Monday, November 12, 2012

"End of the World" Nitetrotter Fest 2012

"End of the World"

Nitetrotter Fest 2012


December 14th, 2012

@The Dustbowl


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.



Samantha Glass

The weird is exactly what Samantha Glass is.  With long movements of psychedelic waves and arrangements to experience at the most highest moments, Samantha Glass will be exactly the mood changer of the night.  Hailing from one of the chillest college towns in the midwest, Madison, Samantha Glass aka Beau D will transform the black and white to every color in the rainbow.


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.


 Nude Sunrise

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

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.

Unmanned Ship

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 Dutchmaster - Nitetrotter Session

 Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nate O'Berman / Text Nathan Gregory - 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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Females of Doubtful Reputation

Text Mr. Nitetrotter / Video Jesus Himself  - May 19, 2012

Our buddy Jesus sends us these videos from god knows where in Eastern Europe. Strutting the blues in a construction site. Some of these guys have been doing experimental music since 1954.

There needs to be more bone solos in rock videos. Weirdness

Recorded live in Great Hobonia

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Invisible Circle - Nitetrotter Session

 Illustration Drew Labarre / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - May 11, 2012

 Many would not think that Brooklyn would be a place for such a calm meditative man such as David Kadden. David proves that wrong with his solo project Invisible Circle. Some see the world different and realize that everything truly is beautiful. Psychedelic waves of echoed organ and blissful oboe set a raga like chant that Dave soulfully reveals with his voice. At times it almost sounds like native american chants. Sometimes the most simple music can portray a complex wall of sound and I feel Invisible Circle does that perfectly. Fall back into your seat and let the wind take you to that place that calms your soul. Let the sound of stream lull you into a state of peace. Find your meditative state and let Invisible Circle help you guide you on your path. Either way dig on some great jams by Invisible Circle. The last track features one of the most fun people in the world Frank Hurricane of Hurricanes of Love which these two put out a split LP together.

 Here is some great footage of Invisible Circle live in Logan Square in Chicago, IL with our makeshift microphone stand.

Invisible Circle - Song 1, Song 2, Song 3, Song 4

Recorded live in Logan Square in Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Orchard Theif - Nitetrotter Session

 Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - May 9, 2012

 Meeting people through out the world is a really great thing. Especially when you meet truly genuine people like Sam Molstad, the music mind that is Orchard Theif. Sam hails from Minneapolis, MN and that is where I first met him when I played a show with them him back in 2010. We then have crossed paths all over the US. Sam was in town while Nude Sunrise was recording our new album and he jumped in as vocal coach by directing the singer and himself to perform with no shirts in our creepy bathroom in Chinatown. Sam has a fun personality that I feel like blossoms in Orchard Theif's music. This certain beauty that you hear in his music can be translated from his optimistic outlook and love for life. His new album "Sensational Living," really shows off the beauty of the way he sees life. It also has some amazing screen printed artwork.  If you ever visiting the Midwest, come see Sam play along with his other project Coral Legs. This session is three terrific songs flowing nicely from one to another. Good Nite!

Also check out this live footage from Orchard Theif Nitetrotter Session courtesy of NitetrotterTV.

Orchard Theif - Cheerleaders Return, Through the Dark Away from Home, Sensational Living

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Monday, May 7, 2012

Scammers - Nitetrotter Session

  Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - May 7, 2012

 The bearded and tattooed pop master behind solo project Scammers is Phil Diamond from Kansas City, KS. Having known Phil for awhile after partying at the old Schwag City and meeting up on the road in Nebraska, I knew I had to get him to do a session to let the world know about this hidden gem. Scammers take a unique approach to pop music. With heavy beats and dancing synths, its Diamond's vocals that really sets him apart. Singing real lyrics of being poor and just really living life to do what makes you happy and for Scammers it is playing music. Scammers live show is nothing less with Diamond bouncing allover stage and in your face while sometimes he has his wife to perform dances to each song. As another KC band impresses the world, go find Scammers and be just as impressed as we are. Plus, pick up one of his shirts because they have the coolest designs. Get down on these three tracks we got from Scammers while visiting Pilsen in Chicago.

Also here is some great live footage of Scammers during the recording of his Nitetrotter Session.

