MAHOGANY Break Through With New Single, Video, & SXSW …
The illustrious and renowned Mahogany have released a brand new official video for their upcoming “Phase Break” single, in anticipation of their upcoming SXSW appearances! Featuring Mahogany member Jaclynn Slimm’s glorious choreography and performance… this is a must-see!
“Phase Break” will be released on iTunes and all other major digital retailers on Tuesday, March 12, so please keep an eye out.
Direct link to the “Phase Break” video is HERE.
MAHOGANY SXSW APPERANCES:
Wednesday, 3/14: Swan Dive/Barbarella (Patio Stage)
Brooklyn Vegan/Epitonic Showcase, 12:45pm.
Event info HERE.
Wednesday, 3/14: Friends Bar
SESAC Showcase, 1am (Headlining)
Event info HERE.
Thursday, 3/15: Waterloo Cycles
SXSWaterloo Showcase, 4:30pm
Event info HERE.
Press from our friends at The Color Awesome can be found HERE… “My favorite modern music project, Mahogany, are breakin’ through with their newest, “Phase Break.” There aren’t many bands in the last decade (plus) who can legitimately claim to have torn the corporate pop music manual up to bits.”
Listen to I Am Endless Sky by astrobrite.
For my review for today, acknowledgement of a failure. On my part only.
In posting this, several things to note. First, an explanation as to what this track is from:
This is a gift from an evolving community of lovers of shoegaze, united around the memory of our brother, Danny Lackey. His generous soul touched us in many ways, whether supporting us through When The Sun Hits or washing over us with the beauty and guitars of his Deepfieldview sounds. All proceeds go to Danny’s lovely wife, Barbie, to remind her how much he is loved and appreciated. Forever.
Next, my words over on Facebook when initially linking this:
For all my shoegaze identification (for understandable reasons), I can’t say I followed everything in deep detail, and a lot of people who essentially helped turn it into a still-living approach passed me by over the years. Danny Lackey, who passed on last week — as many friends of have noted, missing the new MBV album by the closest of margins in the saddest of ironies — was one of them. I knew OF the site When the Sun Hits but that was about it, but by all accounts it sounds like he was a fine fellow. Having helped put together Lee Jackson’s tribute last year after his own untimely passing, it would be wrong of me not to share this out.
And lastly my own thoughts on this track alone, the work of the mighty Scott Cortez in his Astrobrite guise — as he describes it, “song made for danny lackey the night i learned of his passing.”
When I mentioned sonic violence in my Quietus reflections on mbv, I only underscored something that was always there in My Bloody Valentine’s music, something wrong and unsettled. It was never just cotton candy — maybe that shaped the edges and made the pill easier to digest, and there’s been plenty that’s perfectly sweet. But if sound qua sound existed to envelop it also existed to crush, destroy — and rage.
Scott’s track is mournful and immediate in its sense of mournfulness but it’s also angry, just pissed off. It’s sending someone out to the infinite while also thinking “You’re gone and fuck this stupid world for being that way.” Why be genteel about it? Why not be a little more heartfelt in the moment?
So I failed, I think, in not paying closer attention when he was there and doing what he was. But at the same time I can’t keep track of everything I wished I could or should. I wouldn’t get out of the house, I wouldn’t do my own work and come to my own conclusions. That’s no excuse, merely an explanation. But I’m glad Lackey had his many friends who were there for him, and I’m glad he’s been remembered with something alive and present, that ends only because it must.
astrobrite “i am endless sky” for Danny Lackey.
BLVD’s extreme noisemaking punks DEN are playing TONIGHT (Friday 2/1) at The Observatory Studios (3036 N. Lincoln Ave.), joined by Torture Love (featuring Lauren of STARING PROBLEM!!), Flowers of Evil & Landmark!
Also, in BLVD weekend roundup news….
The news about PINK FROST’S upcoming full-length LP on BLVD and Notes & Bolts made it to The Chicagoist… check it out HERE!
Speaking of… the new Pink Frost single on Notes & Bolts Records is UP FOR SALE at the N&B webstore, RIGHT HERE!!
NEW CANYONS N&B podcast HERE!
BLVD’s go-to DJ, DJ Peroxide, has a brand new N&B podcast HERE!
POPULATION’s limited-edition 2-song tour cassettes are available in VERY limited quantities at our sister-business record shop, Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago. We will have another round of very limited quantities available from our website next week!
We’re very pleased that Mahogany are readying a new featured video for their upcoming SXSW performance! If you didn’t catch the new American Apparel mini-doc featuring an all-Mahogany soundtrack, click HERE!
More on this later, but check out this upcoming ambient/gaze/drone/experimental monthly in Chicago, hosted by Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing): DIVERGENT INTEREST.
The first one is Thursday, March 7 at the Burlington, event info HERE!
Upcoming Modernist Witch column, to be published in March’s MRR.
Since Population returned from tour a little over a week ago (hi, by the way, to everyone I met! Y’all are wonderful!), and I am not a person who has or has ever had a lot of money, and I work in organized labor, I’ve got a lot…
Jess of Population on DIY touring culture and more!
