Joanna Gruesome is an irresistible noise pop five-piece from Cardiff, UK. During the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, the band took some time from their packed show schedule -- where they seemed to make fans of nearly everyone who saw them -- to drop by for this session. Full of catchy pop melodies, full-on walls of shoegaze noise, teen angst, and punk drum beats, they exude energy from every pore, both in the studio and onstage. Lead singer Alanna has a ferocious power that comes out in playful, sweet whispers and dark, abrasive screams that match the intensity of the fuzzed-out guitars. It only makes (too much?) sense that the band met in an anger management group and didn't even get along at first -- how else could you explain such perfect musical chemistry?
Wolf People -- a British band signed to North American label Jagjaguwar -- comes from the imagination of singer and guitarist Jack Sharp, who crafts fantastical story songs from bits of history and his own imagination. Named for the children's book, Little Jacko and the Wolf People, and taking the shape of bluesy, retro rock drawing on 60's folk and 70's classic rock, the band uses powerful hooks and complex, drifting melodies to produces psychedelic results. On their first ever North American tour, the band stopped by to play some tunes and talk about their recent releases.
A UK pilot program intends to increase breastfeeding rates with monetary incentives but does not address society's issue with the practice.
This week on Sew & Tell, I have the honor of featuring a true visionary in the field of fashion: designer Pia Interlandi. Pia's work began as an exploration of dissolvable textiles and garment deconstruction; eventually, through that work and the personal loss of her grandfather, Pia started to question the ways in which we traditionally dress bodies for burial. Her investigations ultimately led Pia to launch her own bespoke burial garment business, Garments for the Grave. On today's show, you'll hear from Pia about her dissolvable fabric designs, the moving experience that led her to investigate burial garments, her forensic studies of textile disintegration, and the philosophies and practices behind the grown natural burial movement. Plus, a playlist featuring brand new tracks from Candian artists Sebastien Grainger and Megan Bonnell, along with Brooklyn's The Can't Tells, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina, a brand new Bavarian trio called Aloa Input, and more. So tune in and learn how to be a conscientious fashionista, even in the afterlife…
Formed in 2008 in Sheffield, England, the Crookes consist of George Waite, Daniel Hopewell, Russell Bates and Tom Dakin. Heralded as a prominent group in the UK’s New Pop movement, their list of press accolades is extensive and their fan base apparently large and growing. Romanticism is heavy, with soaring melodies and strident lyrics (which even Noel Gallagher has praised), carried out by Waite's undeniably strong vocal delivery. They stopped by to blast through some tunes and to chat with Maia about their new record.
Tawiah is a South Londoner who attended The BRIT School, laying the foundation for a strong early start to her musical career. After going on to collaborate and perform with Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Wale, and others (in case new listeners need some idea of the ridiculous level of talent she exhibits) she’s now focusing on her own music. Tawiah's own alternative soul has all the promise of the contemporaries she's been known to fill in for, like Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.
The accessible and economical arts showcase returns to Manhattan.
This week on the show U.K.-based artist Sig Waller joins me to talk about her collage work and paintings. Through the use of found images and dark humor, Sig says her work explores the "dark corners of cultural excess" and asks the question, "How will future intelligence make sense of our times?"