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RIP: Lux Interior


Lux Interior, the godfather of psychobilly died today at the age of 62, due to a heart condition. He will be missed…

Video: Black Box Recorder – “Child Psychology”

Black Box Recorder are coming back after six years on hiatus (not counting the single they recorded with Art Brut), Luke Haines has confirmed they will be recording a new album this year. They are even playing a few gigs in the UK. It looks as though the new album will be loosely based on the punk group Crass. Here’s hoping they make their way stateside, perhaps alongside The Jesus and Mary Chain. Go, go Glasgow!

Sarah Nixey website | John Moore website | Luke Haines website

The Bitter Tears … spreading the jam

Chicago’s The Bitter Tears are a truly extraordinary group of musicians that one must experience in the live concert setting to truly appreciate the in-your-face absurdity and pure drama that their rambling catchy dada cabaret has to offer. Their often humorous and overwrought lyrics run the gamut of satire, lust, and the grotesque and the orchestrations created by this oddball group will build a groove and sway, then seem to fall apart at the seams in a sort of controlled deconstruction and then bring you back around in whirl of bass and trombone. The Bitter Tears are preparing to release a new LP Jam Tarts and the Jakehouse, which comes out March 3rd on Carrot Top Records. If you are looking for an off-the-wall night of music, I recommended checking out The Bitters at one of their upcoming dates.

Chicago Tour Dates: 
Fri Feb 6 at Empty Bottle
Sat Mar 7 at Hideout

DOWNLOAD: The Bitter Tears – “Slay the Heart of the Earth” – [MP3]

DOWNLOAD: The Bitter Tears – “Starlight” – [MP3]

The Bitters Tears on Myspace | website | Pre-Order Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse

Video: Asobi Seksu – “Me and Mary”

Fresh off the presses, here is the new video from NYC’s Asobi Seksu, “Me and Mary” a single off their forthcoming third LP HUSH out Feb 17th on Polyvinyl Records, which should prove to be a further exploration of their signature brand of dreamy, expansive pop that is adventurously guided by the sweet vocals of lead singer Yuki Chikudate. She could sing me to sleep (in a good way) if I wasn’t reeling from the spacey and rumbling accompaniment from James Hanna and friends. Asobi Seksu hits the Empty Bottle on March, 5th.

Chicago Tour Date:
Mar 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Asobi Seksu on Myspace | Pre-Order HUSH here.

Chairlift … to Chicago

Brooklyn dream-pop trio Chairlift is bringing their dark, yet bouncy electronic-infused pop to Chicago, when they play Schubas on March 14th with YACHT. If you are still digging on Casio drum machines and all the joy they bring, don’t miss this outing.

For those of you with a TV, you may recognize their catchy pop song “Bruises” from the iPod Nano-Chromatic commercial.

Check out some free downloads from their recent Daytrotter Session, including a fun little rendition of said “Bruises”.

Chicago Tour Dates for Chairlift:
Sat. Mar. 14 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s w/YACHT
Thurs. April 23 – Chicago, IL – Metro w/Peter Bjorn & John

Chairlift on Myspace | Website | Buy Chairlift Music