Isn’t it funny how these things happen? Fess Grandiose went down to New Orleans recently to hang out with Netherfriends during his NOLA residency. During his stay, Fess happened to meet a couple of touring bands from Brooklyn- Ava Luna and Celestial Shore.
As fate would have it, both bands would be playing in Chicago around the same time Fess was to return, so he invited them to stay at the Kimball House during their Windy City excursion. The rest, they say, is history.
Connect with Ava Luna & Celestial Shore – that is, if you want to hear some great music from a very talented group of people:
Sometimes love gets ill and the only option is to ride out. If you’ve ever been there, consider “I’m Gone” your theme song. Produced by Netherfriends, the soul-fused, bluesy track features Fess Grandiose with the lyrical assist for that extra push so you can pack your bags and get outta there.
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Dilated is the new 3-track EP from Nunca Duerma, released on Eliot Lipp‘s Old Tacoma Records. The EP is a collection of sample-based grooves and layered drums that will resonate on dance floors while also appealing to a critical listener’s sensibilities.
Attuned to the techniques of chopping and resampling, Nunca Duerma uses his affinity for Hip-Hop and expertise of warping to create a complex but appealing set of downtempo, soul-influenced, experimental tracks.
The music of Shawn Rosenblath is a somewhat complicated blend of funk, experimental rock and lo-fi, seamlessly and fearlessly brought together under his one-man show known as Netherfriends. He’s spent some three years doing nearly non-stop touring, crafting his songs and stage show. Rosenblath is in town for a month-long residency at Schubas in Chicago, and will follow it up with month-long stints in Austin, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. Netherfriends talks about life on the road, his latest release Middle America and a forthcoming release he plans on finalizing during his trifecta of month-long residencies.
Shawn Rosenblatt, aka Netherfriends, usually gets filed under “bedroom-pop,” and not without reason: he records ethereal indie pop in his bedroom by himself. But during his upcoming November residency at Schubas—he’ll play every Monday that month—Rosenblatt hopes to make an almost-live album, combining recordings from all four shows with subsequent overdubs. And he wants to get the audience involved too. I talked to the forever-touring Netherfriends during a drive from this city to that city:
The PR describes this as an “experiment in residency.” Explain that. A lot of people who do residencies just play the shows. I’ve been on tour now for three years straight, taking at most a month off. In the last year and a half I’ve figured out how to perform solo. My last record, Middle America, was recorded the same way I’ve always done it. Now I’m interested in the idea of recording a live performance of my solo set, as well as some new material. Plus it’ll give me time to experiment and write new songs.
Are the opening bands for each show going to collaborate or form some rudimentary backing band? I’m going to try. Musicians are flaky [laughs]. They’re all way too busy. Maybe a couple of them that I’m close to and will hang with. That’s the thing—I’ll trick people into coming over, and the next thing they know they’re recording.
How are you going to incorporate the audience? I’ll record a scream before a song, for instance, and eventually use it in that song. I’ll assign loops and samples onto a pad and play them at any point, using a sustain pedal to trigger it.
And there will be overdubs and added instrumentation to round it out? I’m going to do some extra work to it, just to make it sound the best it possibly can. You’re not going to hear the audience. There’s not going to be stage banter, like on Kiss’s Alive! I want to experience something different. I don’t have money to record in a recording studio, so what’s the next best thing?