Name: Porcelain Raft
Progress Report: Mauro Remiddi — the man behind the raft — discusses putting the finishing touches on Porcelain Raft’s highly anticipated debut album.
Mauro Remiddi is a very friendly Italian man currently living in New York. If you are to believe his press clippings, Remiddi has done everything from… More »
Name: Sharon Van Etten
Progress Report: NYC songsmith Sharon Van Etten talks about her soon-to-be-released third album, Tramp.
Not only was Sharon Van Etten’s last record — 2010’s Epic — one of that year’s loveliest surprises and critical faves, it also found the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter suddenly being covered by the likes of… More »
Progress Report: Indie wunderkind preps debut album for Glassnote Records with production help from Steve Lillywhite.
Brad Oberhofer first started making major waves back in 2010 with self-released singles like “Away Frm U” and “Gotta Go,” both of which displayed his knack for combining lyrics that were equal parts clever… More »
Progress Report: Norway’s finest super producer talks about his disco-infused 2012 release, Six Cups of Rebel.
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has been releasing some of the world’s finest electronic music for nearly a decade now, both on his own and along with fellow production whiz Prins Thomas. In 2011 Lindstrøm released Real… More »
Name: The Smashing Pumpkins
Progress Report: Billy Corgan opens up about the recent Smashing Pumpkins reissues, the forthcoming Pumpkins album, and his own rather complicated musical legacy.
Say what you will about Billy Corgan (and there is certainly plenty to say), the dude knows how to write great songs. It might be… More »
Name: Tegan and Sara
Progress Report: Sara Quin talks about Get Along, what’s next for the band, and the Tyler, The Creator controversy that won’t seem to ever go away.
Last month Tegan and Sara released Get Along — a career-spanning live album that also includes three short documentary films on the… More »
Name: Bear in Heaven
Progress Report: Brooklyn’s finest synth-rock dreamshapers put the finishing touches on their forthcoming spring release.
Bear in Heaven’s last album — Beast Rest Forth Mouth — was one of 2009’s most pleasant surprises. For many, that album — and the ubiquitous single, “Lovesick Teenagers” — was their first… More »
Progress Report: The mercurial singer/songwriter chats about his new Mark Ronson-produced album, Out Of The Game.
Since releasing his debut album back in 1998, Rufus Wainwright has proven himself to be one of the world’s most formidable jacks-of-all-trades. Whether it be writing pithy pop songs, composing grandiose operas, or channeling Judy Garland, Wainwright… More »
Progress Report: Claire Boucher — aka Grimes –talks about the magic and madness behind her forthcoming new album, Visions.
The term “otherworldly” gets tossed around an awful lot these days, but there really are few other words to aptly describe Claire Boucher and her work. Releasing music under the moniker… More »
Name: WU LYF
Progress Report: Ellery Roberts of WU LYF — Manchester’s cultiest non-cult band — opens up about the band’s current tour and getting to work on album number two.
WU LYF’s debut album — Go Tell Fire To the Mountain — has proven itself to be one of thi… More »
Name: Field Music
Progress Report: David Brewis discusses the making of Field Music’s forthcoming 2012 release, Plumb.
As far as I’m concerned, Field Music (a.k.a. Sunderland, England, siblings Peter and David Brewis) is arguably one of the most criminally underrated bands in the world. Like a hybrid of every great 120 Minutes-era… More »
Progress Report: Mike Mills talks greatest hits, covering Big Star, and life after R.E.M.
It’s kind of hard to comment on the progress of a band that just released a career-capping retrospective and officially broke up. Still, it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to speak with any of the… More »
Name: School of Seven Bells
Progress Report: Benjamin Curtis opens up about the band’s forthcoming spring release, Ghostory.
The first time I ever interviewed Benjamin Curtis was back in 2004. At the time he was playing music alongside his brother Brandon in a band called Secret Machines. After Secret Machines released their… More »
Name: Paul Simon
Progress Report: Rock and roll icon hits the road this fall and prepares to bring a live version of Graceland to the masses in 2012.
It was a lovely coincidence that just a few days after watching Songs of America, a recently re-released documentary about Simon and Garfunkel from… More »
Progress Report: Butch Vig and Shirley Manson open up about reuniting to record the first new Garbage album in over six years.
Just a few years after Butch Vig would help change the landscape of popular music (and culture) forever with his part in the production of Nirvana’s Nevermind, he… More »
Progress Report: Husband and wife duo turned trio put the finishing touches on their Cape Dory follow up.
Cape Dory — the debut album from Denver-based duo Tennis — was one of early 2011’s most charming success stories. Not only was the record a sweet listen — 10 tracks of… More »
NAME: My Brightest Diamond
PROGRESS REPORT: Shara Worden opens up about her new album, All Things Will Unwind, the perils of being a working musician, and her new home in Detroit.
In addition to releasing two albums under the moniker of My Brightest Diamond, Shara Worden has played with lots of people… More »
PROGRESS REPORT: Anthony Gonzalez talks touring, music biz, and recording his excellent new LP, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.
Anthony Gonzalez — aka French pop enthusiast M83 — has always had a penchant for crafting things that were both dreamy and vaguely teen-agery. On his new record, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,… More »
Name: Mick Fleetwood
Progress Report: Iconic rock and roll drummer chats about tequila, Hawaii, befriending Nicole Atkins, and the future of a little band called Fleetwood Mac.
As a lifelong devotee of Fleetwood Mac, I jumped at the chance to chat with drummer extraordinaire and founding band member Mick Fleetwood. In additio… More »
Progress Report: English trip-hop pioneers embark on a long-overdue North American tour and will maybe make a record sometime. The band will release a 12″ of “Chase The Tear,” which they performed on Fallon last night, via XL on 11/14.
As a long time fan of Portishead I was really… More »