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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...

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

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