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These Predicaments, the latest collection of paintings by David Stoupakis, presents a fairy tale world that is more upside down than ever before. A giant little girl becomes larger than life; a prematurely aged young boy hosts a railroad of memories of events to come; a child is tight up with rope, hair alight, perched precariously on the edge of a tower of books, ready to fall into an abyss. Indeed, these predicaments and dilemmas are more dangerous than merely puzzling. A small piper sees what happens when the piping is too successful; an ice maiden is trapped in her own snow globe; none of the guests look very happy at a macabre last supper.
Artist: David Stoupakis
Need we even mention that Hot Chip’s shows are sold out? Didn’t think so. You can still hang with the London lads during their DJ set after Sunday’s show. Admission’s only $5 with a ticket stub!
Maybe you can’t make a show, or maybe it sold out. Whatever the case, you can still revel in the talent of Hot Chip — not with a live set, but a DJ one.
The dudes will be spinning all night.
$5 w/ a ticket stub from one of the shows
Get tix here.
Hot Chip began their acclaimed 2004 debut Coming On Strong with heartfelt advice and a warning, “Take care into the home”, before taking you for a musical ride around their own. They begin their astonishing sophomore record with a different kind of warning: “FIRE IS HOT, STEEL CAN CUT /GLASS WILL BREAK IF YOU’RE NOT … CAREFUL!”…Triumphant and gloopy synths begin the frenetic and bewildering Careful , giving way to rave rhythms, war drums, syrupy vocals, computed crowd chants and a song celebrating balloons and physical intimacy; the frenetic opening minutes of this truly adventurous record.
Careful cuts through the listener and represents a more confrontational sound for Hot Chip, usually found only in their visceral live show. The confrontation is echoed throughout the rest of the album, whose musical inventiveness almost pokes fun at the caution in the lyrics. Joe Goddard explains: “The completion of Careful was a major turning point in the process of making this album. I wanted it be a real departure from the first album, but Alexis and I were worried that the music we wanted to make was incompatible. Once we’d managed to complete this track together, though, it re-affirmed our belief that we could find common ground.”
Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard began to work on the album in earnest. Out of the tension of these sessions, with the two songwriters / producers pulling against one another, there eventually emerged some great moments of beauty, laughter, love and slaughter. Where one man cannot talk of his pain, another can record it. And then fuck with it. Then you get Owen in to mash into the guitar like nobody else. And while Felix is pushing synthesizers through a ‘Machinedrum’, quick, record him while he’s not looking, and Al can come over all Eno/Manzanera – he’s got nimble fingers and vocal chords. It’ll work, don’t worry. This became Hot Chip’s ‘creative process’. And it really did work. But be careful, it’s crazy in there…
The Warning is an amalgamation of great songwriting and forward-thinking pop-production. It’s an honest record – emotionally and sonically, made by people exploring sound in the warmth of home, not studio, and it is a brittle pairing of voices which sing of LOVE, COLOURS, LOSS, and WARNINGS. It is the only record you will hear this year, which is brave enough to try and better all of the best records of yesteryear and tomorrow. If you want something which evokes the textures of Aphex Twin recordings, Madlib’s sense of deranged hip-hop holiday, the intimacy of Prince’s fantastically claustrophobic parades, and more than merely the spirit of certain wonderful Paul McCartney experiments in disco, Hot Chip would recommend The Warning . It’s cheaper than buying the Richard D James Album, Madvillainy, Dirty Mind and McCartney II after all.
Of the title track, Joe explains: “ The Warning comes from a real love of 2-step garage rhythms and melodies…the rhythmic devices used in programming garage appear everywhere in Hot Chip, and I still find some garage records to be amongst the funkiest and most soulful.” While The Warning insists that “Hot Chip will break your legs, snap off your head” over a luxurious garage beat, Look After Me speaks plainly of the growing distance between a couple, and acknowledges vulnerability and the need for unequivocal support between two people. Alexis: “Ever since seeing it on The Box in the late ‘90s I had been hooked on Sparkle’s duet with R Kelly, ‘ Be Careful ’. Eventually I tried to rip off the chord structure, melody and mood to make the beginnings of ‘Look After Me’. For the middle-eight section’s descending chord progression I mimicked the synth-line in Prince’s ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ almost note for note. Joe heard what I thought was a take on the modern R&B ballad to be more in keeping with an old-fashioned soul classic of the Al Green ilk, and we were soon adding plucked live violins and very soft drumming.”
Somewhere between these unspoken ideas emerges an incredibly personal Hot Chip song, tying the record together at the center and underpinning the album’s mood of caution and warning. But it’s also a song that openly borrows from other records in an attempt to make something new, encapsulating the duality of the Hot Chip sound, at once very “felt”, and very considered.
The bathos of Coming On Strong is more often than not replaced by pathos in The Warning . And I Was A Boy From School , a beautifully melancholy ballad of loss and acceptance, is Hot Chip’s greatest pop moment so far – wonderful in its simplicity; heartbreaking in its honesty: “ We tried, but we didn’t have long, We tried but we didn’t belong…”. But Boy From School began life as a Casio waltz, before looking towards the spirit of Giorgio Moroder. Joe explains: “’I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer was in my mind. I thought if you could combine that rhythmical power with a beautiful chorus then you could make a dance record that would be much better than most. In fact, the sound of the song is still very gentle, and though I now realize that that is something to be proud of, back then I wanted to compete with people like the DFA.”
One of the most unusual aspects of Boy From School , and Hot Chip in general, is the direct contrasting of vocal styles, Alexis often taking the higher ‘female’ lead, and Joe the lower, ‘male’ response, in a world which recalls the classic soul or country and western duets of the past, but is clearly somewhere stranger altogether. And rather than rich harmonies, they create a denser texture, singing in direct unison, leaving the harmony to the instruments; the effect is quite unique.
The androgynous and yearning tone in Alexis’ vocal performances, and the frailty and primitivism in certain drum sounds, have reminded some listeners of Scritti Politti or the Young Marble Giants, as much as the R Kelly or Wookie tracks that inspire some of the music. The space between conception and realization is where you find Hot Chip; and it’s what makes them so distinctive, so fascinating. That and the fact that they are happy to leave imperfections in: “The idea of including the inaccuracies that occur when people play instruments in the song is extremely important to us. It is the antithesis of a lot of modern record productions, where every mistake is ironed out digitally. When I think about the producers and songs that I really cherish, I think that certain rash decisions or mistakes in the playing or mixing are often the very things that I love.”
Hot Chip have made quite a leap with The Warning , in terms of sophistication and clarity. A deliberately simple tune and lyric, such as Colours , transcends its initial child-like innocence to seem gorgeous and, somehow, profound. “I wanted to write lyrics as direct as the ones you’d find in Kraftwerk songs. We’d just seen them at Brixton Academy and I was struck by how well they said something about motion or light, or radioactivity, in so few words.” (Alexis) “For a while I wanted this album to sound a lot like Can or Neu – I wanted the propulsive force of the song to be powerful but seem effortless and for the keyboard sounds to be glistening and beautifully sculpted, in the way that Kraftwerk make their instruments sound. We were after simplicity and directness.” (Joe)
When Hot Chip started their album with a chorus that confides: “The stories you told were awful /I hope that they weren’t just artful, /I hope that you will be careful”, you would be forgiven for thinking they could be writing about their own music, giving you a new warning. People have often mistaken what is at times an opaque, and other times a transparent honesty for something more sinister or ‘artful’ (God forbid, a sense of humor !), and the irony of this is not lost on the songwriters. But that is Hot Chip in a nutshell: musical perverts who know how to tease you just right, who are tender when you are just getting used to their brashness and confidence.
As The Warning says, ‘LET ME SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU’. This time round, you may be able to tell that Hot Chip’s tongues are deeper inside your cheeks than they are embedded in their own.
Hot Chip also play live, they have toured with people like LCD Soundsystem, Mylo, Stereolab & recently Goldfrapp and played their own shows/tours too of course. They will be doing stuff like that all year.
The Warning was recorded by Hot Chip at home.
Make sure to head out to Rehab on Monday @ the Evil Olive for Hollywood Holt, Kid Cudi, Zebo & Mark Gertz (Dark Wave Disco)….Always good times @ the Olive, might be a good idea to get out early…
HOLLYWOOD MOON TOUR @ REHAB!
