Duncan Sheik has been penning pop music since the '90s, when his tune "Barely Breathing" was a top 20 hit. But these days he may be best known as a Broadway composer, and his latest stage project may also be his most unlikely: He's written the music and lyrics for a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' satirical horror novel, "American Psycho." He tells Rico why there's a little Patrick Bateman in all of us.
We caught up with the four members of the band Quilt a few weeks back at Marfa Myths -- an arts and culture festival co-sponsored by their record label, Mexican Summer. Quilt have a new album out called “Plaza.” Here they are with a playlist to chill by.
Playing DJ this week is Stuart Staples of the beloved UK band Tindersticks. Their literate, atmospheric pop has graced the soundtrack of "The Sopranos," and of six films by the auteur Claire Denis. The band just celebrated their 25th anniversary by releasing their 11th studio LP "The Waiting Room."
Portland-based M. Ward, along with Zooey Deschanel, is half of the nostalgia-pop duo She & Him. But Ward has been releasing acclaimed solo albums full of smart indie folk since the late '90s. His latest, called "More Rain," came out this week. He spins a dinner party soundtrack filled with great guitar licks.
Tom Holkenborg. a.k.a. "Junkie XL" has remixed everyone from Elvis to Justin Timberlake, and composed soundtracks for films including "Deadpool." But most relevant to our NOTscars show, he scored "Mad Max: Fury Road," which did not get an Oscar nomination for Best Score. As a consolation prize, we invited him to share some of his favorite songs from soundtracks.
All the music from episode 337.
Indie rocker Kevin Morby launched his first band, Creepy Alien, while still in his teens. After moving from Kansas City to Brooklyn, he began playing with the band Woods and started a side project, The Babies. Ever the wanderer, Kevin moved to Los Angeles and made his debut as a solo artist with the 2013 album "Harlem River." Here's a track from his forthcoming third album, "Singing Saw," called "I Have Been To The Mountain."
All the music from episode 336.
Eleanor Friedberger was half of the prolific brother-sister duo, The Fiery Furnaces. Her third solo album of strummy, literate pop came out this week. It's called "New View," and critics are digging it. The singer admits she gets a little bossy in the kitchen and gives you a few songs to play when you're drinking for dessert.
Back in 1974, Alan Price, one of the founders of legendary U.K. rock band The Animals, put out a solo album that briefly appeared on 8-track... then disappeared. Omnivore Records reissued it this week. You can hear a snippet of his tune called, "Smells Like Lemon Tastes Like Wine," below.