Artist of the Month

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February 2016
Jo Kusy
"You Break Me
Jo Kusy (Far-Out Fangtooth, The Whips) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, You Break Me. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on February 12 via Kusy’s own imprint Kooze Kontrol.
The album’s opener “Long Gone Angel” establishes the LP’s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of “Only a Night,” coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky “All Go To Heaven,” Kusy proclaims, “Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim…”
“Before You Opened Your Mouth” shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - “Old people acting young, it’s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid…” “Ghost Funk Lesson” drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while “1st Place (But They Told Me 5th) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. “All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.”
With its sinister stir, “New Devil Beat” perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and “Cherry Pickin’ Baby” rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, “Silk Paradise” gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track “You Break Me,” the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.
You Break Me is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It’s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. - Michael Colavita

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The Kickback

The Kickback has released a video for their track "Sting's Teacher Years". The song is taken from their recent debut album Sorry All Over The Place.


Bloodshot Six Pack to Go

Local label Bloodshot Records announced last week that they will be releasing a six pack of 7" single on December 4th. These singles are themed around drinking songs for the working class. Now that the label has turned 21 they are celebrating in the way you would imagine, by drinking!

The collection features six 7" singles featuring songs by Deer Tick, Elizabeth Cook, Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Bobby Bare Jr, Dale Watson, Al Sorch, Joe Pug, and more. The first 500 copies sold will also feature a 7th single featuring Chicago's Devil in a Woodpile and Tijuana Hercules. Preorder here.


Chicken Pop Pie

I don't know a lot about Chicken Pop Pie. I know they recently released a single called "It's a Beautiful Day and We're All Stupid" via Grandpa Bay, and that the b-side to that single, "Fruit Cat", is featured in the wild video below. I know that I really enjoy both tracks and that the first names of the band members are Nate, Rachel, Zach, Teresa, and Ben. Other than that Chicken Pop Pie is a mystery.



12th is the work of Aaron Viland and friends. He recently released his latest full-length album The Stone, The Blood, and Other Twelfth-Told Tales. 12th has expanded beyond bedroom recordings and creates complex psych-pop will an intimate feel.

You can catch 12th at The House Cafe in Dekalb with Night Witch, Jackie Islands, and Oliver Kiss on November 28th.


Glad Rags

Glad Rags is the trio of Matt Norris, Ben Karas, and Corey Anderson. Together they create a sound that combines jazz, psych pop, and dream pop. They recently released a video for the lead single, "Jane Goodall", from their forthcoming self-titled LP. The album will be released via Grandpa Bay on November 30th.

You can catch Glad Rags at The Dollhouse on Nov. 20th and at Empty Bottle on Nov. 30th with The Bribes, Bleach Party, and Pony Show.



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