1/18/2018

Stop Light Observations and SondorBlue Announce Charleston Music Hall Show


There's a big night for the local scene coming up on February 17th at the Charleston Music Hall, with Stop Light Observations making their headlining debut alongside SondorBlue. Stop Light has headlined (and sold out) the Music Farm numerous times, but now they're going around the corner to the Music Hall. This is a step up in both class and acoustics, and it's bound to be a great show. I've always been really impressed by the way music sounds in that theatre.

I'd be willing to bet money that we'll see some collaboration between Stop Light Observations and SondorBlue, specifically when Stop Light plays "Coyote", as the track features SondorBlue singing background vocals.

Tickets are $20 and available here. This one will probably sell out, so don't wait too long to get tickets.





1/14/2018

Watch Daddy's Beemer Play 'TV Lied To Me' for Pablo Sessions


Back in August, Scene SC released the first Pablo Session from Daddy's Beemer, where they played "Rain Dance". Now we've got the second video from that session, and this time they're playing "TV Lied To Me". Daddy's Beemer is probably my favorite band to come up in South Carolina in 2017, so it's always nice to see something new from them. Their self-titled EP has been in constant rotation over at Extra Chill HQ ever since its release.

Anyway, stream that new Pablo Session below.

Zoe Child Premieres Teaser Video for Debut EP Coming March 3rd


In late 2017, Zoe Whittaker, known musically as Zoe Child, released the cosmic country single, "Cowboy", and instantly put herself on the radar in Charleston's music scene. She first formed roots in the scene during her time at the College of Charleston's music school, where she studied classical violin. During her time at CofC, she became friends with Corey Campbell, who was studying classical piano and musicology. As you probably know, Corey went on to join SUSTO.

Upon graduating from CofC, Zoe moved to Arizona to further her classical violin studies in graduate school. She and Corey stayed in touch during this time, sharing demos back and forth and keeping up with each other's musical ambitions. When Zoe finished up school in Arizona, she moved back to Charleston where she began working on the songs that will form the Zoe Child EP.

The EP is slated for a March 3rd release, and is currently in the final stages of recording and production. Corey Campbell is producing the EP, and Vlado Meller of Truphonic Studios is mastering the tracks. Zoe Child will celebrate its release with a party at the Royal American.

Zoe linked up with Drew Gardner of Toucan Films to create a video that captures the essence of Zoe Child. The song featured here is called "Bad Luck", and it will be on the forthcoming EP. Julis DeAngelis of The High Divers laid down the drum track on "Bad Luck" and a few other songs on the EP.

Check out the promo for "Bad Luck" below, and be on the lookout for that Zoe Child EP coming March 3rd.

1/12/2018

Discover New (and Random) Music With Cinuosity


Every music lover has found themselves at times tired of listening to the same songs or albums on repeat. No matter how much you love a certain type of music, listen to it enough and it will probably start to feel stale. With this, you are faced with the challenge of finding new music. That can be a pretty daunting task at times, and you may find yourself stuck in a rut, circling the same stale (to you) genres and not being able to break into new territories.

At least that's where Christian Steinmetz found himself before creating Cinuosity. Christian is a Clemson student who has always had an avid interest in finding new music. You might recognize his name as a critical member of WSBF Radio His music discovery journey started when he was in middle school, sharing Youtube playlists with his friends. Over the years that evolved into finding new music with Spotify's Discover feature.

Eventually, Christian found himself bored even with the music being suggested to him by Spotify's Discover playlists. That isn't a knock on Spotify, though. It's just that Spotify bases its suggestions on the music that you've already been listening to, so it's easy to get stuck in one genre of music. You'll find great songs in that genre that you've never heard before, but for the listener with a desire to break out of the confines of one particular genre, this can be frustrating.

With this, Christian set out to make Cinuosity, a music discovery tool that is almost completely based on randomness.

How it works is simple: it's a web-based application that links directly to your Spotify account. You choose a weirdness level using the slider, and when you click 'Discover', it generates a playlist with 10 random songs. To give you a better idea of this, I've included three playlists I made at three different weirdness levels below.

Why Bother
Weird
Buckle Up


As you can see, these playlists are truly random. You might recognize a few songs on the first playlist, and maybe even a few on the second playlist, but I highly doubt you've ever heard any of the songs on that 'Buckle Up' playlist.

I asked Christian how the randomness is calculated, and he explained it to me.

Basically, Christian told me the app uses the selected randomness level to choose a word from a database of English dictionary words, then conducts a search on Spotify and chooses a random track from the search results.After that, the app runs the track through a popularity filter that is also based on the randomness level. The higher the selected randomness, the less popular the selected song will be. The app repeats this process until 10 songs are added to the playlist. These selections have nothing to do with your listening trends.

In this way, Cinuosity offers a solution to the common problem of being stuck within the confines of a genre that you're extremely familiar and comfortable with.

Christian also told me that he plans to continue improving Cinuosity, and he has a few new ideas in mind for future implementations. Perhaps the most exciting of these ideas is the capability to filter your playlist results by geographic location, even down to a particular city. This will allow users to discover new music in their city, and even cities that they may be interested in learning about, and will offer artists in these cities exposure to new listeners.

While it is nice to find music in your favorite genre, it is also important to branch out. If you don't you run the risk of missing out on entire genres of music that you didn't even know existed, and that could potentially be your next favorite genre. Cinuosity will help you break out of your musical shell. Try it for yourself at cinuosity.com.

If you want to be the first to know about what Christian comes up with next, follow him on Twitter. Read more in-depth about all his projects on christiansteinmetz.com.

Christian has been saving his favorite Cinuosity finds on a public Spotify playlist. Check it out below.

1/10/2018

Jupiter Down Donates Proceeds from Debut Album to Benefit Mental Health


For Jupiter Down guitarist Austin Livingston, music is a way of creating imagery for the listener. As the album title suggests, the band's first album The Hell Inside My Head explores themes of anxiety and depression through a lens of progressive instrumental metal. The album was recorded with Eric Rickert at Ocean Industries.

The inspiration for The Hell Inside My Head came from Austin and several of the other band member's experiences with anxiety and depression over the years. It's a concept album that starts out on the dark side of depression, and much like a person struggling with the ailment goes through several phases before coming out on the other side. The record reaches peak intensity in the middle, with wailing guitars and breakdowns on "Tears and Shadows" that melt into lighter, more melodic tones for the second half of the album.

Jupiter Down has decided to donate a portion of proceeds from The Hell Inside My Head to The Invisible Illnesses, a local nonprofit dedicated to furthering awareness about anxiety and depression. The nonprofit was founded in 2016 by College of Charleston Graduate Emily Torchiana, and since then spread across the nation, allowing those affected with anxiety and depression to tell their stories.

Jupiter Down tells a story, too. Not with words, but with music. Stream The Hell Inside My Head below.

1/08/2018

SUSTO Stories Episode 9: Waves


I'm a little late to the party on this one, as SUSTO released it on their Facebook page months ago, but in the interest of having every video in the SUSTO Stories series on this website, I'm gonna publish it now. Here, Justin offers an explanation on the origins of SUSTO's big rock single "Waves", and then he and Marshall play the song in an empty Royal American. This was recorded around the time that SUSTO played their parking lot show. Which was awesome, if I might add.

That's pretty much all you need to know about this one, so without further delay, here's SUSTO Stories Episode 9: Waves: