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Fatty_Jubbo on 12/20/2011 at 06:19PM

Cake & Polka Parade 2011 Jewels

Here are my picks of top 2011 FMA tracks, some of which I curated. Like my WFMU podcast, I spotlight odd and avant-garde yet accessible music. This mix features a lot of gems that seem to have slipped through the cracks somehow, judging by their ridiculously low play counts.

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Fatty_Jubbo on 12/17/2010 at 05:28AM

The Many Faces of Velcro Lewis

Velcro Lewis AKA Andy Slater has been a constant in the Chicago music scene for the past fifteen years, experimenting with different genres. As an undergrad at the School of the Art Institute, he delved into its unique sound program that emphasizes experimentation. Initially creating Bruce Haack/Roger Roger-type high weirdness under the name Sinewaves, the project eventually drifted towards a more electronic soundscape direction. Being legally blind and growing less comfortable with visual work, these pieces were Velcro's audio paintings of imaginary spaces.

The Sinewaves work led Velcro into his second project, Behold! The Living Corpse, a metal band that focused on timbre and mood, using two bass guitars, noise and synthesizers. It took a while for Behold! to find their footing but they started to break barriers when producer Sanford Parker joined the band. Sanford added synths and noise to the foreboding mix as well as making their recordings sound grinding, crushing and brutal. Starting in 1999, the band was ahead of their time, presaging the current avant-doom metal trend. The core of the band called it quits but Velcro continued on with another incarnation, corralling various people from the Chicago noise scene to create a more atmospheric but no less dread-filled dirge.

But most people know Velcro from his Psychedelic/Garage/Soul band The Velcro Lewis Group where he caterwauls through whiskey soaked jams while armed with a mountain of cowbells. It's an interesting progression for Velcro but the band is a refinement of all his past experiments, making it all go down easy while Velcro creates a party atmosphere. The band fuses a vast range of styles to create a unique sound, making it hard to lump them into a generic genre...their bluesy pop gems incorporate gospel, garage and psychedelic through racous call and response sessions between Velcro and drummer Hark Colman, electric washboard (!) playing from Lawrence Peters, excellent guitar work from Phil Hunger and a mighty low-end from Jeff Hanson.

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Fatty Jubbo Is a Fan Of...

La Ligne Claire, Alexander Kibanov & Norihito Kodama, Tep, Matheatre, John Bellows, NNY, Vincent Bergeron, Bela Emerson, ANAVAN, Cigarettes, Transmitters, Bogdan Marcu, Dale, Curlew, RÉGIS VICTOR, Hanns Ahring - Jean Quist - Maren Schram, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Kyle Bruckmann, Forenzics, Mt. Gigantic, Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores, F.A.F.O.O.T., Francesco Lettera, Ga'an, Duo Inmortales, Už Jsme Doma, Gwilly Edmondez, Jooklo Duo with C. Spencer Yeh, Kowloon Walled City, Talibam!, The Rories, Makunouchi Bento, Manuel J Grotesk, Frump! Strumpet! Strife!, Edmondez-NesCo.-Drenching, Sightings, Cleft, Wretched Worst, Black Bear Combo, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, The Superfools, Sous les pieds la terre [Various Artists], Zuby Nehty, Placenta Popeye, G.G. Allin's Dick, Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Black Pus, James Beaudreau, Bonaparte, Barnacled, Igorrr, Country Teasers, Zavoloka, AlienAqtor, Disorder of Rage (DxOxRx), Flanicx, and Rod Brandao, Soft Serve, Trance And The Arcade, Behold! The Living Corpse, Brown Wing Overdrive, Someone Else [UK], brunk, Terrero De Jesus, Oblivian Substanshall, The Ananas, Bensenville Municipal Band, Gardenella, Veal Records (Various Artists), Steven Arntson, John Roach, Gary Wilson, Dan Gleason, Kania Tieffer, Rat City Brass, MAT64, TSIGOTI, Jon Gibson, Dr. Phibes and The Ten Plagues of Egypt, Lume, Goines Ma Non Troppo, Alec K Redfearn & the Seizures, Tabla y Cuchillo, Sinewaves, Flying Luttenbachers, BoyScouts of Annihilation, Horse Boys, IYAXIA, Goto80, Phemale, Stealing Orchestra, Jan Morgenstern, Sarah Weis, Oorutaichi, Fujako, Zs, RUiNU, Unmen, No Babies, Toxic Chicken, les Poivrons Rouges sur le Visage, Velcro Lewis Group, The Sediment Club, Silver Abuse, Roy Nathanson & Tim Kiah, Screaming Females, Bradbury, Cancelled, Trio Metrik, Metamatics, Quiet Hooves, Los Cuatrocientos Golpes, Lee Rosevere, Hot Garbage, Meczûp, Rice屎Corpse, Jaap Blonk & BRAAXTAAL (Jaap Blonk, Rob Daenen, Theo Bodewes), No Nature, Lloyd Rodgers, To Live and Shave in L.A., Illinois Brass Band, Alas, alak, Alaska! (NOUS), Curha, AMANDA, Lovely Little Girls, Ritualistic School of Errors, reminiscence, Sans Blanc, Jared C. Balogh, Nautical Almanac, Sid Peacock, Tobias Herzz Hallbauer

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on 11/30/2012 at 01:41AM
Great show Jubbo! Old Boy! Ha ha!