Friday New Vinyl Releases 5/11

  • Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (180gram ‘Indie Exclusive’ on Clear Vinyl with Booklet and Download)
  • Beach House – 7 (‘Loser Edition’ on Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • The Birth Defects – Everything Is Fine (Dark Blue Vinyl)
  • Connections – Foreign Affairs (Red Vinyl)
  • Eminem – Revival
  • Jerry Garcia – Before The Dead (5 Lp 180gram Box Set, limited to 2500)
  • Grateful Dead – Cornell 5/8/77 (5 Lp 140gram Box Set)
  • Tony Lanez – Memories Don’t Lie
  • Little Junior – Hi (‘Indie Exclusive’ on Sea Foam Green Vinyl with Signed Poster)
  • Nightseeker – 3069: A Space-Rock Sex Odyssey
  • John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
  • John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness (‘Indie Exclusive’ Translucent Green Vinyl)
  • Various / curated by Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther The Album (Music From and Inspired By)
  • Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night (1974) (Remastered ‘Indie Exclusive’ Pressing on Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner (1975) (Remastered ‘Indie Exclusive’ on Opaque Red Vinyl)
  • Jess Williamson – Cosmic Wink (Mexican Summer Pressing with Lyric Sheet

Live Recap: Post Animal Plays a Rowdy Record Release Show to a Packed Lincoln Hall

At almost every concert you go to, there’s a sort of unspoken bond amongst audience members; a mutual love of music and an interest in the particular band performing that can take strangers, put them into a cramped room, and turn them into friends by the end of the night. At Post Animal’s album release show on Friday night, the room buzzed with an electrifying sense of camaraderie from the second the doors to Lincoln Hall opened. For many in the audience, they had already formed friendships with one another, due to the supportive nature of the Chicago music scene, and the show that would follow would only bring that community even closer.

Like most Chicago bands that have begun to garner attention nationally, and even internationally, during the last couple of years, Post Animal got their start playing DIY shows in basements and gritty locations around the city before eventually working their way up to headlining slots at the likes of The Hideout, The Empty Bottle, and The Subterranean. Headlining a sold out show at Lincoln Hall sits towards the top of many bands’ bucket lists in the city, so when Post Animal made their way up to checking this feat off their list, they made sure to put together a special show for the 500 lucky audience members that scored tickets to the gig.

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First, they had some of the freshest local (and soon-to-be local) talent warm up the stage for them, with Rookie kicking off the night. Although they’re a new project and just released a debut single last week, Chicago music scene veterans Joe Bordenaro and Max Loebman act as the group’s leaders, working together on new music and revamping music from their past projects. Their experience of playing music for years in other projects gives them a commanding stage presence and sense of chemistry as bandmates that you rarely see in a new band. By the time Rookie’s set had finished, most of the room had already filled in, and anyone who had started the night unaware of Rookie had quickly been converted to a new fan after witnessing their live show.

Next up, Slow Pulp mesmerized the packed house with their dreamy mix of psychedelic, pop, and punk tones for the next 45 minutes. Hailing from Madison, Slow Pulp will soon be making a permanent move down to Chicago, and the audience response on Friday confirmed that they will be welcomed with open arms once they make the move later this year. The crowd gave the band their undivided attention as they played through songs from their self-produced and released EP2, which is actually the band’s first release since the addition of lead singer Emily Massey. The audience sang along with Massey throughout the show, especially during “Preoccupied,” which has stacked up close to 200,000 streams on Spotify.

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Eventually the time came for Post Animal to hit the stage, and the current of energy that had been surging through the venue was further intensified when the opening riffs of “Gelatin Mode” rang out into the room. Although they’ve been playing the song live for months, the band had only recently released the track as a single with an accompanying, must-watch music video, and it acted as the perfect kickstart to the rowdy evening that would follow. Of course, no Post Animal show would be complete without a little (or a lot of) crowd surfing and moshing, and “Gelatin Mode” set the tone for a wild night when the crowd immediately started thrashing around to the fast-paced song.

