September 14, 2005
It's A Trap, the quintessential online hub for Scandinavian music news, has started selling mp3 downloads, focusing on independent artists and labels. Several labels have already signed on, including Aa, Adrian Recordings, Chalksounds, Combat Disc, CPH-Sound, Kooljunk, Norsordo, PonyRec and Tenderversion.
The further pleasures of Illinois come from its refined, precise craftsmanship. While Stevens is widely cited as a banjo player, he's also handy with recorder, flute, oboe, glockenspiel, guitars, vibraphone, triangle, and church organ. His banjo playing is more Kermit on a log than Earl Scruggs; really his paramount gift is as a composer-arranger.
Fans of the singer/songwriter genre will fall head over heels for the direction Vanderslice is taking -- now he needs just a little more exposure.
"I think that the OC, Six Feet Under, movie soundtracks and all that, have been great, but you still have a lot to worry about. I don’t think those shows have made the band a household name. Not much has changed. We have a lot of touring to do, and I don’t think that we ever thought it was ever going to be much. Modest Mouse, they seemed to have a good time, the Walkmen, they seemed to have a pretty good time, so we figured why not?"