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Topic: Chris Stamey


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  TrouserPress.com :: Chris Stamey
North Carolina singer/guitarist (and sometime trumpeter) Chris Stamey spent the late '70s and early '80s helping put the Southeast on the map as a preeminent nouveau pop zone.
The 12-inch In the Red, made after Stamey’s move to New York, is an extended family reunion in which Stamey and Easter combine their Angloid pop/rock with brooding quasi-baroque clavinet, the saunter of a Parisian boulevardier, even some avant-gardish desperation, all with an air of sophistication received in innocence.
What Stamey has done is to dig into the well of his artistry, culture and personal experience the way a short story writer might; the album is in its way a self-portrait of the artist as a middle-aged (gulp!) Southern sophisticate resting from his many voyages.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=chris_stamey   (1297 words)

  
 Splendid: Features: Chris Stamey
Chris Stamey: Well, we were recording during the tsunami aftermath, so we were thinking about that when we recorded "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted".
Chris Stamey: Yeah, there's a part in Lost in Translation where Bill Murray is really tired and he leaves the hotel room and all of a sudden he's in downtown Tokyo.
Chris Stamey: They're really exciting and they, for me, they make a connection to the great stuff I was listening to when I first came to New York, all the CBGBs stuff...
www.splendidezine.com /features/stamey   (2746 words)

  
 Cary Baker's conqueroo - Chris Stamey News Clips
Chris Stamey's been working the producer's side of the studio glass (Whiskeytown, Ben Folds, Squirrel Nut Zippers) for so long that practically an entire generation's come of age unaware of his recorded legacy.
Stamey's staple is guitar, of course, but he sprinkles in electric piano, pedal steel, organ, piano, flute and other instruments to add sonic heft.
Chris Stamey, Travels in the South (Yep Roc): This North Carolina-based singer-songwriter is a power-pop pioneer who played in such seminal '70 and '80s New Wave bands as the Sneakers and the dBs, where his bandmates included the likes of R.E.M. ’s Peter Holsapple and producer Mitch Easter.
www.conqueroo.com /chrisstameynewsclips.html   (3832 words)

  
 Chris Stamey - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Chris Stamey’s C.V. reads like the who’s who of American underground pop, as he's played with such luminaries as Alex Chilton, Ryan Adams, and Mitch Easter in addition to his own group, the dB’s, with Peter Holsapple.
Chris Stamey is a pivotal figure in the development of American alternative rock.
Stamey's earliest musical inspirations haunt such memorable tunes as "14 Shades of Green," "Ride," "Leap of Faith" and "In Spanish Harlem." The latter song, featuring exquisite harmonies by Tift Merritt, is a riveting dreamscape inspired by the similarly titled Ben E. King/Phil Spector classic, surveying pop music's capacity for inspiring dreams.
music.download.com /chrisstamey/3600-8604_32-100412810.html   (1169 words)

  
 The Chris Stamey Experience: A Question of Temperature: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Stamey's old dB's bandmate Gene Holder handles the boards, and the set has the spontaneity you might expect from a bunch of friendly veterans playing together for three days.
Stamey's other tunes are all pretty good in their own right, generally much punchier than the songs on last year's solo album Travels in the South.
In fact-- even though Stamey wrote all the original songs-- the double-billing once given Yo la Tengo makes plenty of sense because their input is central to the sound and success of the album.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/s/stamey_chris/question-of-temperature.shtml   (439 words)

  
 Review - Chris Stamey Experience: A Question Of Temperature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chris Stamey's name is practically synonymous with power pop, so this album may throw listeners a curve.
Recorded during campaign season, the album more than hints at Stamey's concern with the current state of the union (and, one would assume, the folks at the helm).
It may not sound like what you expected when you picked up a CD with Chris Stamey's name on it, but the more you listen to A Question Of Temperature, the more it takes root.
www.cosmik.com /aa-marchapril05/reviews/review_chris_stamey.html   (256 words)

