The Chris Stamey Experience

A Question of Temperature

When two cool guitarists record an album offering up covers of everyone from Television to soul/jazz giant Les McCann, I’m all ears, baby. Former dB’s guitarist Chris Stamey and his old friend, current Yo La Tengo guitarist Ira Kaplan, exude inspired performances whether they’re brandishing Stamey’s eight originals with razor-sharp garage riffs, using noise as texture, or defribulating Cream’s “Politician” back to life with swagger and respect. Most importantly, however, is how diligently Stamey oversees the whole project, making sure the ever-so-fine line between “fun and vibey” and “sloppy and indulgent” is toed with the utmost diligence. Yep Roc.—Darrin Fox