Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier talent tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.
-The vinyl release of A Lull‘s forthcoming debut full length Confetti, set to drop April 12th, is now available for pre-order through the Lujo Records Merch Online store.
-And finally, Fake Shore Drive was easily one of the first sites on the web to post Kanye West‘s new video for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout track “All Of The Lights.” For anyone who has yet to catch it, watch the clip below.
Columbia College Record Label AEMMP Returns With New Chompilation Effort, Free Four Act Concert Tomorrow Night
Columbia College record label AEMMP Records are long time supporters of the Chicago music scene. And with the release of the organization’s Chomp, Too compilation happening tomorrow, the young group of upstarts is once again delivering another solid grouping of songs from emerging and established Chicago artists. The current collection features a diverse offering of tracks from an array of quality acts, including “Weapons For War” from A Lull, Secret Colours‘ winding psych cut “Love,” and the instrumental post-rock of An Aesthetic Anaesthetic‘s “I Don’t Want To Sound Like A Dickhole Or Nothin, But God Should Look Like Gandalf.” For a preview of the effort, check out a Britpop-flavored track from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the strong guitar-based pop of Levels below, or stream the entire record before it goes onsale through the AEMMP Records Bandcamp page. And head to Stage 2 at Columbia College, located at 618 S. Michigan Ave, tomorrow, February 17th from 6:00 – 10:00pm for a set of free live performances from AEMMP artists Chaperone (also below, both streaming track and AEMMP interview video), Carbon Tigers, Aetiology, and Katz Company.
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Just in time for the group’s record release event tonight at Schubas, post-rock instrumentalists An Aesthetic Anaesthetic have posted its new EP, Ghosts In The Red Wilderness, through the outfit’s Bandcamp page. The release is currently utilizing a name-your-price model, with the band explaining the release will “be on a pay $0-? scale until March when it will be a sliding scale starting at $3.”
Though nowhere near as heavy or sprawling as fellow hometown instrumental acts like Pelican or Russian Circles, the alliteratively-titled act utilize comparably more succinct song lengths to deliver more immediate impact, especially when stood up to the group’s earlier acoustic efforts. Check out the tumultuous and notably-titled “I Don’t Want to Sound Like a Dickhole or Nothin’, but God Should Look Like Gandalf” and the moderately more mellow “French Press” below, followed by the group’s recent interview with Columbia College record label AEMMP in advance of that organization’s forthcoming Chomp, Too release. Or learn more from the AAA’s CVU 2011 Forecast feature from last month.
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For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: An Aesthetic Anaesthetic!
While Chicago may boast its share of established powerhouse instrumental acts such as Pelican and Russian Circles, neither of those juggernaut acts incorporate lush acoustic elements into their sound or meld smart pop melodies within their post-rock the way Chicago’s An Aesthetic Anaesthetic does. The group released its introductory effort, the folk pop flavored Silence Fiction EP, in early 2010, and is quickly coming up upon the eve of their next release.
“Our newest EP, Ghosts in the Red Wilderness, is actually being released February 14th at Schubas with Unwed Sailor and Mountains for Clouds,” AAA’s Dan Hoefler informs CVU. “We’ll also be releasing our first full length this summer entitled Before the Machinery of Other Skeletons.”
“With this new material, we are attempting to expand the traditional idea of post-rock with its epic builds and mathy breakdowns but giving it our own sense of melody and movement,” the guitarist adds.
To witness An Aesthetic Anaesthetic live, find the group on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, at Schuba’s for the Ghosts in the Red Wilderness EP record release event. The effort will also hit the group’s Bandcamp page, where cuts like “Fortune Animal Cookie” (below) are available for streaming or download, that same day. Or head over to the AAA MySpace page every Monday to hear a new song, including today’s selection, “I Don’t Want To Sound Like a Dickhole or Nothin’, But God Should Look Like Gandalf.”
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