Sharon Van Etten
Nov 25th, 2011 by hachaduryan

SHARON VAN ETTEN

 

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Indie; Singer-Songwriter

 

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents courtesy of Pretty Much Amazing

Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey via Tennessee via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school’s music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier, and got a full time job at a record label. She also had some bad experiences in relationships.

OK, more than some.

Epic, Van Etten’s second album, lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Yet, Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope – the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.

The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Brian McTear. Where Van Etten’s first record, Because I Was In Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism and sparseness, Epic embellishes her music to grandiose luminosity. Guitar and singing are joined by drums, piano, lap steel, and a trio of backing vocalists: Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). The result is a fully realized album that astounds as it elucidates, disturbs as it soothes. The final track, “Love More,” has already been covered live in a collaborative effort between Sharon fans Bon Iver and The National.

A few things need to be made clear about SVE’s music. She’s not the type of “female singer/songwriter” who champions women-centric perspectives and denies personal accountability. Nor is she a strident provocateur. Rather, Van Etten is a performer who fully embraces her femininity while confidently expressing it through intelligent and mature perspectives on relationships. Those turned off by the provincialism of other performers will be pleased that you can identify with Van Etten’s incisive and universal observations about love and loss.

Since her last album, Sharon Van Etten has sung on The Antlers’ Hospice and performed with them at Radio City Music Hall, sung improv on the Mike Reed Trio’s upcoming album, recorded backup vocals for Swedish popstar Anna Ternheim, appeared on the compilation with the recent issue of Esopus, collaborated with Megafaun (check YouTube!), will be on a soundtrack for the film The Builder along with Bon Iver and Phosphorescent, and has a seven-inch coming out this summer on Polyvinyl. After years of playing repeatedly around the New York scene, Van Etten is preparing for a series of tours that will take her through Europe and the United States. A full band will be realizing Epic live.

Sharon Van Etten – Love More courtesy of WILD TONIC

 

You can learn more about Sharon Van Etten here:

http://sharonvanetten.com/

http://www.myspace.com/sharonvanetten

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Mike and Cody
Nov 19th, 2011 by hachaduryan

MIKE AND CODY

 

Genre: Grime/Pop

Location: Boston, MA

 

Mike and Cody Let's Go

 

 

We had the honor to speak directly to Cody Hochheiser and here is what he shared for www.thelazycocoon.com:

 

We are a quite new band -it is just me, Cody Hochheiser, and Mike Okusami. We met when we were in high school in a Washington D.C. jazz band – I played drums and he played bass.

He went off to Berklee College of Music and I went to Tufts University (where I am a senior now) and we started messing around on pop tunes — then this past summer we started getting serious and put together this EP. We did all of the recording, production, and mixing in Mike’s apartment in Boston, just the two of us. He is playing most of the instruments – bass, guitar, synths — I’ll play synth sometimes and we both sing (he is lead vocals on ‘headphones on’ and ‘devilish’, I am on the other five songs on the EP)

The EP has been out for about 3 weeks and we’ve gotten a really good response – it’s number 1 most popular on Bandcamp from D.C. bands (out of 12,000) and #31 out of 136,000 in the pop category.

 

Well, quite an impressive little start, that is for sure. The songs are great and they have been recorded and produced with some serious talent. Great job you guys, we’ll keep an eye out for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of really neat music videos, proudly performed by Mike & Cody!

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Mike and Cody here:

 

http://mikeandcody.bandcamp.com/

http://www.myspace.com/mikeandcodyband

www.facebook.com/mikeandcody

Mike and Cody were also interviewed by The Tufts Daily, you can read the article at:

http://www.tuftsdaily.com/weekender-interview-cody-hochheiser-1.2664621

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