Some #longreads that have been carefully selected for your reading pleasure…
We have spent the week blasting Deafheaven’s excellent new album, New Bermuda, over and over again. Before you read our review of the album next week, we recommend you check out this interview with the band from VH-1, which goes into great detail about the making of the follow-up to the universally-acclaimed Sunbather.
Before Elliott Smith became a beloved solo artist, his music career began as a member of the up-and-coming Portland rock band Heatmiser. Though the group is largely seen as a footnote to Smith’s career, they had a solid career in their own right, and are set to be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame this weekend. David Greenwald of The Oregonian catches up for a rare interview with the other members of Heatmiser for a look back at their career.
Alan Sparhawk from Low talks to The Skinny in a deeply personal interview, and reveals among other things the meaning behind the title Ones and Sixes. For the record, we were on the right track with our guess about minimums and maximums in our review of the album, though we were off on the specific reference. Another follow-up worth checking out is this Vox interview with John Seabrook, author of The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, which provides additional anecdotes about the mysterious mega-successful songwriter Max Martin.
Next week sees the release of Deerhunter’s Fading Frontier, and Bradford Cox once again provides an entertaining interview, this time with Observer.
Finally, we have our usual anniversary pieces. First, Allmusic interviews singer Ed Kowalczyk about his former band Live’s massively successful Throwing Copper, and about his current solo acoustic tour in celebration of the album. We are guessing that many of you did not realize that Ed had left the group, and to be honest, we did not know this either. Then you can finish up with this look back at another huge album from 1995, Tragic Kingdom from No Doubt. If anything, this gives you a chance to sing “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak” in your bedroom as loud as you can.