Scammers - Airliner, Legitimately Poor, Dance Killer

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bears of Blue River - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - May 4, 2012

 As the seasons change from cold to warm and our spirits grow immensely as we rejoice with our first steps out of the dark house into the beautiful sun we again realize how lucky we are to be alive. For Gavin Wilkinson the man behind Bears of Blue River, season doesn't matter. With an optimistic outlook like Wilkinson's nothing can bring you down. It was a real delight to go and track this session with complete strangers but now totally new friends. Bears of Blue River capture all the beauty of life with just a guitar and voice. Accompanied with the female love of Maggie Gard to really hold this soft sounds together. As they continue to tour the United States and lay their mark on Chicago it is easy to see why the future is endless for this pair.

Check out this great footage of Bears of Blue River live in Gavin Wilkinson's bedroom where we tracked this glorious Nitetrotter session.

Bears of Blue River - Yellow Belly, Good Spark, Feral Child, MES-44, Betty Homemaker

Recorded Live in Wicker Park in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Midwest Trash Vortex - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Drew Labarre / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - April 25, 2012

 Midwest Trash Vortex is the laid back noise duo composed of Cujo and Bobby of Chicago. With former projects such as Meester Magpie and Static Swamp, its easy to see the roots forming this noisey yet elegant sound. Smoke filling the air and echoes of looping tapes arises a western sounding raga full of wind instruments and more loops. This meditative jam is then flushed into jolts of thick sound rushing the ear. When you start to cringe you are then brought back to reality where things are usually ok and The Eagles can slow your heartbeat. This was an amazing piece we were lucky to track from these two while on tour with friends Scammers. Just shy of 20 minutes there isn't one minute that isn't worth hearing.

 Listen along and delight your eyes with great footage of Midwest Trash Vortex live during the recording of this session.

Midwest Trash Vortex - Live in Pilsen

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Monday, April 16, 2012

Headless Horse Head - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Calvin Whitehurst / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - April 16, 2012

What do you take when you mix a man of psychic waves with a man of space. One sick ass noise duo. Headless Horse Head is compiled of Jake Acosta and Drew Gibson or Famous Laughs and Katrina Stoneheart. Using the same equipment as they do with their solo projects they manipulate colorful sounds into dark journeys of cavern exploration with this distinct sound that keeps following you in horror as you go deeper and deeper. We tracked twenty two mintues of powerful stuff from these two. Some how Mikey was asleep on the couch through this session which to me seems impossible that someone could sleep through a set like this. Check out their new tape on Teen River or a rare performance in the city.

Headless Horse Head - Live @Ball Hall

Recorded live at Ball Hall in Chicago, IL

Monday, April 9, 2012

Arvid Noe - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - April 9, 2012

Arvid Noe is a three piece banger from Boston, MA. I first met them a year ago while actually playing their old house venue Problem House. So we tracked a sick session why they were here visiting while on tour. Never having heard there music until we recorded the session I was completely blown away. From the second we hit record and the fuzz kicked in it was on. Two spastic guitars perfectly timed driving and bouncing back in forth and held together by one of the sickest drummers I have seen in awhile. We are totally a fan here at Nitetrotter. Go party in Boston with these wild riders or catch them jamming from city to city.

Here is some sick video of the Arvid Noe getting wild in our basement as we recorded this dirty session. Something my pop out during this video if you watch closely.

Arvid Noe - Silverfish, What Makes a Person Break Their Phone, Superman, 3D Jesus

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Savage Young Taterbug - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - April 4, 2012

Everywhere you go everybody is synonymous with the name Taterbug. Young Charles Free of Iowa City and Des Moines, IA is the Savage Taterbug. He has the uncanny ability to make the most beautiful sounds lost in the lo-fi realm. This rare session we tracked with Taterbug is a fun step out of that realm. Just Taterbug and a old piano in our friends apartment in Pilsen. The words and sounds were so radiant that numerous people passing by stopped to heart this spectacle. By then end of the performance a small audience had been drawn into his lullaby. We will cherish this day and performance forever. I sent these tracks to Taterbug to let him check them out and his response was, "Cool, it sounds like Wilco." Enjoy this beauty.

Check out this sick video of this very intimate performace live.

Savage Young Taterbug - Song 1, Song 2, Song 3, Song 4

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Katrina Stonehart - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - April 3, 2012

Hunched over in a ball with a guitar held tightly inside. The speakers pulse heavily to this intense wave of reverberation. Distant words echo from Katrina Stonehart's mouth that only he knows the true meaning of. Now a prominent figure in the Chicago music scene, Katrina Stonehart aka Drew Gibson also of Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk is the musical mastermind behind this comforting creation. Gibson also point person and creator of label Solid Melts and co-founder of new tape label Teen River. Still with all the beautiful noises created by Katrina Stonehart comes and even heavier raw noise. Both sides combine in an epic journey through the sole of one Katrina Stonehart. Seriously do not miss one minute of the amazing 26 minute performance we tracked. Ride the wave into the sunset or into the black hole, either odyssey will return you to that one place really feel happy.