Another new single from When I Think Of You In A Castle, “Tire Eyes,” followed, only slightly slowing down the pace. The exuberance of the crowd remained intact however, never wavering as the setlist weaved between songs featuring in-your-face guitar solos, like “Special Moment” and “Victory Lap: Danger Zone,” and more mellow, winding psychedelic-tinged tracks like “Castle.” The band did a great job of strategically plotting the placement of each song in the setlist, allowing for the audience fully appreciate the diverse texture and sonic diversity of not only their newest material, but some old favorites from their first two EPs. To assist with the flow of the set, the band even worked out more elaborate and refreshed transitions between songs, adding another layer to the new songs that fans can’t experience from just listening to the record.

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After playing through the majority of When I Think Of You In A Castle and staples like “Alabaster” and “You Were Not There” from their earlier catalog, Post Animal closed the first part of their set with their viral track “When I Get Home,” which has always proved to be a crowd favorite with its grooving bass line and sweeping melody. At this point in the night, the room was overflowing with positive vibes, and the crowd had already been potentially the rowdiest that the Lincoln Park concert hall has ever hosted, but things only got crazier during the encore.

Cadien Lake James from Twin Peaks first took the stage with a bottle of champagne in hand to get the audience hyped for Post Animal’s return, further demonstrating the supportive nature of the city’s music scene. After the warm introduction, the band eased the audience into the final part of their set by kicking things off with “Goggles” from their 2015 EP Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities, but when they transitioned into “Dirtpicker,” it was no holds barred for the remainder of the show. The song anchors out their new album, but it has been the hype song of their live show for a while now, always riling up the crowd with its infectiously catchy riffs. The amiable spirits of the crowd peaked during this last song as everyone exerted their final ounces of energy, working to lift each other up to crowd surf or have one last go at moshing.

By the time Post Animal walked offstage on Friday night, it was clear to everyone in the crowd that they had just witnessed a very special moment (pun intended) and while this show marked a landmark achievement for the band, it’s truly only the beginning for them. You can catch Post Animal on a headlining national tour throughout the summer, with select shows featuring Slow Pulp or fellow Chicagoans Paul Cherry and Town Criers. The summer tour includes appearances at legendary festivals like Shaky Knees, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza (Chicago, catch them at Lolla on Friday, August 3rd). See the rest of their tour dates here, and snag a copy of When I Think Of You In A Castle  here.

More photos of Rookie, Slow Pulp, and Post Animal at Lincoln Hall on April 27th, 2018

 

This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine

Event Preview: ANCHR Magazine Showcase with Blue Dream, Engine Summer, and Faux Furrs

Following their January showcase that celebrated their one year anniversary, local online music magazine ANCHR Magazine is hosting another show this month at the city’s newest venue, Sleeping Village. The lineup features Blue DreamEngine Summer and Faux Furrs and takes place on April 20th.  You can grab tickets to the show here, and get to know each band a little better below!

BLUE DREAM

The four-piece Chicago band consisting of Justin Sanetra, Anthony Cook, Jimmy Russell, and Danny Awisha recently released their debut album Volume Won; a captivating album with magnetic riffs and grooving bass lines that demand your attention. Blue Dream‘s electrifying stage presence amplifies their music to the next level, making them one of the city’s best live acts. Don’t miss your chance to see Blue Dream on 4/20; catch them headlining the show on Friday!

For Fans Of: Post Animal, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall

Start With: UFO,” “Freedom Eyes,”  “Who Stole The Flowers”

For more on Blue Dream-check out our interview with them here!


ENGINE SUMMER

This trio from Elmhurst, IL consisting of Jeremy Marsan, Ben Kostecki, and Ryan Ohm blends together post-punk and garage rock influences to form irresistibly catchy tunes that thread together one cohesive narrative on their debut album Trophy KidsCatch them bringing the story to life on the Sleeping Village stage this Friday.

For Fans Of: Omni, NE-HI, Deeper

Start With“Rather Choke,” “Trophy Kids,”  “Jezebel”

More on Engine Summer


FAUX FURRS

Ryan Deffet, Adam Karstens, Michael Oliva, and Ryan Shuck, AKA Faux Furrs,  bring all the good vibes with their lighthearted and upbeat melodies, which pair perfectly with the Spring weather that’s finally starting to hit the city this week. Get your dancing shoes ready and be prepared to bop around to their fun-spirited songs from their 2017 album TaxonomyAs the band describes their sound, it’s like “Garage Psych, in space”…make sure you come to the show to hear just how accurate that is.


For Fans Of: Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Summer Salt, Vundabar

Start With: “Fools Gold or the Lion,” “Moon Farm,” “Robot Love”

More on Faux Furrs

RSVP to the event on Facebook here!

New Vinyl Releases 4/6/18

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  • Air Waves – Warrior (Crystal Clear vinyl)
  • Between the Buried and Me – Automata I
  • Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (Opaque Silver vinyl with Etched D-Side)
  • Black Milk – Fever (Multi-Color vinyl)
  • Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP (Reissue)
  • Chrome Sparks – Parallelism EP
  • Paul De Jong (The Books) – You Fucken Sucker
  • Diet Cig – Over Easy (Indie Exclusive on ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ vinyl)
  • Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
  • Goat Girl – S/T
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days (Reissue)
  • Jack Kerouac featuring Al Cohn & Zoot Sims – Blues And Haikus (Reissue on ‘Blues & Yellow Starburst’ vinyl, Limited to 1000!)
  • Lorde – Melodrama (Deluxe ‘Royal Blue’ and Black vinyl available)
  • Makeness – Loud Patterns (Yellow vinyl)
  • Mind Over Mirrors – Bellowing Sun
  • Kylie Minogue – Golden (Indie Exclusive on Clear vinyl)
  • Morbid Angel – Heretic (Reissue)
  • Morrissey – My Love, I’d Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (7″ Single on Clear vinyl)
  • Mike Ness (Social Distortion) – Under the Influences (Reissue)
  • Mike Ness (Social Distortion) – Cheating at Solitaire
  • No Thank You – All It Takes To Ruin It All
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – How to: Friend, Love, Freefall (Indie Exclusive on Purple vinyl)
  • Scientist & Prince Jammy – Scientist and Prince Jammy Strike Back! (Reissue on Yellow-Green ‘Lightsaber’ vinyl, Limited to 700!)
  • Soundtrack / James Horner – Commando (Reissue on Bone & Eyeblack Splatter vinyl, Limited to 1500!)
  • Soundtrack / Various – Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Blue-Grey ‘Satellite of Love’ vinyl, Limited to 1000!)
  • Tiny Tim – God Bless Tiny Tim (40th Anniversary Reissue on Pink vinyl)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food (Indie Exclusive on Pink vinyl)
  • Various – I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats (Pink and Blue vinyl)
  • Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (Peak Edition on ‘Sand & Sky’ Beige & Blue vinyl)
  • Zola Jesus – Okovi: Additions (Gray and Black Starburst vinyl)

Pre-Order the Shuga Exclusive ‘Said Unsaid’ 1st Pressing from Flamingo Rodeo!

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1st pressing includes:

-Signed by the band

-Hand numbered to 100

-Limited Edition Colored Vinyl

-Insert sheet from the band

-Flamingo Rodeo Sticker

 

 

New Vinyl Releases 3/30/18

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Pre-Order the Shuga Exclusive debut self-titled album from Deeper NOW!

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The debut album from Chicago based Deeper. Origins of the project date back to 2014 where the band has made their mark locally supporting like minded acts Omni, Protomartyr, Chris Cohen & fellow Chicago powerhouses Whitney & Ne-Hi. Fresh off official after show appearances at Pitchfork & Lolapalooza the band is poised to jump out wide with this debut record. These 9 tracks channel the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life in this pit of endless internet, chiming post punk rave ups with pointed “of the times” lyrics & gorgeous ambient interludes woven in. It’s as if Women & Deerhunter had an ill-legit midwestern love child, all killer no filler.