And what a black out it's been! Three months, since last we've updated this humble little space! Well, no more! Today, we have three new releases to announce along with a small little list of things that are coming up in the very near future. Buckle in!
First up, a brand new release by local Chicago astral projectors, Verma. Recorded for Vice Magazine's Guide To The Congo, Coltan finds Verma dispensing of their more straight forward krautrock leanings in favor of desolate sounds and tonal stretches that work their way across the hot rocks beneath the blistering Suns of far off lands where water is a luxury, food is a pipe dream, and everything is deadly.
This tape has been pressed in an edition of 100 and comes in our signature black shells with silver imprinting. Verma's recent full length LP, EXU,was recently released in an addition of 200 and it's already nearly sold out, so don't sleep on this cassette, because we will not be re-pressing!
Next up, we've got an odd little punch of accordion and theremin based goodness in the form of The White City Rippers, with their EP Old-Timey Mad Scientist Music. This two person duo bend and shape classic tunes into other century monstrosities, sounding like what would have happened if Suicide had been transplanted from the seedy 70's streets of NYC into the dank confines of a late 19th century saloon.
As is the case with Verma's release, TWCR comes in an edition of 100 with our black shells and silver imprinting. Catch these guys around town playing steampunk expos, dive bars, and yr living room!
Finally, we're dropping our second miniature slab of vinyl in the form of two new jams from the mighty Chandeliers! We've been fans of these guys ever since we first heard their The Thrush LP way back in the frigid winter of 2008, and they've only gotten better with time. This year, in addition to the 7", the group have added the amazingly textured LP, Founding Fathers, to their discography and it's a contender on the year end best of list, for sure! Here's some thoughts on the 7":
If Prince - in his pre anti-gay marriage, while yanking his videos from YouTube days - had joined up with NYC dance machine DFA; this single, by Shape Shoppe based Chandeliers, may have been the result. The A-Side is hard driving without any loss of melody, while the B-Side is a minimalistic affair that lurches across its 5 minutes towards a satisfactory climax.
The vinyl comes in two editions - the first, a print run of 400 copies on classic black, boosts a cover designed by Chandos main man Chris Kalis (astute followers will note the similarities in the art to the center labels that can be found on the LP pressing of Founding Fathers). The second, a print run of 100 copies on aquafresh, minty green, features a cover drawn by Notes and Bolts dude, Kriss Stress, in striking black and white. You should play yr cards right and just buy both!
In the upcoming months, we have new cassettes coming out courtesy of arp destroyer, Jim Magas; drone peddler Cinchel; shoegazers, Videotape; hazy ambient noise slinger, Vapor Lanes; noise pop veteran, Astrobrite; as well as several others.
New 7"s for 2013 will include Pink Frost (coming mid-January and featuring two variants - one in our label trademark of green and the other in a marshmallow pink and white swirl), Architecture (coming in March), Mucca Pazza (TBD), Verma (May), and a split between two one woman synth power houses, Gel Set, and Stacian (June).
Stay tuned to Notes and Bolts and check out all of these releases coming soon to the Chicago haunts you love best!