Stefanie Bannister I Admit I am Glad
It’s damn near impossible to play a ukelele and sound dangerous — or punk, or anything other than cute and sunny. But despite its title, this debut album from Columbia’s Stefanie Bannister injects more than just happiness into its uke-driven indie folk.
Like better known Internet-era luminaries such as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, the uke is Bannister’s primary instrument, with the other players on this mostly bare-bones recording serving as accents around her plucky centerpiece. She plays well enough to make one almost forget that she’s playing a uke, but without its unique sound, Bannister might seem like just another mopey indie crooner writing dreary ballads. Instead, she’s immediately endearing, with an enduring impression formed on brief yet complicated cuts such as “Dirt Home.”
She waxes dreamy and introspective on the mellow “Chile Song,” a lightly strummed long-distance goodnight. “Grown Up Joke” uses some fingerpicked runs to set off an unexpectedly moving lyric about meeting others’ expectations — “They think I’m a smart young lady / God knows where they get this stuff.”
“Liar Song” is the best of the bunch, with a hooky chorus and sarcastic lyrics that are equal parts Cindy Lee Berryhill and Mary Lou Lord. Drummer Nick Jenkins provides a propulsive presence, and the last line brings everything abruptly full-circle, repeating the opening words during a sudden standstill.
“It’s got most every song I’ve ever written on it,” Bannister writes in her notes for the online edition of the album. If that claim is true, then she’s yet to write a bad one. — Kevin Oliver
Not Your Typical Greek Restaurant
Ariana’s in West Columbia serves up delicious all-natural, low carb dishes, as well as homemade bread and baklava. Come try the best salad dressing in town! Location info and hours here.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Back to School Tattoo Specials
Magnum Ink is offering 1/2 off all tattoos for students over 18 as well as 2 for $60 on letters or numbers for state employees. 1405 Rushmore Road, Suite B, right off of Broad River.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Delicious Downtown Breakfast
Tony’s is open for breakfast every day from 7:30-10:30! Conveniently located on Washington St. right off Main. Stop in for something filling and delicious before work! Follow us for updates on specials.
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