Fun & Interesting
… and Worth Your Attention
The Chap is a North London band
consistently producing challenging pop. "Pop," please realize, is
really the broadest description of this group's sound; the first
step. Many of their songs, while apt to start a dance party, yield
Sewn into the hooks are lyrics about self importance ("Fun &
Interesting" - Mega Breakfast), the crushing banality of
office life ("The Premier At Last" - Ham) to what
constitutes art ("Proper Rock" - Mega Breakfast).
What I love about The Chap is the band never seems to fall into that
All-Their-Songs-Sound-The-Same trap. Track by track, each of their
albums hold my interest. The attitude of each song is just as
varied as the albums on which they appear. Lately I find myself
hitting repeat on two songs in particular. One is on this week's
show ("Even Your Friend" - Well Done Europe) and this one
Right now Ham is a mere $4.99 on iTunes, earning the Off
Air "Go Get It" Stamp of Approval. Anyone gives you static about
how "indie rock sounds all the same" move The Chap up a few notches
on your playlist and see if the conversation changes.
Off Air <3 's TerrorEyes
"Up close" is a key theme behind any TerrorEyes
From the T.E. website:
"Terroreyes is an experimental video platform for documenting
things that we like - getting in the faces of people we like,
having our microphones blown out by people we like, hearing stories
from people we like, etc. All we want to do is show you things you
may never otherwise see UP CLOSE."
Since 2009 TerrorEyes has been pumping out amazing videos
of great local artists like Sister Crayon, Sea of Bees, Bay Area
rap stud Mistah Fab, and an amazing performance between
Ground Chuck and Zach Hill. Sean Stout, the man
behind the camera, defines the soul of the organization. Stout also
maintains the TerrorEyes blog, keeping you current with
his filming schedule to stories and pictures from T.E. shows in Sac
and around the country.
Like the French La Blogotheque and San Francisco's Yours Truly,
TerrorEyes traffics heavily in artistic expression, experimentation
and underground music.
Stout recently branched into concert booking and
promotion too. A show very close to our heart is coming up March
19th as TerrorEyes, Record Club and Off Air bring Marnie Stern and
Tera Melos to The Town House Lounge.
Okay, T.E. and Record Club get the credit for TownHouse BUT: The
next day, Sean brings his camera and keen eye to CPR as Marnie
Stern is our guest for the next "Off Air / In Studio."
We're trying (poorly) to contain our excitement! Stay frosty.
Even MORE TVotR
Stream Nick's Stint on Blue Dog Jam
The last two Saturdays I was charged with the enviable task of filling three hours up with music. Those six hours are now available to stream right now.
Don't mistake: This isn't exactly Off Air ON AIR. Sure,
there are plenty of indie jamz and electonic clicks and whistles -
but Blue Dog is about more. You'll hear Television, Wanda
Jackson, The Specials nestled between Casiokids, Tom Vek and a few
Off Air / In Studio tracks by The Common Men, Sister Crayon and
Off Air on the Web