Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mandolinist Extraordinaire Matt Flinner Generously Shares "Winter Harvest"


I first discovered the Matt Flinner Trio, through their 2009 album, Music du Jour. At the time, I had been studying the mandolin for about a year and was largely listening to bluegrass as the guiding force in my studies. I often credit Music Du Jour as one of the first albums I was lucky enough to discover that fulfilled my desire to study mandolin beyond bluegrass.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cheyenne Marie Mize Discusses Her New Album "We Don't Need"


I first discovered Cheyenne Marie Mize through her six-song collaboration with Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) called Among The Gold.  I enjoyed it so much that I began digging around online and realized that in addition to working with Mr. Oldham, Ms. Mize has also been prolifically teaming up with the likes of Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore, and her partners in her band, Maiden Radio.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Laura Gibson Tells Her Tale of "La Grande"


I first heard Laura Gibson's music when she opened for a solo performance by Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg a few years ago. Performing alone on a dimly lit stage, Ms. Gibson's unique voice, nimbly-punctuated guitar playing, and intimately sparse arrangements captivated the crowd for the duration of her set. I was blown away by her performance and compelled to hear more.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Catching Up With Joy Kills Sorrow On "This Unknown Science"


Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the Boston-based string band, Joy Kills Sorrow. Their latest album, last year's This Unknown Science, is an album that made quite a lasting impact on fans, critics, and new listeners alike. For fans of Crooked Still, Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow offers a richly rewarding amount of material to enjoy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Luke Roberts Talks "Big Bells and Dime Songs"



Last fall, Luke Roberts released his first solo album, Big Bells and Dime Songs, and his first for Thrill Jockey Records (it was originally released Ecstatic Peace, Thurston Moore's label, in the spring of 2010). Dime Songs and Dime Songs seemed to arrive quietly, and has been drifting around for a bit, building it's momentum slowly, gradually attracting more and more attention.