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