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Justine

A couple of weeks ago we brought you the news of the new album from Unicycle Loves You, Mirror Mirror being released this September. Now we have a track from that album called “Justine”. The video for “Justine” was released a year ago and was directed by Athony Dixon.

The release of Mirror Mirror will be celebrated at Schubas on Sept. 11th with The Nurse’s Novels and Village.

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From our Open Blog: Loose Lips Sink Ships / Victor Villarreal

Chicago indie rock veteran/guitar virtuoso Victor Villarreal (Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka) and DeKalb, IL's math rock wunderkids Loose Lips Sink Ships are gearing up for the pressing of a split 7" record, entitled Eating Happens. The record is set for release August 27th on Chicago newcomers Whaleplane Records. Eating Happens is Villarreal's second release under his own name (the first being 2009's Alive), and is Loose Lips Sink Ships' second 7" record on Whaleplane, a label that got its start in the college town of Fredonia, NY. The record features a track from each artist, Loose Lips contribute the knotty, spastic "Sarah Palin's Parasailing" and Victor offers up a fingerpicked folk song entitled "Prophesying Hypothesis." The record is a limited edition item (just 500 hand numbered copies are to be released this August) and is available for preorder now.

Preordering the record not only includes immediate download of this album, it also ensures that it will be shipped out before the release date. A free stream of both tracks is available, as well, at Loose Lips' webstore.

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La Scala

Last week La Scala released their new ep The Last Carousel by performing at Empty Bottle. The EP was recorded at Stereophonic Studios by Marshall Terry in April of 2010 and was mixed by Balthazar de Ley at Audio Bordello. It mixes traditional indie rock with a flair for the dramatic. The band has that cabaret style that bands like My Gold Mask and The Loneliest Monk are perfecting. You can stream the ep and purchase the vinyl 12” here.

Speaking of My Gold Mask you can download the track that Gretta Rochelle of My Gold Mask performed with La Scala here. It is a cover of "Tu Farai" by Mina.

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Chandeliers on Giant System

The latest video from Giant System TV features the electro sounds of Chandeliers. The band will be performing at Reggie’s on August 8th with Health.

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CD of the Month: Dreamend

When you listen to the music of Black Moth Super Rainbow (BMSR) you can tell that it is the culmination of many different sounds and styles. The release recently by Tobacco provided an explanation of the darker and more electronic elements in the sound. Now comes the latest released from band member (and the only Chicago-based member) Dreamend aka Ryan Graveface. It’s clear while listened through So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite (Graveface Records, 8/10/10) that Ryan supplies the more the folk-ladden, banjo-soaked moments of BMSR. This album is a pure and gentle psychedelic freakout, but it is not without an element of the darkness and derangement that you might expect from BMSR. Complete with bells, guitar, organ, and the humble and honest vocals of Graveface this album is the soundtrack to a campfire attended by zombies and other creatures.

So I Ate Myself Bite by Bite will be released on the 10th by Graveface Records and the LP version will be presented like a phenakistoscope, a classic Victorian animation machine. The LP was designed by William Schaff and will be a sight to behold.

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