It’s hard not to like The Like. They’re kind of like (ha!) a ‘60s girl group plopped down in the present—their songs are upbeat and harmony-drenched, no matter what the topic, and their style feels ripped straight off The Ronettes backs. Oh, but these gals actually play their own instruments. The Like formed in 2001, when Z Berg, Charlotte Froom, and Tennessee Thomas met in high school. They put out several EPs before getting picked up by Geffen and releasing Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? Since then, they’ve switched bassists (to Laena Geronimo), added an organ player (Annie Monroe), and started working with Mark Ronson (yes, that Mark Ronson). The result is their new album, Release Me, which came out last week.
The Frisky sat down with drummer and founding member Tennessee (second from left) to ask about the new album and where they got the L-I-K-E dresses they wear on the cover. Keep reading »
Norwegian singer/songwriter/DJ Annie is the kind of woman who looks like an off-duty model, but also has a huge record collection and likes wearing a sweater with a penis print on it to business meetings. In other words—she’s just cool. So it’s not too surprising that her new album, Don’t Stop is supremely addictive. But what is a little shocking is that it almost didn’t happen.
After her first album, Anniemal, was lavished with critical acclaim, Annie was signed to Island Records. Things went fine for a little while—until the guy who signed her left the label and she was left with executives who just didn’t get her high-energy electropop tunes with their oddball flourishes. After stalling release of the album for more than a year, Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and release the album on her own, with the help of label Smalltown Supersound. The result is a sophomore effort that breaks the curse, with songs that range from the wistful, indie-tinged “Bad Times” to the best insult song ever penned, “I Don’t Like Your Band.” We sat down to chat with Annie about writing almost 400 songs for the album, getting the right album cover, picking out stage ensembles, and what she thinks of American guys. Keep reading »