New Vinyl Releases 11/10/17

 

  • The 6ths – Wasps Nests (Limited Edition of 1000 copies on White Vinyl)
  • Andrew Bird – Echolocations: Rivers
  • Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love (Standard Black Pressing)
  • Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979)
  • Fantasia – Christmas After Midnight
  • Ben Folds – SuperSunnySpeedGraphic
  • Aretha Franklin – A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Wesley Fuller – Inner City Dream
  • Hippo Campus – Warm Glow EP (Single Sided Pressing with Etched B Side)
  • HOOPS – Tapes #1-3 (2-LP Pressing of their debut tapes)
  • Iggy Pop – New Values
  • Julie Dolron & The Wrong Guys – S/T
  • The Kinks – Sleepwalker (1977) (180Gram Audiophile Pressing on Black/White Swirl, in gatefold with poster insert)
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets (180Gram Reissue)
  • Mini Dresses – Mini Dresses (Clear Vinyl, Limited to 800 copies)
  • Jason Molina – The Black Sabbath Covers (7″ Single with Etched B-Side)
  • Morphine – Live At The Warfield 1997 (Limited Edition of 2555, numbered)
  • No Doubt – No Doubt (25th Anniversary Edition on 180Gram, first time on vinyl)
  • Angel Olsen – Phases (Collection of B-Sides, Demos and Unreleased Tracks)
  • Pearl Jam – Ten
  • Petal – Comfort EP (7″)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Jewels of Thought (1969)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Summun Bukmun Umyun – Deaf Dumb Blind (1970)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Tauhid (1967)
  • Power Trip – Nightmare Logic (Limited Edition Picture Disc, limited to 1000)
  • Quicksand – Interiors
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Live at Red Rocks (180Gram 2LP)
  • Twink – Think Pink (1970) (Mono reissue with bonus 7″ single)
  • Various – Soul Christmas (1968) (Featuring Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MG’s, Carla Thomas and more!)
  • Whitney – Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings
  • Lucinda Williams – (Ten Bands One Cause Limited Edition Pressing on Pink Vinyl, Limited to 2000)

Red Bull Sound Select Hosts a Packed Hometown Show for Whitney and NE-HI

Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago celebrated day 2 of their multi-venue, multi-day festival with Chicago’s own Whitney and NE-HI at The Metro. As guests filed into the city’s legendary venue, the room buzzed with anticipation for the hometown show, which was actually Whitney and NE-HI’s first performance at the Wrigleyville concert hall.

Philadelphia’s up and comers Mt Joy warmed up the stage for both Chicago bands, returning a few months after their Lollapalooza debut this past summer. The band eased the audience into the evening with their blend of indie folk and rock tunes, including their popular tracks “Sheep” and “Astrovan.”

After a quick changeover of sets, NE-HI walked onto stage to a whopping welcome of cheers and applause. The local four piece commanded the audience’s attention immediately with their fervent performance of their fuzzy rock songs. Lead singer Jason Balla’s distinct vocals and the band’s signature guitar styling have given them a unique sound, which has caught the attention of music fans across the country. Just this year, the band have toured nearly nonstop, playing SXSW, Daytrotter Downs, and Pitchfork Festival. Live, the band add another layer of vehemence and eagerness to their music, with Balla thrashing around the stage and guitarist Michael Wells jumping up and down throughout their set. Set highlights included their songs “Stay Young,” “Since I’ve Been Thinking,” and the title track of their 2017 album Offers. By the time NE-HI walked off the stage, the crowd was full warmed up and ready for Whitney’s first performance at Metro.

Just before Whitney took the stage, the front few rows were handed roses as an ode to the album cover of Whitney’s debut record Light Upon The Lake, and to add another special touch to the night. Whitney have turned heads with their layered and cinematic tunes; Their folk rock songs often featuring a horns section accompanying Ehrlich’s telltale falsetto vocals, both of which put a signature stamp on their music. The band also stands out with their unique stage setup, as lead singer Julien Ehrlich also drums during their live performances. Whitney’s hour long set at Metro featured some of their most popular tracks, but early on in the night Erlich told the audience that their set that night would be a little different than most nights. Their performance also featured a few covers of legendary artists, like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Although the set started off minimal with Erlich performing the first song at the keyboard before moving over to his drum set at center stage, the energy built up as the night went on and the band were joined onstage with a live string section. The addition of the strings added another level of richness and warmth to the show, especially combined with the horns section. Whitney’s stunning and special hometown performance wrapped up past midnight with a three song encore, consisting of “Golden Days,” “Rolling Blackout,” and their most popular track “No Woman.”

The electric energy that filled The Metro at the end of night reflected the captivating quality of the Red Bull Sound Select shows. The shows have brought some of the best bands and musicians around to the city this month, and the lineup at this show particularly appealed to Chicago music fans, most of which felt a burst of pride at seeing the success of their fellow Chicagoans.

Check out our gallery of all three bands to relive the incredible evening, and head here for the scoop on the rest of 30 Days in Chicago.

You can grab Whitney and NE-HI‘s records at the shop, or click on their names to shop the webstore for them!


 

This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine

LIVE: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Bring a Lotta Sea Lice and a Lotta Talent to Empty Bottle

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett— and their band of Sea Lice–closed out their three night sold out streak in Chicago at the legendary Empty Bottle. The pair took the stage just around 9:30, forgoing an opener, to perform songs from their recently released collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice. Their stunning performance began with Vile and Barnett’s debut single from the aforementioned album, “Over Everything.” 

From the get go, the crowd at the intimate venue radiated their excitement, displaying as much enthusiasm as a crowd of a larger size. Vile and Barnett radiated a similarly infectious energy, and an electric current of chemistry flowed between the duo and their other bandmates, which included Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney. While the pair performed songs from their Lotta Sea Lice album, they also bounced back and fourth between performing their own songs and covers from other artists. Although they both performed songs from their past albums, Barnett and Vile reworked their songs to make them duets, with Barnett taking on parts in Vile’s songs like “Life Like This” and “On Tour.” Vile also contributed to the live performances of Barnett’s songs like “Depreston” and “Dead Fox.” While they performed, the two would often back away from their microphone stands to meet in the middle of the humble stage, facing each other as they strummed their guitars. Whenever they did this, the musical chemistry between them only grew stronger, making the show that much more special.

Other highlights of the set included the performance of Belly’s song “Untogether” and Gillian Welch’s song “Elvis Presley Blues.” The latter opened up the band’s three song encore, and Vile and Barnett performed that cover as a duo without their band. The stripped back performance allowed for the duo’s harmonies and flawless vocals to really shine through. As the night wound down, Barnett mentioned that the Empty Bottle had been where she played her first show in Chicago, so it was great to be back. The set closed out with two more of the pair’s own songs; “Pretty Pimpin'” and “Avant Gardener.”

The pairing of Barnett and Vile on this album and the accompanying tour showcases the magic that can happen when artists come together and instill a sense of community and camaraderie in the music industry. If you missed out on the spectacular evening, check out our photo gallery of the show below.

See the rest of the Courtney and Kurt tour dates here, You can also snag a copy of Barnett and Vile’s collaborative album at the shop, order it from the webstore at any time right here


 This article was originally published via ANCHR Magazine

 

 

Knowhere’s Halloween Spookshow – A Chat with My Bad & Ex Okays

Words and Photos By Alicia Maciel 

Halloween – a time where music around the city consists of covers only shows, ranging from classic bands like AC/DC and David Bowie to more modern acts such as Radiohead, The Strokes, and even Paramore.

While most publications are showcasing the fantastic gigs happening at venues like Quenchers, Lincoln Hall, Hideout, and more – I decided to shine the spotlight on Knowhere, a DIY space hosting its 2nd Annual Halloween Spookshow. $7 for 7 acts, it’s an underground show full of locals you don’t wanna miss!

Knowhere Spookshow

I chatted with My Bad (playing as Pixies) and Ex Okays (playing as The Doors) prior to this shindig, which will start at 7:30PM (no punk time!). Find out why they picked those iconic rock bands, a little bit about their originals, and what to look forward to at the show!

What led to choosing Pixies and The Doors, respectively?

My Bad: We chose Pixies cuz we all really like ‘em (except Dez) and thought we could jam on the songs really well.

Ex Okays: There was a lot of back and forth about which band because we all mostly wanted our respective favorite bands (The Smiths, Weezer, Pixies, et cetera). We figured it made sense to choose one that none of us are radically raving about, but is still very groovin’ and has equally cool parts for all the instruments in the group – especially now that we’ve got keyboard and all.

