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by Henry Guyer

20 May 2010

From the moment the first piano keys reverberate on Soap & Skin’s “Thanatos”, you know you are in for a spellbinding ride. She introduces herself with a whisper, slowly lulling you into her spell, before shattering any preconceived notions you have of her with the wailing force of a Banshee. Any emerging female solo artist of her stature will immediately bring up comparisons of PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, and Nico. I will do the obvious and compare Soap & Skin to Nico and Björk for very good reasons, rather than from an unimaginative knowledge of female artists. She shares Björk’s inclination for experimentation with both electronic and organic sounds, while she can also powerfully hit the consummate depths of Nico’s vocal register. Born Anja Plaschg, this Austrian enigma has recently only turned 20 but has already built a reputable niche for herself in Europe and it will be just a matter of time before she’ll cross the Atlantic.

by Oliver Ho

19 May 2010

Best known as “Ginger Grant” from Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise recorded several swingin’ albums, the most notable of which was 1957’s It’s Time for Tina. The single, “It’s Been a Long Time” is available for listening on the YouTubes (non-embeddable, dammit ... but there’s an excellent album cover). According to Wikipedia, the album featured Coleman Hawkins (!) on tenor sax, and Harkit Records may be re-releasing it. Their site is worth browsing for the album art alone. Also, Louise’s real name was Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, which is just awesome.

by Alistair Dickinson

19 May 2010

Idris Elba, the man known to most as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, wants to promote a new alter-ego. This time he’s “King Driis”, a multi-accented singer and rapper who has a new song and music video, “Hold On”, to share with the world. The British-born, half-Sierra-Leonean and half-Ghanaian Elba forces us to sit through a barely-decipherable, Mos Def (or a Mos Def look-alike) starring skit before we get to his new tune. It may well be worth it, however, thanks to producer 9th Wonder’s delirious dancehall beat, a laid-back, bouncy number which provides the perfect backdrop for “Driis’s” questionable range of patois.

by Chris Catania

19 May 2010

When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they’ll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I started to dream a bit.

And unfortunately since the Cubs are (so far) really sucking it up this year, I decided to escape the pain of watching the Cubs and wonder what it would be like to see some of my favorite Chicago artists rock Wrigely Field, if the Cubs aren’t going to.

So just off the top of my head, I’ve listed a few Chicago bands that I’d like to see play the best baseball park in the world… Wrigley Field:

  • Common
  • Wilco
  • A Chicago blues showcase featuring Buddy Guy and other local blues legends
  • Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Miraculously bring Steve Goodman back from the dead to play a concert that he rightfully deserves since he’s the genius who wrote “Go Cubs Go”.

Like I said, I’m biased to the Windy City, so I’d like to know what favorite hometown bands and baseball teams would you like to see join forces to rock your favorite ball parks?

by Chris Catania

19 May 2010

Chicago retro soul post-punk band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently released a video to go along with their latest and very crafty single, a swingin’ and soulified cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”. They’ve been performing the song live for the last year or so and the new video makes it official—and I’m sure Wilco would most certainly approve.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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