1. Palace is one of the many names used at one point or another by Will Oldham. Palace came after he named himself Palace Brothers for the first LP, before Palace Music, and a few years before the world knew him as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. According to Oldham, records released under the "Palace" moniker were usually recorded in the winter time, and feature some of his darkest, most challenging songs. See http://users.bart.nl/%7Eljmeijer/oldham/ for bio, discog, and news.
Adam Gnade's (guh nah dee) work is released as a series of books and records that share characters and themes; the fiction writing continuing plot-lines left open by the self-described "talking songs" in an attempt to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life. The lyrics of the songs come from prose writing (not poetry or spoken word) and the material is performed live, solo, with Adam on banjo or four-string guitar, generally unamplified, sitting or standing in the middle of the crowd.
Singer/Songwriter Sarabeth Tucek is from New York. She can be heard duetting with Bill Callahan on Smog's "Supper", providing background vocals on EZT's "Goodbye Little Doll" and on Brian Jonestown Massacre's "We Are The Radio" for which she cowrote one song with Anton Newcombe. Her song, Something For You (a.k.a. Seer) is also covered by BJM on "We Are the Radio". Recently, Sarabeth was guest vocalist on the debut album of The Relationship, fronted by Brian Bell from Weezer.
** see also: Martha Tilston **
Martha Tilston is a singer-songwriter, formerly of acoustic duo Mouse, and currently based in Brighton, England.
She is the daughter of acclaimed songwriter Steve Tilston, and has been writing songs from an early age. Her solo debut, 'Rolling', was self released in 2003, and 'Bimbling' followed in 2004. The following year she assembled The Woods, who include members of Semble, to record her free downloadable album 'Ropeswing'. 2006 saw a full UK tour and the release of the album 'Of Milkmaids And Architects'.
From Buenos Aires, Los Cripis are two ladies and one man making primitive, kaleidoscopic DIY guitar songs. Everything is wonky, distorted, sweet and full of colour, maybe recalling THE SHAGGS, BEAT HAPPENING, BIRD NAMES or SWELL MAPS. They have two albums as free downloads.
Julia Shammas Holter is a classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park. After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Her music is witty, surreal and optimistic. She plays without sarcasm in the terrains that divide sentimentality, passion, and control. Her songs are written instinctively, and treated with an off-kilter fastidiousness, working orchestral variety from minimal instrumentation.
Antony Hegarty (1971) is an English singer/songwriter, best known for being the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Antony was one of the artists who performed Leonard Cohen's music in the 2005 documentary Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. Antony offered his rendition of the song "If it be Your Will."
Devendra Banhart (Born 30th May 1981 in Houston, Texas, but brought up in Venezuela) is a folk singer-songwriter whose first few records were released on the young god records label from New York City. His most recent CD was released by Warner Brothers. He is one of the most popular artists to come out of the "new weird america" movement, which includes performers such as Faun Fables, Viking Moses, Jack Rose, Jana Hunter, Arborea, The MV & EE Medicine Show, Currituck Co., Six Organs of Admittance, and The Royal We, among others. He also often joins the band known as Vetiver.
LA Vampires is a new project from Pocahaunted