SAPAT, PETE NOLAN (of Magik Markers), and ZACHARY CALE at NACHBAR, Thursday, September 3rd – FREE! FINAL SHOW!

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

SAPAT

PETE NOLAN

ZACHARY CALE

Thursday, September 3rd
at NACHBAR

969 Charles Street (at the corner of Charles and Krieger)
10 PM, 21-and-over
FREE!
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Spawned from the formidable Louisville, Kentucky collective known as Black Velvet Fuckere, SAPAT resides as the centrifugal force in this Midwestern psychedelic madrigal set in the psychosexual backwaters of the mighty Ohio River. For the entirety of the ‘00 decade, members have kept busy collaborating with and/or massaging the egos of various and sundry avant-pontiffs such as Robert Fripp, Magik Markers, Dead Child and Eugene Chadbourne – when not honing the orgone energy of SAPAT. Their most recent LP, A Posthuman Guide to the Advent Calendar Origins of the Peep Show, was released last fall on Sophomore Lounge Records.

PETE NOLAN has been a figure in the U.S. underground basement psych scene for the past two decades. A co-founder of legendary noise-rock outfit Magik Markers (with whom he’s amassed over 50 releases), Nolan has collaborated with the likes of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (who serves as drummer for his long-running Spectre Folk project), Jandek, J. Mascis, John Olson, Randy “Lee” Sutherland, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Elisa Ambrogio, Double Leopards, Son of Earth, Julie Cafritz, Kris Abplanalp (as Virgin Eye Blood Brothers), Brian Ramirez, Steve Gunn, Aaron Mullan, Mick Flower, Ashtray Navigations, Kim Gordon, and Mark Ibold. Taking cues from time spent in pro studios with the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Scott Colburn, and Aaron Mullan but never straying too far from his base as a sound collage artist, Nolan wrote, recorded, and mixed his new album, the first under his name, Easy at home with the assistance of his wife, Julie. If you listen closely, you can hear Nolan electrocuting Mark E. Smith mid-performance and enslaving the Clean, making them play the funky drummer for days and days while Eno whirls his Revox in stormy guilt ridden dreams. But don’t be scared off, that’s just the process. The big payback of Easy is a joyful exaltation of life, freedom, mind-expansion, and love. It’s the long way around to a simplified meaning, it’s the goal achieved in the describing, it’s an invitation to get up and dance… it’s Easy.

ZACHARY CALE has been releasing records under his own name for just shy of a decade. Duskland, the title of his latest record, is a work of craftsmanship full of elegant lyricism and mysterious imagery; a collection of songs that look directly into the face of darkness yet drive beyond it, forging new paths. Taking cues from artists like Oh Mercy/Time Out of Mind-era Dylan and Nick Cave’s work with the Bad Seeds, Duskland evokes a restless spirit, one that is informed by American myths and tall tales. There’s a Western flair to many of the album’s songs with nods to soundtrack composers such as Morricone and the dream-laden noir of Badalamenti. Many of the album’s highlights maintain a ceremonial grace.

Due to reasons not worth delving into, this will be the last show produced and presented by The Other Side of Life for the immediate future, and possibly ever. We thank you for your support over the years, and we hope to see you at this fantastic show!

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BALLROOM and NORTH AMERICAN GHOSTS at KAIJU, Thursday, August 27th

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

BALLROOM

NORTH AMERICAN GHOSTS

Thursday, August 27th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
$5
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On their debut 12” EP for Ever/Never Records, New York City’s BALLROOM explode out of the gate with a whirlwind fury. Anchored by a tornado of vicious snare drum thwacks and excoriating guitars, BALLROOM are a powerful ensemble assembled from scattered remnants of other notable bands. Cecil (who also plays guitar) did time in Chicago punk standout Busy Signals, and has featured in numerous NYC bands since his relocation. The other axe-slinger, Kristian Brenchley, is a founding member of long-running scum rockers Woman, and also lays down the bottom end in Ever/Never labelmates Degreaser. BALLROOM low-end is provided by Home Blitz’ Theresa Smith, while the drums are beaten into submission by Steven Fisher, leader of Wilful Boys and Dozers. Their debut 12″ EP points to a key influence — the sun-scorched blacktop rumble of prime Scientists, Australia’s sultans of swamp. BALLROOM‘s debut features no mellow songs, sappy ballads or moments of false sincerity. Some songs could be feedtime cuts, but there’s also echoes of the Gun Club and past Crypt Records powerhouses like The Beguiled. BALLROOM doesn’t so much ride off into the sunset as reach up into the sky and pull it down into the dirt.

