January 14, 2009
The band Banjo or Freakout sounds like a slow-cooking soup at a constant simmer. Alessio Natalizia, the hand behind these Mac-generated songs, takes the melodic, echoey drone of Panda Bear, mixes in the urgent, Afro-pop rhythms synonymous with Vampire Weekend and Abe Vigoda, and seals it together with Sonic Youth-inspired tension and repetition that never […]
December 12, 2008
I’ve seen jazz pianist Michael Garrick referred to as the “British Ellington,” but the fluid, graceful, and exploratory way he played those keys at a recent London gig reminded me more of Bill Evans, mixed with the playfulness of Thelonious Monk. At one point he reached inside the opened piano and played by plucking at […]
November 11, 2008
Ozomatli band member Ulises Bella talks about what it’s like to be a musician who’s also an international cultural ambassador for the US. The full audio interview is at MOTHER JONES.
October 16, 2008
Radiohead’s blog, “The Gigantic Flying Mouth For Sometime,” chronicles the group’s experimentations with solar-powered amps, biofuel-powered buses, LED stage-lighting rigs, and battery-and wind-powered performances. Jack Johnson records in a solar-powered studio and requests that venues he performs in use CFLs and recycling bins. Willie Nelson tours the nation in a bus powered by his own […]
October 15, 2008
Music labels like NYC’s Green Owl Records and the Bay Area’ Parks and Records reduce their carbon footprint with DIY tactics. Big music labels aren’t always as proactive. Lee Trink, then-president of EMI subsidiary Capital Music Group, told a reporter at the label’s 2007 “green” Grammy party, “There’s a team, and hopefully they are experts, […]
September 18, 2008
Words of Wisdom, a recently published book from Rev Run of Run DMC, is part Stuart Smalley, part Russell Simmons; sort of a pocket-sized, bathroom-reading, Christian alternative to Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, a book that made rounds in hip hop circles a few years ago. I was reluctant to pick the book up […]
August 6, 2008
The Bay Area’s Loquat has the same soft, light, and pretty but dark quality as Lush and Mazzy Star; bands that at some point or another worked their way into college radio hipness in the 90s. Loquat’s a little bouncier, though, like a distant cousin to New York’s Brazilian Girls. Thao Nguyen, who performs with […]
July 2, 2008
I wouldn’t call Zach de le Rocha, politically outspoken front man for Rage Against the Machine old and dusty (his awesomeness/cheesiness is debatable), but he has been mostly off the radar since Rage’s heyday (and some more recent reunion performances). Until now. Together with drummer Jon Theodore (formerly of the Mars Volta), de la Rocha’s […]
June 18, 2008
Jello Biafra, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails are all connected. See why at MOTHER JONES.
May 2, 2008
After a decade of playing Eastern European music, mariachi and ballads, the Grammy-nominated Denver quartet is signed and touring the world. An interview with lead singer Nick Urata during South By Southwest 2008 for MOTHER JONES.