Creative Audio Archive crowdfunding 15-year archive of Chicago’s underground music scene

Creative Audio Archive crowdfunding 15-year archive of Chicago's underground music scene

The Wire is spreading the news about a new crowdfunding initiative to help preserve 15 years worth of sound archives documenting the Chicago underground music scene from 1981 to 1996. Diligently compiled by Malachi Ritscher, a fixture at Chicago shows until his death by self-immolation in 2006 in protest to the war in Iraq, the archives span the breadth of the burgeoning experimental underground in the post-rock haven, from the straight-up noise of Kevin Drumm to the avant-jazz of Ken Vandermark and everything in between. Ritscher was said to have attended an average of five shows a week, a number that makes my knees and ears hurt just thinking about it, recording the shows with a level of quality that lead some of the musicians that he documented to release his recordings as official albums.

Those instances were very rare, though, and that’s why Chicago’s Creative Audio Archive is looking to the people (that’s you) to help raise $5,000 to digitally preserve and archive the most vulnerable of the Ritscher recordings. Donors will get special opportunities to listen to and own the oft-unheard recordings, while the general public will get their opportunity to hear them once the project is complete and a tour of listening stations is set up around the city.

In the general spirit of overzealous online communities contributing way more money than a project needs, let’s all open our wallets so that the Creative Audio Archive has the funds to not only digitally capture some of these recordings, but to convert all of the recordings and to create an online community where they can be listened to and shared, in the spirit of the John Peel archives. The 15 years documented through Ritscher’s recordings represent an incredibly important time and place in American music, and it’d be a shame if the recordings continue to go unheard. Head over to Kickstarter to donate now!

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Nate Young and Drainolith announce joint tour; reconsider your sanity, live and in person!

Occasionally we all have a hard time following our own advice. I keep warning my friends about how dangerous it is to weave in and out of traffic while blasting the Mario Kart Star Power music through the car speakers, but I’ve been known to reenact Mario moments in my own hazardous way. I don’t have immediate access to fireballs, so I walk around in suspenders and throw orange water balloons at people. It’s wrong and I know it, but can you blame me for wanting to live out my fantasies?

Nate Young of Wolf Eyes fame is surely living out his fantasy as an artisan of noise, and for that reason, we shouldn’t harp on the fact that he’s chosen not to Stay Asleep. Instead, he and the equally deranged (though less enveloping [not in a bad way]) Drainolith are doing the veritable opposite: touring the Eastern half of the continent beginning at the end of this month. They’re touring, and they’re each premiering a couple of new tracks with us (stay tuned!!). Clearly they’re awake, but don’t be surprised if their performances live on through your nightmares.

That last line was intentionally cheesy, by the way.

Drainolith and Nate Young dates:

09.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Holy Oak
09.27.12 - Montreal, QC - La Brique *
09.28.12 - Burlington VT - TBA #
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - PACS Gallery 70 %
09.30.12 - Far Rockaway, NY - Red Light District ^
10.02.12 - Baltimore, MD - Tribal Haus &
10.03.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - VIA Music and New Media Festival

* JS Truchy
# 420, Lord Bird
% Sightings, ZS
^ Relax
& Twig Harper, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf

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Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker to release Instrumental Tourist in November; fanboys everywhere start fappin’ furiously, fangirls watch

I imagine that when an action movie fanatic got word of the release of the film The Expendables, he performed a series of behaviors along the lines of shitting his pants and giggling uncontrollably while frantically blogging about it with shaky, sweaty fingers, clumsily avalanching onto the keypad. Well, such is my reaction when I learned that Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) are co-curating a series of collaborative free jazz and electronic albums, titled SSTUDIOS, on Lopatin’s own Software imprint on Mexican Summer, with the first release being a collaboration between Lopatin and drone god Tim Hecker.

Hecker and Lopatin’s album, titled Instrumental Tourist, is out November 20 on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. The press release states that the two performers used techniques “of jazz-based improvisation, with little preparation prior” and transcended “their respective visions by agreeing to a new language.” Listen to “Uptown Psychedelia” over at the Chocolate Grinder right now or as soon as it’s convenient for you.

Daniel Lopatin. C. Spencer Yeh. Tim Hecker. This many big names on one project is my star-studded action film. This is my CGI-heavy blockbuster.

Instrumental Tourist tracklist:

01. Uptown Psychedelia
02. Scene From a French Zoo
03. Vacinnation For Thomas Mann
04. Instrusions
05. Whole Earth Tascam
06. GRM Blue II
07. GRM Blue III
08. Racist Drone
09. Grey Geisha
10. Instrumental Tourist
11. Ritual For Consumption
12. Vaccination

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Eeliks:en (a 7-year-old) to release debut album on Fonal, requests that all royalties be paid in the form of fish sticks

Waaaait a second. When I was 7 years old, I was wholly preoccupied with learning cursive, eating Chicken McNuggets, and trying to decide whether girls were worthwhile company. I can’t say for sure when it was that music entered the purview of my interests, but I’m almost positive it wasn’t before middle school. And even then, I spent a genuinely embarrassing amount of time listening to atrocious stuff, like Puff Daddy & The Family.

