Progress Report

Progress Report: Sondre Lerche

By T. Cole Rachel / April 25, 2011
NAME: SONDRE LERCHE PROGRESS REPORT: Norwegian popsmith puts the finishing touches on his long-gestating sixth album, Sondre Lerche. As most songwriters will tell you, it takes a lot of work to make easy, breezy pop music that actually sounds effortless. No one understands this more than Sondre Lerche, a songwriter who, since the wise old… More »


Progress Report: Active Child

By T. Cole Rachel / April 15, 2011
NAME: Active Child PROGRESS REPORT: Harp enthusiast and dream pop impresario Pat Grossi puts the finishing touches on a full-length debut It would be easy -- and understandable -- to lump Active Child in with all the other chillwave and nugaze dreamboats that floated into everyone’s iTunes over the past two years. Like a hybrid… More »


Progress Report: Gaspard Augé (Justice)

By T. Cole Rachel / March 31, 2011
NAME: Gaspard Augé PROGRESS REPORT: One half of Justice teams up with Mr. Oizo to soundtrack the sweet sweet sounds of a telepathic tire. Just a few days ago we got a sneak peek of “Civilization,” a new track from the “French bloghouse synth-distorters” (thanks, Amrit!) known as Justice. Even though the band’s new… More »


Progress Report: YACHT

By T. Cole Rachel / March 25, 2011
NAME: YACHT PROGRESS REPORT: Portland’s cosmic dancers to release Shangri-La this summer. After being on the phone with YACHT -- the dynamic twosome of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans -- one thing quickly becomes clear: these two people are, in all likelihood, having a lot more fun than most people on a regular basis. More »


Progress Report: Man Man

By jessica / March 21, 2011
NAME: Man Man PROGRESS REPORT: Completed work on the Mike Mogis produced Life Fantastic, due out 5/10. I’ve kept up with Man Man for a while now, interviewing them for Pitchfork, CMJ, and Paper Thin Walls (R.I.P.), seeing at least a couple of their shows every year since moving to New York. I thought their… More »


Progress Report: Conor Oberst

By T. Cole Rachel / March 17, 2011
NAME: Conor Oberst PROGRESS REPORT:Gearing up for a massive world tour, Bright Eyes’ front man Conor Oberst talks about his new album, the pressures of political activism, and growing old gracefully. More »


Progress Report: My Morning Jacket

By T. Cole Rachel / March 11, 2011
NAME: My Morning Jacket PROGRESS REPORT: Kentucky’s greatest space-rock barn band converges in NYC to talk about their forthcoming full-length Circuital. As a music writer, it’s very rare that you get the opportunity to sit down with an entire band for a lengthy interview. Most of the time you are lucky to get one perso… More »


Progress Report: tUnE-yArDs

By T. Cole Rachel / March 4, 2011
NAME: tUnE-yArDs PROGRESS REPORT: Quirky Canadian ex-pat Merrill Garbus set to release w h o k i l l, her sonically expansive sophomore LP. Merrill Garbus is really fun to talk to, which somehow doesn’t surprise me. Before calling her up to discuss her new record, I had already come to suspect that any perso… More »


Progress Report: Cass McCombs

By T. Cole Rachel / February 24, 2011
NAME: Cass McCombs PROGRESS REPORT: The singer/songwriter (and reticent interview subject) writes us a letter to shed some light on his new record, WIT'S END One of my weirdest interview experiences of all time happened several years ago when I conducted an ill-advised phone interview with Cass McCombs. To be fair, this was totally my… More »


Progress Report: Fleet Foxes

By T. Cole Rachel / February 16, 2011
NAME: Fleet Foxes PROGRESS REPORT: Seattle’s favorite new folkies overcome the dreaded sophomore slump with their hotly anticipated Helplessness Blues. The last time I talked to Fleet Foxes’ frontman Robin Pecknold was back in 2008. At the time, Pecknold and co. were in the midst of doing nonstop press for their about-to-be-released full-length debut and… More »


