Friday, March 22, 2013
Text and Video By Nathan Gregory, Illustration by Jorge Tapia - March 22, 2013
When I traveled down to shoot this session with Brian who is Health and Beauty, I did not really have anything in mind. We just set up in his lonely living room with him playing on a piano bench. His beautiful and loving dog Betty did the rest. As Brian played some of the most beautiful songs his dog laid softly beside him. The love of the two quickly grew into the fun video session we tracked. During one of the songs the dog completely came up and sat in my lap. It took all of my strength to not burst out last laughing until the song ended and Brian looked up and chuckled. The session then concluded with some drinking of shitty alcohol the neighbors had. We did our best to capture the emotion and talent that Health and Beauty has to offer. Always popping up around town for different shows, Health and Beauty shows are not to miss and will leave you in aww of his spectacular songwriting.
Shot on location at Health and Beauty house in Little Village in Chicago, IL.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Text and Video by Nathan Gregory - February 19, 2013
The Great Valley's goofy pop music will take the listener into a jolly dream state with beautiful colors and pop sickles. It brings you back to when you were a kid and you had no worries and everything thing was fun. Yet, here in the modern day things still seem to be fun for the venturous duo. Graduated from college and now pursuing there music to great levels, Great Valley have found a new home in Brattleboro, VT. A small town that hides a variety of amazing bands. We were lucky to hang a few days with the boys while on tour supporting there new LP "Continental Lunch." This album was released by Feeding Tube Records and is a must hear. Groove this sick session then go out and buy this album.
Shot on location at Burlington Bar in Chicago, IL.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Text and Video by Nathan Gregory - February 17, 2013
Art by Jorge Tapia
Art by Jorge Tapia
Snowy and sometimes rainy days come day after day to the southside neighborhood of Chicago called Pilsen. This dark weather brings everybody inside and I was lucky enough to be invited inside art gallery Roxaboxen Exhibitions to film some great stuff from local favorite Famous Laughs. The music project of local music facilitator Jake Acosta, who's genius has brought two growing locals labels Teen River and Lake Paradise, plus a variety of stellar music projects. The uniquely heavy rock tinged sound behind Famous Laughs grips your ears with much strength though calmly letting go with soft well placed melodies. Acosta's deep low reverbed out vocals cascade breezily over most tunes giving away to shredding jams. Famous Laughs is a great three piece band bringing a different sound to the Chicago rock scene. More and more great things from the band in the future we can only hope but until then enjoy this.
Shot on location at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Chicago, IL
Friday, January 25, 2013
Text and Video by Nathan Gregory - January 25, 2013
A cold nite in Chicago with one of the first snows of the new year and we decide to go to the warmest place in the city, The infamous Tropic Goth nite at the Empty Bottle with Elliott Reed, Nonnie Parry and Buoyant Sea. The show was packed very well for a cold nite and Buoyant Sea stole the show. Driven from a hard drum beat and the piercing sounds of his electric mandolin, Buoyant Sea's weird style had the floor moving. Driving pop songs with dark lyrics and chugging bass make for a danceable tune. It was most definitely a fun party for whatever Tropic Goth maybe. Excited to hear more of Buoyant Sea in 2013 or at least some cool haircuts.
Shot on location at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - January 22, 2013
Not everyone across the US has had the chance to check out Gangsta Love like that have with his alter ego Hurricanes of Love. Both the amazing works of mountain man Frank Hurricane. The holiest man on the planet. The moving live show of Hurricanes of Love that bring joy and fun to all eyes and ears who observe, can only imagine the fun that a Gangsta Love show would possess. The holy brother could rap who knew? We caught frank awhile ago while he was visiting Chicago. We recorded this secret session in Logan Square while we were also lucky enough to have 99¢ lay down some of his sick beats for Frank to rhyme over. Check out his new cassette out on Gnar Tapes. Get high for a brother and dig this sick new session of 2013, Gangsta Love featuring 99¢.
