2015 marks the fifth anniversary of CHIRPradio.org, and the launch of our broadcast at 107.1FM this summer. Celebrate with us May 28 with a buffet dinner at Moxee American Kitchen! Get your tickets here.
Lean back and close your eyes. But don't fall asleep, because you're going to miss something quite extraordinary. Nick Sherman, the Chicago artist who operates under the moniker The Variable Why, weaves together sounds that some might file under Ambient but would not entirely or properly describe what he's doing. Like his contemporaries Juliana Barwick and Ken Camden, there's not really a name to summarize the effect of music that's felt just as much as listened to. Hypnotic? Transcendental? An oasis of grace and beauty in a world saturated by harsh reality? The truth is somewhere in there.
Sherman's new record Looking at the Triangles is now in rotation and available by request on CHIRP Radio.
Two really great things happened since we met up with Minor Character’s Andrew Pelletier. You’re in for a treat. The videos below were released yesterday and feature Pelletier, accompanied only by piano, performing the band’s own "Weatherman" and Big Star’s "Holocaust".
The idea to cover "Holocaust" came one night on the road while the group was traveling back to Chicago from a show. The song came over the radio. "There's a track off Voir Dire, "To Young America", that is solo piano and voice and has the same mood and sentiment as "Holocaust". It reminds us a lot of it, and a lot of ourselves. We all love sad songs. I think Alex Chilton is the weirdest songwriter ever and expresses a lot of what we're trying to accomplish. It seemed like the right song for us to share with you,” Pelletier said.
The group released Voir Dire last October and since then recognize they’re in a place of transition. The album gave them a chance to redirect their creativity and work together on what’s next. Thus “Weatherman” seemed fitting.
“Its message of redemption is clear, for the most part, and I thought it'd be fitting to work in a song about that after the winter we had,” Pelletier said. “We're in a transitional phase - things change, people move, new projects are created - but I see myself always with Minor Characters. We work best when we're creating. Being creative together again is the next transition. We’re all very excited to start writing and push ourselves in different ways,”
Photo by: Shelby Pollard
Well, here we are. The Last Four is over, and only two bands remain. Unlike other rounds, there were no tiebreakers or close calls. Instead, dominance came in two familiar forms: the fiery, two-headed garage onslaught of White Mystery, and the boozy, neo-sockhop allure of Modern Vices.
Though they fought valiantly, Twin Peaks and Flesh Panthers fell to these twin beasts, but they'll be back next year. For now, they sit on the sidelines, awaiting the outcome of the final round's titanic contest.
UPDATE 4/20: When the dust settled on Friday, we were all tied up. Thus, like any exciting athletic event that's just not ready to end, we're going to overtime. Voting for OT closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.