Sound Check: January 2009


Chris Pureka’s new EP, Chimera,
features seven songs, two of which are live versions of previously released
songs ("31 and Live," "Come Back Home," both from 2006′s Dryland).

Chris Pureka

The studio version of "Hold it Together" is the most soulful track,
with Pureka’s alto vocals swimming slowly along the rhythm of the guitar and
bass. In comparison, the live "31 and Live" sounds somewhat bland.
"Come Back Home," however, has just as good a quality as the studio

While Pureka’s tracks aren’t blatantly lesbian-specific, there’s always a
tender tone that insinuate her songs are about relationships with women and
living life as an outsider. The alt-tinged acoustic folk EP comes out Jan. 20.

For more songs you might be familiar
with, check out Playlist: The Very Best
of the Indigo Girls
this month. The compilation includes 14 of mainstream
fan favorites, including "Gailileo," "Kid Fears," and —you guessed
it — "Closer to Fine."

Indigo Girls

If you’re not a fan of the Indigo Girls but are interested in hearing what some
of the fuss is about, the Playlist compilation might be a good place to start.
If you’re someone who owns all of their recordings already, it’s well worth
skipping. There’s nothing new on the CD, and it’s being released by Sony, which
means the label will be most likely profiting more than the women themselves.
You can save your ten bucks for when their new album comes out this spring.

News and Notes
Yo Majesty is on tour this winter with the Floacist of the R&B duo Floetry.

Missy Higgins has contributed to a song on fellow Aussie singer/songwriter Ben
Lee’s new album, The Rebirth of Venus.
that will be released on Feb. 10.

An Horse’s Rearrange Beds will be officially released and widely distributed on
label Q Prime on Feb. 10. It was previously only available with the band on
tour or for download on iTunes.

Uh Huh Her are currently writing material for upcoming EPs and records and have
also hinted at the release of an acoustic album in the near future.

Team Gina was named one of the best new Seattle Bands in Seattle Magazine’s
December issue.

On Feb. 3, k.d. lang releases a DVD of her 2008 performance Live in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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