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.
“For awhile I was like, ‘I’ll just make the most complicated thing that nobody else can do and then I’ll be the best.’ And now I’m kind of learning that sometimes the most difficult thing to make isn’t the best at all.”
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.”
“When the album was ready to be released, we were prepared to be shouted down by every closet racist in the country.”
Over the last decade, Erik Sanko has divided his time between the Lounge Lizards and Skeleton Key. In 2001, Sanko released his only solo album, Past Imperfect / Present Tense (Jetset Records), which contains eleven unusual and haunting songs that address loss of all kinds. On the album, Sanko performs on foreign-sounding homemade instruments alongside […]
“In the past, it always took so much effort and [money] to get a band into record stores across the country. That was one of the main things you needed a record company for—so that you could be in every Tower Records. But, obviously, Tower Records is gone.”
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) Two years ago, Justin Vernon spent the winter alone in his father’s Wisconsin cabin, wrestling with the ghosts of past relationships and his former self. Following a split with his band DeYarmond Edison and having moved cross-country from North Carolina, Vernon’s only plans were to cocoon himself away […]
Barzin My Life in Rooms (Montreme Records) Even though Canadian songwriter Barzin Hosseini has been writing sleepy, introspective music for over a decade, making another record of slow-tempoed, country-tinged rock remains a risky proposition simply because so many artists—Low, Ida, and Mazzy Star to name a few—have trod this ground before. Barzin, however, seems aware […]
“I’m increasingly intolerant of religious fundamentalism of any variety. Irrationality gets under my skin.”