KID CUDI & HOLLYWOOD HOLT…w/ special guests ZEBO & MARK GERTZ
Doors @ 10pm. Open til 4am.
$2 pbr, $3 shots, 21+
$5 w/ rsvp. $7 after 2am!!!
Drambuie and Myopenbar present the third installment of Cinema 16. An avant-garde New York film society originally established in 1943, Cinema 16 has recently been revived in Chicago, in a mission to celebrate and explore the experimental spirit and ambition of a bygone era.
The evening’s program features a selection of short films by Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer, American modernist Man Ray and French filmmaker and scriptwriter Robert Enrico, each with a live soundtrack performed by music collective The Elegant Universe. Complimentary Drambuie cocktails will be served.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
High Concept Laboratories Rooftop
1401 W. Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL
7pm, 21+, free with RSVP
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515Alive DJ Festival and Performing Arts festival in Downtown Des Moines Iowa on July 26th, 2008
515 Alive 2008
Urban Music & Arts Festival
Saturday, July 26th
DJ / Performer Schedule
Solar Cathedral Main Stage
DJ MISJAH 11:00 – 12:30
ACG3 aka The Goat 10:00
DJ Sonar 9:00
Mike Gervais 8:00
Mustafa Avdic 7:00
Christian James 6:00
John Hester 5:00
Level Matrix 4:00
DJ Flash 11:15 – 12:30
DJ A-Roc 10:45
DJ Episode 10:30
Cleo’s Apartment 9:45
Joey Ashby 9:15
DJ Episode 9:00
Des Moines Boyz 8:15
DJ Episode 8:00
Chester P 7:00
Launchpad DMI Entertainment Showcase 6:00
Xplizit Records Latino Showcase 5:00
DJ Avant Garde 4:00
Jungle Row (4th st. Patio)
Aaron B 10:00
Fallen of the Inferno 9:00
DJ Mindblur 6:00
DJ Solargy 5:00
Sir Kit Ree 4:00
The Groove Oasis (The Lift)
DJ Kelix 11:00
Tasty Box (live) 12:00
UK Club Stage (Vaudeville Mews)
Justen Parris 1:00
Jack the Lad 12:00
Bay 51 11:00
Christian Capone 8:00
US Club Stage (4th St. Theater)
DJ Sharlo 1:00
DJ Drumspinna 11:00
Sneakers O’Toole 9:00
Thousands Millions 8:00
TJ Hood 7:00
D Nuts 6:00
Vulcan Mojo 5:00
Mashup Mountain (The Royal Mile)
Tim Grimes 12:00 – 2:00
Jade Reed 11:00
Al Brown 10:00
DJ Cloud 9:00
Dave Leo 8:00
DJ Uplift 7:00
Jason Stone 6:00
Eyes in the Dark Stage (Court Avenue)
DJ Nova 11:00
DJ Raj 9:00
Brad Baetz 8:00
DJ Jimmy Jim 7:00
Planned Parenthood “Protect Your Decks” Stage (4th st. Parking Lot)
DJ Oz 11:00
DJ QC 10:00
DJ Bui 9:00
Guy Le Beau 8:00
Brad Goldman 7:00
DJ Vain 6:00
Hector Vasquez 5:00
“The Carter” The Lil Wayne Movie via HipHopHoney.com
The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” Lil’ Wayne, proved to be just that, when his last album Tha Carter III sold over 1 million copies in its first week. Now, the rap superstar looks shine on a different stage, as QD3 Entertainment preps a film biography on the life and career of Mr. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. titled, The Carter for 2009. From the producers who delivered the Tupac Shakur documentary, Thug Angel, as well as the popular Beef DVD series, QD3 Entertainment in association with Young Money Entertainment, has announced plans to release the first-ever biography on the life and career of Weezy. Directed by filmmaker Adam Lough (The Upsetter, which chronicled the life and music of reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry), the film will explore the man, his family and the drive behind his fame. rest of the story via HipHopHoney.com
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Cheap Gear Rundown
Because even men need clothes
Summer Gear: Haberdash
Thru July at 1350 N Wells St; Old Town; 312.440.1300
40-75% off most spring stock including light jackets, buttondowns, sweaters, blazers, slacks, polos, tees, and hoodies from the likes of Mike & Chris, Trovata, Shipley & Halmos, Theory, and Penguin (though you’re on your own for discounts on nefarious plots and trick umbrellas).
