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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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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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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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FRED THOMAS and BOOKSHELF at THE NEW VINTAGE, Sunday, May 17th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

FRED THOMAS

BOOKSHELF

Sunday, May 17th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$7, 18+
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/855477
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539706732834552/
Recommended If You Like: Saturday Looks Good to Me, Swimsuit, Jim O’Rourke, Andrew W.K., Deerhunter

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(Photo of Fred Thomas by Esme Mcclear.)

FRED THOMAS is a Michigan-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s been at it forever. Starting out as a teenager in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti noise scene in the early 90’s, the guy just kinda started jamming and never stopped. Dedicating the past two decades to various projects, Fred’s output has always been wildly varied and constantly changing. Best known for work as a “brainchild” sort of bandleader with the experimental pop sounds of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Thomas has also made significant noise and traveled the world on a seemingly endless string of tours with the washed-out physche of City Center, reverby surf punkers Swimsuit and the internal gentle pop duo MIghty Clouds with former SLGTM singer Betty Barnes. Compulsively playing in bands, running small-scale labels and doing shows on a non-stop basis would make a comprehensive list of related projects a little exhausting, but it’s safe to say there’s always gonna be something homespun, beautiful and a little weird if Fred is involved. So all of this brings us to All Are Saved, technically the eighth FRED THOMAS solo album, but the first one many people will get a chance to hear. Painstakingly assembled between Detroit, Michigan and Athens, Georgia, the album features mixing assistance from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter) and guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.

BOOKSHELF is a band currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy… Find out more at http://www.bkshlf.net.

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NINNIE, R. KEENAN LAWLER, and JOE DUTKIEWICZ with Special Guests at DREAMLAND, Saturday, May 24th

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

NINNIE (Louisville, KY)

R. KEENAN LAWLER (Louisville, KY)

JOE DUTKIEWICZ with Special Guests (Louisville, KY)

Saturday, May 24th
at DREAMLAND

810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 8 PM, $7
Advance tickets available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/585167-ninnie-r-keenan-lawler-louisville/.

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Cynthia Norton is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. Influenced by folk aesthetics and the history of her surroundings, Norton’s work employs music, video, mixed media, and performance as her country-music alter ego NINNIE, in a manner that combines feminist thought with local and vernacular imagery inspired by the cultural traditions of the rural South, specifically of her native Kentucky. While often combining these mediums, Norton uses the portrayal of the traditions, readymade sculpture, storytelling, and technology. Her works often have a “homespun” quality — from self-made musical instruments, constructed from suitcases and tennis rackets, to liquor stills that consist of buckets, copper tubing, and pressure cookers — while her music ranges across blues and country classics sung in a warbling voice, to haunting dirges that recall the mysteries of mountain culture. These makeshift elements combined with her quirky persona — complete with old-timey Southern costumes fit for the country music star — all attest to Norton’s creativity and inventiveness. Fascinated by the culture of fictional celebrity that pervades amateur Country Music contests in the South, Norton employs NINNIE as a surrogate to address the struggle for women to be seen and heard while her ingenuity transcends ordinariness and revels her to be the Everywoman of Country and Blues. Norton’s most recent solo project opened at PAFA on March 2, 2012 in the Historic Landmark Building using paintings in the collection as sounding boards for a group of four video/song works, two installations, and four prints, which reflect variously on issues like the historic portrayal of women in art, paternalism and colonialism, and the vernacular forms of folk culture. Mixing high and low art, the exhibition creates a counterpoint between PAFA and its fine art collection and the cultural and musical history of the artist’s Kentucky home. Much like her performances of altered country and blues songs, the project is not an attempt to satirize these histories but, instead, to critically-and sometimes humorously- engage with ideas about myth, power, and identity. Cynthia Norton received a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the past decade, Norton has exhibited and performed extensively in the USA, Europe, and Asia. In 2005 she was included in the exhibition Nowhere during the Styrian Autumn Festival in Graz, Austria, and in 2008 her work was featured in the exhibition The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Watch “Ninnie Naive Documentary 1994” here:

R. KEENAN LAWLER is a guitarist who has collaborated or performed with a wide range of forward-thinking musicians and mavericks including Rhys Chatham, John Butcher, Eliott Sharp, Charalambides, Ignaz Schick/Perlonex, Kaffe Matthews, Burning Star Core, Jason Kahn, Ut Gret, Kevin Drumm, Helena Espvall, Ian Nagoski, Alan Licht, Taksuya Nakatani, Bhob Rainey, Eric Carbonara and Joseph Suchy.

Watch a performance by R. KEENAN LAWLER here:

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MARISA ANDERSON and WOODEN WAND at DREAMLAND, Friday, May 23rd

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

MARISA ANDERSON (Portland, OR)

and

WOODEN WAND (Lexington, KY)

Friday, May 23rd
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
8 PM, $10
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/574713-marisa-anderson-wooden-wand-louisville/.

