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Let's collect links to interviews, features and reviews!

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There is an interview with Jonathan at the site of the Austin American-Satesmen, along with a Rook review and new band photograph here:
http://www.austin360.com/music/content/ ... cover.html

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31 May 2008 12:47
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I'm quite liking the little snippets I'm reading and hearing about Rook (particularly some of the various NPR stuff--they know their great music over there!), but so far my favourite review is in The Stranger.

Actually, I just really love the phrase, before the song imitates the crash, harp and horns and strings and feedback and wooden bits of ship all asunder. I played around with words and phrases for that musical image for days in my review...some of mine were good, but this writer's says it all for me.

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Here's what Newbury Comics has to say about Rook:
http://www.newburycomics.com/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=103&upc=74486107772
(NC is the major independent record store chain in New England, centered in Boston)
Excerpt: "Overall, ROOK sounds like a lost gem, overlooked in '80s vinyl bins between the Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen, that has finally found a place in an often homogenous music scene."
I'm not sure who wrote it, but it's short and interesting.


04 Jun 2008 12:05
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Onion AV Club:
http://www.avclub.com/content/music/shearwater

Dusted Magazine:
http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/4318

Treble:
http://treblezine.com/reviews/2641-Shearwater_Rook.html

Prefix:
http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/shearwater/rook/18904/

Blender:
http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=5155

Music Ohm:
http://www.musicomh.com/albums/shearwater-2_0508.htm


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in-studio session @ University of Minnesota Radio K (streaming):

http://radiok.cce.umn.edu/multimedia/audio/shearwater/

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Austinist:
http://austinist.com/2008/06/05/austinist_album_26.php

"Rook isn’t the sort of record that uncovers all of its secrets at once, and a lifetime of listening to it is sure to conjure up many, many conclusions. But that’s a good thing – Rook is an album you won’t tire of revisiting."


05 Jun 2008 16:16
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int_decor wrote:
in-studio session @ University of Minnesota Radio K (streaming):

http://radiok.cce.umn.edu/multimedia/audio/shearwater/


There are no words ... (There's no emoticon either, but if there were, it'd be a combination of jaw-dropping, near-fainting, wide-eyed gasping and gob-smacked grinning.)

Ok. There are some words (it is me, after all): This version of "I Was a Cloud" felled me completely.


Thanks for posting this link. It made my day.

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int_decor wrote:
in-studio session @ University of Minnesota Radio K (streaming):

http://radiok.cce.umn.edu/multimedia/audio/shearwater/


Brilliant, thanks a lot!
I uploaded the session, you can find it in the Download Thread.

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All Music Guide loves it.

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=am ... fexzejld0e

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And pfork gives it an 8.0.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/r ... 50932-rook

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There's an interview with Jonathan at Aural States: http://auralstates.com/2008/06/intervie ... water.html

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heather wrote:
There's an interview with Jonathan at Aural States: http://auralstates.com/2008/06/intervie ... water.html


I think that's my favourite so far. I really enjoy seeing a little depth in interviews, especially when they have the tendency to be so repetitive during a promotional push.

A reader already beat me to the Palestrina comment. :roll: It's ok, I was just going to bring up how my classical music history prof was carrying on about him for weeks leading up to our study of that period in Italy during the second term of the course...so essentially, the same comment with different details! :lol:

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Review at Delusions of Adequacy
http://www.adequacy.net/review.php?reviewID=8795

Interview at Torture Garden
http://thetorturegarden.blogspot.com/20 ... rview.html


12 Jun 2008 08:26
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heres an interview from REAX

http://www.reaxmusic.com/articles/view/ ... g_wing-550


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Ha! That interview at the Torture Garden confirms my hunch about "The Snow Leopard". The first time I heard it I got a vivid mental image of the snow leopard from Planet Earth (link). The opening chord progression reminded me exactly of the leopard clambering down the cliff face -- sidewise, intent and unerring, each paw perfectly placed.


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