See what’s in store at HaberdashMen.com
Denim Gear: The Warehouse Sale
Fri and Sat at 2301 S MLK Dr, South Building S105;
Thousands of pairs of premium denim (everyone from Chip & Pepper to True Religion), all at up to 80% off; the space is 15,000 sq ft, so shopping for new pants will wear a hole in your old pair’s crotch.
Step to the jeans at TheWarehouseSale.com
Staple Gear: Polo
750 N Michigan Ave; Gold Coast; 312.280.1655
Their whole summer collection’s 40-60% off while it lasts, plus through July save half on a generous smattering of dress shirts and neckware.
Pony up at at Polo.com
Flossy Gear: Apartment #9 Summer Sale
Thru July at 1804 N Damen Ave; Bucktown; 773.395.2999
Snag 20-50% off spring and summer merch: Etro linen suits and buttondowns, Martin Margiela sweaters, and shoes from Sperry and Band of Outsiders (free nickname with purchase — sorry, “Ponyboy”‘s taken).
Home Gear: Design Within Reach
’til July 29 at:
1574 N Kingsbury St, Lincoln Park; 312.482.8661
10 E Ohio St; River North; 312.280.4677
Up to 75% off achingly modern, weather-resistent outdoor goodness, from bar chairs, to tables, to sofas. Plant your ass and take a look around — the world is now your television.
Check the discounts at DWR.com
More Flossing: Jake
939 N Rush St; Near North Side; 312.664.5553
3740 N Southport Ave; Lakeview; 773.929.5253
60% off shirts, blazers, and t-shirts from Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Adam Kimmel, and Martin Margiela (sadly, none of Jake’s designers cut clothes for The Fat Man).
Work Gear: George Greene
49 E Oak St; Gold Coast; 312.654.2490
The jacket/suit-heavy spring lines from Kiton, Alexander McQueen, Etro, Zegna, and Tom Brown are 30% off ’til they’re gone, at which point you’ll be 100% shopping at Men’s Wearhouse.
More at George-Greene.com
James Homer, a member of the Unseen Photography Collective, features a series of photographs entitled Alone as part of the group website. In a “Where’s Waldo?” type of way, the viewer tries to locate a sole figure dwarfed by his or her surroundings. The person is very much part of the scene, but it is clear that the scene exists with or without the presence of that individual. Big picture thinking, but the scenes are captivating on their own, so that no one feels as though a message is being served up. Also interesting is Homer’s Nation of Shopkeepers series.
Artist: James Homer
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Artist Brent Houzenga Opening Reception at The Lift Friday, July 11th
Artist Brent Houzenga is the next artist to show at The Lift. Houzenga’s artwork will be on display the months of July and August with his opening reception set for Friday, July 11th 6-9pm. The title of his show is “Another Visitation” and will feature a variety of newly created prints on found objects, installation segmented pieces, and imaginative paintings. Brent was recently featured in local arts magazine DSM and is currently Assistant Director at the Ankeny Art Center. Please visit his website www.brenthouzenga.com
Thank you for supporting the arts in Iowa and please add this event to your art calendar listing.
The Lift Art Curator
The Lift – www.dmlift.com
Brent E. Houzenga
Emily Svec discovered the body as a canvas about two years ago and began to experiment with the concept of creating walking pieces of art. Svec has lent her art to many different facets of the Des Moines art base, creating individual portraits for photographs, directing performance pieces and has provided painted ladies for different events around town. Painting all shapes and sizes, Svec is indiscriminate to the human figure, refusing to believe that anyone would fail to become something beautiful. Her goal, quite simply, is to have her models look in the mirror and have them realize their flawlessness with or without the paint.
Svec has participated in the Sunshine Provacouture, Fashion Midwest Runway Revue, Felis Picturatus, Redesign Fashion Show, Fall of Humanities Charity Event, 80/35 festival plus more. She’s worked with photographers such as Ace Foto, MG Photography, SageMaven Design, Billy Dean Photography, Emilia Gaps, Brinny D Photography, plus takes photos herself. Svec has also been featured in Juice Magazine and Core Magazine.
Emily Svec Body Decor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.