Deep Sea Diver Lift the Impossible Weight

Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Dobson, the kinetic and exhilarating Seattle band Deep Sea Diver will release its third album Impossible Weight on Oct. 16. Recorded following a year of opening tours for Wilco and Joseph, the LP is preceded by a video for the lead single “Lights Out.” “Especially right now when the world is… Continue reading Deep Sea Diver Lift the Impossible Weight

Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Here’s a case study in why albums should not be reviewed on short notice. Had I written about Remind Me Tomorrow in late January, given roughly a week’s listening time, I would have offered a very different take. After a pair of near-perfect LPs (Epic and Tramp) Sharon Van Etten’s last outing, 2014’s Are We… Continue reading Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Lee Ranaldo Pinches a Fresh Loaf

Lee Ranaldo has a new album in the pipeline, and it includes a pretty impressive guest list. Due for release September 15th via Mute Records, Electric Trim finds the former Sonic Youther experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside a formidable batch of live players which includes Nels Cline, Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida) (whatever happened… Continue reading Lee Ranaldo Pinches a Fresh Loaf

7-Inch Series Boosts Planned Parenthood

A gaggle of pro-choice geniuses who unfortunately weren’t aborted (along with Elliott Smith who only chose to postpone it, but is somehow participating anyway) are ganging together to lend their immeasurable talents to a series of singles benefiting Planned Parenthood. 7-inches for Planned Parenthood will be released in digital batches over the course of the… Continue reading 7-Inch Series Boosts Planned Parenthood

Shearwater – Fellow Travelers

In recent times it’s increasingly been the fashion for musicians to do their covers project sooner rather than later in the career; an unintended by-product of this is that it allays accusations of writer’s block, since artistic burnout doesn’t typically happen until the creative sunset years. Supporting this theory is Shearwater’s ninth album, which adds… Continue reading Shearwater – Fellow Travelers

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

The last time I spoke with Sharon Van Etten, she acknowledged feeling some pressure over her still-in-process third album. It was the classic “people are paying attention this time, there are expectations” mindgame, a line of logic I’ve never really embraced. After all, with the brilliant epic Van Etten had already proven she could deliver… Continue reading Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Sharon Van Etten

Lived To Tell: Sharon Van Etten Steps Out of the Basement and Finds Her Voice Sharon Van Etten is on the prowl for zinc. The soft-spoken singer is wrapping up her first mini-tour with a backing band, and the unfamiliar strain of projecting her voice nightly over an amplified rhythm section has begun to take… Continue reading Sharon Van Etten