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The New Media Project and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

WREKMEISTER HARMONIES (Chicago, IL; on Thrill Jockey)
RYLEY WALKER (Chicago, IL; on Tompkins Square)

Wednesday, March 19th
810 E. Market Street
$10. Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/509417-new-bums-louisville/.

NEW BUMS‘ debut album, Voices in a Rented Room, is sweet and sensitive, hard and nasty, everything you need from your new record. NEW BUMS play their songs on mostly acoustic guitars, making it easy to hear what they’re saying – but then they swathe their voices in reverb, making it a little harder again. What’s life if you don’t have to try, right? The other reason for the reverb is that the Bums just LURVE that addle-headed state of mind where you know your life is wrong but you don’t do much about it – and so the songs are alternatively, moments of sodden introspection that turn to sharply focused acting-out fantasies, the types of which we all need to get ourselves by. NEW BUMS rhymes with two Bums, which is prolly closer to the truth – the band’s made up of Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn, on guitars and singing. For the record, they employed a rhythm section, but what really makes the air move is the relationship between those guitars and voices, hanging in the thick and reverberant air. For those of us who know Ben from Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan from Skygreen Leopards, NEW BUMS is exciting for bringing them together in ways they couldn’t possibly have realized in their parent bands. This is new territory for both Bums, but also carries the whiff of their former selves. Voices in a Rented Room is out today, so make sure you haunt your local record flop, they ought to have this if they have any self-respect left. Stick out your thumb, and pull in a bum – starting now and through the spring and the rest of time, etc. This show is their Louisville debut.

Listen to “Black Bough” by NEW BUMS here:

JR Robinson has been writing and recording music as WREKMEISTER HARMONIES in various incarnations since 2006. His most recent album, You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, was written to accompany a film Robinson shot in decimated Detroit locations, the desert of Joshua Tree and decaying forests of Tasmania. In 2012 he brought together some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music worlds (Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Sanford Parker and Andrew Markuszewski of Nachmystium, Jamie Fennelly aka Mind Over Mirrors, Mark Solotroff of Anatomy of Habit, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, and more) to perform the 38 minute composition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to much acclaim and a sold out theater. The collaborators for the live performance joined Robinson at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio later that year to record the composition in full. This show is his Louisville debut.

Listen to an excerpt of You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me by WREKMEISTER HARMONIES here:

RYLEY WALKER is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago, Illinois. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave). The album will be released by Tompkins Square in April 2014.

“With the charming swagger of jazz-folk troubadour Tim Buckley and the resonant, full picking style of Bert Jansch, “The West Wind” comes from Walker’s first widely available release, a three-song 12”. With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley’sStarsailor; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm.” – NPR Music

Listen to “The West Wind” by RYLEY WALKER here:

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200 Years, s/t (Drag City)

This week’s LEO Weekly contains my review of the new album by 200 Years, the new project by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Rangda) and Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers):

At the conclusion of the Six Organs of Admittance show at Uncle Slayton’s back in August, Ben Chasny was joined onstage by singer Elisa Ambrogio, and the lucky audience was treated to a preview of their new band, 200 Years. The current concern for Ambrogio and Chasny, this self-titled debut on Drag City is superficially akin to Chasny’s Six Organs project as it features primarily acoustic guitars, delicately sweet melodies and the occasional accompaniment by harmonium. But the band is really Ambrogio’s showcase, as her voice dominates the album. However, unlike her usually confrontational work with Magik Markers, the overall aesthetic of 200 Years is one of dreamy, contemplative harmony between her voice and Chasny’s guitar. In songs such as “Partin Wayz” and “West Hartford,” there’s even a welcome sense of nostalgia and sentimentality, which gives 200 Years a sweet edge quite unlike anything previously by either artist.

Buy it from Drag City here.


(pic swiped from Uncle Slayton’s web site.)

We really, really miss Skull Alley. Jamie Prott ran a great-sounding venue, and when we started booking shows there, we were so pleased that Jamie was super-friendly and easy to work with. We miss the DIY spirit that pervaded the place, from the mosaic-tiled bar  to the, ahem, ever-changing decor. Since the venue re-opened with a new name, Uncle Slayton’s, this spring, we haven’t been interested in going to check it out, mainly because there hasn’t been a show worth going to, in our estimation.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, the vehicle of the incredible Ben Chasny, is playing there this Thursday. Who booked this? Who cares? We’re glad! Here’s the particulars:

w/Donovan Quinn and Band of Carnies
Thursday, August 25
8:30 PM / 8:00 doors
$8 / 18+ with ID
Purchase tickets here
Experimental, Out-Folk, Pop Rock

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE is basically just one man (but what a man!) – Ben Chasny, along with whomever he ropes in for recording or for shows. This man-band started in 1997 when Ben self-released his first LP in an edition of 400, little dreaming that one day Six Organs of Admittance would sell 37 times as many records. Over the years, Six Organs has had many releases on a variety of labels, most notably Holy Mountain, and became one of the most influential sounds in the free world. In 2005, Ben found a home at Drag City and released the landmark album, School of the Flower. “Free jazz ninja drum master” Chris Corsano joined Ben and the results were a perfect blend of melody, out-folk, minimalism and noise, getting much critical applause and ending up on year-end best-of-the-year lists by magazines such as Mojo, Wire, and Magnet. Among other projects, Ben has played in the touring band of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and plays guitar in the bands Current 93, Badgerlore, and Comets on Fire. Six Organs’ 10th album, Asleep on the Floodplain, released in February – ten portable slabs of home recorded blur-and-ripple (and warble) from a (mostly) acoustic man-band.

No idea who the opener(s) are, but really, if you can, you shouldn’t miss Six Organs. Ben is one of our favorite living guitarists, an absolute killer player with impeccable sensibilities. Yowza! Here’s the video for “Light of the Light,” off his new album Asleep on the Floodplain:

Oh yeah, Uncle Slayton’s is located at 1017 E. Broadway, near the corner of Broadway and Barrett. Yeah.