Monday, May 31, 2010
Illustration Jorge Tapia / Sound Engineering Ian Harris / Text Suburban Legend
CLAPS brought us their Synth laden jams on a rainy, and dreary night in early April. They are one of many cool acts coming from the Guilt Ridden Pop scene in Minneapolis. CLAPS were 3 nice people, who were genuinely bummed they couldn't make it to The Sexy Gay Contest in Weird Town. While listening to these tracks, you could probably draw a conclusion on how much Joy Division these guys listened to at a younger age. To steal a line from a friend, and easily sum up their tunes, " CLAPS IS HOPPIN'. DON'T MISS OUT. " Thanks for listening & Good Nite!
CLAPS "Lost" -NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
CLAPS "Game Undone" -NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Illustration Rose Noble / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Mr. Nitetrotter - May 23, 2010
Siamese Trees is two of the Nicks from local Chicago weird rockers Tasteless Transparent. On a full moon evening they came in to Schwag City to record this session. They used exotic American instrumentation including but not limited to a lap steel guitar and clarinet. The peanut gallery in the waiting room loved what they heard. This was truly a magical session. Keep a look out for these guys or their current projects possibly playing at a venue the likes of their home base the Attic or the cardboard city of Mortville in the future.
Enjoy this scrumptious session and GOOD NITE!
Siamese Trees - "X25"
Recorded at Schwag City Studios Chicago
X25 - "Untitled" - NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTER4EVER
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Illustration Jorge Tapia / Sound Engineering Ian Harris/ Text Suburban Legend
Justin Vassallo and Colin Green sure know how to take advantage of a drum machine. Technoir MA's rad jams would not sound out of place in your favorite 80's movie. Their Alesis SR-16 driven sounds blew us away at a show in March, as their catchy style of noise-pop oozed influences of a who's who of early indie rock music.Thanks for listening, and Good Nite!
Technoir MA "Sea Legs"- NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Illustration Jorge Tapia / Sound Engineering Josh Bohnsack / Text & Interview by Suburban Legend - May 20th, 2010
Long Day... also known as Josh Bohnsack, has been around the QC music scene for what seems like most of his young life. He has been going to shows not just to support his scene, but also playing at them for a while now. We first met up with him at a charity show, and have been digging his heartfelt acoustic jams since. Thanks for listening, and Good Nite!
Long Day... Interview
What bands got you into music?
Initially it was KISS. I saw them when I was 7 and loved it. I still keep them near and dear to my heart.
When did you first start writing and playing?
I started playing when I was 12 or so, but didn't get serious until I was 14, when I really started to love acoustic music. I wrote a lot of Brand New-esque material back then.
What was the first show (DIY) you went to, and where was it?
Goodbye Anabelle Lee, If These Walls Could Scream, Farewell Cadence, and Led By Last played at Quad City Live in Davenport. My first real experience with local music and the hardcore scene.
What are you into listening now, and does it influence your music at all?
At this very moment I'm listening to Lightspeed Champion. He is an amazingly underrated New York artist. He toured with Bright Eyes, which is why I started listening to him. I love his style and have thought about trying out his vocal patterns (almost like an accent). I've yet to get it, but now that I'm thinking about it, I might give it a try. Plus every single song he's written is pure gold
Was your decision on where you went to school (University of Iowa) effected at all by the type of music scene there?
Iowa City has always had a strong music scene, and any type of culture. It definitely was a variable in my choice. Shows there always have a decent attendance and even the smallest audiences are courteous, which I haven't really found anywhere else I've played.
Where are your favorite places to play shows these days?
In Iowa City, I love to play at Gabe's, The Mill, and Yacht Club. The venue owners have treated me royally. Mixtapes (East Moline,Il) is always going to be my favorite though. It's where I had my first "real" solo show, and that's a bond you can't break.
How did you find out about NITETROTTER?
I used to download ***trotter sessions frequently, but wasn't pleased with their attitude towards my request of a session, so when I saw one of my friends "liked" NITEROTTER on Facebook, I checked it out and loved the ideals behind it.
Is there anything you would like to share with the fans of NITETROTTER?
Anything Kurt Vonnegut says is the truth.
Thanks for you time Josh, see you soon hopefully.
Recorded @ Mayflower Hall on the Campus of University of Iowa by John Bohnsack
Long Day...-NITETROTTER Session Intro by NITETROTTERS1
Long Day "Floods"-NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
Long Day... "Untitled"-NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
Long Day... "Pursuit of Happiness"- NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS1
Long Day... -NITETROTTER Session Outro by NITETROTTERS1
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Interview conducted via E-mail by Merry C.
We met Icarus The Owl at an awesome NITETROTTER show in East Moline,IL. They shared the stage on a beautiful spring night with our friends Victory in Numbers, and Driver Side Impact. Icarus The Owl hails from Portland, Oregon and plays catchy, and at times extremely technical math rock. Icarus The Owl is one of those bands that when you listen their recordings, could either be really entertaining live, or very disappointing, fortunately for everyone that is lucky enough to catch one of their shows, they are the former. Their debut album, The Spotless Mind (can be purchased here) has met extremely mixed reviews, but has garnered much praise among everyday music fans. Unfortunately, due to our session scheduling on the day we met up, they couldn't record with us, so we got a new video, and an interview with guitarist/lead singer Joey Rubenstein instead. Thanks for Reading, and Good Nite.
