Nunca Duerma is a busy man. Over the last several months, he’s released multiple collaborative tracks with other artists while he prepares to drop his new LP, Shapeshifter, on Eliot Lippʼs Old Tacoma Records.
Nunca Dʼs latest offering is a remix of “Bloody Face Handshake” by rapper/producer Jeremiah Jae. Originally from Chicago, Jae recently signed with Warp Records after releasing various projects under Flying Lotusʼ Brainfeeder imprint and making himself a fixture of the Los Angeles beat scene.
In addition to a growing collection of single releases and remixes, Nunca Duerma will be performing select dates throughout the Midwest as Shapeshifterʼs launch date draws closer.
Champagne Safari Tour:
Dec. 22 – Chicago, IL.
Dec. 23 – Grand Rapids, MI.
Dec. 26 – Detroit, MI.
Dec. 28 – Kalamazoo, MI.
More dates TBA.
Originally premiering on Ruby Hornet, “Ode To Joy…” was recorded live during the “Kind Of Buzzed Vol 2.” session at Cafe Mustache. Chandler London freestyles over an improvised, multilayered beat- provided by Netherfriends. Get the track below, mastered for your listening pleasure. Bonus: Video from the session, shot by Geoff Henao.
CHICAGO: Catch both Chandler and Netherfriends this Saturday- live at Kimball House Rock!
Go have some fun at Lollapalooza, then come by to hear (and see) some classic grooves and deep cuts, courtesy of Fess Grandiose and Marat24k.
Whenever someone tries to play a trick on you after April Fools Day, there’s an old saying you’re supposed to use: “April Fools has come and past, and you’re the biggest fool at last!” Hopefully you got those pranks in on Monday, ’cause now it’s time to dance! DJ Major Taylor will be spinning every night this week at a function near you. You can also catch him getting crowds hype every Friday night at Bar Deville.
Fun Fact: In case someone tries to play a trick on you before April Fools Day, the appropriate response would be: “April Fools is not yet here, so you’re the biggest fool this year.” Can’t wait to try it out next year.
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?