Combining  boundless creative imagination with a deep reverence for American folk, blues and country music, MARISA ANDERSON‘s guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and original. Signal to Noise magazine calls Anderson’s guitar work “Utterly fabulous”, TIme Out London refers to her playing as “Stunning…haunting and evocative”, Pitchfork calls her latest record, ‘Mercury’,  ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.” Before going solo in 2009, Anderson played guitar in the Dolly Ranchers and the Evolutionary Jass Band. In the past two years, Anderson’s music has landed her festival appearances in Europe and the United States and opening slots for artists including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Devil Makes 3 and Sharon Van Etten. In August 2013, KBOO Community Radio released a split 7″ featuring Anderson and Elizabeth Cotton. Anderson’s music has been featured on NPR and on soundtracks including ‘Smokin’ Fish’, ‘For the Love of Dolly’, ‘Girls Rock’, and ‘Gift To Winter’. Her writings on music and activism  have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Leaf Litter, and in Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, the book. Her new album, Traditional and Public Domain Songs, is now available from the Grapefruit Record Club.

Listen to Traditional and Public Domain Songs here: http://marisaanderson.bandcamp.com/album/traditional-and-public-domain-songs-2.

Watch an interview with Marisa Anderson here:

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For WOODEN WAND‘s new album Farmer’s Corner, James Toth decided to try something different: instead of spending a week in a studio with the same people, the same engineer, the same equipment and the same state of mind, he would record in fits and starts, whenever – and WHEREever – he felt like it, recording new songs as he wrote them. Over six sessions in four studios spanning three states, he began amassing tracks. Toth then chose his favorite ten songs for Farmer’s Corner, which is, remarkably, the very first self-produced Wooden Wand album. Toth is abetted on the majority of the tracks by electric bassist Darin Gray (On Fillmore, Jim O’Rourke, Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen), and guitarists William Tyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews, Yo La Tengo) and Doc Feldman. Toth also called on friends in St Louis, Nashville, and his current home in Lexington, KY to produce an album that splits the difference between the protracted psych of his work with the Vanishing Voice and the World War IV and the more lonesome, bucolic styles of his more recent albums with Michael Gira and the Briarwood Virgins.  The result is the most “Wooden Wand” album in the Wooden Wand discography, reflecting Toth’s omnivorous musical and narrative obsessions. The arrangements — think Little Feat covering Neil Young’s Harvest Moon — only serve to highlight his capabilities as both a songwriter and storyteller. The collected songs form an easy entry into the ever-growing Toth output, where outlaws on the run, epic landscapes, endless travels, agitated insomniacs and ditch-digging memory-evaders lurk behind every turn.

Listen to “Dambuilding” on Farmer’s Corner here:

Read an interview with WOODEN WAND here: http://fracturedair.com/2014/05/14/chosen-one-wooden-wand-2/.

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XOX, DEGREASER, and CYANIDE TOOTH at DREAMLAND, Saturday, May 17th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

XOX (Louisville, KY)
DEGREASER (New York, NY)
CYANIDE TOOTH (New York, NY)

Saturday, May 17th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
8 PM Doors, $7
Advance online tickets available for purchase here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/573853-xox-degreaser-louisville/.

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XOX is a band from Louisville, Kentucky in which layers of synth smother a drum and bass hypno-fury while screams, grunts, and gasps desperately escape the miasma.

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Crawling out of the deep, dark hole they dug for themselves on Bottom Feeder (2011) and Sweaty Hands (2012), New York City’s premier psychedelic swamp rock unit DEGREASER are set to take an unsuspecting and tepid rock scene by storm. Courtesy of NYC’s Ever/Never Records, their new record Rougher Squalor is DEGREASER 2.0. The band has evolved from their previous caveman dirges into a true power trio, heavy on the muscle and out for blood. Drawing inspiration from classic bands like Blue Cheer, The Groundhogs and Coloured Balls, to outer-limits rock deconstruction reminiscent of the finest Japanese ensembles such as Mainliner and High Rise, DEGREASER are able to satisfy the need to bang your head, and also the desire to immerse said head in glorious waves of wah-wah pedal abuse. The ‘squalor’ part of the title is no joke, as main ‘Greaser Tim Evans – formerly of noted Aussie band Bird Blobs – drenches the proceedings in a sheen of speaker-shredding noise that would make the likes of The Stooges’ James Williamson sit up and take notice. Anchored by the granite-solid rhythm section of drummer John Coates and bassist Kristian Brenchley (Woman/Ballroom), Evans is free to blast his surroundings with all manner of ear-piercing and –tickling tones.

Listen to Rougher Squalor‘s lead track “Words In Your Mouth” here:

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Former singer of Brooklyn post-punk bands Family Curse and Golden Error, Erick Bradshaw H dives into the deep end of primitive electronic squall and suitably paranoid vocal manipulations with his new project, CYANIDE TOOTH. Recalling early masters of the exposed nerve — Cabaret Voltaire, Whitehouse, Sprung Aus Den Wolken — CYANIDE TOOTH reminds you that the Cold War is still raging and our destructions are all mutually assured

Listen to a live set by CYANIDE TOOTH here:

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