Who were your biggest influences musically growing up?
Blink 182, The Ataris, Nofx,Rufio, New Found Glory, Strung Out,etc- A lot of the 90's punk music when Epitaph and Fat Wreck ruled the scene. My tastes have changed since then, although I still love those bands.
How did you get together?
Mutual friends and Craiglist!
How do you guys write your music? Is it a collaborative process, or does one band member run the show?
Usually I (Joey) will come up with a song and we will as a band re-work the song and trim the fat. We do a collaborative edit/re-write. I also loop a lot of my guitar riffs so the drummer can find the perfect part for it.
Which of your songs/albums would you recommend to a new fan just starting to listen to your music?
I'd recommend the song "The Extortionist" and the song" Mythomaniac" if the person was mainly into pop music, I'd recommend "Game Of Jenga"
What's your favorite venue to play?
Mixtapes. Duh! ;)
What's your favorite band to tour with?
Lights Out Dancing. They are super fun guys and a really good band.
Any crazy tour stories you want to share?
Tanner was almost raped at a rest stop by a horny trucker. No Joke.
What are you guys listening to right now that everyone else should be?
Thrice, Damiera, and As Tall As Lions.
What are people listening to right now that they shouldn't be?
Monkeys doing it! But really if you get pleasure out of llistening to a band then there is no shame in that- even if it is Creed.
When you guys aren't touring, what do you like to do?
We usually work. But I enjoy playing guitar and writing new song. I love going to the movies as well.
Anything you want to share with the NITETROTTER public?
Check out our album on itunes please! Love you.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Keep in mind that Columbia Missouri is the same town who let some drunk frat boys get away with blindly firing a real full size cannonball in to a residential neighborhood. The Police Chief's response to the video being leaked is priceless.
May 13, 2010
Columbia, Missouri Police Chief Ken Burton is apparently frustrated. At another press conference yesterday, a reporter asked the chief what he has learned from the international attention generated bythe YouTube video of his department’s SWAT team conducting a drug raid last February.
His reply: “I hate the Internet.”
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This post is for all our Globe Trotters out there. Our friend Evan (Into it. Over it.) will be traveling across Europe for the next month with Chicago's Grown Ups (Big Scary Monsters Rec) If you happen to be out in about in these countries this summer, check out these rad bands.
May 14 Great Escape Fesival – Brighton, United Kingdom
May 15 Goblets – Southampton, United Kingdom
May 16 Boileroom (matinee show) – Guildford, United Kingdom
May 16 The Fighting Cock (evening show) – Kingston, United Kingdom
May 17 Catch – London, United Kingdom
May 18 Big Blue Coffee Shop – Derby, United Kingdom
May 19 Royal Park Cellars – Leeds, United Kingdom
May 20 Tiger Lounge – Manchester, United Kingdom
May 21 The Chameleon Arts Cafe – Nottingham, United Kingdom
May 22 Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, United Kingdom
May 23 The Flapper – Birmingham, United Kingdom
May 24 The Social – London, UK
May 25 Le Pixi – Paris, France
May 29 Iduna – Drachten, Netherlands
May 30 Jugendhaus – Rosswein, Germany
June 1 Imbir – Krakow, Poland
June 2 Conni – Dresden, Germany
June 3 Fluc – Vienna, Austria
June 4 Habes Club – Strakonice, Czech Republic
June 5 Kreativfabrik – Wiesbaden, Germany
June 7 AZ – Aachen, AZ
June 8 Cafe Schlachthaus – Dornbirn, Austria
June 9 Leoncavallo – Milan, Italy
June 10 O’bundies – Marseille, France
June 11 – H – Titud Fest – Vidreres, Spain
June 13 – Apartment Show – Rennes, France
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Illustration Jorge Tapia/Sound Engineering Ian Harris/Text Suburban Legend
Lost Apparitions are some weird kids from somewhere in Iowa.There's a kick back, like a mule, kids freaking out that there's nothing they'll be able to do to not wind up like their old man or their mom. It's a wrestling match between old comforts and startlingly new revelations that creeps into their inquisitive head first and most often when such things happen.But this is the band's casa, a point of familiarity, where its sunny psychedelia comes home and usually stays in to roost. They refuse to find their little rabbit holes to duck into and just obsess and study and develop.They are the chronicles of whispers that flow from such deep recesses of a soul and a mind that just don't know what to do with them. It's as if we are witnessing the end of it all and the breathing is becoming thinner, we're not capable of cracking our eyes open much more and we're just seeing what's gonna happen next. Thanks for reading this asinine convoluted bullshit, & Good Nite.
Hey Zeus-Lost Appartions NITETROTTER Session by NITETROTTERS