QC INTERVIEW: JENNY WILSON

by christos mountzouros

Recently Christos got to sit down with one of his musical icons, Jenny Wilson. Her breadth of work and constant evolution has made her one of the more interesting and often mysterious figures in the music scene. Well known for her work with The Knife, Jenny has had a successful solo career and is perhaps one of the only artists to sing about motherhood in such a revealing and intriguing way. She is FINALLY coming to the states this summer and Quiet Color will keep you up to date.

Artist: Jenny Wilson
Song: Only Here for the Fight
Artist: Jenny Wilson
Song: Anchor Made Of Gold

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QC INTERVIEW: WHITE HINTERLAND

by zach fisher

In March of 2010, White Hinterland released their second full-length record Kairos on Dead Oceans. The duo, made up of Casey Dienel and beat maker Shawn Creeden, have been touring for the better part of the year. A few weeks back QC writer Zach Fisher caught up with Casey prior to their NYC show at Mercury Lounge. Check out the inspired conversation after the jump.

Artist: White Hinterland
Song: Moon Jam
Artist: White Hinterland
Song: Dreaming of the Plum Trees


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QC INTERVIEW: CARIBOU

by christos mountzouros

Swim is Caribou’s follow up to the critically acclaimed and Polaris Prize winning record Andorra. The new album was released on April 20th via Merge Records. Quiet Color’s Christos Mountzouros recently had a chance to chat with Dan Snaith AKA Caribou about his new release. While the calling card provided by the label only had 14 minutes on it, Christos was able to have a great one on one chat and gets the honor and title of being the first person to ask Caribou about what winning a Polaris Prize is like.

Quiet Color: Hey, is this Dan?

Caribou: Yes, it is.

Quiet Color: Hey, it’s Christos from Quiet Color and I am going to be interviewing you today. I just wanted to say I’ve really been loving your new record. Congratulations on its release – I wish you the very best with it. I’m dying to ask you though, what happens to a person after they win The Polaris Prize? That’s a really big deal to a lot of people. What sort of impact did it have on you as an artist?

Caribou: Thank you! You know, it’s funny. I mean, the actual night of the event was really overwhelming. I’m not usually… for example… it was the first time I’ve ever had to stand in front of a press conference. People generally aren’t interested in me in that kind of way and just going up on stage- it all seemed so ludicrous and surreal. Which was only made more so in fact, by the fact that the next day I just went home and started working…because we hadn’t been doing any shows and haven’t released any music since then…this is really the first time I’ve been asked about it!

Artist: Caribou
Song: Odessa
Artist: Caribou
Song: Odessa (Night Jewel Remix)

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QC INTERVIEW: RJD2

by marisa brown

Quiet Color: You’ve been with a couple different great labels, but The Colossus is your first new release on your own, RJ’s Electrical Connections. How has that process been different, and what has it been like running your own?

RJD2: Well, it’s probably obvious, but it’s a lot of work. There were a lot of things that just naturally flowed over from what I had to do previously, but there sure are a lot of things I wasn’t aware of that needed to be completed! But it’s also been VERY very rewarding. I’m thrilled with how things are going. I was in Best Buy this week, and they are carrying a CD that I wrote, recorded, mixed, produced AND released all on my own. I’m quite proud.

Artist: RJD2
Song: Giant Squid

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QC INTERVIEW: KENT ODESSA OF PEEPHOLE

by john ziegler

It’s a question I never stop hearing (or asking): how can a band possibly stand apart amongst the hundreds of other acts in New York, let alone the world of Myspace and bedroom-recording daddy-o’s? Is there any real way for a band to stand out from the teeming mass of artists who play bills five or six acts deep, night after night? Does a band need a gimmick, a punny name or a sexy lead singer, or just a great publicist? Brooklyn’s own Peephole has chosen the more traditional route, relying on the strength of their music, dynamic live shows, and demure but charismatic leader Kent Odessa. On the eve of the release of the Crime Drama EP, Quiet Color sat down with Odessa at a playground on a freezing cold afternoon to discuss Zeppelin memories, Detroit raves, and whether or not it’s possible for two people to really experience intimacy in our hierarchical, mechanized society.