Chicago’s most excellent synth-gaze duo, New Canyons, play at The Empty Bottle in Chicago tonight (1/31), with some of our good friends. This will be a GREAT show, folks!
Speaking of… the new Notes & Bolts Podcast features Andrew Marrah and Adam Stilson of New Canyons, “talking synthesizers, drum machines, and why Nine Inch Nail’s The Fragile is totally worth yr time.” !!!
You can listen to this episode in one easy stream RIGHT HERE!
Bigger news: New Canyons are FINISHED with their upcoming “Everyone is Dark” full-length and it will be going to press very soon. Release date TBA!
New AA mini-doc features an all-Mahogany soundtrack!!
Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, lovesliescrushing), Coins, Pink Frost & DJ Peroxide at Saki Records! It’s an Epitonic Sound Session AND the release party for Pink Frost’s new single on Notes & Bolts Records… startin’ up at 4pm SHARP, and it’s free!
Our big Pink Frost announcement HERE
PINK FROST: The Announcement.
We are happy to not only announce a most excellent partnership with Notes & Bolts for an upcoming dual/split release, but also that this dual/split release (the first of many) is for awesome Chicago gazey psychedelic rock heavyweights PINK FROST (formerly Apteka)!
Following a cassette release of their “Gargoyle Days” album and a brand new 7″ single (both on Notes & Bolts), the two Chicago labels will be joining forces to release the vinyl LP version of Pink Frost’s highly anticipated upcoming album, due out this spring/early summer!
Here are some kind words on the Frost from the Tribune and the Chicagoist:
“This quartet builds an expressway to your skull in the grand tradition of Sonic Youth, Spiritualized and other guitar armies. On its first full-length album, Apteka luxuriates in the sound and physicality of humming amplifiers, but crucially, the band doesn’t forget the songs.” -Chicago Tribune
“Apteka creates aggressive music you can hum along to. They don’t quite fit in any easy categorization. The guitars shred and burn as they build up a trembling wall of sound that would enter shoegaze territory were it not so insistent on driving forward instead of draping easily over you. The drums and bass create a rock solid base of support without ever resorting to an easily followed rhythm…. But again, there’s a surprising accessibility to this music and we think the point of entry there is probably through the band’s appropriation of melodies that please instead of scare. These are songs that, no matter how much they make your skin want to melt into a puddle at your feet you can still hum along to.” -Chicagoist
Pink Frost on Facebook
Pink Frost on Bandcamp
Pink Frost on Twitter
Pink Frost video for “Where Days Go” at Impose Magazine HERE
Pink Frost “Gargoyle Days” cassette release on Notes & Bolts
Pink Frost NEW 7″ single release info Notes & Bolts info
Pink Frost will be playing a release show/Epitonic Session for their new N&B single at Saki Records, this Saturday (1/25). Opening will the Coins and BLVD-family member Scott Cortez (Astrobrite) PLUS in-between and after music from DJ Peroxide! More information HERE.
TONIGHT (Thursday, 1/24/13), the Blizzard Babies play at the Burlington! It’s an Enchanted Evening Prom, with Bike Cops and Warsaw Vices!
Which is tonight, Chicago (1/10/12, Thursday), at The Empty Bottle, 9:30pm, FREE WITH RSVP!
1. Fake Limbs’ debut Bottle show.
2. FL & Blast ‘Mat tracks featured on the new One Kind Radio podcast in anticipation of tonight’s show!
3. It’s a TimeOut Chicago Critics’ Pick… TWICE!! Here, they say:
Uncomfortable as it may sound, it’s all spectacle. Sowley’s over-the-top ferocity and warpath vocals are really a sly wink at masculine bluster, which the band does its best to mock on Man Feelings, its debut for local label BLVD Records.
4. And HERE, they say (this made it into the MAGAZINE OMG):
The LP is a case study in how to make relatively tame subject matter sound menacing as Sowley rages about the indecency of Internet trolls, frat guy machismo and workplace gripes, all without sounding whiny.
The influence of the Jesus Lizard looms large over Fake Limbs, and Sowley’s unhinged yelps and deep-seated David Yow–isms often seem like outright tribute, but the foursome owes nearly as much to tongue-in-cheek pummelers like Rye Coalition. Guitarist Bryan Gleason breaks glammy, blues-rock riffs into angular shards, while bassist Mat Biscan and drummer Nick Smalkowski, the former rhythm section for Builder/Destroyer, heave back and forth between lumbering ’70s hard-rock grooves and jagged noise-punk. It’s mostly, if not all, bravado, but in that sense the band is simply carrying the pigfuck tradition forward.
5. This show kicks off Fake Limbs’ mini-Wisconsin tour!!!!!!! Milwaukee/Madison info:
Friday, 1/11: Cactus Club, Milwaukee w/Nonagon, Body Futures, Disguised as Birds
*event info: http://cactusclub.dostuff.info/event/1205799
Saturday, 1/12: Dragonfly Lounge, Madison w/Stnnng, Tyranny is Distance
*event info: http://www.thedailypage.com/theguide/details.php?event=295562
6. Blasted Diplomats! Playing too! BLVD family!
7. Remember when Fake Limbs (guitarist Bryan) were interviewed for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE recently?