Profile: The Wingdale Community Singers (2010)

Originally published in Brooklyn Rail May 2010 Spirit Duplicator, the second record from Brooklyn quartet the Wingdale Community Singers, begins with an enticing simulacrum—not a chord strummed on an acoustic guitar but the naked skeleton of notes that would seem to form that chord. There’s the thrum-thrum of the low E string, followed by hammered-on…

Profile: The ‘Antique-Garde’ Songwriters of New York City (2010)

Originally published in American Songwriter March 30, 2010 “The future’s eternally bankrupt but history provides” Winter was hard on New York City. February 27, a Saturday, started before dawn for Erik Della Penna of Kill Henry Sugar, who rode the A train from his Central Park West apartment to 176th Street to walk across the…

Profile: Robin Aigner (2010)

Originally published in Brooklyn Rail April 2010 Robin Aigner, a vintage dress and boots extending her pint-sized frame, remains in control of the Living Room’s standing-room crowd as the music swirls around her. Ian McLaughlin’s upright bass lurches along, drummer Bill Gerstel doles out spare yet fluid accompaniment, and Brady Jenkins conjures up twinkling piano…

Profile: Nonagon (2009)

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy June 1, 2009 Nonagon’s songs have a way of popping, no, better yet, of exploding out of stereo speakers, as if they were bottles of pressurized soda water just itching to be uncapped. On No Sun, their self-released and hand-assembled debut CD, angular guitars tear through the landscape, bass…

Profile: Pinataland (2004)

Profile: Pinataland (2004) Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Sept. 27, 2004 You wouldn’t know it from listening to their unique and breathtaking debut – a collection of endearing history portraits and sometimes-elegiac narratives titled Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 1 – but Pinataland is actually a group of living, breathing musicians, not some…

Profile: Bonni Evensen from Snowy (2003)

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Sept. 22, 2003 For those looking for the surface of life to imitate art, I’m sorry to report that Bonni Evensen, the singer-songwriter behind the atmospheric pop ensemble Snowy, is anything but cold or wintry. Anyone who has a copy of Snowy’s debut CD, Lilywhite, knows that Evensen has…

Profile: Vital Cog’s Steve Stone (2003)

Staring at the Workings of The Gears: An Interview with Vital Cog Records Founder Steve Stone Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy July 13, 2003 Let’s cut through the static. Who are the voices worth listening to in indie rock? Well, push aside the soundbyte-spewing iconoclasts and the photogenic figureheads, the outspoken fanzine addicts and…

Profile: The Lesser Birds of Paradise (2004)

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Oct. 18, 2004 Mark Janka may have a gift for crafting frighteningly fragile acoustic lullabies, but, when it comes to spinning tales about his band’s enigmatic name, the tender-voiced frontman for Lesser Birds of Paradise admits he’s at a loss for words. “I thought I made up a lie…

Profile: Jack Endino (2006)

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Nov. 27, 2006 You know Jack Endino. If you consider yourself schooled in the noisy, garage-bred strains of indie-rock that made much of the 1980s and early ’90’s bearable, you’ve shaken a few speakers with Skin Yard. If you’re among those who hasn’t caught Endino’s work with Cryptkicker Five…

Profile: Carrie Yury (2006)

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy If you consider yourself prolific or a jack of all trades, you’ve never met Carrie Yury. The California-based artist’s work is the definition of inter-disciplinary expression and feels unrivaled in underground circles. An MFA student at UC Irvine, she’s staged powerful photographic exhibits tackling subjects as seemingly disparate as…