Chicago’s Kid, You’ll Move Mountains are doing more than a few things right. The band’s 2009 release Loomings was named Best Chicago Release by Red Eye Chicago, which is no small feat, considering last year had a lot to offer the city’s music scene. It’s easy to hear why, as Loomings is one of the rarer kinds of records: playable from start to finish, substantial but not bloated, varied but cohesive. The group has more than a few factors on its side: Andrew and Nate Lanthrum, the outfit’s bassist and drummer, respectively, served time with Chicago’s now-defunct Troubled Hubble, while guitarist Corey Wills still logs in hours with another hometown act, Inspector Owl. All of which explains the experienced sound in KYMM’s rhythm section, producing charged-up guitar riffs that swirl out of lulls, belying a tinge of anxiety (“I’m A Song From The Sixties”) one minute, while elsewhere drawing upon ’90s college rock aesthetics in “New Blood” and laying a healthy foundation of fuzz under “No Applause.” But the band’s real secret weapon is the alternating and overlapping male/female vocals of dual singers Jim Hanke and Nina Lanthrum, providing an undeniable pop layer to the group’s alt-influenced rock sound. With outfits like The Reputation and Holy Roman Empire out of commission, Chicago is overdue for another distinctive female vocalist, and Lanthrum steps up on Loomings, sounding effortless in the process.
Equally impressive is the band’s marketing push for its headlining performance tonight at Metro. Through the end of today (Jan. 2nd), Kid, You’ll Move Mountains and the bill’s support acts are offering free downloads of each group’s full length efforts. The site also provides a printable flyer (also posted at the top of this entry), offering free admission before 9PM to tonight’s event. For those on the fence about checking out new music or paying for concerts, the promotion takes the risk out of both, offering recorded and live music at no charge to the listener. For a preview of the band in a live setting, check out the performance clips below, courtesy of the consistently enjoyable No, THIS Is What I Call Music podcast series.
BEFORE THE FESTIVAL
Lollapalooza Pre-Party Live Event Review At A.V. Chicago Featuring Yello Fever, Moneypenny, He Say, She Say, Dark Wave Disco and Flosstradamus.
Local 101 on Q101′s Lollapalooza Pre-Show Featuring Rise Against, Hey Champ, Dark Wave Disco, and The Hood Internet (YouSendIt File Link)
AT THE FESTIVAL
Lollapalooza Review At Illinois Entertainer Featuring White Lies, Dark Wave Disco, Hollywood Holt w/ Million Dollar Mano, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Coheed & Cambria, Tool, The Hood Internet, and Passion Pit
Local 101′s Backstage Interviews With Lollapalooza 2009′s Chicago talent, including:
(click the link for YouSendIt download pages)
PRE-PARTIES AND AFTER-SHOWS
Thursday, August 6
Pete Yorn at the W Hotel
Friday, August 7
Lykke Li at Bottom Lounge
Saturday, August 8
The Gaslight Anthem at Double Door
Sunday, August 9
Them Crooked Vultures at Metro
Live blogging from the festival @ Illinois Entertainer’s Lolla Live Blog
Pre/Post-Show/Party coverage @ SPIN Earth
Live interviews with Lolla’s Chicago talent @ Local 101 on Twitter
General updates from the festival/interviews/after-events in real time Jaime Black on Twitter
Chicago’s Heaven Seventies guest this week on the premiere edition of the ChicagoverseuniteD audio podcast. The H70′s, a group that bounce between introspective, digital ballads, upbeat dance-pop, and sleazy club bangers, hit Metro this Saturday, July 25th. Check out the link below to hear about the band’s new single “I Wanna Fuck (All Night Long)”, ecstasy, and why frontman Loren Jan Wilson doesn’t call back the girls he meets at the clubs.
ChicagoverseuniteD Episode One: The Heaven Seventies (YSI Link – Click To Be Taken To Download)
Below, check out an acoustic version of the band’s song “In the Morning Light”.
To hear more from the group, head to the H70′s MySpace page. And get in free this Saturday at the Metro before 9 with the flier below!
My review of the recent Fountains Of Wayne “full-band acoustic” show is up now at The Onion’s
Chicago Decider website.
6:45: The Fold
Check out their Faster Still at their MySpace. They have new material in the pipeline, and it ABSOLUTELY BLOWS ME AWAY!