Check out how we first heard about Gangsta Love doing this commercial for the best pizza spot in Jamaica Plain, MA called Same Old Place.
Gangsta Love - Prymordial Pymp, Chillin' with Ease, "Dwag a Slyce" Same Old Place, Stay High
Recorded live in Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Monday, November 12, 2012
"End of the World"
Nitetrotter Fest 2012
December 14th, 2012
Starts at 8pm
Mike Donovan (Sic Alps)
Mike Donovan is the front man and guitarist of San Fransisco band Sic Alps. His solo career takes a journey into acoustic based ballads that only Donovan himself can explain. Galloping melodies and expressive vocals make these songs jump in and out and back again while the listener is stuck in a groovy gaze. All we really know is Mike Donovan will bring the show.
There is nothing as weird in Chicago as the no wave group Ono. Started way back in the early 80's by P. Michael and Travis and have now come back with a fury. On Halloween this dark mass dropped a new LP titled, "Albino" which is there first release in longer than what most there fans age is. Always the most unforgettable performance of the nite, Ono will bring a live voyage through a poetic noise opera. Don't miss this the best live show before its allover. The world that is.
Four moon men on a mission to the local party. Suckers for good old rock n roll but on even more drugs. Repetitive rhythms of keys and drums laced with epic drones and solos that take you on intense journeys. When you think you had enough they push you one more bar. Nude Sunrise is the band behind Nitetrotter. Left to the road or Papa Johns, Nude Sunrise brings a powerful show.
The Funs are the boy/ girl dream punk duo once from Chicago but now relocated to middle of nowhere southern Illinois funeral home. With nothing to do but create fast freak jams while switching instruments and vocals, The Funs are speeding around releasing new tapes and playing allover the US. Also while working hard at running tape label Manic Static.
The weeping guitar that floats through every Mines song is that of the projects brain child himself Mac Hines. Flamenco style strumming leads a three piece of top shelf musicians through songs of wondering the true meaning to having fun and being some what happy. Packed with a whole lot of power behind their instruments, Mines heavy vibes will move even the inattentive listener into focus.
The only thing not normal about Normal, IL is the psychic waver Kyle Riley best known as Hastas. With a table full of 60's hearing tests and polychromatic who knows what the fuck and some pedals left at his house, Hastas creates an intense layer of multicolored hallucinations for the hear. Taking elements of harsh noise with delicate loops of delayed dreams creates the perfect lullaby. Creator of Zome Tapes will not disappoint.
The stoned eyed stoner rockers that is Unmanned Ship. Built in front of a huge wall of amps, Unmanned Ship shreds some of the most psychedelic sludge I have ever heard. Don't be scared to take a punch from this wall of sound because it will leave your ears ringing the greatest ring ever. Locked bass and drum grooves and shredding guitar set the tone with added noise walls to thicken the most full sound around. Smoke a joint to this one.
I Love You
I Love You just returned from his tour of China. In the coming time he has transformed from afro beats and complex grooves into a smooth dance machine. Always one of the most wild performances, I Love You will have the room moving along with himself. Only the best vibes await those who watch I Love You.
Friday, June 22, 2012
The words of The Dutchmaster are quick and smooth. They spin heads and separate their minds. His words of fire spark that blunt. For The Dutchmaster his life is based around his love for the music. With a little help from some green trees he can spit a new rhyme in moments time. We originally tracked this song in his friends apartment while we shot some footage. He then had it rerecorded with some extra xing and this hot track featuring a beat by our resident dj 99centz. The Dutchmaster is an up and coming rapper out of Chicago, IL. With friends all around the city jumping on his tracks keep and ear out because this boy is blowing up. Dig this sick track in the mean time.
Here is the new hit from The Dutchmaster. Footage was all shot during recording of Nitetrotter session courtesy of Harmon Visuals.
The Dutchmaster - "Smoke Proper" (Produced by 99¢ents)
Recorded live in Chicago, IL