Check out this video made by label friend Vehicle Blues.

Katrina Stonehart - Live @Ball Hall

Recorded live at Ball Hall in Chicago, IL

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Health and Beauty - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Brian Sulpizio / Text Nathan Gregory - March 25, 2012

For a long time I thought that the most beautiful things in life are love and friendship. Now that list has grown to more and more things and Health and Beauty is right near the top. After playing a show with this apathetic duo at Happy Dog, I knew I had to bring them in for a session. Well instead they brought us in to do the session. The lead master behind Health and Beauty, Brian Sulpizio runs an amazing recording studio called Chateau in Humboldt Park. At Chateau, Brian has tracked other nitetrotters like Animal City, Names Divine and Mines. They invited us over and Brian did the tracking and we did the video. This session really captures the quiet hopeful sound of Health and Beauty. With just a desert delayed guitar and windy auto harp paired with Sulpizio's expressive vocals, the music gently flows happily into the listeners ears. Catch Health and Beauty all around Chicago and new upcoming releases.

Here is some beautiful footage of Health and Beauty live at Chateau during the tracking of their nite session. Both delicate and goofy.

Health and Beauty - Mary, Little Kings, Nancy, Fine Horseman

Recorded live at Chateau in Chicago, IL

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Generfius - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 25, 2012

I first met Generifus in 2011 at SXSW. Friends of friends and now friends for life. The solo man Generifus resides in Olympia, WA. Also a musical member on local well known label K Records. We crashed at his house in Olympia one time on tour. Woke up in the morning to everybody drinking the remaining beers from the night before watching Back Yard Wrestling movies. Besides being just a rad fun guy, Generifus also known by his real name Spencer Sult is a blossoming singer songwriter. I have had the song "I Know," stuck in my head for a year now. Blessed with an apathetically beautiful singing voice and creative ability to play the guitar. Generifus is a truly amazing songwriter. If you ever are in Olympia make it a point to meet this person and watch for upcoming releases from Generifus.

Really feel what this session was like with this sick video.

Generifus - Tunnel, Train Track, Out Loud, I Know, Gunna Come Back, I Will Comply

Recorded live in Logan Square in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mines - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Mykee P - March 20, 2012

Diggin deeper than a fantasy, and somewhere past that one night you spent tripping alone in an attic for a few years where you stumble out of the psychedelic vortex rubbing yr guitar with a toothbrush and suddenly all your friends are there, and you haven't slept for days because yr too high. And in a weird way drugs have disposed of yr faith in any situation that lacks feeling. And that's a good thing, cuz yr feeling good. And if yr ever not feelin it, you just hum until you sing and sing until you follow that feeling deeper till the drums start thumping again, and you feel the bass ripping along the edges, mmmmmmmmelting the edges, and you feel like shaking yr edges because when yr shaking, in a funny way they go away. All the edges dissappear, and slowly so do you…
Then you wake up surrounded by a mess of beer cans, empty pizza boxes, and cassette tapes. and some clip from is idly playing on the screen, begging to pull you away from the mess. But instead you gaze at the mess…
You feel the mess, because, shit, the world is a mess, and you are a part of that mess.
But its only saturday morning, and yr still allowed to feel good for one more night. So you grab a guitar pick, and with one giant sweep across the strings, the mess is swept under the psycho-sonic rug. And soon all yr friends are there again.
And you know what it feels like to vibrate.
And as long as you're there yr shitty job means nothing.
And yr happy yr broke again, because that means yr drunk and you know why you have friends. Mines are our new friends and hope you get to know them too.

Check out how psychedelic this session was during the tracking courtesy of NitetrotterTV.

Mines - Rose Marie/ Answers My Head, I See Better in the Dark When I'm High, Parting Partly Party, Hearts, Bad is the Old Better

Recorded live in Logan Square in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alaskas - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Calvin Whitehurst / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 13, 2012

It truly is so amazing how much one can do with there own voice. Add a delay pedal and loop pedal and ones voice can carry you through many dimensions. Alaskas, the one man machine of Brooklyn's Dillon James Rego accomplishes that. The voice of Alaska's Rego is almost every piece to the puzzle. Beat boxing drum loops start these masterpieces. Followed by some looped singing that sounds almost like a synth. These really start to build his creations before his voice comes through yet again chirping words of being up and down and wanting. Even adding a emotional scream that shows he is serious. Was lucky to meet Dillon while he was visiting Chicago and tracked this sick session.

