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Netherfriends Celebrate The Season With ‘Netherfriends Does Summer’ Mixes

Posted in Netherfriends by Jaime Black on May 22nd, 2012


(Photo via Glenn Ross)

Just in time for warmer weather, Netherfriends have posted two entries in a new seasonal mix series. Entitled Netherfriends Does Summer, the mixes come in advance of the Netherfriends Does Summer DJ set event, June 8th at The Whistler. Find those mixes below, followed by their tracklists.

Netherfriends – Netherfriends Does Summer (Pt.1)
The Drifters- Under the Boardwalk
Lupe Fiasco-Kick, Push
Billie Holiday (Organica Remix)- Summertime

Netherfriends - Netherfriends Does Summer (Pt.2)
The Isley Brothers- Summer Breeze
Will Smith- Summertime
The Beach Boys- Summer Means New Love

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Netherfriends Score Baraka With Loyal Divide Remix, Loyal Divide Work Out New Song

Posted in Loyal Divide,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on April 25th, 2012

Loyal Divide

Loyal Divide‘s Vision / Revision effort posted earlier this month, and with it, a remix treatment for the track from fellow psych-pop Chicago act and Kilo Records labelmate Netherfriends. But the compilation isn’t the only place the remix appears, as Netherfriends have included their “Vision Vision” treatment in part three of the act’s effort to score 1992 Ron Fricke film Baraka, as first seen in the Netherfriends does Baraka effort. Get lost in the world in that reinterpreted footage below.

In other Loyal Divide news, Ohio’s Electraplay Studios has posted a video of the group performing a new song entitled “MDLD” in the studio. The track finds Loyal Divide frontman Adam Johnson snarling about loving living in America in a tense rocker of a track. Check out that new song in the clip below.

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Loyal Divide Post ‘Vision / Revision’ Remix Effort, Featuring Treatments From Netherfriends, BBU, And More

Posted in BBU,Loyal Divide,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on April 13th, 2012


Earlier this year, CVU premiered a live EP and video from Loyal Divide, in advance of the group’s Vision / Revision remix effort. Now, that collection has posted online, featuring talent like Chicago’s own BBU and Netherfriends putting their own spin on the group’s uneasy anthem, “Vision Vision.” Preview the expansive and comprehensive Vision / Revision project below, and catch Loyal Divide live April 21st at Bottom Lounge.

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Netherfriends Perform ’50 Songs 50 States’ Cuts Atop A St. Louis Hotel

Posted in Netherfriends by Jaime Black on March 5th, 2012

(Photo via Jules Ameel)

Two new Netherfriends live clips have hit the web, via Do314. The clips find Netherfriends’ Shawn Rosenblatt performing atop a hotel rooftop in St. Louis last month. Watch live performances of “Bloomington, IN” and “St. Louis,” complete with “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” tease, below, followed by Rosenblatt’s recent CVU podcast interview in support of Middle America. And find Netherfriends tour dates, including SXSW performances, at the act’s site.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Netherfriends!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Cover Story Series,Dynasty Podcasts,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on February 13th, 2012


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Shawn Rosenblatt of Netherfriends! In an interview recorded at the The Empty Bottle prior to the artist’s recent show there, Rosenblatt reflects on his touring experiences over the last year, fully committing to his 50 Songs 50 States recording project, and why he can’t retire from touring and live a traditional lifestyle just yet. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a full stream of Middle America and a promo video for the effort.

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

Middle America

Netherfriends Stream ‘Middle America’ Online, Play Empty Bottle This Friday, February 10th

Posted in Netherfriends by Jaime Black on February 7th, 2012


Middle America, the new Netherfriends album that dropped today, has been posted as a stream (see below) and a $5.99 purchase on iTunes, where the record comes with digital content relating to each track. The effort is the first full length entry in the act’s 50 Songs 50 States project, wherein Shawn Rosenblatt wrote and recorded a song in each state.

Stream Middle America in full below, following by Rosenblatt’s CVU podcast interview recorded at SXSW in spring of 2011, wherein the artist weighs in on the 50 Songs 50 States project, and followed by a video trailer for the album. And catch Netherfriends live at The Empty Bottle this Friday, February 10th (tix), along with Secret Colours and Vamos, where Rosenblatt will record a new CVU podcast interview, set to post next week.

