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The Big Takeover Issue #91

Andrew Clayman

Andrew Clayman is a freelance music writer based in Chicago but born and raised in Akron, OH. His uncle once split a duplex with Chrissie Hynde, and his father had many a ping pong battle with Devo drummer Alan Myers. Andrew himself saw a scrappy local band called the Black Keys play one of their first shows in front of a handful of people at now defunct club called the Lime Spider. The tradition runs deep!

Music writing has enabled Andrew to interview a wide range of amusing personalities, including: Neko Case, Henry Rollins, Richard Thompson, J. Spaceman, Mark Oliver Everett, Zooey Deschanel, and the late Vic Chesnutt.

Mark Mulcahy

A Rather Lengthy Interview with Mark Mulcahy

30 May 2013

After an 8-year hiatus, the influential “ex-singer of Miracle Legion” has overcome tragedy, revisited his roots, and redefined himself on new LP.

The Ocean Blue

The Ocean Blue is Back: An Interview with David Schelzel

12 March 2013

‘90s dream-pop favorites return this month with Ultramarine, their first LP in 14 years.


Stornoway's Jon Ouin Talks 'Tales From Terra Firma'

5 March 2013

Catching up with the 4AD folk-pop outfit on the eve of their sophomore album’s release.

Stevie Jackson 1

Stevie Jackson: Being Himself Completely

27 May 2012

A chat with the Belle & Sebastian guitarist about going solo, getting older, and Glasgow pride.

The Halamays - This Boring Party

The Halamays - This Boring Party EP (Ceramic Rabbit)

24 August 2011

The "summer fun" record gets a distinctly 21st century treatment on this Chicago husband/wife team's debut EP.

The Siddeleys

Allan Kingdom of The Siddeleys: "Jangle Pop Cult Heroes"

3 August 2011

Guitarist for short-lived ’80s indie outfit reflects on his band’s small but significant contributions to the London pop underground, 25 years later.

Sarah and Jayson Benn of Shivering Timbers

Shivering Timbers: The Dark Side of Nursery Rhymes

4 May 2011

Big Takeover catches up with Akron-based husband/wife duo to discuss their twisted take on children’s music and Dan Auerbach-produced debut.

Trash Can Sinatras

Frank Reader of Trashcan Sinatras: Legends of Obscurity

20 March 2011

Trashcan Sinatras lead singer Frank Reader talks about his band’s transition into middle age, the potential pitfalls of contentment, and the possibility of some TCS back catalog reissues.