Content from 2013
“The hardest-working motherfucker in Chicago” — Stool Pigeon “a virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music” — XLR8R “If anyone shows the world that dance music truly is in a state of permanent and wonderful flux right now, it’s Chrissy Murderbot.” — RCRD LBL Chris Shively aka Chrissy Murderbot is a Chicago-based DJ, producer, and purveyor of stupid party music. He’s the man behind the sleazy house label Sleazetone Records, the hard-hitting juke label Loose Squares, the now-legendary jungle label Dead Homies Recordings, and mixtape blog My Year of Mixtapes.
They hope to record a full album in 2013 and play as many shows as possible. Not much more to add other than they want to help bring rock music back so people have a reason to turn their radios and music television back on.
Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker. Their first recordings saw them taking inspiration from classic albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel and suggested comparisons with more contemporary artists such as Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Bon Iver. But in truth their exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies owe as much, if not more, to a solid English song tradition, and their material holds that distinct English quality that many North American artists hanker after.
“What the hell is that?” is a question pretty familiar to the controversial Brooklyn band Prince Rama. The answer is far from simple; sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson have lived in ashrams, worked for utopian architects, written manifestos, delivered lectures from pools of fake blood, conducted group exorcisms disguised as VHS workouts and have now finished inventing an apocalypse on which to base their new pseudo-compilation album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, comprised of ten singles “channeled” from fictional deceased pop bands.
The beginning of Pirates Canoe was when Sara, a Buddhist monk/mandolin player, happened to walk into a baseball bar in the middle of Kyoto, Japan. That’s where she met Kanako, carrying a fiddle case and drinking beer. The very next day, the two heard the singing of Reika in another Kyoto bar. Thus was the band born—Instruments, voice, bars and alcohol.
Songwriter and DIY instrument maker Matthew Steinke returns with emotionally driven anthems backed by a collection of homemade animatronic musical instruments that comprise the latest installment of OCTANT. Steinke has recently relocated back to Austin, his hometown, after spending several years in Brooklyn, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest creating multimedia art installations and playing in pioneer indie-rock bands Mocket and Satisfact.
A struggling family’s dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy.
A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes.