Dry Paint Signs Presents: The Next Round

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Ben Sterling of New York pop band, Cookies, joins me for a drink beside the pinball machines of Park Slope's Owl Farm.  Having started recording in 2009, the final year of his time in Mobius Band, Sterling tells why it took until this year for Cookies' debut LP, Music for Touching, to come out, amidst a changing music industry and a changing New York City.

www.cookiesltd.com

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep029_20141212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

Zac Colwell and Dave Heilman of Fancy Colors meet me in the Lower East Side at Whynot Coffee & Wine for some glasses of the latter.  The duo formed while both members were in indie rock outfit Jupiter One, when it became apparent that Zac was writing too many songs for one band to keep up with.  Since 2012, Fancy Colors have released an EP and two albums, including this summer's Island of the Dead.  Colwell and Heilman often perform with artists as diverse as Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche, and Nicole Atkins, and they reflect on how playing with different musicians influences them.

fancycolorsmusic.com

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep028_20141205.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28am EST

The Majorleans' Nicky Francis and Chris Buckle knock back some bottles with me at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY during the making of their album, Black Belt.  Mission is actually the fourth studio they've cut the tracks in, with the recording process ranging from a dangerous Chinese church basement to Nicky's living room.  While the guys both play guitar in the band, they explain why they wrote most of the LP's songs on drums and bass.  Their Grammy-winning engineer and co-producer, "Bassy" Bob Brockmann, has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan to the Notorious B.I.G.  He reveals what attracted him to the Majorleans, why he prefers tape to ProTools, and the story behind his nickname.

themajorleans.com

bassybob.com

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep027_20141119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

Kenny Vasoli has a beer with me in the backyard of Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. While you may know him from The Starting Line, Vasoli has been making "nu-hula" tunes with his band Vacationer since 2010.  He describes how the group used audience reactions to their live set to inform the mood of their more-realized follow-up LP, Relief. He also explains how he got into Polynesian music, what it's like singing about a former love, and why he wouldn't mind being the new Jimmy Buffett.

vacationermusic.com

drypaintsigns.com

Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep026_20141114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

Dave Wakeling of the English Beat invites me onto the tour bus before a show at Brooklyn Bowl.  With songs in films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Kingpin, and Clueless, Wakeling has seen his fanbase continue to grow long after the breakups of the Beat and General Public.  Now those fans are even able to sing on For Crying Out Loud, the first English Beat album in over 30 years.  Dave shares the stories behind a few of the new tunes and tries his hand at standup comedy.

www.englishbeat.net

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep025_20141010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Speak's Joey Delahoussaye and Nick Hurt join me for some witte beers in the front bar at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg.  For their sophomore LP, Pedals, the band took every aspect of the album into their own hands, from the writing to the mixing to the artwork.  The guys discuss that lengthy process, their collaborations with RAC, and how they adapt their multi-layered sound to a live setting.

www.hearspeakhere.com

www.drypaintsigns.com

Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep024_20140710.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

All four members of Miniature Tigers sip on summer ales in Dumbo, Brooklyn, as they discuss their sunkissed fourth album, Cruel Runnings.  The Tigers explain how they intended to create a classic record reminscent of their teens, and how recording the LP in Jamaica actually helped them to focus.  With the quartet scattered across the country, they also offer advice on how to keep a long-distance band together.

www.miniaturetigers.com

www.drypaintsigns.com

Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep023_20140628.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Jon Cleary left England long ago for New Orleans, and over the years, he has gained considerable acclaim as a sideman, solo artist, and bandleader of the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.  Over breakfast at White Oak in Brookyn, NY, Cleary discusses the history of NOLA funk, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the thrill of playing with a live band.

www.joncleary.com

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep022_20140620.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has a beer with me at One Mile House before his show at Bowery Ballroom.  Messersmith explains how the phases of his life, from his Christian upbringing to majoring in computer science to becoming a college professor have all had a role in his craft.  Jeremy also describes his demoing process and how his fourth record, Heart Murmurs, ended up with a much larger sound than his earlier albums.

www.jeremymessersmith.com

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Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep021_20140612.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Paul Smith of Maxïmo Park sips a soda at The Globe prior to the band's gig at Gramercy Theatre. He tells the tale of why he doesn't drink before a show, and how the group collaborated with Mordue Brewery to create a beer called Maxïmo No. 5 in honor of their fifth LP, Too Much Information.  He discusses all aspects of the record, from self-production to mixing via Skype to the story behind the tongue-shaving artwork.  Smith also reveals how the band came to choose the cover songs included on the deluxe edition of the album.

Direct download: TheNextRound_Ep020_20140605.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST