After Hours is Stereo Confidential's monthly news show. For April 2019, we hit Carly Rae Jepsen, Record Store Day, and superlatives for this month and beyond.
The new case immediately feels bigger. Bigger band, obviously. Bigger scene, so more story to tell. But also a bigger responsibility. I’ll keep that abstract for now, as it’s something that needs multiple hours of conversation, along with new guest voices and perspectives, if we’re really going to approach this in earnest. But you read a sprawling epic like “Meet Me In The Bathroom” and you have people like Christian Joy — who designed Karen O’s stage looks — saying that “Karen was our fearless leader.” So you can see how one would feel a bit of pressure discussing such a figure.
In our first look at the case, we simply try to set a base. What’s the core origin story? In these early, early songs, what kind of groundwork is laid for fast approaching, landmark work?
This is Stereo Confidential 008, The Case of the Primal Institution.
A listener calls in a case about a fake album leak.
We officially open shop on a Sunday morning, picking through possible cases, clearing the red from the blinking answering machine. Having just cleared a 2-month investigation, we were excited just to talk about something OTHER than Florida indie-rock. And the one that sticks out to us has both a mystery to solve, but also room for a greater discussion on topics like illegal downloading, MTV News, and if the German and Seattle accents are more similar than you’d expect. While the former is a pretty quick "case closed," the latter is probably a discussion that could go on for days.
This is Stereo Confidential 007, The case of the K.M. Tapes.
The final part of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2019 album, "Blushing."
To close the case, we gathered, partially beaten down by 5 hours of emotional catharsis. Well, it’s 4 hours and 52 minutes if we’re being exact with the combined length of the 6 Copeland full length records. This experience was not without significant reward though. And to close the case, and to maximize a newfound appreciation of just what this Militia Group, to Columbia Records, to Tooth and Nail outfit was able to accomplish, we needed to pull in a local expert and a bunch more pages of detailed, lengthy notes.
This is Stereo Confidential 006: The Case of the Surrounding Shadow.
Part 5 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2014 record, “Ixora.”
A band departs...under the burden of modern day music economics, away from the stressors of constant touring. But their fanbase never seems to quiet, rallying to a side project and that project’s Kickstarter, reigniting the flame. So 6 years after their "final record," our Florida indie-rock, and now I’d likely say indie-pop, band returns. When we arrive at that stage in our investigation, we discover that time does indeed alter perception. And what we find is a reunion record that plays much differently within a binge.
This is Stereo Confidential 005, The Case of the Steady Drum.
Part 4 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2008 record, “You Are My Sunshine.”
“You Are My Sunshine,” a song first recorded in 1939, closes each chorus with the line, “Please don’t take my sunshine away.” And while yes, it’s actually a feeling that pervades most of the song, there’s a sadness to that repeating sentiment. That request always lurking in the distance. Simply put, it’s a happy song that is secretly pretty sad.
There’s a similar dichotomy at play in Copeland’s 2008 album of the same name. While the soundscape initially brings you somewhere dreamlike, the underbelly is a bit more complicated. We entered the back half of Copeland’s discography here, looking for a bounce back effort, a highlight before a hiatus.
This is Stereo Confidential 004, The Case of The Colorless Night.
Part 3 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2006 record, “Eat, Sleep, Repeat.”
When we sit down to look at "Eat, Sleep, Repeat," the third step in our six Copeland episodes, a majority of the investigators, plus our trusty producer, sit in record-breaking freezing temperatures. A polar vortex, they call it. And along with shutting down major cities, it serves to make everyone a little stir crazy. Not to spoil, but maybe that contributes to the reception here. Or maybe this album truly is an in-between, a to-be-continued, a readjustment that sits with better times ahead, in an experiment such as this. This is Stereo Confidential 003, The Case of Cheekbone Hill.
Part 2 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2005 record, “In Motion.”
10 years after the fact, a band talks about a record. And while not totally trashing it, the frontman is dubious about whatever the band’s aims were at the time. Saying Copeland was “too concerned with making the perfect commercial record,” Aaron Marsh describes the creative environment as one of pressure, as one of chart chasing. That’s where we found ourselves on the second stop of the investigation...throwing out terms like commercialization, Coldplay and even the dreaded...sellout. This is Stereo Confidential 002, The Case of the Confused Tether.
Part 1 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2003 record, “Beneath Medicine Tree.”
On Episode 228, we name our Label of the Year for 2018. From releases, to signings, and everything in between, we discuss what stood out, along with the purpose of a label today.
In episode 227, we mess with the Grammy nomination lists until we're happy.
Categories: Album of the Year; Song of the Year; Record of the Year; Best Alternative Music Album; Best Rock Album; Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Read the nomination lists, here.
On episode 226, we review the new record from The 1975, titled "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships." We also start with some holiday gift ideas (for the music lovers in your life) and end with some recommendations.
We celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Forgive Durden's "Razia's Shadow" with an extended talk on the album/musical. We discuss the plot, the weakness of the back half, and what happened after the release. What a splendid mess we've made in episode 225.
Episode 224 of Modern Vinyl features a review of Justin Courtney Pierre's new album, "In The Drink" (14:17), and a couple rounds of Quickfire (Weezer, Charli XCX, Andrew McMahon).
Part 4 of our Revisiting The Beatles series dives into "Beatles For Sale," their December 1964 release. We talk the weirdly fascinating first three songs, seeing the legendary band in a "burnt out" state, and Lennon's surprising appreciation of Ringo.
Episode 223 of Modern Vinyl centers around Carly Rae Jepsen's "Tug of War," which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. We also talk our Chicago trip and play a little Music God.
Our newest edition of "MV Goes To The Movies" celebrates the 15-year anniversary of the Jack Black-led "School of Rock." We talk the movie's lessons, what it says about creative pursuit, and the 10-year reunion performance.
Episode 221 of Modern Vinyl is live from NYC and Limited To One Record Shop. The guest was Paul Dechichio, who for the past 16 years has headed up Tor Johnson Records. We discuss that label, the music community in Providence, and much more.
Make sure to listen to some "Emo Album or Teen Drama," plus other games at the end.
Episode 220 of The Modern Vinyl Podcast centers around Death Cab for Cutie's new record, "Thank You For Today." It may be a good "collection" of songs, but is it a good album? Is Ben Gibbard an "old man yelling at cloud"?
Before that, we talk our favorite Goosebumps books, cheat codes and our upcoming live show in Chicago (Sept. 22 people!).
Part 3 of our Revisiting The Beatles series dives into "A Hard Day's Night." We start at the end of the record, which houses some of the more lyrically interesting tracks, while then working back to the big hits.