Going Public

4AD Records

Stornoway take their name from the Scottish seaport town, a place that the Oxford band admits to having never visited when they chose it. They liked it because it seemed distant, and the nautical connotations are perfectly apt for the themes explored on their latest album Tales From Terra Firma.

These songs are like small voyages, too lengthy for pop but too modest to be considered epic. Lyrically the album is very story oriented, and the plots are propelled forward with ramshackle momentum.

Kander Backs Early Voting Bill

Mar 18, 2013
Missouri Secretary of State's office

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is backing a bill in the Missouri House that would expand early voting options in the Show Me State.

Representative Myron Neth introduced the bill last week.

The bill includes provisions to allow voters to cast ballots by mail without needing to state an excuse, or vote early on voting equipment at a central location. The bill creates satellite voting locations during November Presidential elections.

Kander said the recommendations were drawn up by a bipartisan early voting commission.

Paper Bag Records

Rachel Zeffira has already received plenty of attention for her debut album The Deserters from British media, as it’s been out in Europe for a few months. The Londoner also has some credibility as half of the experimental pop duo Cat’s Eyes and now North American audiences can appreciate why such a quiet album makes such a loud fuss.

Kathy Swan On School Grades, Other Bills

Mar 11, 2013
Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House Representative Kathy Swan talks with KRCU’s Jacob McCleland about a wide variety of issues in Jefferson City.

Rep. Swan discusses her bill to give a letter grade to schools, a voter identification bill, a Republican alternative to Governor Nixon’s Medicaid expansion, and a workplace discrimination bill.

Merge Records

Mount Moriah is southern, geographically, but more importantly stylistically. It’s in their name that they share with countless Baptist churches standing stoically around the region. It’s in the forlorn faces they wear in front of abandoned buildings for press photos. And it’s there sonically, in the form of crossover-friendly roots music, and it’s easy to imagine it as the output of restless creatives doing something with their time in rural America.