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Afterglow 5/6/2012

Here’s something a little different. Tonight on the afterglow we’re airing our interview with Simon Postford of Shpongle. They’ll be performing this Friday in Detroit at the Majestic Theater, so if you’re into them you may be interested. I’ll be trying to head that way, and some other Impact people will be there too, so post in the comments if you want to meet up!

I’ve got plenty of great music to play after the interview too, so stay tuned for your regularly scheduled Afterglow. Playlist up live below.

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Interview: Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man was nice enough to hang out with us in Detroit a few weeks ago. Here’s a video we put together where they talk about their musical influences, how they “see” when writing music, and being poor in Michigan. Plus, you’ve gotta check out their stage…holy crap dude!

Impact Chats With… Mountain Man!

The Virginia-based Mountain Man consists of Amelia Randall Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Erin Sarle.  Their debut album, Made the Harbor, is a stunning, expansive landscape of harmonies, accompanied sometimes by a guitar, and sometimes nothing at all.  Their songs are comfortable and broken-in without ever sounding gimmicky or plain.  On November 5th, Mountain Man’s live set included a few new songs, and almost every song performed off of Made the Harbor had been reworked in some way.  I thought they were something of an odd fit to open for the particularly energetic Jónsi, but they captivated the audience better than most opening bands I’d seen.  Their voices could start slow and quiet, drawing in the listening, and would swell into three-part harmonies that hold, move, shift, and trickle back down to a single voice.  I was able to catch up with them back stage after the show.  I sat cross-legged on the floor, while Molly, nursing
a broken foot, was stretched out propped up on her elbows and Amelia sat rubbing Molly’s back and stroking her hair.

Matt Revers: I understand you guys met in college.  How did you decide to become Mountain Man?

Amelia: I heard Molly’s music.  And molly’s music made me want to sing more, and so I taught one of Molly’s songs to Alex, and Molly wanted Alex to sing more, and then we all came together as a trio.

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The Impact Chats With… Dan Mangan!

Vancouver singer/songwriter Dan Mangan has a certain air of intense calm and openness that permeates any conversation. Before getting into the interview itself, I chatted with him about life on the road, and it became clear that this was certainly not his first time out touring. He spoke the way your favorite pair of old jeans would: warmly, comfortably. We at Impact 89FM caught up with him about his latest album Nice, Nice, Very Nice, the Vancouver scene, and life on the road.

Matt Revers: Your songs are a really interesting blend of poeticism and casual conversation. How would you explain your writing process?

Dan Mangan: Iʼve heard other people describe it as almost like a train of thought. Iʼve never been good at writing things like devotion songs, you know, kind of love songs, so most of my stuff ends up being kind of conversational. Kind of like “here are a bunch of my thoughts in a row,” and sometimes itʼs more serious, and sometimes itʼs a little bit more kind of tongue-in-cheek. In general I just kind of like taking the piss out of humanity. I think that weʼre very fickle creatures, and weʼre doomed to make some of the same mistakes over and over again. I aim to rib human kind without being a jerk about it. I think overall Iʼd like to spread a message of optimism, but I do enjoy taking the piss, for sure. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Kings Go Forth!

Nick Van Huis: Your sound has kind of a Motown feel to it, how does it feel to be in Detroit? Andy Noble: You know, the “Motown” thing gets tossed around a lot in interviews and stuff, and it’s not that it’s not true, but it’s just that 9 out of 10 times, my inspiration for the R&B or funk stuff comes from the people who were standing in the shadows of the Motown people, the ones who didn’t have a huge record deal or anything like that. A lot more of the mom and pop recorded groups were more of an influence on us. Motown was kind of fancy. But it’s a huge soul city, a ton of people I’m a fan of have created albums here, so it is exciting. I love Detroit, it’s great for records, it’s great for soul people in general. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Local Natives!

5/10/2010 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor

Nick Van Huis: I know Gorilla Manor was named after the house you guys lived in. How did the experience of living in that house influence the album?

Ryan:I think it definitely shaped the way that we write songs together.I’ve come to find that we are very weird, in that we are so collaborative.I think a lot of bands are centered around one guy who just writes all of the songs and tells everyone what to do. But we would wake up on Saturday morning or whatever and literally just get together in the main room of the house and just write songs together around a piano and two acoustic guitars and we did a lot of the songs that way just hours and hours on end of everyone just putting in their ideas and shaping the song that way. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Dr. Dog!

Recorded at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on Thursday, April 15th

Nick Van Huis: You guys are from Philadelphia, and usually when bands reach a certain level of fame they tend to defect to bigger cities like L.A. or New York. Has there ever been that temptation for you guys?

Scott McMicken: No. We’re not that kind of people. I think there’s way more than enough going on in Philly for dudes like us. If anything, we would probably be more inclined to leave “the city” altogether. There’s nothing really that compelling to go to like L.A. or New York. We’ve been in the area of Philly so long, we have so many friends and history there that there’s never a shortage of things to do. I think we’re all pretty content in Philly. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Hot Chip!

Hot Chip released their album One Life Stand in February of this year to a wide array of critical acclaim. We had the chance to talk to Joe Godard about the process of recording the album, working with other artists, and the different types of shows they play. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Field Music!

Field Music recently came through Detroit in support of their latest album, Field Music (Measure). The Impact was on location to sit down with Dave and Peter Brewis and talked with the brothers about classic rock radio, the benefit of physical music, and recording neo-classical albums with Talk Talk. Nick VanHuis: In music right now, there’s a lot of people trying to sound retro, and I feel like you guys achieve this without it being forced. David Brewis: One of the things about the way we record things, is that we can only do them one way because we have rubbish equipment, limited resources. We learned how to play drums, we learned how to play guitar, and that’s what we want to do. Peter Brewis: There are a lot of things about modern recording techniques that I don’t particularly like. It’s not so much that I want to sound like an old record, but it’s more that there’s such a suffocating quality in new recordings, which I don’t like. I like to hear space, and as soon as you do that, it automatically sounds a little bit like a Led Zeppelin record. DB: That’s what we listen to, that’s what we basically listen to to get us through the day when we’re driving; we listen to classic rock. It’s pointless listening to Talk Talk, cause you can’t hear it. PB: Queen, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith. DB: It’s just like, let’s get stuff on that feels good, sounds good, we can sing along to. We have good fun. We don’t get classic rock stations in the UK, so we just flick around and it’s hilarious most of the time. If we do tours longer than 2 or 3 weeks… PB: We get sick of listening to Chicago. Read More…

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