What more can be said about Seattle-based indie-rock group Death Cab For Cutie that hasn’t already been written in a hundred Spin articles. The band is now a more than a decade old and still going strong.
Eric Pulido plays with the earthy and ethereal folk pop group, Midlake, who formed in Texas back in 1999. Their crowning glory to date has been the 2006 release, The Trials of Van Occupanther, a richly textured, slow moving masterpiece which captures the five-piece in rarer form. These are the songs that have inspired him, written in his own words.
There’s something extraordinary about the coolly detached electro mash-up of Fujiya & Miyagi. Perhaps it’s in the pop melodies, which entwine themselves around glitchy drumbeats. Or maybe it’s just that the band, which sounds like a couple of sumo wrestlers, is actually made up of four scruffy lads from Brighton. Go figure! These are the songs that inspire David Best.
Better Than Ezra are the million-selling band with hits like Good and A Lifetime and has a fan base so faithful they’ve dubbed themselves the Ezralites. So what’s the story behind that name? ‘We have never revealed it, even under duress,’ says frontman, Kevin Griffin. These are the songs that have inspired him over the years.
South London electro-pop band, The Chap, are unique and inventive. They are signed to Ghostly International, which issued their album Mega Breakfast in the US in July 2008 as their first official American release. These are the songs that have inspired them over the years.
Formed in Toronto but, at various times, based in Montreal, London, New York and L.A, Metric boasts the sort of history that requires one of those connect-the-dots red-lined maps you see in an Indiana Jones movie. These are the songs that have inspired Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, written in his own words.
YACHT founding members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans live in Portland, Oregon and Marfa, Texas, and consider themselves ‘generalists’ in the fields of music, art, writing, and everything in between. These are the songs that have inspired their own music over the years, written in their own voice.
French musician, M83, has been on our radar since he released his brilliant album, Saturday=Youth, in 2008. That, and every subsequent release, will take you on a journey through a sentimental and nostalgic land. In M83′s own words: ‘this is the most explicit celebration yet of how it feels to be dazed, confused and fifteen year old’, as haunting melodies are filled with overtones of Kate Bush, Human League and Boards Of Canada. These are the songs that inspire him, written in his own words.
Founded by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague have used a variety of female singers including Alexandra Pavlou, Mélanie Pain, Marina Celeste and Phoebe Killdeer for their unique acoustic covers of classic New Wave 80s tunes.
‘I know it’s electronic music’, Brian Lindgren says, ‘but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar’. As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the country by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. [from Ghostly]
I have a six month old girl who is already a budding fashionista. Yes, she makes a play for items of clothing each morning that she’s wanting to wear that day, and if it be two dresses, a pair of shorts and a swimming cap, then so be it. Who am I to argue with a strong willed woman?
Dr. Dog is a psychedelic rock group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which formed in 1999 with the release of The Psychedelic Swamp, a concept album realized in the damp ruin of a flooded basement with waterlogged guitars and a digital delay pedal.
Zia McCabe from The Dandy Warhols personifies everything The Dandy Warhols stand for: sassy, cooly detached, and dripping in attitude. The keyboardist adds a lush sonic wash to the Dandy’s inherent popism, and keeps the lads in check as they wind their way through the stadiums of the world. Well, kinda. To be a fly on the wall on their tour bus! Some folk have all the fun.
Widows are Jams. F. Kennedy and Bobby Evans – an eclectic rap duo from Los Angeles, formed out of the ashes of previously awesome LA rap group, Brother Reade. Widows are playing in San Francisco on Thursday June 13 at 111 Minna Gallery with support from Antwon and Alexander Spit. It’s all the name of the Colors of Tequila traveling pop-up series being presented by Olmeca Altos Tequila and which will be celebrating the best in drink, food, music and art.
Girl Talk had been known to underground audiences for several years, but it wasn’t until 2006 that Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, crossed over and caught the attention of a larger audience. While his first album, Secret Diary (2002), was full of purposeful glitches and noise, his subsequent album, Unstoppable (2004), moved closer towards danceable mixes of varying genres.