Rachael Yamagata Returns With A Heavyweight Interview On The Time Machine
Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata returned to The Time Machine to discuss her latest self released EP "Heavyweight" which will be officially released to the public this November 20th. Her tour across America and Canada kicked off last week. Liz Phair and Madi Diaz are among the performing musicians on her latest batch of songs.
It's always a treat for The Time Machine Radio Crew to have Rachael on the broadcast as a guest. Rachael's vocals have graced Maui's FM dial for years as she continued to keep busy between each of her albums by co-writing and singing on albums of other artists. The list is long and varied; Duncan Sheik, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Robin Danar, Mike Viola, Margaret Cho, Toots & The Maytals, Ben Lee, Graham Colton, Katherine McPhee, Rhett Miller, John Francis, Jill Cunniff, Dan Wilson, Bill Deasey, Ray LaMontagne, Chris Holmes, Ben Arthur, Jason Mraz, Bright Eyes and Mandy Moore...with so many music projects outside of her own, it appears that she will continue to be on our playlists for years to come.
Her 2004 debut album release "Happenstance" produced by John Alagia kept pulling in our listeners and locking in her status as "most played artist" right up until the end of 2007. Perfect timing for us because her sophomore double album release "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart" was released in 2008. That album was produced by Mike Mogis (with a couple of songs produced by John Alagia) and it was an album worth the wait filled with many talented musicians like Kevin Salem, Michael Chaves, Daniel Clarke and Mark Goldenberg adding their musical gifts to the project. Her third album "Chesapeake" was her first official indie release and now with this EP coming out just a little over a year later, the artist is primed to release more music in a much quicker time frame between releases and that suits us fine.
Rachael's music has had a home on our playlists and in our hearts since her debut release. Be sure to pick up a copy of her first album, "Happenstance" and her second, "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart". Rachael topped our airplay chart for 2010 with her song with Semisonic's Dan Wilson, "You Take My Troubles Away" and closed out the year with her yuletide song, "Baby Come Find Me At Christmas". In 2011, "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday", Rachael's cover of the classic song from The Muppets where Gonzo sang around a campfire in 1979's "The Muppet Movie" has been embraced by The Time Machine staff and listeners to make it one of the most played songs of the year. The song saw its official release on Disney's tribute album "The Muppets: The Green Album" on August 23rd in preparation for Disney's November release of the Jason Segel film "The Muppet Movie". Other artists featured along with Rachael include; Weezer & Paramore’s Hayley Williams, OK Go, Sondre Lerche, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, The Fray and My Morning Jacket. Rachael's album "Chesapeake" was the most played album on the air for 2011 and continued with heavy airplay throughout 2012. The album is a musical gem and is highly recommended for your personal music collection.
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Although Rachael has done a number of guest slots on The Time Machine, you can also check out four of her extremely detailed interviews with host Michael McCartney on The Time Machine's archived broadcasts below. You can download them as podcasts or listen to them from the embedded players on the webpage itself.
Rachael Yamagata Interview
Rachael Yamagata Interview from 2008
Rachael Yamagata Interview from the Summer of 2011
Rachael Yamagata Interview from the Autumn of 2011 for "Chesapeake"
Videos Below: "Even If I Don't", "Starlight" and "You Won't Let Me" by Rachael Yamagata