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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)

http://still-single.tumblr.com/post/124776037406/toupee-leg-toucher-lp-moniker

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

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(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
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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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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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DRAINOLITH and THREE LEGGED RACE at KAIJU, Wednesday, June 17th

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

DRAINOLITH

and

THREE LEGGED RACE

Wednesday, June 17th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
FREE!
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Recommended If You Like: Royal Trux, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf, Dan’l Boone

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DRAINOLITH is the project of Alexander Moskos. The Montreal-based Moskos is a longstanding figure in the North American Underground Music scene. He has played in various projects, most notably as the lead guitarist in noise rock outfit AIDS Wolf. He is also currently a member of Danʼl Boone whose self-titled LP was released in 2014 on Drag City.  Moskosʼ songs in DRAINOLITH are simple lyrical motifs wrapped in angular blues riff and futures-hock electronics that are as much inspired by Robert Ashley as they are by Leonard Cohen. The first DRAINOLITH album Fighting! was released on Spectrum Spools in 2012, and the new DRAINOLITH album Hysteria was just released on NNA Records & Tapes. Hysteria was co-produced by Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux and Nate Young of Wolf Eyes. The cycle of songs on Hysteria touch on many themes: The Quebec biker wars, surviving street hassles in Detroit, getting jacked for your sneakers, coarse sexual desire. Moskos has toured all over the world with his many projects and will continue to do so. He is also set to publish a novel and drop a solo piano album in 2015.

Read the Pitchfork review of Hysteria here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20563-hysteria/.

THREE LEGGED RACE is the solo electronic project of Lexington, Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty. Beatty is a founding member of Hair Police, and a long time collaborator with C. Spencer Yeh’s Burning Star Core project. Beatty’s constantly evolving aesthetic is realized via an elaborate network of primitive electronics and outmoded thrift store detritus. Each performance and recording explores the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, discovering a new world of rhythmic and harmonic possibilities with each tier of abstraction, evoking minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal industrial techno. The debut THREE LEGGED RACE full length entitled Persuasive Barrier was released in 2012 on Editions Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools, run by John Elliott of the band Emeralds. A collection of Beatty’s Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata was released under his own name on the Glistening Examples label late in 2013.

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CHER VON, DIVINE CIRCLES, and AERIAL RUIN at KAIJU, Tuesday, June 2nd – FREE!

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

CHER VON

DIVINE CIRCLES

AERIAL RUIN

Tuesday, June 2nd
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
8 PM, 21+
FREE!
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Recommended If You Like: U.S. Christmas, Meredith Monk, Epidemic, Grouper

CHER VON, aka Chervon Koeune, is an experimental vocalist, performer, and composer residing in Louisville, Kentucky. CHER VON is known for her unique vocal style, which blends a playful use of wordless vocalizing with a sometimes-throaty, sometimes-graceful delivery of ethereal melodies. Working primarily with a vocal processor, a large bass drum, and miscellaneous found-sound objects, her exploration has shifted to minimalist music concepts.

DIVINE CIRCLES is the solo venture of violinist and composer Meg Mulhearn, also a member of the groups U.S. Christmas, Judas Horse and Lunar Creature.

AERIAL RUIN is the mostly acoustic solo project of Erik Moggridge whose current and former bands include Old Grandad, drift of a curse and the late eighties/early nineties thrash/death metal band Epidemic. You can stream the new AERIAL RUIN album Ash of Your Cares here: https://aerialruin.bandcamp.com/album/ash-of-your-cares.

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