Progress Report

Progress Report: Family Band

By Corban Goble / July 24, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Name: Family Band
Progress Report: Kim Krans — one half of Family Band — talks about Grace & Lies.

This week the husband and wife duo known as Family Band will release its second full-length album, Grace & Lies. The record is an appropriately folky follow-up to 2010’s Miller Path, which saw… More »

Progress Report: Jens Lekman

By T. Cole Rachel / July 18, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Name: Jens Lekman
Progress Report: Lekman chats about his long-awaited new record, I Know What Love Isn’t.

It’s been five long years since Swedish charmer Jens Lekman put out a record, but this fall he finally returns with I Know What Love Isn’t, an aptly-titled breakup record in the classic tradition. O… More »

Progress Report: MNDR

By T. Cole Rachel / July 2, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Name: MNDR
Progress Report: MNDR’s Amanda Warner chats about the group’s debut full length, Feed Me Diamonds.

MNDR is the brainchild of vocalist/musician Amanda Warner (who uses MNDR as her musical nom de plume) and producer Peter Wade. The two turned heads back in 2010 with their E.P.E. EP and excellent single… More »

Progress Report: Liz Phair

By T. Cole Rachel / June 21, 2012 - 11:47 am

Name: Liz Phair
Progress Report: Phair chats about People Like Us, her sometimes confusing career, and what she wants to do next.

While in Los Angeles this week I had the chance to do a quick sit down interview with Liz Phair. Even though I was on vacation, I jumped at the… More »

Progress Report: Mayer Hawthorne

By Stereogum / June 20, 2012 - 11:48 am

Name: Mayer Hawthorne
Progress Report: The neo soul singer/producer checks in on a break from his US tour.

Last month we launched a partnership with Mayer Hawthorne for, a new online platform showcasing items from Gap’s Summer 2012 collection. For this final installment of our collab we caught up with… More »

Progress Report: Simian Mobile Disco

By Corban Goble / June 14, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Name: Simian Mobile Disco
Progress Report: James Ford and Jas Shaw talk about the making of Unpatterns and the complexities of touring as an electronic act.

Simian Mobile Disco are currently touring the world in support of their third proper full-length album, Unpatterns. Having established themselves as one of the world’s finest… More »

Progress Report: Blonds

By T. Cole Rachel / June 12, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Name: Blonds
Progress Report: The NYC-by-way-of-Florida BTW put the finishing touches on their forthcoming full-length, The Bad Ones.

Shortly after releasing their first EP last November (the excellently moody Dark Roots), Cari Rae and Jordy Asher — better known as Blonds — packed up their stuff and moved from south Florida to… More »

Progress Report: Baio

By T. Cole Rachel / May 30, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Name: Baio
Progress Report: Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio talks about his new solo project.

This month Greco-Roman — the Berlin-London record label that also serves as home to Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard — released Sunburn, the debut solo EP from Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. Simply titled Baio (if you… More »

Progress Report: d’Eon

By T. Cole Rachel / May 24, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Name: d’Eon
Progress Report: Elusive Montreal electronic artist d’Eon opens up about his debut, LP.

Montreal based composer/producer/professional weirdster Chris d’Eon has been gently blowing minds for a couple of years now with his sanguine electronic creations, though he didn’t fully appear on most people’s radar until Darkbloom — his split EP… More »

Progress Report: 2:54

By T. Cole Rachel / May 23, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Name: 2:54
Progress Report: Colette Thurlow — one half of British sister duo 2:54 — talks about the making of the band’s forthcoming full-length debut.

British duo 2:54 — the BTW comprised of sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow — generated lots of excitement earlier this year with the release of previous single… More »

Progress Report: The Soft Moon

By T. Cole Rachel / May 17, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Name: The Soft Moon
Progress Report: Luis Vasquez talks about the recording of the Soft Moon’s forthcoming sophomore LP.

The Soft Moon’s 2010 self-titled debut was a thing of gothy delight — eleven tracks of spooky bedroom electronics that created such a powerful, singular vision — of something beautiful, harrowing, and more… More »

Progress Report: Metric

By T. Cole Rachel / May 11, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Name: Metric
Progress Report: Emily Haines talks about the making of Synthetica.

Since releasing their first album back in 2003, Metric has proven itself to be the little band that could. Even though the band might have suffered a slight identity crisis with U.S. audiences early on (due, perhaps, to the fact… More »

Progress Report: The Blow

By T. Cole Rachel / May 9, 2012 - 10:00 am

Name: The Blow
Progress Report: Electronic art-pop pioneers hard at work on first new record in nearly six years.

It’s been over half a decade since the Blow released a record. (2006’s Paper Television, which included Yacht’s Jona Bechtolt) So, it’s with a happy heart that we can report that the band… More »

Progress Report: Japandroids

By T. Cole Rachel / May 8, 2012 - 10:11 am

Name: Japandroids
Progress Report: Brian King talks about the duo’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Celebration Rock.

Canadian pop-thrash duo Japandroids will release their sophomore album, the aptly named Celebration Rock, next month via Polyvinyl Records. Judging from the response to our recent Premature Evaluation, early reaction to the record seems to be… More »

Progress Report: Frank Black

By T. Cole Rachel / May 2, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Name: Grand Duchy
Progress Report: Frank Black chats about the new Grand Duchy album, Let the People Speak.

Let the People Speak is the second full-length album from the husband/wife duo of Pixies frontman Frank Black and his wife, musician Violet Clark. The album is an electronica-tinged collection of pop songs i… More »

Progress Report: Tanlines

By T. Cole Rachel / April 26, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Name: Tanlines
Progress Report: Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen chats about the genesis of Mixed Emotions

In another installment in what I like to call “interviews that the tiny technology gods that live inside my hard drive tried to destroy” series, here is my long-lost-but-now-found interview with Jesse Cohen from Tanlines. This interview wa… More »

Progress Report: Torche

By T. Cole Rachel / April 24, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Name: Torche
Progress Report: Steve Brooks talks about the band’s new album Harmonicraft.

Sludge-pop metalheads Torche are having a busy 2012. Not only did the band make waves by having a bat pee in their guitarist’s eye a few weeks ago, they also released an excellent new single called “Kicking” and are… More »

Progress Report: World Party

By T. Cole Rachel / April 23, 2012 - 10:56 am

Name: World Party
Progress Report: Karl Wallinger chats about the new World Party retrospective, Arkeology, and the illness that nearly derailed his entire career.

If you came of age in the early ’90s — the golden age of 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation — then it’s fairly certain that you had more… More »

Progress Report: POP ETC

By T. Cole Rachel / April 20, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Progress Report: Chris Chu talks about The Morning Benders’ transformation into POP ETC and the band’s soon-to-be released new record…… More »

Progress Report: Lower Dens

By T. Cole Rachel / April 18, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Name: Lower Dens
Progress Report: Jana Hunter chats about Lower Dens’ sophomore album, Nootropics.

Jana Hunter is a woman of many talents. Over the past decade she has recorded music and toured with everyone from Devendra Banhart, CoCo Rosie, Deer Tick, Phosphorescent and Indian Jewelry. As a solo artist Hunter has released… More »

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