Stef Chura – Midnight (album release)

by Woody on June 14, 2019

photo credit: Chloe Sells

I am an unabashed addict of music. I am listening all day long, usually 8 to 10 albums a day. One of the great pleasures is when an artist takes a magical leap from one album to the next. For that is what happened here with Stef Chura’s sophomore release.

Chura is a kid that grew up 90s and early 00’s music and it shows. She’s compiled all these influences into her own meaty stew of impassioned vocals and gnarly guitar hooks. Helping her throughout the process is another indie vunderkind visionary in Will Toledo. Ah to be a fly on the wall as those two hashed shit out. That’s just too much musical smarts in one place. In fact, Toledo pops up on Sweet Sweet Midnight; a track that slowly dissolves into quirky electronic boops and punchy guitar licks. I’d give up my small toe to see them play that live.

I just got finished reading Meet Me In The Bathroom so the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are fresh on the old noggin’. And she rips off a couple of numbers that’d make Karen O proud. Method Man is one such number. She segues from that into Trumbull, a tune that sees Chura pouring it all out on a piano. Jumping Jack follows; a breakup track that seems straight forward enough before she hangs a left towards the end. That’s just great sequencing; an art that few still appreciate.

I can’t say enough good things about this album. Such an accomplishment for all involved.

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Nashville resident, Jeremy Ivey has signed to Anti- Records. He’s released a track to give us an idea of what we have to look forward to when his his debut comes out later this year. Produced by new momma, Margo Price, who also carries the title of Ivey’s better half; this track is quite tasty. More info from the PR team.

Now based in Nashville, Ivey moved away from his conservative Georgia home after high school and bounced around, primarily doing prep work in kitchens. “Story of a Fish” chronicles Ivey’s personal diaspora, specifically relating to his upbringing. “I’m adopted, and I think that I always related with the story of salmon and how they’re born,” he reveals. “The idea of being born far from your home, you know? You were born here, but you gotta get elsewhere. That’s the way I always felt. I always felt that I was born in the wrong place to the wrong people at the wrong time.”

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Rose Dorn is a trio out of CA consisting of self-described “Valley Kids,” Scarlet, Jamie and Joey. They play indie pop that instantly feels like it is from CA. Days You Were Leaving will see the light of day on August 23 via the fine folks at Bar None Records. Here’s some info from the PR squad.

Of the track the band explains, “‘Shaking’ is about a select few experiences we’ve seen spin people out of control, and the coping mechanisms that have brought them back to reality. While the experiences are largely disconnected, they all seem to be related by trauma of varying degrees, from the rejection by a supposed soulmate to the death of a loved one. It’s obviously pretty intense. I think that’s why we like it being a fun, upbeat song—we had fun playing with that gap between feeling and expression.

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Hiss Golden Messenger, the prolific band led by M.C. Taylor, is back with their seventh album. Merge Records will be releasing Terms Of Surrender on 9/20. Hiss has long been a favorite of mine. I find the music so easy to connect with on a spiritual level. Here’s some more info via the PR machine.

The album’s ten songs touch on a myriad of emotions, inner conflict, and questions. Starting with opening track “I Need a Teacher,” the narrator longs for guidance to help navigate life’s endless challenges. The video for the song was shot during the statewide North Carolina Association of Educators’ Day of Action demonstration and features a glance into the eyes and faces of real teachers, children, and families that illustrate the humanity and what is at stake for our future.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out Of Sight (album review)

June 11, 2019

photo credit: Brad Bunyea Over the last few weeks, since Fussell announced this album, I’ve been listening to his 2017 effort, What In the Natural World with some regularity. The word that always comes to mind when listening to Fussell is effortless. On Out Of Sight, Fussell again goes mining through old folk songs and […]

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V.V. Lightbody release new single, Car Alarm

June 10, 2019

Photo Credit: Rachel Winslow V.V. Lightbody is the solo project of Vivian McConnell, a fixture in the Chicago indie scene. Following up on 2018’s Batching Peach, she has been releasing some new tracks this year. This is my favorite of the lot. Here’s some info the track from McConnell. I was thinking a lot about […]

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Carriers announces debut LP, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else on 8/23

June 6, 2019

photo by Michael Wilson Carrier is the project of Cincinnati’s Curt Kiser. After enlisting the help of some friends, including Bryan Devendorf, he’s set to release his debut LP. The first track has a War On Drugs vibe to it. Here’s some info via the PR team. Carriers’ debut LP, Now Is The Time For […]

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Amyl and The Sniffers – s/t (album review)

June 5, 2019

I had seen plenty of live videos before catching a set at SXSW by Australia’s Amyl and The Sniffers. It was a fun set and they certainly looked the part, with Amy Taylor prowling around the stage looking to cause mayhem at any and very turn. But I also had a small concern that they […]

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Pip Blom – Boat (album review)

June 4, 2019

Photo credit: Raymond van Mil Pip Blom was one of my biggest misses of this past SXSW. I was all queued up to go see them one night around midnight but they were clear across town. Five or ten years ago, I would have hauled my ass down Congress but at 48, I couldn’t muster […]

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The Pinheads – Is This Real (album review)

May 31, 2019

The Pinheads are an Australian five-piece from “The Leisure Coast” and they play a brew of rock and roll that pulls from all sorts of genres; every song is a ripper. The album bravely opens with the sludgy 8 minute Pure Hate with buzzing guitars slowly building upon each other in a cacophony of noise. […]

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