Catching Up With Casey Dienel

There’s a rumble of adulation around HUSH alumna Casey Dienel’s latest musical reinvention under the name White HinterlandKairos, out now on Dead Oceans, is the second full length from WH, and a departure to say the least.

Here are the tracks the label is generously sharing:


No Logic

Casey is going out this spring with the excellent multi-instrumentalist DOSH. Check the dates here.

Lastly, enjoy this lovely video by Michaela Copikova for the track “Amsterdam”.

To delve into Dienel’s roots as a songwriter, and to appreciate her evolution, look no further than her debut Wind-up Canary.

Casey Dienel – “Wind-up Canary” Sampler Mix

Catching up with Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza, former lead vocalist and stand up bassist for HUSH recording artist Noise For Pretend is cropping up again in the media. This time we find the The New Yorker lavishing an in-depth profile on the now 25 year old sensation.  You’ll need to pick up the mag, or have a digital subscription to read that, but the website has a nice podcast to accompany the article:

Esperanza on The New Yorker Audio Podcast

Recently, Esperanza performed some amazing, seemingly frenetic renditions of jazz standards in studio on NPR affiliate Jazz24. Listen here.

The author also provided some candid behind-the-scenes video of Spalding’s songwriting process and work on a forthcoming album:

When I visited her home in Austin, Texas, I asked if I could shoot some video of her explaining how a song gets written and arranged. She happily obliged me by talking about the creation of an as-yet-untitled song:

Spalding plans to record this song but not for her next album, “The Chamber Music Society,” which is due out this summer. But I went out to Bennett Recording Studios, in Englewood, N.J., and watched her conduct a string section for a song that will be. It’s called “Apple Blossom”:

Nick Jaina – Into The Woods

The new episode of Into The Woods’ “Feels Like Home” features a performance from Nick Jaina on his hardwood floor, plus a brief cameo (cateo?) from his little feline friend as well. Do I see a collaboration in their future? No? Well, okay then.

Jaina doesn’t do a new song from his forthcoming A Bird in the Opera House LP, instead going with “Maryanne,” the lovely opening number from 2008’s Wool.

From End Hits

“Sleep Child” from Nick Jaina’s A Bird In The Opera House


Premiering today exclusively on is “Sleep Child,” a thrilling folk number from Nick Jaina’s upcoming seventh solo release. A Bird In The Opera House is out April 13 on Hush Records and was apparently written in and inspired by a variety of locales ranging from sunny California to snowy Oregon. Since the album is so rooted in the West Coast, Jaina and his band will spend the month of April touring the left side of the country in support of the release.

“Sleep Child”