynamics of the group. Trusting their audience to follow them through (then) unexplored musical terrain, Mr. Thile and his bandmates in Punch Brothers bravely attempt to follow their desires and musical aspirations to push themselves, and their listeners, further into new directions.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers Discusses "Cynic's New Year"

Horse Feathers is led by songwriter Justin Ringle, along with instrumentalist Nathan Crockett, and a collective of Northwest musicians including Dustin Dybvig, Victor Nash, Justin Power, Catherine Odell, Jedadiah Bernards, Cory Goldman, Jenn Rawling, Adam Thompson, Scott Magee, Brandon Johnson, and sound engineer Skyler Norwood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hiss Golden Messenger Tell Their Tale Of "Poor Moon"

Durham North Carolina-based songwriter MC Taylor, along with multi-instrumentalist and recordist Scott Hirsch, are Hiss Golden Messenger. Their latest record, Poor Moon, which was originally released as a vinyl in 2011, and is now receiving the CD release treatment by the Tompkins Square label. The duo are joined by an impressive list of guests on Poor Moon, including members of D. Charles Speer and The Helix, Black Twig Pickers, Brightblack Morning Light, and The Court and Spark.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Joan Shelley (of Maiden Radio) Offers Us "Ginko"

Singer-songwriter Joan Shelley may be best known as a member of Maiden Radio. As one-third of the band, along with her partners Julia Purcell and Cheyenne Marie Mize (who released her latest solo album, We Don't Need, via Yep Roc earlier this year), Maiden Radio followed up their self-titled album from 2010, with a ridiculously enjoyable follow-up called Lullabies last year (via Daniel Martin Moore's Ol Kentuck Recordings label).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers Talks "Nobody Knows You"

This week, The Steep Canyon Rangers released their new album, Nobody Knows You, via Rounder Records. New listeners may recognize the band's name as Steve Martin's touring bluegrass band, who also recorded with him on his latest album, Rare Bird Alert.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Matt Ward Talks His Inspiration and Creative Processes Behind "A Wasteland Companion"

M Ward's new album, A Wasteland Companion, is his first album under his own name since 2009's Hold Time. Since that record, Matt has continued to work with Zooey Deschanel, recording two more albums together (Volume Two and A Very She and Him Christmas), as well as a collaboration with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes),Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket), and Mike Mogis, (Bright Eyes) as Monsters of Folk.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Water Liars Reveal Their "Phantom Limb"

Water Liars are St. Louis, MO songwriter, vocalist, guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Oxford, MS drummer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant. The two first met in St. Louis back in the mid-2000's while sharing a stage and kept in touch, hoping to make music together sometime. Well, the time finally came, and the result of this meeting of the minds is the duo's excellent debut album, Phantom Limb, which is available via Misra Records (a fantastic artist-centric label distributed by the mighty Bloodshot Records, which offers some fine recordings by Southeast Engine, Phosphorescent, The Black Swans, Destroyer, Will Johnson, Mendoza Line, Shearwater, Centro-Matic, and more).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Getting To Know Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange, a duo consisting of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, is based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The prolific songwriters have crafted batches of memorable tunes which fuse their infectious harmonies with a wide variety of instrumentation such as acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, and mandolin.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Atomic Duo Talk About Dropping "Broadsides"

The Atomic Duo is a powerfully traditionalist-rooted string band, that unleashes politically and socially-charged tunes that are as combustible as their name suggests. The duo, which pairs Bad Livers co-founder and guitarist Mark Rubin, with mandolin player Silas Lowe, have set themselves on a relentless mission that carries them across the dusty roads and paved highways, telling their tales and singing their songs of the common people. And they deliver these tunes with a fiery, impulsive, infectious, and impassioned-urgency all their own!