Here is some footage "I Love Life" from Alaskas Nitetrotter session live.

Alaskas - I Love Life, Farewell to them All and Play Rough

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lil Dusk - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Drew Labarre / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 11, 2012

Lil Dusk is my good friend Ashely Johnson. A long time lady of Chicago decided to pack her bags and head to the big apple. We tracked these two songs only days before she left us for the even bigger city. What she left us with was these two gems made with her partner Bryan Clopton. With both a mixture of hip hop and sharp singing vocals screaming sex and drugs. What more could you want.

Want to see this live? Here you go...

Lil Dusk - First Song and Second Song

Recorded live in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Funs - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 6, 2012

"All you want to do is bring me down," sings The Funs male half Phillip Lesicko. This band does everything but bring me down though. Crunchy driving guitar backed with beat bopping drums with some 80's punk vocals and you have a nasty mix that is The Funs. Even more interesting his how the duo switch from drums and guitar. The guitar reminds me of a sped up Joy Division. Resident Chicago rockers create the boy girl duo of The Funs. Lesicko also runs his own label called Manic Static. Catch The Funs playing around town and really enjoy these tunes.

This is live footage courtesy of NitetrotterTV, of The Funs while being recorded for this session.

The Funs - Drag, Dead Days, Still Sick, Moon, Yeah Sure and Hey Babe.

Recorded in Pilsen in Chicago, IL

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Anthony Levin-Decanini - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 4, 2012

Deep in the dark confines of the late Drone City played a man named Anthony Levin-Decanini. A long time Chicago noiser and proud father. We tracked this very original session while Decanini performed live at Drone City with bands Deep Earth and Food Pyramid. A very avant style with uses of electronics and panning. The most interesting being when he used this device that would slide a card through it. The sounds were jarring and frightful but to my delight. Take a listen to this abstract nite session by Anthony Levin-Decanini.

Anthony Levin-Decanini - Live @Drone City

Recorded at Drone City in Chicago, IL

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Johnny Young - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Drew Labarre / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - March 3, 2012

Watching Johnny Young picking is like watching a ceiling fan go round. Its movement so quick that it looks as if it is standing still. Even more fascinating about his picking is the fact that he only picks with with two fingers. Many people refer to this style as Travis picking after famous guitarist Merle Travis. Johnny Young is quite the experienced guitar player for being so young in age. Well versed at many traditional folk tunes and war hymns, Young plays acoustic 12 string to bar slide to even picking up a banjo for the first time and sounding like a veteran. We spent an early afternoon in the living room of my apartment tracking some great stuff. Keep an ear out for some future releases of Johnny Young and hopefully some collaborations with good friend Ryley Walker.

Here is some great footage of Johhny Young while recording the session and his furry audience.

Johnny Young - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Recorded in Logan Square in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Famous Laughs - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Drew Labarre / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 28, 2012

As cold air rushes across your face as your boat creeps down and empty river. You notice colors bursting across the sky in aw of this beautiful juncture. In this moment you realize that you are safe and content with life for at least today. Famous Laughs is the solo project of Kansas City native and now Chicagoan Jake Acosta. Also, a member of the popular Distractions and part genius behind tape label Teen River. Had a blast relaxing to this twenty minute psychic wave that Famous Laughs gave us at his former pad Ball Hall. Get stoned and get lost in this beautiful piece.

Also don't miss this live video during the Nitetrotter session itself of Acosta's performance done by NitetrotterTV.

Famous Laughs - Ball Hall Session

Recorded at Ball Hall in Chicago, IL.

Monday, February 27, 2012

X+X - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Calvin Whitehurst / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 27, 2012

When we first started this blog, we started in a record store called Mixtapes in East Moline, IL before we relocated to Chicago. One of the regulars around Mixtapes was our best buddy Heat Jones. Heater used to ride deep in this big huge black van with a Raiders logo on it. Other than just being one of the coolest guys the Quad Cities has to offer, he also is the man behind X+X. Heater mixes all his favorite styles of music from psych rock to noise which creates his original style of music. Add Craig on bass and Heat's captain beefheart style vocals and you have psychedelic concoction . We invited X+X up to Chicago to play a sick show at Schwag City with Milton Melvin Croissant from Denver. Heat and crew who always come party ready opened the night and really gave Chicago a new sound that they embraced. Check out X+X live from Schwag City.

