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From Our Open Blog: Silhavey @ Subt

Silhavey has released a video performing an excellent live cover of both the Colbert Report and Daily Show theme songs, replete with an overdose of American flags and suits and ties. In the video, Silhavey announces that they will be attending the rally in Washington on October 30th. After asking Colbert directly to actually perform at the march, the music is a tight, dead-on live cover of the theme songs, including live trumpet played by keyboard player and lead singer Stephen Dranger -- and despite being live, the sound quality is actually quite good. If you want to see Silhavey in Chicago, come to their show at the Subterranean on Wednesday, October 13th at 8:00PM!

   

Chaperone's Cripple King

The debut ep from the five-piece Chaperone is called Cripple King and will be released next month. The band mixes lo-fi aesthetics with a strong sense of pop. The band used everything from laptops to untuned pianos to space-heaters to create a interesting texture for this ep. The ep was recorded in various spaces and at various times which it also lends itself to the lo-fi sound.

Chaperone is celebrating the release of Cripple King on October 14th at Subterranean with Dastardly, Elephant Gun, and Dylan Kloska.

   

The 1900's Return of the Century

It's been three years since The 1900's released their debut album, Cold & Kind, but will officially be dropping their second album on November 2nd. You can preorder Return of the Century through their label Parasol Records, and hear the track "Babies" right here.

   

Waterstreet's Of Gossip

I was recently sent the latest ep from Waterstreet called Of Gossip. The band released it on July 31st and recorded it here at Kilo Recording Studio. I don't know if it was the band's name or their pictures on myspace, but I was excepting something a little more subdued. What surprised me was mainly the force of Evan Hand's guitar playing and the range and polish of his vocals.

"Psycho" is the first the single from the ep and it finds Hand performing like a cross between Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) and Jimi Hendrix. However, my favorite part of the ep comes in the very first track "Nobody's Ground" when you hear what sounds like tortured piano announce itself over the band's fierce noise. Another highlight is the five-song ep's final track "12" with it's sing-along melodies and youthful imagery. Of Gossip is fine ep from a promising young band.

   

Kid Static on Coach House Sounds

The latest live session over at Coach House Sounds features the talented Kid Static. With the release of this session CHS makes its first installment to a new series of session presented in collaboration with CHIRP Radio.

Also Coach House Sounds is turning two and celebrating with a show at The Whistler with Zelionople and the Jeff Kowalkowski Trio on October 5th.