Merry merry various holidays

And pagan trees. Hello to everyone. I hope you are taking a moment at this time of the year to reflect and appreciate. It’s been a tough one. Do something for you, look for beauty, and try to escape the endless negativity. Pat your dog, cat, ferret. Hug your kid. If you have a significant other, hug them too.

There, public service message over. Thanks to everyone who has read my books, been absorbed by the new bands I’ve been fortunate enough to interview, and just thank you for reading. I keep going, but knowing you’re out there makes it better.

I’ve put together a list of my favorites for the year. Not everything is available to share, but you know, if you like the creative people, buy their stuff. There’s no reason why bankers should be the only ones who get paid. As much as we all adore our day jobs, there’s a special thrill in knowing somebody made more creativity possible.

Big hugs to all of you. Alice xx

Alice Severin
Top Ten Albums of 2014

1 – Julian Casablancas and the Voidz – Tyranny
2 – DNKL – Wolfhour
3 – Drenge – Drenge
4 – Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love
5 – Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
6 – Museum of Love – Museum of Love
7 – Dinowalrus – Complexion
8 – Big Deal – Sakura
9 – King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
10 – Eagulls – Eagulls

Top Ten Songs of 2014

1. Julian Casablancas and the Voidz – “Human Sadness”
2. DNKL – “Wolfhour”
3. Iceage – “Against the Moon”
4. Drenge – “Let’s Pretend”
5. Museum of Love – “The Who’s Who of Who Cares”
6. Zola Jesus – “Taiga”
7. Liars – “Pro Anti Anti”
8. Dinowalrus – “Grounded”
9. The Horrors – “First Day of Spring”
10. Big Deal – “Always Boys”

Note: Drenge wasn’t released until 2014 in the US. So it can be on the list! Looking forward to a possible new album from them next year.

A wild show, for sure.

Deers band

My interview with Deers – NOW HINDS!

The buzz around the Spanish duo of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials, who are the core of the band Deers NOW HINDS, has been like a warm evening breeze stroking your face as you take another sip of the local libation. Their lo-fi charm mixed with the wavy beach sound of the girl groups of the Sixties, not forgetting the nod to the Velvets, is an enthusiastic mix of potential and wish-fulfillment. Listening to their music offers a sparkly and simple cassette tape joy that adds up to way more than the usual garage flavored sound. Now a four piece, touring with Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen, they’ve got friends all over and plans for an album that should make any type of lounging, whether on the beach or in a bar in Brooklyn, feel like something that should be filmed.

You can’t not like a band who releases a song called Castigadas en el Granero which translates as “Punished in the Barn”. Or who notices a boyfriend can’t be that hungover if he’s busy classifying his cassettes.

Tap here for the interview…

Barr Brothers

My interview with Andrew Barr of the Barr Brothers

The Montreal-based Barr Brothers have been touring their atmospheric mixture of acoustic and electric music for a few years now. With their latest appearance on Letterman, which saw the host offer to move to Montreal and be their manager, the sound is reaching an ever-widening audience of lovers of old instruments, musical chops, and moody, abstract lyrics. The four members, Brad Barr, Andrew Barr, Sarah Page, and Andres Vial together create something their Facebook page calls “sci-folk/mysterious roots.” Northern Transmissions wanted to know a bit more about the mystery that’s got David Letterman ready to leave New York. Alice Severin was able to talk to Andrew Barr about the music, the journey, and where to find misused antiques.

Interview down here…

John Lennon

Some things should be remembered

And it’s that time of year again. I have a lot of respect for John Lennon. It’s a complicated feeling, this time right before the holidays. A lot of things intersect here for me. It’s a long story. Maybe for you too.

Raise a glass to those you love.

This is my favorite solo album of his.

And if you’re only going to listen to one, maybe this one.

My interview with Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods

Tiswas. That’s certainly what Sleaford Mods have created. For those of you who need a little brushing up on your British vocab, a tiswas is “a state of anxiety, confusion, or excitement.” It’s also the name of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn’s forthcoming EP, which is handy. It’s rare that you see so many people tripping over each other to come up with the definitive statement on a band. If it isn’t praise for the intensity of their live shows and admiration for the way Jason spits out invective like a dart straight to a bull’s-eye, it’s worry about what it all means and where they can go next with their stripped down sound. Maybe the most ironically funny responses have been the ones whose judgments reek of shocked and confused. It’s loud, it’s working class, it’s misguided, it’s too simple, it’s too angry – dear me, you’d think it was the start of punk all over again. Never mind the bollocks, Sleaford Mods have made a big splash.

It’s a form of expression that had been forgotten, actual accents have been snubbed out by stylized vocals and sexualized images.

And they performed a seriously brilliant show at The Wick in Bushwick, Brooklyn last Saturday.

More interview this way…