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Lens Records is a Chicago based record label created to help support and distribute the works of artists who prefer to work with a smaller, artist driven label. The label has released a variety of work in different genres including ambient, experimental, dark ambient, electronic, rock, modern classical, electroacoustic and field recordings...
SCRAPE OFF THE DROSS: DAWN OF MAN REVIEW 02/09/2007
Beatbots review of Dawn of Man's EP "In the Bronze Age":
"Freedom from rules, freedom from constraint / freedom to create anything we make / rivals, we’re without thoughts of never paying / movement, we insist, is always unrestrained.”
So begins Dawn of Man’s “A to Z,” a surefire anthem of a single that is buoyed by equal parts independent ideology, bright guitar riffs, and brassy percussion. Frontwoman Alison Russell’s vocals affect a gruff matter-of-factness that exudes self-confidence while eschewing the husky croons, winsome coos, and diva-esque cries... More >
BANG! BANG! TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM 02/09/2007
Chicago sex rockers Bang! Bang! have finished recording their second album, The Dirt That Makes You Drown, which will soon be released on Morphius Records. Planetary Group will be handling their promotion campaign. Bang! Bang! will be touring this spring in support of the new album, and these raucous dance-crazed shows are not to be missed!
March 29 @ The Way Out Club, MO, St. Louis 9pm
March 30 TBA @ The Outland, Springfield, MO 9pm
March 31 @ White Water Tavern, Little Rock, AR
April 1, w/ Tossers @ Low Key Arts Building, Hot Springs,... More >
WZT HEARTS SIGN TO CARPARK, RECORD ALBUM, TOUR 02/08/2007
Baltimore's WZT Hearts has just finished recording their second full-length and Carpark Records debut at Lord Baltimore Recordings, Morphius' house studio. Carpark has projected a June release for the yet untitled album. You can still pick up a copy of WZT Hearts' first album, Heat Chief, recorded by Rob Giradi (Beach House, Vincent Black Shadow) here.
WZT Hearts will be touring the nation next month with fellow Baltimoreans and Carpark artists Lexie Mountain and Ecstatic Sunshine (featuring guitarist Dustin Wong of Ponytail). The tour includes sets at... More >
MADELEINE PEYROUX TOURS U.S. AND EUROPE 01/30/2007
Madeleine Peyroux, acclaimed chanteuse and 2005 winner of the Borders Original Voices Award, has just completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand and will soon embark on an ambitious tour of both the United States and Europe. Peyroux is touring in support of her new album Half the Perfect World, following up her performance in the recently released film Lucky You. Got You On My Mind, her critically acclaimed 2004 collaboration with harmonica virtuoso William Galison, is still available here.
In addition to the following tour dates, this February you can... More >
BLAKE MILLER: TWO PITCHFORK REVIEWS AND FOUR STARS 01/26/2007
Pitchfork gave Blake Miller's song "Cut Your Hair" 4 stars! DL it here
Remember what Devendra Banhart was like circa The Black Babies? The humble, ineffably weird lo-fi arrangements? The submerged warble? The gray-hued melodies meandering through vaguely sinister atmospheric noises like surf through pylons? If not, Blake Miller-- less memorably named than Banhart but just as rudimentarily striking-- is here to remind you. While I'd be down to hear Miller take a stab at Pavement's slacker classic of the same name, his "Cut Your Hair" stands on its own merits--... More >
THE LIBRARIANS: SPIN.COM'S ARTIST OF THE DAY 01/24/2007
"If Librarian's Stranger were a novel, it'd be a page-turner about the numb and the beautiful, with the bite of Bret Easton Ellis, minus his bleakness. At a tight 11 tracks, the album delivers dark disco elements, synth splashes, swaggering guitar licks, and insistent drums anchored by deliciously indifferent, deadpan vocals. "Smoke and Mirrors" flirts with the insistent edge of Interpol and tracks like "Spend All the Cash" come off like the best bodyshakers of Franz Ferdinand, minus the homoeroticism and high camp. Touches like the video game bleeping at the... More >
THE NO NAME DESERT HORSE: PITCHFORK ON ARBOURETUM 01/23/2007
Rites of Uncovering
[Thrill Jockey; 2007]
From the first hollowed-out chords and reverbed vocals of Arbouretum's second album, Rites of Uncovering, it's clear that it's going to be a somber, serious record. Bandleader Dave Heumann cites the writings of Paul Bowles, where sheltered Americans violently confront their naiveté in hostile foreign lands, as the album's primary influence, so you know off the bat it's not going to be a barrel of laughs. Throughout the first couple of songs, the jury stays out on whether it's to be just... More >
THE FADER HI-FIVES CREATIVE CAPITALISM 01/22/2007
Check out this short n' sweet piece on Creative Capitalism, home to Ponytail and LO MOdA. You can download the latest issue, Number 43, of The Fader here.
The idea of "artists making music, musicians making art" has always been a suspect one, conjuring images of failed noise projects and vanity art books. Yet Creative Capitalism brings to mind something less disheartening and more practical. "I don't follow aesthetics," says founder Peter Quinn. "This is a label that is going to be based on belief systems." Creative Capitalism's first venture... More >
LOVE TO LOVE YOU: ANOTHER PONYTAIL REVIEW 01/15/2007
Everyone hearts Ponytail! The orders have been rolling in since the Pitchfork review and Time Out Chicago joins in the cuddle party:
Issue 97: Jan 4–10, 2007
Top live show
Baltimore foursome Ponytail has been described as the Boredoms fronted by a woman—although considering that Japanese noise-rock act’s somewhat weak performance at last summer’s Intonation Festival, perhaps Ponytail deserves a little better. As it stands, the fact that vocalist Molly Siegel’s chromosomes are of the XX persuasion is of little relevance to Ponytail’s music, because she... More >
HEY OLDSTER, PONYTAIL IS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH 01/12/2007
No way! Pitchfork gave Ponytail's debut Kamehameha an 8.1. That's like an 11 on anyone else's scale of 1 to 10. Check it:
Baltimore's Ponytail look like they'd tip the scales, collectively, at around 385 pounds. So the racket they make is loud and dense but not beefy. There's no bass, fer instance, but the two guitars do play low notes sometimes. And they also look like their collective age is somewhere around 60, which sounds old until you realize there's four of 'em. So their music definitely sounds like kids at summer camp, kids on the wrong side of four... More >