  
 Cary Baker's conqueroo - Chris Stamey Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Chris Stamey, a pivotal figure in the history of American alternative rock, will soon unveil his first new album since 1991’s Fireworks -- a long-in-the-works album titled Travels In The South.
In what may be Stamey’s most eloquent musical statement to date, the album emphasizes the qualities of melodic craft, musical insight and sonic invention that have long been hallmarks of his work.
The new album is something of a homecoming for North Carolina-based Stamey with guest appearances from friends like Ryan Adams, Tift Merritt, Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, as well as past collaborators like Peter Holsapple and Don Dixon.
www.conqueroo.com /chrisstameypr.html   (339 words)

  
 The dB's
Singer-songwriter Chris Stamey formed the group in the late 70s after bouncing around in assorted North Carolina bands like Sneakers and Secret Service, where he'd played with such musicians as Will Rigby (who joined the dB's) and Mitch Easter (who produced REM's early records).
Stamey was still in the band at this point but recorded a solo album anyway.
Stamey now threw his fans a total loop, recording a basically unlistenable 19-track album of improvised noisemaking with avant garde guitarist Kirk Ross.
warr.org /dbs.html   (1890 words)

  
 Chris Stamey + She Never Blinks
It's hard to think of Chris Stamey as being an aging hipster, cause he still looks (and probably still is, really, er, relatively) so young, but he's now been right where it's at musically for close to 20 years...
Stamey's two shows at the Knitting Factory last night, apparently recorded for a live rekkid, somehow managed to serve as a fine and fairly comprehensive survey of that 20- year career without boring either those in the audience already thoroughly familiar with his stuff, or, amazingly, seemingly, the guy himself.
From the start, Stamey was pretty much totally in command, the only distraction his obvious mild distress at the mysterious disappearance of his tuner.
www.xnet2.com /neslon/music/reviews/stamey.html   (750 words)

  
 CMT.com : Chris Stamey : Biography
Stamey left the dB's in 1983, issuing the solo LP It's a Wonderful Life later that same year; after issuing 1984's Instant Excitement EP, he recorded and toured with the Golden Palominos, squeezing in the Christmas Time mini-album in 1986.
A year later Stamey signed with A&M to make his long-awaited major label debut with the superb It's Alright; despite uniformly solid reviews, the album made almost no commercial impact, and he spent the next several years as a producer and guest musician, completing an album which A&M reportedly rejected.
Stamey spent the remainder of the decade focusing on producing records for other artists at his Modern studio in Chapell Hill, N.C, but returned to his own recording career with 2004's Travels in the South.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/stamey_chris/bio.jhtml   (464 words)

  
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Singer/guitarist Chris Stamey's first brush with success came as a member of Winston, North Carolina's The Sneakers.
Stamey's next move was to invite former North Carolina buddies Gene Holder (bass) and Will Rigby (drums) to New York to help him out.
As Chris Stamey and the dBs (it originally stood for 'drums and bass'), the trio recorded a couple of demos, including the track 'If and When'.
www.geocities.com /badcatrecords/DBs.htm   (457 words)

  
 The Pitt News -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chris Stamey is a 50-year-old man who still knows how to rock with indie-pop sensibility.
In a world full of shameless, tired, simple rock-drivel, Stamey's intelligent songwriting focuses on infectious hooks similar to those of The Beatles, while still maintaining enough interesting wordplay to be quoted in the profiles and away messages of online chat clients.
Chris Stamey will be performing at Club Cafe on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
www.pittnews.com /vnews/display.v?TARGET=printable&article_id=4209afeddae44   (406 words)

