Progress Report

Progress Report: The Twilight Sad

By T. Cole Rachel / April 17, 2012 - 4:54 pm
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Twilight Sad's most recent LP has been out since February; this Progress Report has been on a crashed hard drive since before that. Now that Cole's harddrive is back in commission, we thought we'd run this ProgRep because the Twilight Sad deserve it. Let's go!] Name: The Twilight Sad Progress Report: Long-lost… More »


Progress Report: Rebecca Gates

By T. Cole Rachel / April 13, 2012 - 12:51 pm
Name: Rebecca Gates And The Consortium Progress Report: Former Spinanes frontwoman Rebecca Gates talks about wrapping up work on The Float, her first release in over eleven years. Most people of a certain age will first remember Rebecca Gates as the guitarist and vocalist for The Spinanes -- a beloved boy/girl duo that released three… More »


Progress Report: Liars

By T. Cole Rachel / April 9, 2012 - 12:50 pm
Name: Liars Progress Report: Liars dive headfirst down the the electronic rabbit hole on WIXIW. Few bands that emerged in the early 2000’s have managed to remain as interesting -- or as frequently confounding -- as Liars. Albums such as 2004’s They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (at the time, one of the most scathingly… More »


Progress Report: Dirty Three

By T. Cole Rachel / April 4, 2012 - 4:25 pm
Name: Dirty Three Progress Report: Warren Ellis -- one third of iconic trio Dirty Three -- discusses the making of the bands most recent record, Toward the Low Sun. Dirty Three have been making records for nearly 20 years, which is certainly no small feat for any band. That they have managed to make record… More »


Progress Report: Free Energy

By T. Cole Rachel / April 2, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Name: Free Energy Progress Report: Classic rock revivalists mine for FM Radio gold on Love Sign. When Free Energy released their debut album -- 2010’s Stuck On Nothing -- on DFA, more than a few people were confused by it. While the breezy party vibe of the record jibed nicely with the label’s good time… More »


Progress Report: Spiritualized

By T. Cole Rachel / March 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm
Name: Spiritualized Progress Report: Jason Pierce chats about the new Spiritualized album and the perils of perfectionism. It’s easy to take for granted what an influence on popular music Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) has had over the past three decades. As a member of Spacemen 3, Pierce trademarked a kind of druggy noise-psych that… More »


Progress Report: Screaming Females

By T. Cole Rachel / March 22, 2012 - 11:49 am
Name: Screaming Females Progress Report: New Jersey trio puts the finishing touches on Ugly, their forthcoming Steve Albini-produced full-length. Screaming Females popped up on most people’s radar with the release of 2010’s excellently scrappy Castle Talk, but the New Jersey punk band has been releasing music (and playing approximately five-bazillion house shows and basement venues)… More »


Progress Report: Goldfrapp

By T. Cole Rachel / March 20, 2012 - 3:41 pm
Name: Goldfrapp Progress Report: Alison Goldfrapp talks about The Singles and opens up about the recording of a new album. Earlier this year Goldfrapp released The Singles -- a tidy 14-track compendium neatly summing up over a decade of work. Five albums deep into their career, Goldfrapp now occupy their own unique niche i… More »


Progress Report: The Fresh & Onlys

By T. Cole Rachel / March 15, 2012 - 12:06 pm
Name: The Fresh & Onlys Progress Report: San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys have been recording a new album for a really long time and they still aren’t done. The Fresh & Onlys have proven themselves to be one of San Francisco’s most interesting and reliably prolific bands. Since forming in 2008, the band has released… More »


Progress Report: The Cribs

By T. Cole Rachel / March 14, 2012 - 2:14 pm
Name: The Cribs Progress Report: The Jarman brothers do whatever they damn well feel like on The Cribs forthcoming record, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull. After losing Johnny Marr as their guitarist in 2011 (what would surely be a crushing blow to pretty much any band in the universe), the three remaining member… More »


