Sunday, December 8, 2013
Jmzs Smith just released a collaboration w/ Jon Burgerman titled "Bohemian Rhapsody" and no it is not a Queen cover. It was recorded over the summer in NYC, but according to Jmzs is was not finished until resently. He goes on to say "It arose out of an email conversation about starving artists, and is kind of a slightly humorous, slightly sad reflection on the "bohemian" lifestyle in the 21st century." It's available on cassette and for download thru Leisure Lovers now.
Angel Olsen just sent us her video for "Forgiven/Forgotten" off of her ethereal and powerful new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, will be released February 18, 2014 via Jagjaguwar. The video offers a visual representation and is directed by creative partner, Zia Anger.
"I traveled to Asheville with a couple rolls of 16mm film and a Bolex camera. The only idea Angel and I had decided on was that she should be given a chance to act - to perform in a way most people have never seen her perform. Upon arriving I was immediately struck by the beautiful and unruly area of Malvern Hills. Suburbia had never spoken to me like that before. Our idea morphed into a suburban fantasy just as lawless as its backdrop. It is complete with a 'Freaks and Geeks'-inspired lovers quarrel that ends with the male character physically being hand-scratched out of the film."
-- Zia Anger
Thursday, December 5, 2013
MASSIVE ATTACK - MEZZANINE (VIRGIN RECORDS) 1998
By: Randy Nieto
Following the departure of Tricky, Massive Attack released “Mezzanine”, which quickly became the band’s best selling album. I totally remember because Massive Attack was already super hip at that point, and when this record came out it pretty much sealed the whole fucking deal. Edging away from the R&B and reggae inspired tracks on Blue Lines and Protection, Mezzanine had a much darker and heavier vibe than anything they had previously released. The vocals are crisp and menacing, with flawless production that really showcases the deep drum and bass sound of the 90’s. I always found it kind of amazing how they could seamlessly transition from a trip hop track into a heavy metal record. This album is still cooler than 98% of shit that is coming out today, and I’m fairly certain if you play it loud enough it will melt any Lumineers and Mumford and Sons CD’s in the general vicinity. Six years after its release they even managed to score a theme song for the TV show “House”. This is their magnum opus, and anybody who considers themselves a music fan deserves to own this record. If you really want to appreciate it in true 90’s fashion, I recommend getting some tinted windows on your car, putting this album on, turning the bass up to 10 and driving around your block over and over until everyone hates you. Trust me, it's worth it.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s Christmas time, and there is no better way to soothe your soul than by the musical stylings of Cass McCombs. I’ll have you know I am not so much a huge fan of folky acoustic music, but Cass seems to have found a way to transcend the typical mellow to almost ethereal levels. Besides being gifted with a sultry and serenade worthy voice, his songwriting skills are seriously top notch. His songs weave in and out of acoustic guitar, gentle feedback, and crooning vocals. With strong Chicago roots, there is no doubt he is going to bring a stellar performance to our fair city. Cass McCombs plays this Friday 12/03 at the Empty Bottle. This show comes highly recommended.
Tickets can be purchased HERE. If your feeling lucky head over to our Facebook page now we are giving away a couple of tickets!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
A little over a week ago Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes was in town and played to a sold out crowd at Double Door... The folks over at C.O.S. took him record shopping over at Reckless Records and he spoke candidly about his new EP, Cult Records, touring and whats he has in store for the future! AHJ by Albert Hammond Jr is out now on Cult Records and available at Reckless Records Chicago.
ARTIST / TRACK / ABLUM
- Horrors / I Can See Through You / Skying
- Modern Lovers / Roadrunner / Modern Lovers
- Rey Pila / Alexander / Single
- Dress / Dark Alley / EP
- Twin Peaks / Fast Eddie / Sunken
- Cut Copy / Intro - Free Your Mind / Free Your Mind
- David Bowie / (Steve Reich Mix) / Single
- Talking Heads / Radio Head / True Stories OST
- Radiohead / Jigsaw Falling Into Place / In Rainbows
- Ejecta / Mistress / Dominae
- Darkside / Paper Trails / Psychic
- White Mystery / Secret Garden / Telepathic
- Quasi / The Star You Left Behind / Field Studies
- Kid Karate / Heart / Lights Out EP
- Cass McCombs / Pregnant Pause
- Lower Dens / Brains / Notropics
- Guided By Voices / Land of Danger / Forever Since Breakfast
- Lou Reed / This Magic Moment / Lost Highway OST
- Mazes / Run Downers / Mazes Blazes
- Blur / Black Book / Music is My Radar Single
- Nick Cave / Animal X / Single
- R.E.M. / There She Goes Again / Dead Letter Office
- Sleigh Bells / You Don't Get Me Twice / Bitter Rivals
Thursday, November 28, 2013
GUIDED BY VOICES – FOREVER SINCE BREAKFAST (I WANNA RECORDS) 1986
By: Randy Nieto
“It’s been a long, long, long, long, long, long time…”. In fact, it has been quite some time since Guided By Voices released their debut EP Forever Since Breakfast (27 years to be exact). I distinctly remember putting this record on at my apartment and my roomate’s brother asking me if I was listening to R.E.M. The opening track, Land of Danger, totally shreds. The vocals are catchy and actually do sound a little like Michael Stipe. “Let’s Ride” is not as catchy, but has a playful innocence to it. The chorus is pretty cool, with a little guitar refrain that frames it nicely. “Like I do” is an acoustic number I do not really care for, but then “Sometimes I Cry” picks the record right the fuck back up with a clear, obvious influence by The Who. It’s awesome and catchy as hell.
