Fans of Page France have been wondering for years what happened to the band after suddenly quitting with very little warning. Well your search is over. Cotton Jones (formerly known as The Cotton Jones Basket Ride) have been making music since 2008 and have advanced from releasing EPs off of Ann Arbor-based Quite Scientific Records to currently being signed to Suicide Squeeze. Blending psychedelic folk with indie rock (and some clear baroque influences for you classical fans out there), Cotton Jones is the epitome of hippie music. Like The Mamas and The Papas after a Saturday morning wake and bake, they make some of the most relaxed and peaceful music out there. Check out “Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)” off their 2009 Suicide Squeeze debut Paranoid Cocoon below.
This week Janis Ian, two time Grammy award winner, calls in from Nashville to talk about her experiences and musical career. We hear a few of her a few clips from her audio book “Society’s Child” and also listen to some of her music including “In the Winter“, “Jesse“, “At Seventeen“, and “Bright Lights and Promises“.
Side project of Zach Smith (amazing bassist of Pinback), Systems Officer was never meant to go anywhere. With some time after the 2007 Pinback Autumn of the Seraphs, Smith was able to record Systems Officer’s only album, the aptly-titled Underslept. His signature Pinback sound shines through the entire album, but the music as a whole is much more down-tempo and moody. Original piano lines and creative drum fills give the album a very full sound while still maintaining a very minimalist, separated feeling. Check out their song “In This World” off the album Underslept below.
Australian six-piece Alpine make pop music the likes of which are unmatched. Taking a more “sophisticated” take on indie-pop, Alpine has opened for The Jezebels, played SXSW, and was named Triple J’s Feature Album, all before experiencing an American release. Due for USA release in May, A Is For Alpine is chock full of hypnotic beats, fuzzy synths, and sweet harmonies. Check out the unsettling music video for “Hands” off their album A Is For Alpine below. Read More…
Los Angeles duo El Ten Eleven could easily be classified as a wunderkind. Using all sorts of effects, loops, electronic drum kits, and harmonics, you’ll be amazed at the sounds these two rockers can come up with. Formed in 2002, they’ve put out five album, each a little different than the last. The guitarist plays a handmade, double-neck guitar (one of which is a bass, the other being a standard guitar); it’s incredible to watch him tap bass notes and guitar notes at the same time. The instrumental mathy post-rock they put out is nothing like any other music out there. With creative riffs, layering upon layering of loops, and time-centered beats, El Ten Eleven is probably the most creative band you’ve heard in a while. Check out “Central Nervous Piston” off their 2005 self-titled album below. Read More…
Be sure to tune in next week when we have Simien the Whale in the studio
Here’s tonight’s playlist:
Tonight we have a mixed bag o’ blues with standards from R&B and the blues, new blues albums, and a spotlight on Toronzo Cannon later in the night.
Bessie Smith – Do Your Duty
Mamie Smith – Crazy Blues
Son House – Pearline
Straight out of California, Jenny Lewis was destined for greatness. Starting as a child actress, she was able to snag roles in The Wizard, Pleasantville, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin to name a few. Turning her focus towards music, she was able to form the ever-popular Rilo Kiley and hit it big with the band until splitting in 2011. Jenny Lewis wasn’t done though, releasing several solo albums and starting a project with boyfriend John Vanderslice appropriately titled Jenny and Johnny. The standout song of any of these projects is this nearly nine minute, three-part romp about a girl and her father. As groovy as it is long, the jazzy flow of the song makes it feel a lot shorter. Check out the track off Acid Tongue below. Read More…