Progress Report: Low

By T. Cole Rachel / February 2, 2011
NAME: LOW PROGRESS REPORT: Duluth’s mightiest and most quiet rock band prep new album C'mon for release 4/12 via Sub Pop. The last time I saw Low play live was back in 2008 at the New York edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties. Still touring in support of 2007’s Drums and Guns at the time,… More »


Progress Report: Duran Duran

By T. Cole Rachel / January 14, 2011
NAME: Duran Duran PROGRESS REPORT: Pop icons chat up the release of new Mark Ronson-produced record, All You Need Is Now. Even if you were born in the 80's (rather than having lived through it while wearing neon tank tops and jelly bracelets, like some of us geezers did) chances are that you still know… More »


Progress Report: PJ Harvey

By T. Cole Rachel / January 6, 2011
NAME: PJ Harvey PROGRESS REPORT: Polly Jean gets poetic and political on her forthcoming Let England Shake. When she's not on stage performing or talking about her music, it's almost impossible to imagine what PJ Harvey actually does with her time. Since wowing the universe back in her Rid Of Me days, Harvey’s work ha… More »


Progress Report: John Lydon

By T. Cole Rachel / January 4, 2011
NAME: John Lydon PROGRESS REPORT: World’s most curmudgeonly front man chats up his new book and gears up to record a new P.I.L. album early this year. Thinking back over the course of my life as a semi-professional music journalist, there are few moments that spring to mind that are quite as surreal to me… More »


Progress Report: Death Cab For Cutie

By T. Cole Rachel / December 10, 2010
NAME: Death Cab For Cutie PROGRESS REPORT: Prepping their kaleidoscopic seventh studio album Codes And Keys for release in Spring 2011 For those of us who were fans of Death Cab For Cutie back in the prehistoric days of the early 2000's (a time when I saw them play to a half-empty room at the… More »


Progress Report: The Get Up Kids

By T. Cole Rachel / November 23, 2010
A poet, essayist, critic, and native Oklahoman, T. Cole Rachel lives in Brooklyn in an apartment filled with ceramic cats. He is a frequent contributor to Interview, V, OUT, The New York Times Magazine, Dossier, Numero, and The Fader, is also a DJ, a part-time bartender, and is known to wear a highly-prized and often-photograhedMore »


Progress Report: The Feelies

By T. Cole Rachel / November 16, 2010
A poet, essayist, critic, and native Oklahoman, T. Cole Rachel lives in Brooklyn in an apartment filled with ceramic cats. He is a frequent contributor to Interview, V, OUT, The New York Times Magazine, Dossier, Numero, and The Fader, is also a DJ, a part-time bartender, and is known to wear a highly-prized and often-photograhedMore »


Progress Report: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

By T. Cole Rachel / November 2, 2010
A poet, essayist, critic, and native Oklahoman, T. Cole Rachel lives in Brooklyn in an apartment filled with ceramic cats. He is a frequent contributor to Interview, V, OUT, The New York Times Magazine, Dossier, Numero, and The Fader, is also a DJ, a part-time bartender, and is known to wear a highly-prized and often-photograhedMore »


Progress Report: Fujiya And Miyagi

By jessica / September 15, 2010
NAME: Fujiya & Miyagi PROGRESS REPORT: Prepping their fourth album, Ventriloquizzing, for release January 2011 via Yep Roc. Fujiya & Miyagi vocalist David Best speaks in a thoughtful, too-quiet voice. That’s hardly surprising, given the hushed delivery of his vocal performances. In Fujiya & Miyagi songs, everything is treated like a curious object, each rhythm… More »


Progress Report: Cardinal

By jessica / August 20, 2010
Name: Cardinal Progress Report: Prepping their second album, the follow up to 1994’s Cardinal for release in 2011 (they are currently unsigned). Recorded outside Portland and in Cape Cod. More »


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