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The CVU 2012 Forecast: Netherfriends!

Posted in CVU 2012 Forecast,Netherfriends by Jaime Black on January 7th, 2012

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Netherfriends!


Though plenty of acts can lay claim to a productive 2011, few artists proved as ambitious as Shawn Rosenblatt, under the title of his Netherfriends operation. The last year saw Rosenblatt complete his 50 Songs 50 State undertaking, a project that saw the artist write and record a song in every state across the span of 2011, in addition to performing in all 50 states. As if that weren’t enough, Rosenblatt released a series of Netherfriends efforts, including Alap, Netherfriends Does Nilsson, Netherfriends Does Baraka, and Angry East Coast, the first installment in the 50 Songs 50 State release series. The year also saw Netherfriends signing with Kilo Records and touring Europe throughout November and December.

Now, Netherfriends are looking towards the Kilo release of Middle America, a release comprised of the initial 12 songs from the 50 Songs 50 States project. The effort will see release digitally, complete with limited run wooden postcards, on February 7th, though the release is currently available now as a cassette via Plus Tapes. The act will also release an effort titled Sun Belt in 2012, though no further details are available yet. Speaking to CVU about the sound of new Netherfriends music, Rosenblatt replied “I have no idea. I perform solo with 2 loop pedals now and (am) trying to record an album in the same way.”

As for other plans for 2012, the artist had a few more details to share. “Tour forever. Tour Europe again in the summer. Finish as much music as possible. Work on a new sample album (see Netherfriends Does Nilsson). It’s a tie between Netherfriends on Glass (Phillip Glass sample album) or Netherfriends does The Chronic (Dr. Dre sample album).”

Catch Netherfriends live on Friday, February 10th at Empty Bottle for the Middle America release show. And find a video trailer for Middle America below, immediately following Rosenblatt’s CVU podcast in support of 50 Songs 50 States, recorded this past March at SXSW.

Middle America
(Additional reporting by Jessica Rose for CVU)

Netherfriends Look Towards ‘Middle America’ On Next Release, Drop “Full Of It” Remix Feat. Show You Suck

Posted in Netherfriends,Show You Suck by Jaime Black on November 7th, 2011

Netherfriends & Show You Suck

It’s never not a busy time for Shawn Rosenblatt’s Netherfriends project, and right now is no exception. First up, the act has signed with local label Kilo Records, joining the likes of Loyal Divide, The Loneliest Monk, and Stephen Paul Smoker. Kilo will release Netherfriends’ forthcoming Middle America album, comprised of the first 12 songs off the act’s ambitious 50 Songs 50 States effort, which collects one song written and recorded in each state over this last year. Middle America will be available digitally via Kilo on February 7th of next year, but the effort is already available as a cassette via Plustapes.

Also available from now from Netherfriends is a remix of the act’s track “Full Of It,” the original of which can be found on the act’s recent Netherfriends Does Nilsson collection. The funk-laden treatment features Chicago MC Show You Suck, and can be downloaded by tweeting the following message:

Go download “Full Of It” by @Netherfriends feat. @ShowYouSuck right now! via @Kilo_Records

For more from Show You Suck, download his latest EP Pentagrams In Bathrooms for free here, and watch the video for the rapper’s “Clam Chowder Soup” cut below.

Netherfriends Sample Harry Nilsson On New Six Song Effort

Posted in Netherfriends by Jaime Black on September 12th, 2011


Netherfriends, the art-rock project of musical mad scientist Shawn Rosenblatt, have released a new project titled Netherfriends Does Nilsson. The experimental six song effort, which finds the act creating new compositions out of Harry Nilsson samples, is available for free download via the group’s Bandcamp page. Find the album’s offerings “Nobody’s Talking” and “Give UP” below, and catch Netherfriends later this month on September 26th at Streetside Bar.

Netherfriends Does Nilsson

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WBEZ Posts Live In-Studio Performance From Netherfriends

Posted in Netherfriends by Jaime Black on July 1st, 2011


Chicago’s WBEZ has posted a live clip of nomadic musician Shawn Rosenblatt performing the track “I’m Gonna Start” by his Netherfriends project. The mellow indie pop offering originally appears on the act’s 2010 effort, Barry And Sherry. The video was shot at WBEZ back in January of this year, and can be viewed below.

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