You can stream BALLROOM‘s debut self-titled 12″ EP here: https://evernever-records.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

NORTH AMERICAN GHOSTS are Bradley Coomes (bass, effects) and Zachary Goldstein (drums) riffing on messed up grooves and grooving on messed up riffs.

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WEI ZHONGLE and FLANGER MAGAZINE at KAIJU, Sunday, August 9th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

WEI ZHONGLE

FLANGER MAGAZINE

Sunday, August 9th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
$5
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WEI ZHONGLE‘s most recent album “Nu Trance” is like a broadcast from the future, it’s as if a very singular post-kosmische sound were vaguely situated in the tropics. Can, This Heat, and 80′s Downtown New York lay somewhere in WEI ZHONGLE’s world mutant genetic imprint. The members of WEI ZHONGLE are nomads. The intuitive vocals by Rob Jacobs are sometimes in English but mostly in a language of his own inventive but perhaps also channeling ancient vocal traditions, while laying down hypnotizing guitar. The effects-enhanced clarinet by John McCowen floats over and weaves through it all, pulling everything out in four dimensions. Minds are blown when these three elements merge.

Zhongle 4.0:
John McCowen – Clarinet
Pat Kuehn – Bass
Phillip Sudderberg – Drums
Rob Jacobs – Guitar, Vocals

A pastoral suite of electronics, acoustic guitars, synthesizers and rhythm machine, Breslin is the latest work from FLANGER MAGAZINE, the duo of Chris Bush and Ben Zoeller, whose previous work in the group Caboladies serves as a touchstone. Imitation strings, electronic interruptions, and nylon acoustic guitar figures touched with reverb are the perennial players in this work.

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ATTEMPT, TOUPEE, and SKETCHING at KAIJU, this Sunday, August 2nd

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

ATTEMPT

TOUPéE

SKETCHING

Sunday, August 2nd
at KAIJU

1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
$5
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ATTEMPT is the songwriting project of Trevor Tremaine. It’s unlikely, but you may know him as the drummer for noise band Hair Police, as the proprietor of the now-defunct micro-edition cassette label Rampart Tapes, as a co-founder of the surrealist Resonant Hole collective, as the conductor of avant-folk combo Eyes & Arms of Smoke, as a sideman with a strange and diverse resume (Burning Star Core, Warmer Milks, Matt Duncan, Death Unit, Silverware, and Thurston Moore’s Aktion Unit, if you can believe it), or as [himself], the author of this brief biography of him.

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If anything I’d like to be able to use this outlet as a means to cut through the bullshit, like the kind of purple praise which you’ll probably need to wipe your eyes after reading on the hype sticker affixed to the shrinkwrap (all the low hanging fruits are there: Victim Of Time a/k/a “Nothing’s Bad In Garage Rock Ever, Especially This”; Impose a/k/a “Deep Thoughts/Trying To Understand/Won’t You Explain In 150 Characters, Maybe More”; Ad Hoc, a/k/a “Who?”; Tiny Mix Tapes a/k/a “Reviews So Pointless We Can’t Even Assign Writers’ Real Names To ‘Em”). Look, if you are gonna use a quote, start from something like this. Toupee is pretty indebted to the ‘80s, and Leg Toucher looks uglier than an all-over-print Gotcha brand crewneck sweatshirt, with a sound I’d pin as “aerobic Jackonuts with occasional forays into Siouxsie territory,” but for here and now that’s enough. They sound smack in the middle of the two most common types of bands I’ve seen in Chicago so far: kinda Goth femme punk meets wild & crazy dude noise rock, but on these 11 songs they chop those two trends into a chunky mix, getting to a point at the beginning of side B that brings about over-the-edge chaos (“Come Back To Camp”), gravelly torture screams and winding, near-Jaks style dark rock slams (“Fort Knight”), and the ultimate in “School,” a great, nasty anthem that somehow missed both Hole and Babes In Toyland as their real big breakout hit, sounding like the Go-Go’s dyed blue-black with Marilyn Manson contact lenses dropped in. Toupee introduces and proves their worth within minutes, and begin to devour their competition by the end. There’s my contribution to the violet time. (http://www.moniker-records.com)
(Doug Mosurock)

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TEAL GRAPEFRUIT, PIGEONS, ECSTATIC GIRTH SURVIVAL UNIT, CRYSTALLINE ROSES at KAIJU, Wednesday, July 22nd

Teal Grapefruit
(Poster by Jim Marlowe.)

