4th Show! That’s one month of music from me to you. I feel like we have a real connection now. First off, super excited about the return of Annie Clark aka St. Vincent! While she won’t be in Asheville, she will be in Knoxville at the 11/24 at the Tennesse Theater, and in Durham 11/25 at the DPAC. There have been teases of studio pictures on her Instagram, so one might assume a new album drop will be coming out soon. Anyways, enough fanboying out, here is the latest show:
[Look Out For]Soccer Mommy – Collection
If you have never heard of Sophie Allison or her moniker Soccer Mommy, you will. Her lo-fi dreamy bedroom pop leaves you with a sense of longing and the bittersweet feeling of growing up. Usually self-releasing via Bandcamp, her latest work, Collection, will be released by Fat Possum Records. The album will be a collection of reworked songs along with some new ones. The two singles that have come out are fantastic, and you can already feel a brighter sound, that still retains its lo-fi minimalistic routes. Added with her haunting, soothing voice, and it makes for great music for any occasion. Collection releases August 4th.
[Variant Hunter]Stef Chura – Messes
I forget how I discovered Stef Chura. I think it had to do with just browsing Instagram hot on the release of her album. I listened to a single and enjoyed it so I snagged it. It was fantastic! I was hoping to get one of the first pressing variants but I was too slow to the party. Well, now I am in luck, as Fonoflo records will be releasing a small handful of variants July 1st. You can pick them up at her merch booth while she is on tour or on Fonoflo’s website. There are two releases; a glitter release and a liquid release! Of course you can get the regular black variant or digital versions via the label Urinal Cake Records. Messes was released January 27th.
[Worth a Re-Spin]Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
This album was met with some pretty polarizing reviews. While praised by some, like the great music journalist Robert Christgau, it was also scorned by a few, like Chicago-based music company Consequence of Sound. I think a lot of it has to do with her ties to her band, Sleater-Kinney, and what that means to people. I think it’s very hard to go solo when you were part of such an important band in rock history, and expectations can be high. But when you put that aside, what you are left with is a really stellar rock album, with hard lined vocals, and bright fun instrumentals. It’s an album you can dance to, either jumping or moshing in a pit. It’s hard not to move your feet, and I think that’s a feat of its own. Kill My Blues was released via Kill Rock Stars Sept 18th, 2012.
[Deep Cuts]Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark E.P.
It’s Hot Chip doing the Boss. What is there to say?
No, but seriously. Hot Chip are no strangers to a good cover. From Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere, Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, New Order’s Temptation, Big Star’s Thirteen, the list keeps going. Then there is, of course, the William Onyeabor project Atomic Bomb! Band with David Bryne and others. The 4 track EP, Dancing in the Dark, features not only a studio version of the cover but remixes for Cry For You and Huarache Lights. Notably, the Definitive Edition of Hot Chip’s album Why Make Sense? will also feature the cover. Alternatively, if you want it on wax (much like I did), you can pick it up on the Urban Outfitters x Domino Recording Company compilation record. Love the interlude to LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends at the end, glad it made it into the show!
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, sleeper, local, big hit, send them my way and I’ll give you a shout out if I end up using it! Tune in next week for a very special 4th of July show! Well forego your Toby Keiths and Creedence staples and play some indie hits that have to do with summer, America, and Independence Day, from some of the forefathers of Indie Music. Don’t miss it!