Cavashawn will be celebrating their CD release for their second album, Cavashawn (The White EP). One of the hardest working young bands in the city! Catch them early on here!
Lasalle Power Co.
10pm: The Felix Culpa
The Felix Culpa released one of my favorite EP’s of the year so far. The best part? It’s available at their MySpace as a pay-what-you-want download! No excuse not to give it a listen!
Brooding, orchestral, sweeping, epic — The Lifeline play big music that’s nothing short of regal. This is going to be the place to shut down the night!
If you haven’t heard Snowsera, you have no excuse. Not one but both of their EP’s are available at their MySpace as free downloads! Quality Chicago guitar-pop.
Shut the night down with absolutely massive party pop-rock with plenty of crunch!
Then, the next day, I’ll be hitting the following all day panels.
MOBFEST 2009 INDUSTRY PANELS:
RECORD LABELS (Major Vs Indie) – 2:00PM
Carter Adams • Windish Agency
Roger Jansen • KMA Management
Thomas Scriven • Total Assault
Dan Freidman • Entertainment Lawyer
Paula Moore • Treadstone Music
Dixie Tipton • Epic Records
DIY – 3:30PM
Damon Atkinson • Tour Manager
David Silbaugh • Summerfest
Jason Silberman • ASCAP
David McGilvray • Island/DefJam
Baron Harper • JMA
Bert Landry • Uppercut Management
Martin Atkins • Invisible Records
MEDIA AND EXPOSURE – 5:00PM
Barry O’Connell • VerveLife
Adam Koscielski • MTVU
Jerry Bryant • JBTV
Sarah Gallenburger • Banshee
Chuck Bein • Leo Burnett/Jira Productions
Jason Rudolph • Heavy Hitter
Chris Payne • Q101
Leah Jones • Natiiv
Two new articles up at SmashingPumpkins.com, both looking back at the earliest years of the band’s press.
My two-part interview with Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Filter) is up now @ SmashingPumpkins.com.
In part one of the interview, Matt talks about his time in Chicago bands Cupcakes, Ashtar Command, Beautiful Assassins, and Impossible Recording Machine.
In the second half of the feature, Matt discusses his current project, The MDR (Most Dangerous Race), and Billy Corgan’s involvement with the group.
During winter 2006, I hosted and DJ’d the music industry DJ night The Rock Party @ Chicago’s Lakeview Broadcasting Company. Guest DJ’s included Greg Corner from Kill Hannah (bottom image), as well as members of Plain White T’s and The Academy Is… who each made The Rock Party their after-party following hometown performances.
Sample Playlist From 1/17/07
smashing pumpkins – heavy metal machine
local h – keep your girlfriend away from me
the clash – train in vain
kaiser chiefs – i predict a riot
cold war kids – hang me out to dry
love & rockets – so alive
assassins – always wanting what you ain’t got
echo & the bunnymen – the killing moon
atmosphere – watch out
marilyn manson – i don’t like the drugs
the faint – worked up so sexual
n*e*r*d – stay together
alkaline trio – every thug needs a lady
taking back sunday – liar
Bloc Party – Banquet (The Streets Mix)
shiny toy guns – rainy monday
at the drive in – one armed scissor
misfits – where eagles dare
fall out boy – grand theft autumn/where is your boy
dramarama – anything, anything (i’ll give you)
the killers – read my mind
gwen – wind it up
NIN – terrible lie (live)
death from above 1979 – black history month (sammy danger remix)
the blood bros. – love rhymes with hideous car wreck
thursday – division st.
airiel – cinnamon
MCR – the black parade
say anything – wow, i can get sexual, too
violent femmes – do you really want to hurt me?
rise against – any way you want it
panic! @ the disco – the only difference between martyrdom and suicide is press coverage (tommie sunshine brooklyn fire remix)
the smiths – how soon is now?
the assembly – never even true
the arcade fire – black mirror
death cab – sound of settling
hold steady – chips ahoy
modest mouse – ocean breathes salty
bloc party – waiting for the 7.18
muse – starlight
MSI – straight to video (the birthday party remix)
ministry – lay lady lay
cities – writing’s on the wall (ladytron remix)
michael hutchence & bono – slide away
the afghan whigs – 66
low – california
the good, the bad and the queen – the kingdom
james – laid
the knife – we share our mother’s health (ratatat remix)
QOTSA – songs for the deaf
thrice – all that’s left
snow patrol – hands open
Smashing Pumpkins – Silverfuck