X+X - live number one, live number two and live number 3

Recorded at Schwag City in Chicago, IL

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Shitty Wizard - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 26, 2012

Shitty Wizard, the dark side of Iowa City's electronic guru Alex Body. We were really lucky to find out Alex was tagging along with Supersonic Piss when they visited Schwag City. Alex gave us a crushingly loud dooming metal performance. On his knees with a guitar and a mic, this delayed out fuzz fest is a great stoned jam. Be on the look out for an Alex Body performance and check out his new LP Cutting Down Camelot. Good Nite.

Shitty Wizard - Shitty Wizard Live

Recorded at Schwag City in Chicago, IL

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Supersonic Piss - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 22, 2012

I was so excited when Supersonic Piss wrote to us about doing a session. We said hell yes and brought them right into the living room of Schwag City for a loud ass performance. A guitar full stack, huge bass amp and crazy ass drums behind some real pissed off vocals brings together the feel of SSP. SSP hails from Iowa City where they recently released a new full length LP on Chicago's Rotted Tooth Recordings. I remember being a kid and being amazed by drummer Joe Ross while he drummed for old projects like Swing by Seven. Now he is has grown into one of the sickest drummers around while being layered with some of the nastiest players and Supersonic Piss is a noisy nightmare that I would jam any day. Catch SSP in your town as they continue to tour heavily and realize how everything is fucked.

Don't miss this sick live video straight from the recording session at Schwag City on NitetrotterTV.

Supersonic Piss - Girls Have Dicks, Secret Hideaway, Choke Yourself Awake, An Easy Lay, Spit in yr Face, Less of Me, Say it ain't So

Recorded at Schwag City in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dugout Canoe - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Shlon / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 21, 2012

Dugout Canoe is the solo project of Fairfield, Iowa's own Jacob Issac. The bouncing looping guitars over even bouncier beats clothed with Issacs reverbed vocals bring his creative sound. It is very exciting to find a diamond from such a small town in the midwest. Was lucky to catch him while on tour when he played our home base Schwag City. Smashed in the tiny confines of our living room we tracked this colorfully large noise. Seek out Dugout Canoe coming to your living room and be delighted with his unique grooves.

Dugout Canoe - Song 1, Song 2 and Song 3

Recorded at Schwag City in Chicago, IL

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cool Memories - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Katie Litteral / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 20, 2012

"To Live and Die in Logan Square," the perfectly titled recording that Chicago four pack Cool Memories blessed us with. Cool Memories have been around the city for quite awhile and most know the name. Luscious waves of synth swirling into electronic piano, while soloing guitars and saxaphone coax your ears. Perfectly constructed bass and drums hold together this magical tune as singer Bret Koontz lulls listeners. It seems rare to catch a Cool Memories performance but most are lucky to see the members other projects. They also are residents to locals hot spot Situations. We were lucky enough to catch this session before they left on an east coast jaunt. If you see a flyer that reads Cool Memories, don't miss it.

Check out this video courtesty of NitetrotterTV of Cool Memories live at Situations during the recording of this nite session.

Cool Memories - "To Live and Die in Logan Square"

Recorded at Situations in Chicago, IL

Monday, February 6, 2012

Unmanned Ship - Nitetrotter Session

Illustration Duane Jewett / Sound Engineering Nathan Gregory / Text Nathan Gregory - February 6, 2012

Not every band needs vocals to get there point across. Some take a more exciting route with a wall of amps and stoner heavy sound to shatter there listeners ears. Unmanned Ship, a three piece hailing from Chicago, IL are a complete sick package. Thick repetitive bass lines and screaming guitar held together with a tight drummer make your head bob with every beat. With a new LP on the way through Rotted Tooth Recordings, the future for these three seems very bright. We were really excited to have them play our Nitetrotter Fest of 2011. They really set the tone for the rest of the nite.

This was the last session recorded after a marathon session at there practice spot Situations. Check out this sick footage live from Nitetrotter Fest 2011 courtesy of Joe Martinez Jr. Also check out other Unmanned Ship videos on NitetrotterTV.

Unmanned Ship - Track One, Track Two, Track Three, Track Four, Track Five

Recorded at Situations in Chicago, IL.