28 Nov 2011

Sharon Van Etten Interview: Tramp

You might remember TOW catching up with Brooklyn’s Sharon Van Etten at the beginning of the year. She was on tour with The National and riding high on the critical acclaim of her first album proper Epic. Here us catch up with Sharon here.

Well now almost a year later, the singer songwriter has announced details of her forthcoming album, Tramp, which will be out on her new label home Jagjaguwar in the new year (February 6 2012).

Van Etten worked with Aaron Dessner from The National on this record, working from his home studio in a leafy part of Brooklyn. Guests on the record include Jenn Wasner from Baltimore duo Wye Oak and the wonderfully ethereal Julianna Barwick... TOW caught up with SVE in a pub near Hyde Park on her recent brief trip through London to talk about conquering this filthy great city, working with Aaron and finally finding a home.



   Sharon Van Etten - Serpents by Pretty Much Amazing

6 Music picks: Two Wings and Hollows

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.   

Two Wings - Eikon


A chance encounter with Two Wings supporting Essie Jain at Cafe Oto last year led TOW to fall head over heels. Hanna Tuulikki and Ben Reynolds and their merry band make such joyous music, it's hard not to grin stupidly whilst listening. Hanna is no stranger to us, having already got into her solo project Nalle - there's plenty more going on in her musical world too and the same can be said for Ben. But it seems they've found their true home together now, with Two Wings - channeling the greats like The Band, Richard Thompson and other seventies era folk Americana greats, but with Hanna's haunting, inimitable vocal setting this band stand leagues apart from their contemporaries of a similar ilk.

Catch them live at Cafe Oto on 9 December.

Hollows - Shapeshifter


Hollows are a five piece girl band from Chicago (well, there's an honorary boy on drums ;) who found each other through a Craigslist add that included the phrases "60s, funeral, girl group, Shangri-Las," - 'nuff said! The Chicago Tribune recently said of this band: "No band is currently making better use of the Farfisa-like Gibson G101 combo organ than Hollows." Agreed! We think... Either way we're smitten with this infectious, tight and flawless band. More please.

Hot Sand/ Shapeshifter is out now on Soft Power Records.

17 Nov 2011

6 Music picks: Chapter 24 & Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Every week we get to play two tracks for Tom Robinson on his excellent BBC 6 Music Introducing show... you can listen again here.  

CHAPTER 24 - Spindle

Spindle is out on Odd Box Records on November 28 - and it's a stormer! This Corby four piece have come into their own and are currently on a Stateside tour, wowing the Yanks as only a Corby band could. Spindle is short and sweet but really sums up what this band are about: riotous, melodic, punk pop with Claire Smith's deep, layered and distorted vocal taking it stratospheric every time. TOW met the band at 6 Music last year and what a charming bunch they are, all set for success!

Marie Kvien Brunvoll - Everywhere You Go

What is it with jazz musicians and terrible online profiles? Norwegian artist Mari has a dodgy myspace and a Facebook profile - set up by a fan. Come on Mari, get it together! This Molde-born singer and multi-instrumentalist has already made her mark on the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene and is threatening to do the same outside of her home country. Using loops, pedals, zithers (!) and that stunning voice of hers she makes haunting, beautiful music that captivates the listener. There's a blues sensibility in there too and her music boarders on folk and acoustic too, it's a shame she's been pigeon-holed as a jazz artist as this can put *some* people off. Not the open-minded readers of TOW though ;)

16 Nov 2011

The Other Woman Podcast with Tom Robinson

In this edition the gals snuck into a fancy studio with our guests - music legend, indie champ and all round DUDE Tom Robinson and Piney Gir's drummer and musician David Fisher. They were our choices as 'Menimists' which we thought we coined as a kind of fun way of saying they're Better Feminists Than We Are... only to have Dave knock that on the head during the interview, turns out Menimists exist and aren't very nice! Journalist Jude Rogers is at the table, along with musician Piney Gir and our vodka swigging showbiz expert Stef Schadenfreude...  Our discussion with Tom and Dave looks at Feminism from a male perspective, oh and Tinkerbell gets it .