Archive for March, 2014

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Mar
14

Local H’s Awesome Mixtape #2 & Chamberlin…

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I consider myself lucky when it comes to music. One of my favorite groups is still together and making waves. Consistently — when there isn’t a word on Local H for months, don’t fret; significant news is lurking around the corner.

“Rather than wait until we have enough songs for a full length, we just wanna record the songs as they come to try and capture that energy when it’s new and exciting,” explains Local H frontman Scott Lucas. “We also want to record the odd cover here and there for our next ‘Awesome Mix Tape’ EP.”

If we can get anything as half as good as “Wolf Like Me” and H’s take on Concrete Blonde’s “Joey”, consider me counting down the days until the follow-up to Local H’s Awesome Mixtape #1.

Alternative Nation.net also speaks of a Scott Lucas/Jimmy Chamberlin get together to score the 1925 silent film “Battleship Potemkin”.

On May 2nd, Lucas will team up with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins) and bassist Matt Ulery under the band name Mary Shelley for a unique live performance during CIMM (Chicago International Music & Movies Fest). The trio will score Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film masterpiece “Battleship Potemkin” at 1st Ward (2033 W. North Ave.).

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Mar
14

Royksopp’s Something In My Heart…

An airy beat with a reverberating pulse laces “Something In My Heart”. Deep bass grumbles throughout. A celestial track as Jamie of The Irrepressibles angelically uses medicinal music to heal his broken heart.

Royksopp lightly scream versatility. Never aggressive, usually beat driven, and always capable of creating timeless compositions. This was perhaps the best of ’13…

11
Mar
14

Spoon in ’14…

A 27 second snippet from Spoon’s forthcoming LP has me excited. It’s the lack of a song which has me psyched — its brevity forces me to envision the 28th second. What I know, the guitar is in full effect and shimmers murky tones under Britt’s throaty delivery. It’s been four year’s since ‘Transference’ and two years since the sublime Divine Fits record. Two year increments is plenty fair when the output is potentially this strong…

10
Mar
14

Shake it until my….

David Letterman and his musical guests keep us guessing.

‘the voice of a soul singer coming out of the mouth of an accountant’ and ‘like a repressed P.E. teacher finally allowed to direct the school play’

C’mon, you’re on Letterman to potentially earn a new fan, perhaps a new cult following. Bring it. Whatever you got, showcase your best. If you can drop it to the floor, add a shoulder shake, and swing below the waist, let’s see it.

Future Islands, the Baltimore quartet churning out catchy synth pop direct from the heart has now set the standard. Dave said it best, “BUDDY, C’MON! I’ll take all of that you got! That was WONDERFUL.”

I won’t admit how many times I’ve watched this:




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