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August 2010
"So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite

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.

No Better

White Car has been generating a fair amount of buzz for a while now, and finally we will be able to get their new ep No Better on August 31st. The ep will be released digitally and on limited 12” numbered vinyl by Hippos in Tanks. The ep finds Elon Katz and his counterpart Orion Martin in top form bringing their distinctive brand of dark electro-funk. You can feel the influence of growing up in a city that was home to Wax Trax, but their also feels so fresh and creative. There is a level of darkness in these tracks, but it feels a little tongue-in-cheek.

This is the follow up to the band’s self-titled debut ep which was released in February. The band will be at Pilsen Music Festival on July 31st. They will also be performing at Empty Bottle on Aug. 1st, and the official record release show will be at The Hideout on August 6th.


Secret Handshakes

When I was in high school, yes it was a while ago, Q101’s local 101 was can’t miss radio. I would record (on to tape) every episode and insert these great Chicago bands into the mixtapes I would love to make for everyone. The song from Tub Ring that made many of my mixes was their cover of The Carpenters’ “Close To You” which appeared on their 1993 album Music From The Bathroom. It is still my favorite cover of that song to this day.

Well, Tub Ring is back with their first release in three years, Secret Handshakes. The album will be released on August 31st by The End Records, and it features fourteen new and energy packed tracks. The group recorded the 14-tracks on Secret Handshakes at Chicago's Electrical Audio and at keyboardist Rob Kleiner's own Studio Edison, with Kleiner doing double duty as producer.

Tub Ring will headline a special record release show on Saturday, August 28 at Subterranean.



The San Antonio based small press Kendra Steiner Editions is branching out into the realm of recorded music and one of their first three sonic releases just happens to be the new album from Plastic Crimewave. The album is called string/soul/eye and features five new ambient tracks. Although just five tracks the album spans over 50 minutes in length. The album is a perfect meditation on sound and allows the listen to search through the various layers that Sir Plastic Crimewave creates. Built mainly on guitar, banjo, & raagini, this album is filled with texture and soul. When you take in the catalog of Plastic Crimewave as a whole, this is a fine and expected addition. The release is on cd only and is printed in an addition of 100.


Sheffield Garden Walk

Last weekend Pitchfork Music Festival may have been what everyone was talking about, but there was actually another festival taking place at the same time. Sheffield Garden Walk attracted some quality local bands and their fans. We sent Bonnie Stiernberg to check it out and report back on what she found. You can read her full report here.


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