Album Review: Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

For all the poeticism and subtle sophistication of its sparsely-produced 3 - 5 minute tracks, Joanna Newsom’s debut Milk Eyed Mender (2004) provided little clue as to the epic heights to which the flaxen-haired singer-songwriter-harpist would take us on her orchestral follow-up, Ys (2006). This thematically and sonically ambitious sophomore album (average song length: 10 minutes) frequently described as a Renaissance Faire romp would receive outstanding critical acclaim and end up on numerous “Best of” lists for both 2006 and the decade. Given this praise, the four-year wait for what Newsom would unveil after Ys was painfully long. Coule she really, we wondered, top an album that was itself magnum-opus-worthy? Enter Have One On Me—Newsom’s 2010, 2-hour length, triple disc release, the news of which had some wondering whether the album would prove as long and tiresome as the wait.

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Interview: Moby for LiveDaily.com

It was a balmy spring day in West Hollywood, CA, when Moby arrived for his interview with LiveDaily. Taking advantage of the nice weather, we ushered the affable, bespectacled musician up onto the roof and into a shady spot overlooking the billboard-laden Sunset Strip.

As locals know, the Strip is more than just a road; it's a veritable visual assault of towering images and words officiously touting what movies to watch, clothes to wear and music to listen to--a strange backdrop for an artist who often decries the blatant commercialization of the arts, but somehow also fitting for a music icon who (controversially) brought the once-underground genre of electronica to the radio-listening masses.

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Interview: Tori Amos for LiveDaily.com

Tori Amos’ public persona as an eccentric, passionate, musical enigma certainly precedes her. So, when she walked into LiveDaily's West Hollywood studio to talk about her latest album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, I was prepared for nothing less than an intense discourse rife with socio-political critique and philosophical musings on her art and life.

Tori delivered in that respect, but before diving into the interview proper, we engaged in a casual conversation regarding raising her daughter Natashya in England, the difference between the US and UK school systems, and her concerns regarding Natashya's desire to pursue acting. I was struck by the freedom with which she shared her feelings of maternal pride and vulnerability; in doing so, she appeared less of an enigma and something much more familiar: a strong, self-aware and open woman with the ability to feel things honestly and deeply.

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Interview: Primal Scream for Ticketmaster.com

Primal Scream first emerged onto the music scene in the mid ‘80s and, since then, the band has continued to defy convention by reinventing its sound with each new release. They've moved from psychedelic pop to punk to acid house to Stonesy blues-rock—and their legion of dedicated fans have followed them faithfully every step of the way. Led by Bobby Gillespie (formerly of Jesus and Mary Chain), Primal Scream are currently touring Europe with a US tour to follow. Bass player Gary "Mani" Mounfield recently spoke with Ticketmaster about his musical roots (he was the bass player for the much acclaimed Manchester band The Stone Roses), the new album Riot City Blues, and the current tour.

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Interview: The Decemberists for Ticketmaster.com

An ancient Japanese folk tale, fanfare for a child monarch and a vengeful mariner in the belly of a whale are not typical subjects for your everyday pop/rock songwriter—unless, of course, you are Colin Meloy, the hyper-literate frontman and songsmith for the acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band The Decemberists. While other bands pen chart-topping hits about more readily-accessible themes like relationship woes, Meloy set the Decemberists apart early on by admittedly writing songs meant to "alienate" audiences. Despite this, their narrative lyrics and distinct, folk-tinged sound has found enormous favor—perhaps more so than the band ever expected—with audiences and critics alike. The Crane Wife marks their fourth full-length release, as well as their major label debut for Capitol Records. In this exclusive interview, Colin Meloy speaks with Ticketmaster about The Decemberists' latest musical explorations and their current US and European tour. 

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Interview: Massive Attack for Ticketmaster.com

Massive Attack's groundbreaking blend of hip hop, dub reggae, techno and rock revolutionized Britain's dance club scene in the early ‘90s and gave birth to the trip-hop sound that would eventually be popularized by Portishead, Björk and Sneaker Pimps. All Massive Attack's albums to date are certified platinum and feature a dynamic roster of vocalists including Elizabeth Fraser, Horace Andy, Tracey Thorn and Sinead O'Connor. Comprised of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, the band has recently released Collected (a compilation of select works) and has plans to release a new album Weather Underground in early 2007. While on tour in the US, 3D spoke to Ticketmaster about Collected, their new record in the works, and their current tour.   

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