I’m going to stop here and say two things… 1. The guitar sound on the record gets a little tiring. There isn’t really any variation, and you get the feeling you’re listening to the same chords over and over again. 2. That being said, the songs are very well written and super catchy. You can easily see the seed of indie rock planted with influences from R.E.M., Wire, and The Who. I can picture beer bellied guys in Ohio in 1986 who love drinking PBR and head banging to Zeppelin being totally into this record. The rest of the EP is really good, but I’m going to let you find that out on your own. If you like indie rock, classic rock, or GBV, this is one you should check out.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
After their previous stint opening up for Goblin (Suspiria soundtrack masterminds), Zombi has returned to headline the empty bottle this Friday. Zombi has managed to pull off a space rock, anthemic sounding show that will most likely hypnotize you into some kind of trance. Using only bass, drums, and a bunch of analog synthesizers, these guys will make you feel like you are on Mars! No joke. And it's beautiful. Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind Zombi, are incredibly talented fellows. Why they are playing the bottle and not writing scores for David Lynch films is beyond me, so you should really check these guys out. Tickets are available now over at Empty Bottle HERE and if your feeling lucky head on over to our Facebook page LIKE it and comment HERE for a chance to win a pair of tickets!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Lana Del Rey just announced that she will be releasing her new film on December 5 via Vevo. She is calling it Tropico" and it will be soundtracked by music from her albums Born to Die and Born to Die: The Paradise Edition.
OFFICIAL TRAILER: TEASER 1 TEASER 2
Saturday, November 23, 2013
ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM
- Pearl Jam / Brain Of J / Yield
- Sam Roberts Band / We're In This Together / Lo-Fantasy
- Sky Ferrera / Nobody Asked Me If I Was Ok / Night Time, My Time
- The Strokes / Barely Legal / Is This It
- Temples / Mesmerise / Sun Structures
- Tame Impala / Desire Be Desire Be Gone / Innerspeaker
- Cut Copy / Let Me Show You Love / Free Your Mind
- Blood Orange / Time Will Tell / Cupid Deluxe
- Rathbourne / Soft / Soft
- Alex Barnett / Try Harder /
- Darkside / Paper Trails / Psychic
- Joe Dassin / L'ete Indien /
- Julie Meckler / Queenshead / Queenshead
- Thomas Fersen & JP Nataf / Escobar / Plutot tot
- Camille / Ta douleur / Le Fil
- Jacques Dutronc / Et moi et moi et moi /
- Mathieu Boogaerts / J'trouve Pas l'pole / J'en Ai Marre d'etre Deux
- Brigitte / Ma benz
- Dick Annegarn / Bebe Elephant /
- Serge Gainsbourg / Initials BB
- Manu Chao / Je ne T'aime Plus /
- Julie Meckler / Manhattan / Queenshead
- Velvet Underground / Afterhours / Velvet Underground
- Thomas Fersen & Bumcello / Le Bouton / Plutot Tot
- Julie Meckler / Forest / Queenshead
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This past September, Rathborne released Soft, an 11-track debut album... Now, the New York City foursome lead by singer-guitarist Luke Rathborne, bassist Darren Will, drummer Jamie Alegre, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Giannopoulos just released the video for the title track "Soft". The video is directed by Jack Schurman, and features Luke singing and playing guitar with some tripped out psychedelic visuals. The album is out now on True Believer and is available via I-Tunes HERE. The guys are also currently on the road and have a string of shows lined up alongside Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., who mixed and co-produced the album "Soft with Gus Oberg.
Sam Roberts Band just announced the release of their new album titled Lo-Fantasy to be released February 11 on Paper Bag Records. This is Sam Roberts' first new album in almost 3 years! Working for the first time with producer Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) whose credits range from The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ to stints performing with Paul McCartney. Listen to the single and title track "We're All In This Together" on Soundcloud below and go ahead and pre-order the album on VINYL HERE