Mazzy Star

When Mazzy Star last released an album, 1996′s Among My Swan, Bill Clinton was still president. Seventeen years later, the duo of David Roback and Hope Sandoval are set to return with the forthcoming Seasons of Your Day.

Roback tells Rolling Stone the impetus for finally releasing new music was simple: an upcoming tour that will kick off in November. “We just decided to release a collection of songs,” he says. “We’re going to be doing more concerts in the future, so we thought it would be exciting to perform some of our unreleased newer songs.”

Mazzy Star was widely believed to be on hiatus for some time, but Roback and Sandoval say they have continued to make music all these years. “We’re always recording music, writing songs,” Sandoval says.

“We never stopped writing or recording. We just stopped performing and releasing things,” Roback adds.

The prospect of a wealth of hidden Mazzy Star tracks will make the duo’s many diehard fans salivate. While Roback isn’t sure what will happen with all the material, there is hope people will hear the songs. “Some of them may appear in our live concerts, some of them we may release later,” he says.

However, the music they’ve been making all these years is primarily for themselves. “When I’m working on music with Hope, the person that’s foremost in my thoughts is Hope,” says Roback. “We tend to get quite caught up in just the making of music for ourselves.”

Roback does admit he’s curious to see how the band will be greeted after such a long absence. “We’ve met a lot of interesting people who like our music, and it’s always been kind of interesting to us to take our music out of our private world and share it with other people,” he says. “It’s an interesting thing, if not necessarily always our priority.”

He’s looking forward to bringing the new music from Seasons of Your Day to the stage. “This new album has a lot of different combinations of instruments, acoustic and electric in different combinations we haven’t used so much before. It’s kind of a subtle thing we’re more aware of, but it’s interesting for us to perform this music live now,” he says. “There’s a lot of subtlety in the music, and to actually put that across live, when it happens, it’s really exciting.”

For Sandoval, the thought of reintroducing some of their back catalog is just as gratifying. “I personally am excited about playing a lot of the old songs,” she says. “I do think they’ll fit in with the new music, because it’s the same people that are playing the music.”

Mazzy Star are known for doing very few interviews, but we found them very entertaining and gracious in their own way. Discussing film, whether it’s Antonioni’s seminal Blow Up or the more recent An Education, the duo open up. “We have a sort of Chauncey Gardner approach to music,” jokes Roback, referring to the famed Peter Sellers character in Being There.

“It’s hard to translate musical ideas into words,” he says. “I think the music is its own language.”

When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York's Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003.
Initially spawned from electronic-centered home recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn't a problem. They soon after evolved into a live band seemingly at home within the extended jam, exploring a variety of musical terrain. The early years saw several releases for Social Registry, tons of time on the road, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three/ Spectrum). In 2011, their first effort for Sacred Bones, Hazed Dream traded in the synthe-sizer space-outs and raga rumbles, and delivered a record of sunburned psych pop, awash in warm tones and blues damaged songwriting.

In 2012 they did two full Us tours including a stop at Austin Psych Fest, and had their first trip to China. In August of 2012 they released the song "Take Me With You" as a split 7" with Moon Duo. They recorded
One Track Mind, their fourth full length, this fall. The album features col-laborations with and some production by Neil Michael Hagerty of Royal Trux/The Howling Hex and features artwork by former 13th Floor Eleva- tors songwriter and artist Powell St. John. There will also be a limited value-add covers 7" available on initial orders, containing the Ills' takes on The Godz' "Radar Eyes" and private press psych pop obscurity Cosmic Michaels' "Cosmic Michael Theme" One Track Mind is perhaps the most
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straight-forward rock record the Ills have ever made. They will be touringin support of it heavily in both Europe and the Us. The drum keeps beat-ing and they keep following it…

Mariee Sioux

Following the release of her collaborative Bonnie & Mariee EP with Bonnie Prince Billy, Northern California's Mariee Sioux released her sophomore full-lengh Gift for the End. Recorded in the summer of 2011 at Placerville's Moonsoon Studios and Nevada City's Sun Dial studios, the new song-cycle breathes as easily and resonates as warmly as 2007's Faces in the Rocks but brims with audible shifts in ambiance and perspective. Impressionistic narratives are underscored by thatchwork guitar patterns that showcase Mariee's voice, an unadorned, naked instrument that rings clear and high above airy atmospherics and mellow percussion. Gift for the End is dream logic at play: a fluid procession of personal and natural imagery that moves from place to place and symbol to symbol but ultimately never loses its cohesive dimensions or emotional shape.

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