So what, right? It’s hard not to be a young’n and have horrible taste. Perhaps I should qualify that: it’s hard not to be an American young’n and have horrible taste — at least one Finnish 7-year-old is putting us to shame by releasing an album on on the hip, experimental, folk-ish label Fonal, suggesting that Scandinavians have a bit more going for them than just their superior quality of life and breathtaking attractiveness. They’re apparently endowed with kick-ass musical instincts as well.

The 7-year-old Finn in question is Eelis Mikael Salminen a.k.a. Eeliks:en, and on October 29, he’s releasing his debut album Suutre Teiter. After a reportedly failed attempt at recording the album on his iPhone, Eeliks:en was persuaded to continue the project by his dad. Eelinks:en describes his music as a “mix between electronic and dance music,” garnished further with lyrics straight out of a gibberish dictionary. Check out the title track below, and try not to feel unaccomplished while reminiscing about your primary school days.

Suutre Teiter tracklisting:

01. Prodeen
02. Huonoin biisi
03. Monilaulu
04. Musa komppi
05. Suutre teiter
06. You stye a back in row
07. Bob is theare
08. Niilon rassel rossel
09. ppr
10. vika
11. eelisniilonnopeemusakomppi
12. Nopee musa k,o,m,p,p,i,_-
13. eka
14. tittidi tidi tu tuu tuu
15. The inj
16. Meiksent more
17. nopee musa k,o,m,p,p,i, nu
18. Rauhallinen rockkkkkkkk-
19. tin tin the tin tin
20. Rokc pläjäys
21. year2011
22. feat Nipi
23. _)
24. Zitak zikitak oo oo
25. Niilon yskilaululu
26. Oskarin äp äp
27. 299_n tahtista musaa
28. titititititititititi
29. Nopein Eeliksen seka rock rap hiphop
30. Hello for Kalle
31. Nipin eka hitti
32. Sienan eka musiikki komp_pi
33. Dj dj and dj

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Erykah Badu teams up with Brooklyn Philharmonic for coolest orchestral season of all time

Did you play in Orchestra or Band as a kid? (Don’t deny it. Scientific research shows that 85% of indie music fans were in some form of embarrassing high school musical ensemble. Or Speech. You were all in Speech.) Does Orchestra/Band still conjure up memories of screeching cat noises? Teen girls in awkward 90s all-black Sister Wives-lookin’ dresses? The creepy orchestra conductor who idolized the 16-year-old first chair cellist? If so, you better check yourself. Because the Brooklyn Philharmonic is revolutionizing the way audiences think about symphonic music and they’re doing it like WHOA.

Last season, the Brooklyn Phil teamed up with Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def). This year, they’re working with Artist-in-Residence Ms. Erykah Badu as part of their Bed-Stuy series, where they expect to premiere arrangements of songs from New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War and other works. But that’s just part of the season: the Brooklyn Phil will also be holding an orchestra concert, chamber concert, family workshop, and neighborhood tour, all influenced by the local culture of Bed-Stuy, Brighton Beach, and Downtown Brooklyn, respectively. Other events include collabos with famous authors, performances of legendary works of film music, and rarely-performed Russian works.

More info is available at the Brooklyn Philharmonic website.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart cover Magnetic Fields, East River Pipe for new single, tour Europe, still refuse to change band name

Quick! Your band is about to tour Europe for a while and you haven’t released an album since last year! What DO you do??? If you’re The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, you crank out a new 7-inch of some classic American cover songs, that’s what. USA! USA!

The Pains’ new single features one of the most patriotic Magnetic Fields tunes EVER, “Jeremy,” on the A-side, and East River Pipe’s red, white, and blue-bleeding “My Life is Wrong” on the B-side. Now get out there and show ‘em what American music is made of, Pains! (Okay, so maybe there’s really nothing quintessentially American about either of these songs… but hey, I did just LIE to you! And lying is pretty American, right?)

The single will be released on October 10 via Slumberland. It was recorded this past June at Rare Book Room, and “Jeremy” is currently streaming at the Pains fan-Tumblr thing here. Speaking of her long-time love of all-fields-magnetic, “The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why - just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.” See? There you have it. Jeremy has spoken. Oh shit. I’m not even thinking of the right song, am I?

The Pains of being on the road a lot sometimes:

10.14.12 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
10.15.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
10.16.12 - London, UK - Dingwalls
10.18.12 - Nantes, France - Stereolux
10.19.12 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
10.20.12 - Metz, France - La Chapelle Des Trinitaires
10.21.12 - Lyon, France - L’Épicerie Moderne
10.23.12 - Turin, Italy - Astoria City
10.24.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
10.26.12 - Bologna Bo, Italy - Covo Club
10.27.12 - Padova, Italy - Looop
10.29.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Mascotte Club
10.30.12 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
10.31.12 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
11.01.12 - Linz, Austria - Ahoi! pop 2012
11.03.12 - Augsburg, Germany - Musikkantine
11.04.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
11.05.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
11.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
11.07.12 - Tann, Germany - Aarhaus Atlas
11.08.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.09.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
11.10.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11.12.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Kojaamo

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