Progress Report: White Rabbits

By T. Cole Rachel / March 13, 2012 - 12:35 pm
Name: White Rabbits Progress Report: White Rabbits’ Stephen Patterson opens up about the band’s new record, Milk Famous. To record their first album in nearly three years, Brooklyn’s White Rabbits decamped to Austin, Texas and spent a few months enjoying the suburban life. If the band’s new album, Milk Famous, is any indication, the time… More »


Progress Report: Perfume Genius

By T. Cole Rachel / February 27, 2012 - 4:33 pm
Name: Perfume Genius Progress Report: Mike Hadreas opens up about the new Perfume Genius record, Put Your Back N 2 It. When Perfume Genius released Learning back in 2010, the record quickly became a kind of quiet sensation: an elegant rumination on heartbreak and abuse that sounded almost uncomfortably personal. It was hard to imagine… More »


Progress Report: Black Dice

By T. Cole Rachel / February 21, 2012 - 1:44 pm
Name: Black Dice Progress Report: The stalwarts of noise-rock experimentalism ready the release of Mr. Impossible this spring. Black Dice have been reliably blowing minds (and eardrums) for over fifteen years now, which is no small feat for any band in today’s commercially volatile and annoyingly fickle musical landscape. They have released approximately one millio… More »


Progress Report: Jennifer Herrema

By T. Cole Rachel / February 17, 2012 - 5:20 pm
Name: Black Bananas Progress Report: Jennifer Herrema talks about her new project, Black Bananas, and all kinds of other rad shit. There are few humans that embody the notion of “bad ass” quite as thoroughly as Jennifer Herrema. As one half of Royal Trux, Herrema made druggy scuzz rock that would suitably inspire and terrify… More »


Progress Report: Twin Shadow

By T. Cole Rachel / February 16, 2012 - 1:53 pm
Name: Twin Shadow Progress Report: George Lewis, Jr. -- aka Twin Shadow -- goes to California to get busy on his new record. Twin Shadow’s debut album -- 2010’s Forget -- was one of that year’s prettiest surprises: a swoony, synthy, romantic pop paean to '80s new wave. The success of that record kept frontma… More »


Progress Report: The Walkmen

By T. Cole Rachel / February 7, 2012 - 3:11 pm
Name: The Walkmen Progress Report: Band gets to work with Phil Ek on forthcoming studio album. Aside from taking a victory lap around North America to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, members of The Walkmen have been holed up in a studio with Phil… More »


Progress Report: Mark Lanegan

By T. Cole Rachel / February 6, 2012 - 3:39 pm
Name: Mark Lanegan Progress Report: The songwriter talks about Blues Funeral, his first solo album in nearly 8 years. It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his music that Mark Lanegan is a man of relatively few words. Whether it be with his work as the frontman of Screaming Trees, his work… More »


Progress Report: Dan Deacon

By Corban Goble / February 2, 2012 - 11:42 am
Name: Dan Deacon Progress Report: Baltimore’s favorite experimentalist opens up about his new record … and also tells us a bunch of lies. Dan Deacon sure is wacky. And busy! In the time it took to read this sentence Dan Deacon will have recorded music for half a dozen projects, made some art, worked o… More »


Progress Report: Why?

By T. Cole Rachel / January 27, 2012 - 2:04 pm
Name: Why? Progress Report: Yoni Wolf talks about the state of WHY? and the band’s sometime-to-be-released new record. WHY? is one of those bands that will invariably cause you to sound like an asshole when you try and describe them. Hip-hop-inflected indie rock? Folk-hop? I’m gonna stop trying now. I will say, however, that the… More »


Progress Report: Here We Go Magic

By T. Cole Rachel / January 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm
Name: Here We Go Magic Progress Report: Luke Temple opens up about the band’s serendipitous new Nigel Godrich-produced album Sometimes life really is a lot like a romantic comedy. I’m thinking specifically of that Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors (I apologize) or any number of Lifetime cable movies that explore that age-old idea of how… More »


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