Ex Okays, credit Alicia Maciel
Credit: Alicia Maciel 

Do you like the tradition of covers only around Halloween? Why or why not?

MB: We do like the tradition of covers (except Dez), but we’ve never done any up until now – mainly because we’ve spent so much time on our original stuff.

EO: Yes, it gives bands a chance to play something different and have a little extra fun during the spirit of the holiday. It also opens up the show to more people.

 

What do you think was the most difficult instrumentation while learning the tracks for Pixies and The Doors, respectively?

MB: Vocals have definitely been pretty f*ckin’ hard for us because Black Francis’s vocal arrangements are very stylized and he puts things in weird places that took us a little while to figure out.

EO: Learning Doors tunes challenged all of us but especially the organ and vocal parts had to be the most difficult since Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were such skilled musician.

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Photo Courtesy of My Bad

Are you willing to name a track you’re covering? If so, what is it?

MB: We are willing to name a track we’re covering and it is “Monkey Gone to Heaven”.

EO: One of our favorites to play is “Roadhouse Blues”. All of us get really into the tune and put on our stank faces throughout the whole song.

 

How would you describe your original music?

MB: Our original music is a big mix of all of our individual music ideas/tastes/expectations. Our goal has always been to write songs people can jam to and it ends up creating a kind of alternative, classic rock, psych vibe. We’ve always been somewhat reluctant to declare a genre for My Bad as none of us really know – it’s kind of all over the place. We have songs that are short and fast called f*ck you, psych jams about knights, to a full EP of love songs.

EO: Maybe kinda like a fuzzy chorus-drenched melodic shitstorm but also the calm before it. We have a wide range of influences of older bands like The Beach Boys, The Smiths, Pixies and The Cure along with some more modern influences especially from Chicago (Twin Peaks, Smith Westerns, The Walters, Post Animal).

 

What are y’all working on right now?

MB: Right now, we just put out our Spooky Lovin’ EP so we’ll be getting back in the studio to continue working and recording. Hopefully by early next year get out the My Bad self-titled ep, which we’re really looking forward to.

EO: We’re currently recording some new tunes that we’ve been writing and plan to release an album soon. We’ve got a few singles on deck and have some shows in and out of the city coming up in the next month.


As the rest of the show includes covers of Townes Van Zandt, Marshmello, Dion & The Belmonts, Bikini Kill, and Nirvana – keep in mind that discovering and becoming fans of the bands is the priority at this all-inclusive safe space!

Mark the show in your calendar by RSVP’ing here. See ya there!


Alicia Maciel is a junior at DePaul University studying marketing, music business, public relations, and advertising. Immersing in photography, promotion, interviews, interning at Metro and Notion Presents, managing The Chicago Vibe, curating live music, and plenty more – she hopes to bring innovation to the music scene. “A Chicagoan gal making music personnel personal.”

 

New Releases 10/27/2017

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  • Julien Baker- Turn Out The Lights (Ltd. Edition Indie Exclusive on Clear Vinyl)
  • Beck- Modern Guilt (Geffen Reissue)
  • Beck- Mutations (1998) (Custom Records Reissue)
  • Chick Corea- The Musician (180gram 3-LP Pressing)
  • The Crystal Method- Vegas (2-LP Reissue with Gatefold Jacket)
  • EPMD- Back In Business (1997) (2-LP Reissue)
  • The Front Bottoms- Going Grey
  • John Frusciante- Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt (2-LP Pressing with Gatefold Jacket)
  • The Golliwogs (Credence Clearwater Revival)- Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 (2-LP Comp. with B-Sides and Rarities)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Ltd. Edition 180gram 8-LP Box Set-Numbered)
  • Michael Jackson- Scream (Ltd. Edition 2-LP on ‘Glow In The Dark’ and Blue Splatter Vinyl)
  • Lucky Chops- Walter EP (Gatefold Jacket)
  • Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts- Milano
  • Allison Pierce- Year Of The Rabbit (Masterworks Pressing with Gatefold Jacket)
  • Propagandhi- Victory Lap (Indie Exclusive on Translucent Red Vinyl)Elvis Perkins- Ash Wednesday (10th Anniversary 180gram 2-LP Reissue with Gatefold Jacket)
  • Quicksand- Manic Compression (1995) (SRC Reissue with Poster and Gatefold Jacket)