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On February 9, 2010, British electro-whizzes Hot Chip will be releasing their fourth studio album, One Life Stand. The two songs leaked so far from the album are a bit of a departure from the buttery soul and quirky synthpop of 2008’s Made in the Dark. “Take It In” is a dead-ringer for the Human League’s nighttime keyboard pop, while the breezy-but-insistent title track conjures a new-wave discotheque in the Caribbean. (View the official video for the latter song below.)
Last week, guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Owen Clarke and I chatted via phone about all things Hot Chip. Download or listen to the exclusive interview below.
Interview With Owen Clarke of Hot Chip – 12/10/09
I hate writing posts like this: Over at the Riverfront Times‘ music blog, A to Z, we reported on the death of Jay Bennett, the ex-Wilco guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. From the post, via the Chicago Sun-Times:
Jay Bennett, a rock musician with deep ties to Chicago best known as a former member of Wilco, died early Sunday morning in downstate Urbana, where he had been running a recording studio, according to a spokesman for his family…
“Early this morning, Jay died in his sleep and an autopsy is being performed,” said Edward Burch, a friend and musician who collaborated with Bennett on the 2005 album “The Palace at 4 a.m.” “The family is in mourning and is unavailable for comment at this time.”…
…by the end of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the guitarist, songwriter and engineer who was pushing Wilco beyond alt-country into psychedelic, genre-fucked pop was out of the tape-loop and alone with his own talents. Those are considerable, as Bennett’s most recent album, The Magnificent Defeat, makes blindingly (if chaotically) clear. With out-of-control guitars, honky-tonk pianos, whack-a-mole drumming, drunk-at-noon vocals and a lost-weekend desperation, Bennett surrenders to rock & roll’s twisted glee and decadence; and against the odds of his limited voice and lyrics, somehow sounds like a winner.
Bennett was 45.
The indie rock pride of Springfield MO, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (whose 2008 album Pershing made my Top Ten of the year) were in town this week for a show at the Billiken Club. The band stopped by the Magnolia Avenue Studios to record a session for International Pop Overthrow (with guest host Grace Woodard) that will air in toto on 88.1 FM (and streaming live at KDHX.org) this Monday, February 2 at 8:30 pm CST.
Till then, here’s a sneak preview MP3 from their in-studio performance. And check out the slideshow after the jump!
Thanks to a tip from a regular listener of my radio show, I confirmed last week that the Lucas School House is set to close after its New Year’s Eve show. Co-owner Dan Jameson penned a statement in this A to Z blogpost that broke the news in town. I hate seeing venues close, especially since Lucas was so good about booking local acts there (something to which a few other blog contributors can no doubt attest). Off the top of my head, my favorite shows I saw there include Mitch Easter and most recently a barn-burning set by Missouri’s own Ha Ha Tonka. What were yours?
St. Louis faves Centro-matic are performing at Off Broadway in, oh, the next few hours — as is South San Gabriel, the side project/alter-ego of the group. Take a look at the former’s first video, a gorgeous clip for “Rat Patrol & DJs” shot by Bob Andrews and Mark Ray. Both men are part of the Undertow Collective; the latter is also in much-beloved local(ish) band Waterloo. Check out a recent story I wrote about Undertow for the RFT right here.