Pre-Order Begins by Stephanie Macias

It’s been a long road.  After failing to meet my Kickstarter goal in 2013, I was left sitting on an EP and wondering what would happen next.  I thought very seriously about quitting music altogether, and in a way I did.  There are certain aspects about the music life I’ve given up, I’m proud to say.  Proud because they no longer serve me.  I’m looking for growth in my life more than anything these days. While this took around two years to complete, if not more, I am no less excited about it.  Here I’ve compiled songs from my one-woman-band show on the first disc, Myth, and then an audio collage made with a handheld recorder on the second disc, Ology.  They are the two sides I find myself presenting, dependent upon the kind of show.  All in all, I am proud of this one and look forward to letting it out into the world. Now that I am in the process of ordering the physical copies, I am providing you with a way to pre-order.  It will be two discs, one for your booming car speakers and one for you whispering headphones.  An actual release date is still in the works.  (I don’t feel comfortable setting a date until I have them in-hand.) So without further ado, PREORDER NOW.

It’s been a long road.  After failing to meet my Kickstarter goal in 2013, I was left sitting on an EP and wondering what would happen next.  I thought very seriously about quitting music altogether, and in a way I did.  There are certain aspects about the music life I’ve given up, I’m proud to say.  Proud because they no longer serve me.  I’m looking for growth in my life more than anything these days.

While this took around two years to complete, if not more, I am no less excited about it.  Here I’ve compiled songs from my one-woman-band show on the first disc, Myth, and then an audio collage made with a handheld recorder on the second disc, Ology.  They are the two sides I find myself presenting, dependent upon the kind of show.  All in all, I am proud of this one and look forward to letting it out into the world.

Now that I am in the process of ordering the physical copies, I am providing you with a way to pre-order.  It will be two discs, one for your booming car speakers and one for you whispering headphones.  An actual release date is still in the works.  (I don’t feel comfortable setting a date until I have them in-hand.)

So without further ado, PREORDER NOW.

Film by Stephanie Macias

Nothing compares to film.  When my photography professor passed away a few weeks ago, many of his students posted photos of him online.  I realized had I chosen to do this, I would have had to dig through binders of negatives and take to my loupe and contact sheets.  It’s kind of a beautiful thing to have lived at a time like that.

Here I am still shooting film

A camer hangs on the hook by my door

Loaded with unexposed emulsion

Waiting

For me to grab it up

Thread one arm through the strap

Remove the cap

Click

Cock

Snap

Kinky Machine - Grok by Stephanie Macias

When Ethan approached me about doing the album artwork for Kinky Machine’s “Grok,” I almost said “no doy.”  Ethan has played guitar and cello for me from time to time.  He is, no doubt, a kindred spirit, calling me to see how I’m doing at the exact moment my car breaks down, and then promptly giving me a ride.  He had a specific idea that all revolved around the word “grok,” and that usually scares me.  Do you know how hard it is to match an idea that someone has in their mind?  Even if you get as many details as possible, it’s impossible to achieve.  But Ethan knows that honest expression lies in the freedom of interpretation.  He gave me touchstones to come back to and then set me free.  I wish they were all like that.  I’m pretty proud of this one. September 12th, Friday, Kinky Machine is playing at Mohawk.  I’ll be sitting in on some keys and BGVs.  This is seriously my favorite rock band in Austin.  Tickets here.

When Ethan approached me about doing the album artwork for Kinky Machine’s “Grok,” I almost said “no doy.”  Ethan has played guitar and cello for me from time to time.  He is, no doubt, a kindred spirit, calling me to see how I’m doing at the exact moment my car breaks down, and then promptly giving me a ride.  He had a specific idea that all revolved around the word “grok,” and that usually scares me.  Do you know how hard it is to match an idea that someone has in their mind?  Even if you get as many details as possible, it’s impossible to achieve.  But Ethan knows that honest expression lies in the freedom of interpretation.  He gave me touchstones to come back to and then set me free.  I wish they were all like that.  I’m pretty proud of this one.

September 12th, Friday, Kinky Machine is playing at Mohawk.  I’ll be sitting in on some keys and BGVs.  This is seriously my favorite rock band in Austin.  Tickets here.

Ali Holder + Christy Hays + White Horse by Stephanie Macias

Ah, to be young and not have a job.  It’s beneficial to remember that everything is relative.  Problems come in all shapes and sizes.  You give up one thing to have another.  And at the root of everything is money.  Fuckin’ bullshit, right?  So let’s just agree to pay no mind to that and live our lives. Capisce?

In the spirit of that is touring DIY style.  Before these women left for their West Tour, they put on a show at White Horse in ATX.  I took some photographs and put ‘em here.  Enjoy.

Suzanna Choffel at KDRP's Texas Radio Live by Stephanie Macias

Sweet Suzanna.  Fellow Piscean songwriter.  Always radiant in any picture.  I was lucky enough to be on the bill with her at Guero’s Taco Bar for KDRP’s Texas Radio Live.  Any town should feel privileged to have her in it’s arsenal of musicians.  I’m sure Austin is happy to have her back in it’s own.  Also pictured, kiddos already enjoying her music.

Jaimee Harris + Truelove Bar by Stephanie Macias

Someone whose personality continues to inspire me every day is Jaimee Harris.  Perpetually quirky and socially adept—that last one being on my wish list; I’m quirky enough.  I believe I met her when she was propped up at the bar at Momo’s during one of my residency sets.  We chatted, coordinated a show, then she moved.  I am grateful she’s back and we once again coordinated a show at Truelove Bar in Waco, TX.  Loved the place.  Just wish I had said no to my Whataburger craving that night.  They even got my order wrong.  I got TWO bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuits instead of ONE sausage-egg-and-cheese biscuit.  Not sure if that’s a win.