INTERVIEW 66. Vinnie Kircher (Jaill)

Anthropological pop. Is that a musical genre? Do you know any band that could fit right into it? If not, I suggest you take a listen - in case you haven't yet - to Jaill.
A band from Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA) that has been around since 2002, presenting an in depth view from the hipster-ish underground world in form of jangly pop with 90s garage rock guitars with a flair for "jump around" melodies.
With 'Traps' - their most recent album (their 3rd LP) - released via Sub Pop last year, we find their sound wandering through melodies embed in some psychedelia and an appealing (and often heartbreaking) laid back atmosphere.

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After the jump, you can get an insight of Jaill's universe with the fun answers Vinnie gave to my questions. We talked about Jaill's origins, inspirations, music evolution, SXSW, Jaill's songs in Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies and their anthropologic party music.

INTERVIEW 65. patrick mcintyre (HOUNDSds)

Music often invokes journey. In HOUNDSds case, the opposite is also true.

HOUNDSds music sounds vintage, futuristic, organic and incredibly warm.
With dreamy melodies, Patrick McIntyre - the Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist behind the project - creates songs with subtle references from the past 40 years: there's 60s pop, 70s psychedelia, 80s new-post-punk-wave and 90s jangle pop...
But don't get me wrong. It isn't just a look at the past. And that's exactly why his music deserves our attention. Patrick manages to own his references while looking ahead (and probably to the sky, due to the light, dreamy and effortless aesthetic of his songs).

Phone Thou (2012, Chill Mega Chill) is his third release: a soothing and original collection of 7 songs that moves away from the experimental and electronic vibe from his previous releases.

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Our interview with origins of the project's odd name, aesthetics, music nowadays and future plans is right after this...

the chaotisch days #6. vast and wild

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In the beginning, it was vast and wild. It was the promise of an entire summer.

• Barnabys from Philadelphia and their incredible, vibrant guitars. 'Global Teen' is part of the EP Delightful Browns, released in 1992 via spinART.
• French Films, from Finland,  just released White Orchid (2013) , their second album and it is gooooood. Out via GAEA Records.
• Daniel Johnston and Yo La Tengo with an awesome version of Johnston's 'Speeding Motorcycle', released as a single in 1990.
• Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a dreampop group from the Philipines. Their music is inspired by "airline crashes and space poetry".
• Möscow Çlub is a band from Japan. 'Bikinikill' is a lovely piece of summery guitar indiepop with reverbed vocals.
• Holiday is a band formed in Yale and active between 1992-1997. 'Candy' is part of Cafe Reggio (1997), released via spinART and Siesta Records.
• Tullycraft's back after 5 years. New album out via FortunaPOP!
• Adam and Darcie's version of The Very Most is part of an EP released via Village Collective (formed also by Canoe and The Very Most). Recently, I wrote about these release. Check the blog.
• Archaster is an artists from Valenzuela City, Philipines. 'Kissing Ballade' could've been recorded by Stephin Merritt.
• Northern Portrait's 'Happy Nice Day' is part of their EP Pretty Decent Swimmers (2013), out via Matinée Records.
• Fear Of Men is definitely one of the most hyped independent bands from 2013. 'Born' is part of their compilation/album Early Fragments.
•Velcro is from Melbourne, Australia. A mystery, actually.
•La Ola Que Quería Ser Chau is a band from Argentina. Fun, bright and loud indiepop.
• The Sweets' dreamy psychedelia is part of a free download, out via Bleeding Gold Records.
• The Snowdrops is a group (supergroup, an indiepop kid could say) formed by members of Lovejoy and Blueboy with Pam Berry (The Pines, The Shapiros, Black Tambourine and many other groups).

INTERVIEW 64. nicola lampredi (brothers in law)

It's not hard to see how this three boys from Pesaro (a city located in the already famous east "indie" coast of Italy) are committed to music: their aesthetic is an ode to the music they love - think c86, early The Mary Onettes, dreampop, jangly guitars and surf music filled with sand - and there's a genuine feeling of amazement when they look at their short career and how much has happened since the beginning (from playing with bands like Dum Dum Girls, Wild Nothing and Still Corners to flying to the US and playing at SXSW a few weeks ago).
Last January - following the release of an EP and single - We Were Never Being Boring released their debut album Hard Time For Dreamers. A collection of energetic and dreamy songs that feed hearts aching for some jumping around and at the same time satisfy any desire for melancholy, darkness and contemplation.

Shortly after arriving back home from SXSW, Nicola answered some questions. You can read it below.

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INTERVIEW 63. masami tsuchiya (wallflower)

There's a group of artists in the roots of indie music, that decided to make music because they wanted to sound like their favorite band.
While some may see their sound as a simple copy or homage, I tend to approach this issue a bit differently.
I'm constantly talking about "universes" here. And the bands that I tend to fall for, usually are successful - at least in my subjective eyes - in creating this "musical zone" that is theirs.
If every person is different and everyone has an unique reality, is not stupid to think that what may sound similar actually holds an aesthetic that came from one mind in a particular environment that has no parallels with anything else. That's where you'll find the value of creation. And this may seem naive but, the simple fact of getting in touch with someone's creation is already a valid and worthwhile experience. Specially if that creation sounds good as hell and is catchy as a bubblegum stuck under your shoes.
This introduction leads us to Wallflower: a 4-piece band from Osaka, Japan creating catchy tunes and following the paths of The Field Mice, Brighter and  - the most direct and obvious comparison - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
Wallflower's music takes me back to early TPOBPAH music - remember 'Orchard Of My Eye'? - and its naivety.
While the shadow of TPOBPAH is always there, Matsumi, Ryuka, Haruyo and Naohiro own their haven of noise and delicacy with jangly guitars, soft vocals and indie beauty.
Either way, never let comparisons lead you to rushed conclusions. Awesome, catchy music will always be welcomed and praised.

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After the jump, you'll find Masami's interview.