Artist: Peephole
Song: Silence For Kindness


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QC INTERVIEW: BRIAN BORCHERDT OF HOLY FUCK

by cheryl santa maria

From rural Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to the bustling streets of Toronto, Ontario, Brian Borcherdt has left his mark in Canada’s musical landscape. His career began in the mid-nineties, christened by the establishment of Dependent Music — an artist collective/label that he founded — as well as his participation in a successful indie outfit known to locals as Burnt Black. Upon moving to Toronto, Borcherdt played with By Divine Right before setting up Holy Fuck — an explosive, electronic/experimental group that has caught the attention of music giants like Lou Reid and Radiohead.

Artist: Brian Borcherdt
Song: Torches


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HOMERR AND KOORISSA: THE LEGEND OF TATIANA

by mondo red (edited by liz levine)

Quiet Color: Heyy Homerr, long time no see. Coincidentally, we met on one drunken evening at the bar beneath my loft. Upon inviting you guys upstairs for a drink and a smoke, I learned of your adventurous music project Homerr and Koorissa which has taken you guys around the world. How and when did you two meet?

Homerr: Ciao Alex. So Koorisa isn’t available for this interview, she’s in California now and I am in Minnesota…ha! But Koorisa and I met in the apartment building we used to live in, she was staying with a friend and her boyfriend at the time here in Minneapolis. We just kinda met in the hallway and decided to be friends, we hung out one night and she was like “Hey.. I write music,” and I was like “Me too,” and then we shared. It was magical. We then started to collaborate on songs and do covers together. I have some recording equipment, so we did a lot of recording in my studio apartment #108 (magical number).

Artist: Homerr and Koorissa
Song: Belle Plaine
Artist: Homerr and Koorissa
Song: Homerr


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QC INTERVIEW: TOMER HANUKA

by jake cohen

If you’re unfamiliar with what Tomer Hanuka is all about, you’ve been doing your eyes a great disservice. A slew of industry accolades and awards (including an Oscar nomination earlier this year) notwithstanding, the man’s images have been plastered across a constellation of commodities in our visual universe. His unparalleled comics-influenced combinations of strong line work and volatile color schemes have come to almost single-handedly define illustration in the early days of this century. Today, Tomer’s work continues to appear regularly in the pages and on the covers of some of the most interesting things in print.

Artist: Harlem Shakes
Song: Technicolor Health


I met with Tomer and my friend and fellow burgeoning illustrator, Rob Stites, over dinner at a little café in the shadow of Tompkins Square Park. There we bitched about the economy, cracked some jokes about our peers, and ruminated on the possibility that the whole industry is about to tank.

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QC INTERVIEW: THE JAGUAR CLUB

post and pics by amy davis

Brooklynite rock trio, The Jaguar Club, are like a delicious, Wonka-esque candy creation for your ears. Sweet, then edgy, and exploding with danceable beats, their music is a sonic candy chameleon that can easily find a secure spot with even the most fickle of auditory tastes.

Artist: The Jaguar Club
Song: Sleepwalking


Since first bursting onto the scene in 2006, The Jaguar Club’s music has been tossed into a mixed bag of genres; from indie pop, disaffected post-punk, new-new-wave to emo. But pinpointing a specific genre for the evolving flavors of their music isn’t necessary, when all that matters is that listening to their music and experiencing their mouth-watering live shows is a massive sugar rush that inevitably leads to a fit of dancing.

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QC INTERVIEW: KURTZ

by tim howard

South London hides a two-headed beast; a creature that roars and thrashes… and when it doesn’t, it’s surprisingly pretty and thoughtful. Built of twins Ralph and Fred Fuller, KURTZ build a powerful, twilight sound from drums and baritone guitar that’s got well-proportioned contradictions: primal but textured; punkily loose but with an old-fashioned tightness courtesy of their sibling connection. And they’re loud. They’d like you to know that they’re loud.

Artist: KURTZ
Song: Praire Falcons Wheel and Swoop

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