As you may already know, Switchfoot played their first show of 2009 a few days back (January 28 to be exact), and here's a sweet video of the class Jon Foreman cymbal-bash session for "Dirty Second Hands."
Jeanna, our friend LOBH, reported that Jon said the following about the new Switchfoot record:
Jon said they'd be back working on the album in 3 weeks, not that that they would be DONE in 3 weeks. Also Thor, their engineer, was telling me they aren't going back into the studio till the beginning of march.
Next up, Paste Magazine posted a blog about the live performance that Fiction Family did in their studio. Check it out!
NPR reviews Fiction Family:
The music has a built-in ache. "There's an icon in your mind that stands for happiness one day," they sing on the song, "Closer Than You Think." Using computer imagery — an earlier generation surely would have said "there's a picture in your mind" rather than an icon — Fiction Family strives to make simple, direct music, rooted in folk and 1960s pop, without going too limp on us.
Sometimes it doesn't work, as in the maudlin "Please Don't Call It Love," with its weepy, sleepy violin. And the lyrics on this album — which consist, for the most part, of carefully phrased examinations of heartbreak — aren't particularly original.
But Watkins and Foreman are smart enough to know which of their collaborations turned out best, and they lead off the album with "When She's Near," which is by far their most attractive, memorable song. With its Beatle-esque melody and soft harmonies, it is a lovely romantic trifle. Its chorus — "When she's near me all the world is new" — is the sort of starry-eyed sentiment that Fiction Family's music is ideally suited to transmit.
Another review (InReview):
A major deviation from each musician's more well-known projects, Fiction Family presents an emotional musical journey for the listener. Lacking flow at times, the disc presents itself more as being experimental — tossing out the rules and expectations throughout the recording process. In fact, in some instances, Foreman and Watkins didn't even make the tracks together. While one was touring, the other would add parts to a song, then leaving their product for the other to work on when he got off tour. Which, at times works better on some songs than others.