  
 Jeff Hart - Press Clips - Old article on Christ Stamey's Big Band circa '93>
But if you were putting one together, Chris Stamey and the dB's (plus assorted spinoffs) would account for a huge chunk of it.
Stamey expanded this version to a 17-track collection with contributions from familiar associates like Syd Straw, Alex Chilton and his old dB's band mate Peter Holsapple.
Stamey and band play tonight at the Brewery, a show that Stamey says will be "a relatively straightforward, uncomplicated evening." Since he's getting married next month, he probably won't be playing around these parts for several months -- especially since he has a new record he wants to finish.
www.ipass.net /jhart/stameyband.htm   (707 words)

  
 Music | Cover boys
Stamey’s creative life is seeded with these kinds of moments of aiding and abetting the pop zeitgeist.
Stamey’s CV reads like a who’s who of indie rock: he’s worked with everyone from Alex Chilton and Bob Mould to Le Tigre and Boston’s own Helium.
Stamey is finishing up yet another solo album, but the big news is that, after quitting his best-regarded band in the early 1980s to pursue a solo career, he’s working on a new dB’s record with his former compatriots.
bostonphoenix.com /boston/music/other_stories/documents/04454602.asp   (699 words)

  
 The Independent Weekly: Chris Stamey
Chris Stamey may not have been born to produce music, but he took to it pretty quick.
By 1983 Stamey had quit the dBs to pursue a solo career, but after several albums, including a reunion with Holsapple in 1991, he moved toward producing full time.
Though some have suggested Stamey is one of the 1980s' great power pop progenitors, he chafes a bit at the suggestion of his work or that of Big Star being grouped with that of the Raspberries or Eric Carmen.
www.indyweek.com /durham/2005-02-09/rrq4.html   (612 words)

  
 HIGH BIAS -- Chris Stamey
Chris Stamey is one of those minor geniuses whose contributions get lost in the shuffle.
But Fireworks was the last pop record Stamey had made until now (not counting a record of instrumental guitar duets); while his absence made pop fans' hearts grow fonder, it didn't help his profile with those outside his core fanbase.
Stamey does find time in his sojourns to express devotion in "And I Love Her" and "There's a Love." He also ponders deeper matters; "Kierkegaard" is an exceptionally melodic ditty that questions the existence of a deity.
www.highbias.com /reviews/20040606_long4.html   (428 words)

  
 Junkmedia: The Chris Stamey Experience : A Question of Temperature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chris Stamey's an alt-rock vet of almost 30 years, best known for his work in '80s cult faves the dB's.
Production work has taken up most of Stamey's time for the past decade or so, but starting with the release of Travels In The South last year, he's begun stepping back into the limelight.
The result is a loose, fun collection of covers (many politically themed) and originals that show Stamey and his esteemed cohorts letting down their hair and turning up the amps.
www.junkmedia.org /?i=1417   (288 words)

  
 The Chris Stamey Experience: A Question of Temperature - PopMatters Music Review
The blast of reverb laden feedback that starts off Chris Stamey's A Question of Temperature is, as much as anything on the album, an announcement that he's back in the saddle.
While a critic commenting that Stamey has come far from his days as Alex Chilton's bass player to become an "elder statesmen" of melodic Southern pop music is on the surface complimentary, it does highlight Stamey's larger problem of the relative indifference from those too young to appreciate both his legacy and his continued excellence.
Stamey is one of those rare songwriters (and in this case paired with a band of rare ability) who can actually consider recording a song of such length without seeming indulgent, self-centered, or starved for attention.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/s/stameychris-question.shtml   (893 words)

  
 Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 4860
Might be if mastermind Chris Stamey (Alex Chilton vet whose group is now called the dB's) would add the best songs from his various seven-inchers (including the six-song 33-rpm one) my faves are "The Summer Sun" and "If and When".
This is a different, less ambitious band without Chris Stamey, whose taste for the uncanny is missed when the lyrics wind down into the enigmatic (nice word for vague, unrealized, etc.) stuff on side two.
Yeah it rocks, but when a pop group leaves it at that they're no better than their latest song, and when their sole remaining songwriter is still dissecting serial monogamy as he says bye to thirty, chances are his latest song doesn't even interest him all that much.
www.robertchristgau.com /get_artist2.php?id=4860   (479 words)