The Other Side of Life is proud to help present:

TEAL GRAPEFRUIT

PIGEONS

ECSTATIC GIRTH SURVIVAL UNIT

CRYSTALLINE ROSES

Wednesday, July 22nd
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
$5
Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/102720916740183/

TEAL GRAPEFRUIT, from Lexington, Kentucky, includes members of CROSS, Elsinores, Salad Influence and Arcane Rifles dabbling in death jangle funk. This show is their debut!

Watch the video for TEAL GRAPEFRUIT’s “My Youth” here:

A recent review of PIGEONS‘ newest album The Bower from Wire Magazine reads “The Bower is just as smart as it’s predecessors but, perhaps unexpectedly, it marks a move toward an acid rock sound, with many of the songs now defined or even dominated by rainbow-hued guitar solos.”

Watch the 2011 video for PIGEONS‘ “Tournoi” here:

CRYSTALLINE ROSES is Anthony Pasquarosa, “a goddamn monster of readymade acid folk transcendentalism. Since Feeding Tube released the One Man Cult LP back in 2010, Tony has done a wonderful solo guitar album for VDSQ, the insane space-sludge of World Domination (also on Feeding Tube), the raunch zonk of Gluebag, and various other projects far too numerous to name… Tony creates a classic late night smoker soundtrack. A brilliant journey into and beyond ego, the blend of guitar, voice, bells, bamboo flute and whatnot will be transportational for even the straightest listeners. His album Cosmic Driftwood represents some of the deepest acoustic-based psych we’ve had the pleasure of hearing in a long while. It makes a lot of Tony’s contemporaries sound about as interesting as Smurph sing-alongs (no names) [sic], and is an instant classic. Get out your pipe and relax.” –Byron Coley, 2015

ECSTATIC GIRTH SURVIVAL UNIT is a sonic blast from members of Tropical Trash, Insect Policy, Sapat and more!

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TROPICAL TRASH “UFO ROT” Record Release Party with INSECT POLICY and ECONO HEAD, Saturday, June 27th

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Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

TROPICAL TRASH
UFO Rot Record Release Party

with special guests

INSECT POLICY

and

ECONO HEAD

Saturday, June 27th
at American Turner’s Club
3125 River Road
8 PM
$5

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Velvet lined steam roller tactics mean TROPICAL TRASH’s LP debut UFO Rot descends from the sky straight onto your brain stem. This is potent stuff, meant to be taken in controlled doses. Load the spoon full and heat up gradually. The band has existed for two previous 7”’s but really comes roaring out of the gate with black hat tales and some lineup changes. May very well be the album you use for whatever you do when you are not reading the internet. Instead of trace papering some shadow punks of previous dictatorships, these patriots pull the curtain back and show the emperor sporting some very exotic under carriage, and spew forth tales with cop stashes, Area 51 belly bloat, and new reconfigured mainframe math – this is the new form. Nine condensed blasts of well honed songcraft that really put them at the top of the heap of the rock heap, with paranoid punk, and an eagerness to melt it all down and make it into something bold and badass. Don’t sleep on this one comrade.

Watch the video for Tropical Trash’s “Fat Kid’s Wig,” directed by Robert Beatty, here:

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econo head
“Pine daddy” [2010] by Jeff Bryant

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BRENT MATHIS, TECHNICOLOR DREAMBOAT, SHITBOX JIMMY, and MAGNOLIA at KAIJU, Saturday, June 20th

The Other Side of Life and Kaiju are proud to present:

BRENT MATHIS

TECHNICOLOR DREAMBOAT

SHITBOX JIMMY

MAGNOLIA

Saturday, June 20th
at KAIJU

1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
$5
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BrentMathis
Shit-BoxJimmy
Magnolia

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