Scotland’s music magazine Is This Music? is becoming a fan of Robin O’Brien. Jonathan Muirhead notes that “even by O’Brien’s previous standards, this is an intensely romantic piece of work.” “O’Brien’s voice peaks and soars in all the right places, carrying you with it on a journey of love, hope, pain and discovery, to which we […]
Robin O’Brien came to Luxotone’s Indiana studio this past July to work on her next album, tentatively titled Dive into the End of the World. Prolific as ever, even though it’s only been a few months since the release of her last album, The Empty Bowl, Robin got off the airport bus with about two dozen […]
Modest as ever, Bo Digg says the recently discovered recording of a live solo appearance at the Redpool Civic Center from 1972 is not worth releasing. But we disagree. Even though the tape had to be reconstructed and some crucial verses of his “Has Anyone Seen My Old Friend Janis Joplin?” are lost, and you […]
Luxotone is releasing two lost songs by English-born, L.A.-Living pop recluse Bo Digg. One is a splendid version of “Jonathan Mortimer Canary” that Bo apparently forgot all about (this is a pattern with him). Instead of the slow, pensive meditation immortalized in this video, this version features a full band and an amazing performance by […]
Robin O’Brien’s “Looking for Daniel (Two)” from her Eye and Storm appears in Joe Steiff’s film, “I Like My Boyfriend Drunk.” The film will be screened at the Tied House film festival in Chicago this weekend.
Usually Robin O’Brien and her music are compared to liz Phair, Lucinda Williams, Ani Difranco, and Kate Bush. I’ve never heard Patti Smith before, but that’s what babysue.com says in its recent review of The Empty Bowl: “The fourth full-length release from Robin O’Brien. To be a virtual unknown, this lady writes and records some remarkably […]
Mastering is done (Thank you, Collin Jordan!). The board has been taken down. The artwork is at the CD duplicator. And Slopes of Distant Hills’ new eponymous album is playing on Radio Luxotone.
The new albums by Robin O’Brien and by Slopes of Distant Hills went to mastering this week and early reports are good (as in: “wow this album is gorgeous” and “it sounds analog—where did you record it?”). Slopes of Distant Hills was recorded with a ribbon mic whenever possible, and it shows. Andrew Maurer’s rich […]
Philosopher, songwriter, and performer John Huss (of the John Huss Moderate Combo, not to be confused with the 16th-century heretic Jan Huss, though the confusion is frequent and understandable) has recorded a collaborative song with Luxotone. It’s titled … well I’m not sure what John wants to call it. I call it “Charles Nelson Reilly” […]
Slopes of Distant Hills’ track “Reason” was one of 10 winners of Continuum Book’s “Home Recording Contest” this October. Continuum, based in the U.K, publishes the 33 1/3 series of very small books about very big albums. Now, it’s just a few short steps until the forthcoming Slopes album (still untitled, but we’re toying with […]