Turntable Interview

Turntable Interview: Toro Y Moi

By Melissa Locker / October 31, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Toro Y Moi, a.k.a. Chaz Bundick, has been on the road for months. The multi-instrumentalist has brought his unique brand of synthesized electro-R&B dance music to Europe, North America, and half a dozen festivals in support of this year’s Anything In Return, his third proper full-length album. During one of his stopovers, we caught u… More »

Turntable Interview: Parquet Courts

By Melissa Locker / October 30, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Parquet Courts songs are riotous affairs, by turns blistering, bubbly and intense, but their albums are nothing compared to their live shows. The hard-touring Brooklyn four-piece has developed a reputation for raw, boisterous, and wild shows, although it’s hard to tell who is enjoying them more — the band or the audience. The band ha… More »

Turntable Interview: The Dismemberment Plan

By Melissa Locker / October 17, 2013 - 12:39 pm

As you may have heard, the Dismemberment Plan, the funky, funny, frenetic DC hardcore band, is back. Uncanney Valley, the band’s fifth album and their first since 2001, is out now and before heading out on tour, the Plan’s frontman Travis Morrison hopped up on Turntable.fm to play some tunes including Nu Shooz and talk… More »

Turntable Interview: HAERTS

By Melissa Locker / October 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

HAERTS have had an enviable ascent in the rock world, having only been playing together for little over a year but still possessing the ability to craft perfect pop songs like the irresistible “Wings” and “All The Days.” The NYC-based band has also already toured with Shout Out Louds, Atlas Genius, Fitz And The Tantrums,… More »

Turntable Interview: Zola Jesus

By Claire Lobenfeld / September 19, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Nika Danilova, bka Zola Jesus, proved herself to be one of the most remarkable and talented young musicians of the era with her breakthrough release The Spoils. Since then, she has been rapidly evolving and pushing not only her own boundaries, but those of her fans, too. Her most recent album, Versions, is a collectio… More »

Turntable Interview: Dirty Beaches & Dum Dum Girls

By Melissa Locker / September 5, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Alex Zhang Hungtai, bka Dirty Beaches, recently released Drifters/Love Is The Devil, an ambitious double-album that dazzles with his cinematic lo-fi sound. Its latter half is filled with intensely moody instrumental tracks that make for some heavy and heady listening. Hungtai stopped by Turntable.fm to talk about the introspective album — and he brought along… More »

Turntable Interview: Empire Of The Sun

By Melissa Locker / August 22, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Australia’s Empire of the Sun dropped their debut album Walking On A Dream in 2008, introducing the world to their intergalactic dance vibe. The music, created by members Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, was imaginative and fantastical and led them to tour for three years before finally heading back to the studio to record this year’… More »

Turntable Interview: Austra

By Melissa Locker / August 8, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Austra’s debut album Feel It Break was filled with synth-pop beats paired with theatrical vocals. The result was incredibly well received, making top ten and year-end lists across the blogosphere and setting the bar high for any follow-up albums. On Olympia, their second LP, which is in stores now, Austra’s songwriter-in-chief, Katie Stelmanis, made it… More »

Turntable Interview: Lou Barlow

By Melissa Locker / July 26, 2013 - 9:08 am

While Lou Barlow may be best known for his work with Dinosaur Jr., his albums with Sebadoh were always more personal and, in that respect, far more interesting to listen to. After taking a 14-year recording hiatus, the legendary indie rock pioneers announced the release of their first new LP. The longtime project of Barlow,… More »

Turntable Interview: Eleanor Friedberger

By Melissa Locker / July 11, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Last month, Eleanor Friedberger released Personal Record, her second solo album and the follow-up to her excellent 2011 offering, Last Summer. While Friedberger rose to fame working with her brother to craft tunes as the Fiery Furnaces, she co-wrote this album with Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding). The result is a sophomore album filled… More »

Turntable Interview: Superchunk’s Laura Ballance

By Melissa Locker / June 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

On the cusp of releasing their 10th studio album, I Hate Music, Superchunk founding member Laura Ballance had to break the news to fans: She wouldn’t be playing live with the group for the foreseeable future. Via a letter on the Superchunk website she explained that she had developed hyperacusis, a condition marked by oversensitivity… More »

Turntable Interivew: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

By Melissa Locker / June 6, 2013 - 4:57 pm

As Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott make effervescent dance music with unstoppable beats and energetic electro-pop songs that are impossible to listen to while standing still. Their EP Patterns, out on their new home of Warner Bros. Records, shows off the Detroit duo’s penchant for experimentation, turning their songs into sonic… More »

Turntable Interview: The Boy Least Likely To

By Melissa Locker / May 23, 2013 - 3:25 pm

The Boy Least Likely To reached a certain level of fame in the ’00s on the strength of their debut album The Best Party Ever and the singles “Paper Cuts” and “Be Gentle With Me” (the video for which featured a young Rashida Jones). They soon became the best known example of a genre of… More »

Turntable Interview: !!!

By Melissa Locker / May 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

On their new album THR!!!ER, NYC electro-pop dance impresarios !!! (or, Chk Chk Chk) worked with producer Jim Eno of Spoon, who encouraged the group to make an “album,” instead of a series of dancefloor-worthy singles. The effort worked out well for the group and the new album is flat-out, wall-to-wall fun. We jumped o… More »

Turntable Interview: The Flaming Lips

By Melissa Locker / April 24, 2013 - 3:56 pm

When you name your album The Terror, you better hope your fans are prepared for a dark and twisty album filled with sweetly paranoid tracks built on bewilderingly wild mood swings and bleakly beautiful songs. Luckily, fans of the Flaming Lips wouldn’t expect, or want, anything else. For 30 years, the group has released album… More »

Turntable Inteview: The Thermals

By Melissa Locker / April 4, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Since 2002, the Thermals have crafted raucous, ebullient post-pop-punk tunes that are ridiculously catchy and singularly intense. Over the years, Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, and — for the last few albums — Westin Glass, have honed their craft from their homebase in Portland, Oregon, releasing five records filled with thoughtful, driving, and brash songs. Their… More »

Turntable Interview: Telekinesis

By Melissa Locker / March 21, 2013 - 1:49 pm

When you think of a one-man band, you tend to picture a man with a harmonica, wearing a drum like a baby, and walking around with cymbals attached to his knees. As far as I know, Michael Lerner does none of those things while making his dreamy experimental pop. Working under the nom de plume… More »

Turntable Interview: The Ruby Suns

By Melissa Locker / February 28, 2013 - 5:36 pm

On the Ruby Suns’ latest album Christopher, Ryan McPhun sang, “I never want to live in real life,” so we wanted to do an interview in Second Life. But since Second Life involves, well, hanging out in Second Life, we asked him to stop by Turntable.fm instead. We talked to McPhun about whether Michael Jackso… More »

Turntable Interview: Buke & Gase

By Melissa Locker / February 14, 2013 - 3:47 pm

When a writer calls a band “unique,” it usually just stems from laziness. But when it comes to the unpredictable and inventive duo of Buke & Gase, “unique” is a truly apt descriptor. The band crafts magnetic music built on the explosive, delicate and textural sounds of homemade instruments, the buke and gase. Frontwoman Arone… More »

Turntable Interview: Robyn Hitchcock

By Melissa Locker / February 1, 2013 - 9:54 am

Robyn Hitchcock turns 60 in March, but in the words of Aaliyah, age ain’t nothing but a number to the former Soft Boys lead singer and longtime fixture of the indie rock scene. His 19th album Love From London comes out a few days after his birthday and it is filled with ten tracks that… More »

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