The Way Sound Leaves a Room was just released this month. An EP of covers and demos, it showcases Jaffe on numerous instruments she hadn’t tackled before, sounding beautiful as ever.
Author Archives: Random Truths
Damien Jurado has been one of the most influential and interesting songwriters in the Pacific Northwest for a decade.
John Vanderslice has been releasing solo albums for the past decade, as well as producing albums for such bands as Spoon and the Mountain Goats. He writes clean, clever music that often tackles the dark and the political while still offering sweet melodies and a warm analog sound.
“I find the most visceral and stimulating form of music to be classical. It comes to you from a different angle.”
“I don’t know if music itself changes the way people live their lives, I think it’s the other way around.”
“Music has the ability to inspire and elevate our moods. It also has the ability to make us feel "cool" or understood. That’s why a person’s taste in music so quickly defines them.”
“I’m increasingly intolerant of religious fundamentalism of any variety. Irrationality gets under my skin.”
“I don’t have much of an opinion on the music I make. I am more of a catch-and-release type creator. I guess I like the ones best that I’m hands off of.”
“There are certain records that your first encounter with them have a huge impact, and you can look back and see them as huge turning points. When you make music, I think you’re always subconsciously striving to pay that debt back to the world.”
“I’m trying to get back to a carefree creative mindset. It’s hard when the realities of adulthood rear their ugly heads.”
“It’s the closest thing to a religion for many people I know. With music you get less guilt and violence.”
“Music justifies things very gently, and it combines well with other things to make up one’s public identity.”