Under the Radar #49 is now available! Another wonderful with great stories on Portlandia (Carrie & Fred also Interview Stephen Malkmus!), Norman Reedus & J Mascis, St. Vincent, EMA, Warpaint, Charli XCX, and many others. I have a feature on I Break Horses and a bunch of reviews in there, too. Please take a look, won’t you?
Attempt to connect the dots between Beck releases and you’ll rarely find moments where the artist has circled back on himself. Unfettered by genre or by audience expectations, his drowsy baritone and free-associative lyrics are the only things which remain consistent from album to album.
"The intent is for us to do another record," says Neil Halstead, founding guitarist and vocalist of the recently-reunited Slowdive. “We all really want to do that. Whether we manage it or not, I’m not sure yet at this point.
Last fall, Annie Clark emerged from 18 long months on the road—which included the Strange Mercy tour and her Love This Giant gigs with David Byrne—ready to work. Rather than take the standard time off to recover and recalibrate, Clark dove right into songwriting again, expelling the last year and a half’s worth of ideas into these 11 new tracks. The simply-titled St. Vincent arrived far earlier than anyone would have expected from such a busy artist, but it doesn’t feel rushed; rather, it’s the product of a musician on an inspired streak.