Friday 25 Jul

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Music · Music · Music Made Me: Chase Kerby

Music Made Me: Chase Kerby

The singer-songwriter and Defining Times frontman shares five albums that have proven instrumental in his own music career.

Joshua Boydston November 12th, 2013

Nick Drake, Pink Moon (1972) 

I first heard this album in 1999 on a Volkswagen Cabrio commercial. The next year, when I became a sophomore and was old enough to drive, I remember cruising around on warm nights by myself, listening to that album while being completely lost in thought. His ability to do so much with so little is what had me enthralled from the moment I pushed play.

Photo: Doug Schwarz

Jeff Buckley, Grace (1994) 

As cliché as it has become to say that you’re a Buckley fan, I’ll never stop admitting it. This was one of those records I got at the perfect time in my life. His lyrics are poetry, and his melodies are undeniably brilliant. He’s also the one who indirectly taught me how to sing.

Radiohead, Kid A (2000) 

I was late to jump on the Radiohead train, but when I finally got around to it, I knew that I would be on that train for the rest of my life. The first thing I noticed about this album was that it was unlike anything I had ever heard before (and most things since). It’s hypnotizing, dark, beautiful and mysterious from the first note of “Everything in its Right Place” to the very end. This is what I hear in my dreams. Literally.

Sigur Rós, Ágætis byrjun (1999) 

HBO used to have a show called Reverb from 1997-2001 that would showcase bands, and that’s where I first heard Sigur Rós. It was a couple months before the movie Vanilla Sky came out and their career really started taking off in the States. Listening to Jónsi Birgisson’s guitar sounded like an arsenal attacking my ears, but in the best way possible. They were my teachers of dynamic and lush soundscapes.

Red House Painters, Songs for a Blue Guitar (1996) 

Like Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Red House Painters’ album Songs for a Blue Guitar was one of those records that was played a lot when I was alone and driving around, lost in thought. Albums like this have always been timeless and therapeutic to me. Mark Kozelek’s warm voice and beautiful melodies mixed with his fantastic song arrangements were and always will be something I enjoy. Every time I listen to this album, it’s like hearing it for the first time. That’s something I greatly admire.

Hey! Read This:
Defining Times interview
Music Made Me: Mike Hosty
Music Made Me: Chris Harris
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