Next month the local trio known as Future Rock will release an epic 52-minute live album. "Live in Wicker Park", set for a June 1st release, features live remixes of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Death from Above 1979 as well as a lot of the bands original material. Mickey Kellerman and Felix Moreno, alongside drummer Darren Heitz have been playing together and perfecting their technique since 2004. Filled with live samples, progressive rhythms, big beats, and party-ready rhythms, this album is a true showcase of the bands abilities. This is the band’s first release since their 2007 album Gears.
Lollapalooza has put out a question to the mass of music fans in Chicago to name their favorite Chicago music blog. We would love it if you would nominate The Deli Chicago. We are not sure what they are going to do, but I am sure it will be great! Go nominate us please.
This week the fuzz-pop band Panda Riot released their ep Far & Near, and is heading back east for a mini-tour. They are originally from Philadelphia and I thought it would be the perfect time to ask them a few questions.
The Deli (TD): What can fans except to find on Far & Near? Panda Riot (PR): Between our last record, she dares all things, and this new EP, far and near, we've added a bass player, Justin, and an aux percussionist, Melissa. As a result, I think the songs are more dance-y and textured. Also, while our last record was more or less a collection of singles, Far and Near has a stronger theme. It's like a little novella.
TD: The video for “Motown Glass” was very cool. How did you decide to make a video for that song as opposed to others on the EP? PR: Rebecca and I both started out as filmmakers so we had a few ideas of what we wanted the video to look and feel like. Motown Glass just seemed to match up nicely.
TD: How did you come to score the film Apocalypse Story? How did that process differ from your typical writing process? PR: When we write a panda riot song, it is intended to stand alone. But in the soundtrack, the music has to compliment the mood, the arc of the plot, and the interactions of the characters. So, it’s a completely different approach. Also, a lot of what you'll hear on the soundtrack was done on the first take.
TD: How does the music environment in Chicago compare to the scene in Philly? PR: In Philadelphia it was just Rebecca and myself recording songs in a tiny apartment. We had never really written or recorded songs before. As a result, I think that our first record reflects that intimacy and newness in the recordings. So you could say she dares all things was our Philadelphia Record.
Shortly after moving to Chicago Justin joined the band and his bass playing added a new dimension to the band. We also moved into a huge raw loft space where we can record and practice whenever we want. That gave us the time to rehearse and record the songs exactly how we wanted them. So if She Dares All Things was an intimate, spontaneous record, Far and Near is a more expansive dance-yer, more textured record.
Far & Near was released this week and is available here. Panda Riot is currently on an east coast tour.
It’s exciting when a quality band just seems to appear, and for me that band right now is Young Jesus. They gritty hybrid sound is enticing and their debut ep Late Night Standards shows remarkable amount of skill and command. The band credits influences such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Brand New and Cursive, but I also hear a little bit of Cracker and Wilco in their sound. Their ep is now available and did I mention it is free.
Even though their myspace page currently reads New York I am still claiming Erza Furman as a Chicago musician. The band will be back into on June 19th at Metro and that news made me want to listen to my favorite track from the band. “We Should Fight” appears on Inside The Human Body (Minty Fresh, 2008).
Tomorrow night at Late Bar you will have the opportunity to hear the new ep from The Maybenauts spun by Members of the Maybenauts Vee & Emily DJ directly. There is no cover to the event and Hors d'oerves and complimentary space shots will be served. There is really no reason why you shouldn’t be at Late Bar between 8 and 10pm tomorrow night.
The Maybenauts will celebrate the release of Big Bang on May 21st at Darkroom. A full review and much more on this ep to come in the following weeks.