  
 Inside Tracks: Chris Stamey
A legend of indie pop, Chris Stamey made his name with the dB’s, Sneakers, and as a solo artist.
In the late 1970s he formed his own label, Car, that released his own albums and the fabled Chris Bell single “I Am the Cosmos,” and frequented the CBGB scene alongside Alex Chilton.
Stamey’s career as a producer flowered in his native North Carolina, where he opened a studio in 1996.
www-personal.umich.edu /~anderss/stamey.htm   (1194 words)

  
 The Chris Stamey Experience | A Question of Temperature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Chris Stamey is the former frontman of early 80’s indie-pop pioneers the dBs.
The last ten years Chris Stamey has stationed himself behind the mixing boards, producing or engineering works ranging from Le Tigre to Ben Folds to Whiskeytown to Matthew Sweet.
Near the end of the album, Stamey slips in a abrupt kitschy “public service announcement” called “V.O.T.E.” It appears to be a track left off of Schoolhouse Rock.
www.ambitious-outsiders.com /reviews/chrisst.html   (529 words)

  
 Review - The Chris Stamey Experience: A Question of Temperature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
I was preparing to review the new record by Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo as his backing band when seemingly the same record appeared in the mail.
The Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo record, V.O.T.E., was released before the U.S. presidential election in November.
The band's moniker on this version is appropriate, since Stamey is the obvious leader and the others involved are his backing back - and one hell of a backing band.
cosmik.com /aa-january05/reviews/review_chris_stamey_experience.html   (290 words)

  
 Music | CHRIS STAMEY
If ever a song deserved to be stretched to a 10-minute live version, it’s Chris Stamey’s "Something Came Over Me." That song may be the peak of Stamey’s two-decade catalogue, and he’s put it on three different albums.
All three of Stamey’s recorded versions put the melody up front, but on stage it was something else again.
Stamey got a cult hero’s welcome at the Paradise: all 30 of the people who showed up were diehard fans who recognized the intros to nearly all the songs, including the newly released ones that made up the bulk of the set, and brought him and his band back for two encores.
www.bostonphoenix.com /boston/music/live/documents/04489587.asp   (514 words)

  
 Redeye Distribution
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Chris Stamey is a pivotal figure in the development of American alternative rock.
Stamey subsequently moved to New York, where he started his own indie label, Car Records, and played bass in Big Star icon Alex Chilton’s band.
This is a rock ‘n’ roll album from start to finish, with Stamey’s guitar playing serving as a reminder that before he was an accomplished pop songwriter and producer, he was just another kid with long hair who lived to buy records and play music.
www.redeyeusa.com /artist_info.php?artist_id=340   (598 words)

  
 Stereophile: Recording of July 2004: Travels In the South
Stamey's core band is distinguished in its own right, and is a Who's Who of many vintages of the North Carolina rock scene: bassist Danny Kurtz played in the Backsliders, drummer Jon Wurster was in Superchunk, and keyboardist Greg Reading plays with songstress Tift Merritt.
The album opens with "14 Shades of Green," a blast of power pop that immediately identifies Stamey as what he is: one of the finest, sweet guitar-pop songwriters ever to string a bunch of appealing major chords and basic rhythms together.
Throughout the record, Stamey is in fine, clear voice and manages to tear into some decently inventive guitar licks when it's called for.
www.stereophile.com /recordingofthemonth/704rotm   (904 words)

  
 Sept-Oct 2003 - This Week's Finds - Archives
Stamey is one of rock's unsung heroes, dating back to his time with the dB's in the '80s.
Stamey has been floating around the music scene ever since, as intermittent solo artist, background musician, and producer.
Tweaker is the name that drummer Chris Vrenna is performing under since leaving the band Nine Inch Nails.
www.fingertipsmusic.com /TWFsept-oct03.htm   (2730 words)

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