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An Interview with Eric Hutchinson: Pure Perfection

An Interview with Eric Hutchinson: Pure Perfection

Pop Singer-Songwriter Gets Back To Basics; Rhythm + Melody = Hit

It was one of those brutal New York City winter nights this past January when I met up with Eric Hutchinson at the Monkey Bar in midtown. He was sitting alone in a booth towards the front across from the bar dressed in a high-collar, blue zippered sweater and jeans, his hair a little longer, his face a little thinner. He looked relaxed, confident; as if he had shed the excess from his life and work. Ella Fitzgerald played softly on the jukebox. An elderly couple chatted at the far corner. Hutchinson ordered a Scotch, neat. I had my obligatory Hendricks and tonic, two limes, lots of ice. I had come to find out what was behind the songs I had lived with for two weeks on a first mix of his new album, which he would title, Pure Fiction.

“It’s called Pure Fiction, because when I finished writing the songs that would end up on this album and started looking them over,…

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Interview with We Are Scientists: Returning The Favor

Interview with We Are Scientists: Returning The Favor

Whenever New York-based rockers We Are Scientists put out a new album, their fans might get as equally stoked for the accompanying music videos as they do for the songs themselves. Perhaps best known for their comical video clips, We Are Scientists went all out on the flick for new single “Dumb Luck”—a gory yet hilarious visual romp that depicts our unfortunate heroes suffering a variety of over-the-top and (very!) bloody physical injuries.

Memorable images aside, the band’s latest record, TV En Français, is designed to prove the music is what matters most. With hotshot indie producer Chris Coady (Beach House, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear) guiding the ship, guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain have concocted their most creative, engaging batch of songs to date. Though “Dumb Luck” boasts the memorable riff/hummable chorus formula that has become a WAS signature, overall the new album reveals some different sounds for the band. “Return The Favor” features an almost ethereal guitar line and vocal, while “Overreacting” breaks from spacey verses into a completely…

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15 Must-Own Releases On Record Store Day 2014

15 Must-Own Releases On Record Store Day 2014

April has come around again, and with it comes a much-needed surcease of the cruel winter that plagued us for so long. And Record Store Day too, for that matter. This year, the 19th is the third Saturday of the month, meaning that it’s also the day to head out to your favorite local record store and kiss your paycheck goodbye.

As is tradition, just as some extra incentive for you to get off your ass, a long list of artists have put together some special releases. Those that know what RSD is undoubtedly have their shopping lists put together, but for those that are new to the ritual, here is a list of some of our favorite picks for Record Store Day 2014:

 

The Animals, The Animals EP; ABKCO

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Animals’ self-titled second British EP. It features “Boom Boom,” “Around And Around,” “Dimples,” and “I’ve Been Around,” the first of which was a major hit for the band. This will be the first United States release…

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An Interview with Exmortus: Born To Battle

An Interview with Exmortus: Born To Battle

Exmortus are a Whittier, California-based death/thrash metal band that was formed in 2002. The group released the albums In Hatred’s Flame (2008) and Beyond The Fall Of Time (2011) through Heavy Artillery Records before signing to their present label, Prosthetic Records. They just released their third full-length album, Slave To The Sword, in February, and are fresh off a tour with the Gothenburg, Sweden, death metal group, Dark Tranquillity.

In the interview below, drummer Mario Moreno discusses the band’s new album, some of the equipment used, advice for young musicians and more. The transcription is below:

Thinking back, what do you remember the most about the studio sessions for Slave To The Sword?

It was the first album we used a click track. That really helped us; it put what we play live onto audio properly. I remember spending time on detail and tone on making sure everything was crisp, solid, and as tight as possible.

Was this the first album recorded with a metronome?

Our first album was done without a metronome.…

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Shoreworld: Hot Blood – No Kings

Shoreworld: Hot Blood – No Kings

From its angry birth in the dirty ’80s, through its current fifth generational phase of evolution today, New Jersey hardcore has been the method of communication for rebel-rousing evangelists across the Garden State and the world beyond. Hardcore comes from the continued evolution of the original punk and heavy rock era, which also came from the same type of musical and cultural unrest. NJ punk was extremely prevalent and groundbreaking, boosting many famed bands such as Glenn Danzig’s original Misfits. Born from the same corporate greed that would eventually resurface and kill heavy metal in the late ’80s, punk undertones cleared the way for hardcore in NJ.

There are many bands that cross the mind when you bring up hardcore. Long Branch, NJ and the Brighton Bar were probably one of the richest birthing grounds for the musical form and bands such as Fatal Rage, Hogan’s Heroes, Mucky Pup and Samhain ruled the roost, putting tiny Jersey labels such as Mutha Records and Union County’s own Buy Our Records on the international map.

Surviving…

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Justin Townes Earle @ City Winery

Justin Townes Earle

City Winery

March 15, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—Justin Townes Earle grew up in South Nashville, Tennessee, with his mother, Carol Ann Hunter Earle. His father, alternative country music artist Steve Earle, gave Justin his middle name in honor of his mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Justin’s parents separated when Justin was two years old. Justin entered the music business playing in two Nashville bands, a rock band called the Distributors and a ragtime and bluegrass combo called The Swindlers. Earle later played guitar and keyboards for his father’s touring band, The Dukes. Justin began releasing albums under his name own at age 25 in 2007 and…

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Black Label Society: Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

Black Label Society

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

eOne Music

After having the chance to interview the man, Zakk Wylde, himself, a couple of weeks ago and then listening to his latest opus, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, everything that he said in the interview makes total sense. Yes, Catacombs does sound like every other Black Label record, but…

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