Unfortunately, there was one casualty Friday night... My circuit bent Alesis Wedge, which has been a large part of my live setup for the last two years for every project except Animal Law, finally decided to retire itself. No smoke, sparks, or explosions. No heroic final burst of white noise from the stage... just silence and one final message on it's display:
So... it seems I'm now going to need to be on the lookout for it's replacement. If anyone happens to have an Alesis Wedge lying around that they're not using...
Mark has a slide show up of Melissa's photos from the Cobra Lounge show.
Gotta say, I think this was our best set so far. The recent changes we've made to some of our songs really seem to have pulled things together. Judging from the feedback we got from other folks, I'm not the only one who thinks so... looking forward to getting these songs recorded soon. Sound at the Cobra Lounge really helped too...Thanks Kenny!
Bongripper set was massive... thanks in no small part to the gigantic pile of amps behind them... these guys get better every time i see them. Looking forward to hearing the new record.
insomnia worse than usual tonight...
should have done something productive, instead
passed the time reading pulp horror and listening
to Birchville... ah well, nothing doing about it now,
time to drag my carcass to work soon...
Think I've got something pretty good worked out for
the Flowershop show. Should be pretty raw, splintered, and
nasty... and not just cause of the sleep deprived frayed nerve endings...
no drones... well maybe a little... maybe.
Chris Sienko's Transmission write up for tonight's show:
I heard a sad rumor that the Flowershop (2159 W. 21st Place, at Leavitt north of Cermak) is closing their doors to shows in June. While the Pilsen location may have seemed out of the way to far-north (or suburban) show-comers, the space seemed to kickstart a whole rash of smaller venues in Pilsen and surrounding areas, making the south and west sides of Chicago the hot spots for all manner of neck-snappin' experimental madness. And now, like Sanjuro, the Flowershop is raising an eyebrow, and with a brusque "see ya around," is walking off into the sunset, eh?
Well, not yet.
This Friday (April 25), THRILL to the sight and sound of six hot-roxxs experimental scienticians flexing their musical lab-coats for one more major hoo-rah before the Flower Shop goes back to...well, I don't know. Selling flowers? Before they go, they invited on rather big-name mofo to see 'em off. All the way from Oberlin, Ohio (by way of Ann Arbor, MI), give it up for...
AARON DILLOWAY: Ex-Michigan monster has been in more seminal bands than you care to count. Wolf Eyes, Beast People, Galen, Couch, Nevari Butchers, and now his new all-synth project Spine Scavenger. Usually, a solo set involves some combo of reel-to-reel and/or 8-track tapes, contact mics, and some kind of gnarly juju, seriously. I've had the ground nearly open up beneath my feet and more than a few Dilloway-led sonic exorcisms. Then again, his new project, Spine Scavenger, is synth and delay-heavy, so maybe some of that will make the trip up from Oberlin for this very special and rare appearance.
MAGAS: Also ex-Couch, Jim Magas took his deadly actions in another direction from former bandmate Dilloway, becoming a premier dancefloor killer on such brain-blistering rump-shakers as Friends Forever and Let Me Meet My Accuser. He understands the Roland line of products better than most, and when he tears his shirt off, you can be assured that the party has already started without you.
MARK SOLOTROFF: Bloodyminded, Animal Law, Fortieth Day...all highly recommended live experiences. And also this - music for one human and 6-8 microphones. Let those tonsils shine shine shine...
JASON SOLIDAY: Animal Law's low-end strikes out on his own for a suite of who knows what. Soliday can do it all - bowed cymbal, electronics, bass, 8-bit, circuit-bent. Expect a lot of gear and a lot of power.
CLUB SPOUSE: May very well be the most obscure band on the internet. All searches lead to announcements about country clubs.
PEAKING LIGHTS: Myspace page affiliates them with Reggae (top 8 = all reggae legends with one thing in common: none of them are aware that they're friends with PEAKING LIGHTS), but honestly, I listen to the sample tracks, and all I hear is A.R. Kane. But the good stuff. Seriously...there really is some. See, even Julian Cope knows so!
8 p.m. SHARP cuz of six bands, and $7 suggested donation cuz of six bands. Also, I'm told enigmatically by the promoter to "not to show up late if you are a fan of analogue synth/lo-fi minimal synth, etc." Maybe he's talking about Club Spouse? Maybe a DJ set? Go and see.
- Chris Sienko
11 Craig Baldwin - I Love Presets @ Enemy
12 Lamont/Parker/Soliday/Solotroff - United Steel Workers Union - Pisspisspissmoanmoanmoan - Fought @ AV Aerie
23 Bongripper - Psilocin - Animal Law @ Cobra Lounge
25 Aaron Dilloway - Magas - Mark Solotroff - Jason Soliday @ Enemy
27 J.Soliday on Something Else/WLUW
3 Sic Alps - J. Soliday - Mykel Boyd @ Hotti Biscotti
16 Animal Law on Pure Hype/WHPK
17 Animal Law @ Summer Breeze
23 Hasegawa/Shiflet/Soliday - Goat - Mykel Boyd - Liminal @ Enemy
25 Astro - TVPow - Magic Missile - Peter J. Woods @ AV Aerie
26 Astro - TVPow - Magic Missile - Others TBA @ APop, St. Louis, MO
Wednesday April 23, 2008
235 N. Ashland Avenue
Time: 10:00 PM
Bongripper (tour kick-off)
Friday, April 4th 2008 10PM
ENEMY + PROTEST HEAVEN PRESENT:
Audrey Chen & Frederic Blondy and zeropoint
(Robb Drinkwater: electronics + Jason Soliday: electronics)
Audrey Chen (Baltimore, MD): voice/cello/electronics
Frederic Blondy (Paris, France): Prepared Piano
link for duo music recorded live at atelier tampon in paris, france october 6, 2007:
also on: http://fredericblondy.net/en/66chenblondy.htm
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 2nd FL