A few weeks ago I got the chance to talk about what WRGW has been playing lately with All Songs Considered intern Dan Raby and NPR Music intern Jenna Strucko. They started their show off by picking one song each that they had discovered recently. I then got a chance to discuss my own picks with them and they finished the show by discussing a couple more songs.
Last Friday I was lucky enough to speak with singer/guitarist Jonathan Clancy of A Classic Education before their sold out show with Cloud Nothings. We spoke about Italy’s music scene, the appeal of an LP’s cover art, and some possible upcoming projects, among other things. Check it out below.
I don’t quite know what to say about the Austin-based band Soft Healer. Their sound is unlike any other band that I know of right now. While clearly influenced by psychedelic rock bands of the 60s, they also tend to have a sort of jazzy sound.
The first song I heard from them was Grand Isle, the title song off of their 10″ release on Monofonus Press. After that I was lucky enough to spot a previous Daytrotter session that they had recorded and I proceeded to listen to the session several times. However, it wasn’t until recently that I developed a true obsession with the band. I can’t stop listening to the jazzy, psychedelic songs of theirs that start slow and quiet, but eventually build to a crescendo of guitar, saxophone, and the unbelievably emotive voice of Marie Butcher.