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Red Bull Sound Select Coverage Day 7 - Mitski

On day 7 of the RBSS #30DaysinChicago, Mitski headlined Lincoln Hall, with support from Miya Folick and Hazel English. She started things off with a favorite from her third release, Bury Me at Makeout Creek: “Frances Forever”. With three bands on the bill, and roughly a two and a half hour window for music, things had to be quick. Luckily for the majority of Mitski’s music, she was able to power through 16 bass/guitar driven anthems. When coming up on what she noted as the “hit single”, she engaged the entire venue in a sing-a-long of “Your Best American Girl”. Nearing the end of the set, Mitski said goodbye to her band mates, and she finished the rest of her set solo. Finishing up, she encouraged the audience to “walk away” as she noted it was “much more graceful that way. Save the encore for your mother. Call your mom”. No encore. What you see is what you get, and it was one heck of a performance.

 

Setlist:

  1. Francis Forever

  2. I Don’t Smoke

  3. Happy

  4. Dan the Dancer

  5. Once More to See You

  6. Townie

  7. Your Best American Girl

  8. Thursday Girl

  9. I bet on Losing Dogs

  10. First Love / Late Spring

  11. I will

  12. Drunk Walk Home

  13. My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars (solo)

  14. A Burning Hill (solo)

  15. Last Words of a Shooting Star (solo)

  16. Class of 2013 (solo)

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Paris 2017

Pitchfork Paris Coverage 2017

On November 2-4th, 2017, Pitchfork hosted their Paris Music Festival in their usual venue, La Grande Halle De La Villette. Originally an old slaughterhouse, it now hosts medium size festivals and conventions and has been the venue for Paris Pitchfork for the past few years they have hosted it.

Despite being their side festival, Paris Pitchfork was able to get some major bands to headline, including The National and Sylvan Esso.

Seeing The National was an amazing experience–I've been wanting to see them for the past five years. The set was one that stayed true to their tour for their new album Sleep Well, Beast, with dystopian imagery and Matt Berringer frequently making political commentary about Donald T****, a key inspiration for the album. Hearing the newest album live gave me a new appreciation for it and inspired me to listen to it over again.

Pitchfork Paris made it a point to support local artists– with merchandise including jewelry, clothing, ceramics on display and even local tattoo artists offering flash tattoos.

Another highlight of Pitchfork Paris was Sylvan Esso. The 40-minute set felt all to short and the crowd really got into their set. The lead vocalist, Amelia Meath had a bright enthusiasm to her and watching her interact with bandmate Nick Sanborn was really enjoyable to watch. It was also incredible to see how authentic her voice and instrumentals sounded for being an electronic based band.

Paris Pitchfork was tastefully decorated with an emphasis on local artists, and presented an incredible efficiency at meeting artists set times– truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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Girlpool on their 'Creative Marriage' and Growth as Musicians


WLUW chit-chat patty wacked with Cleo Tucker and Harmony Trividad of the folk-rock band, Girlpool. They’ve been on a U.S. tour after releasing their second album, Powerplant, and make their way to Chicago on October 25 at the Logan Square Auditorium.

*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

 

M: How ya guys doing today?

C: I feel good, I just had tomato soup

M: Aw nice nice. What’d you have for lunch Harmony?

C: Harmony didn’t eat yet, she made some ramen this morning.

M: Ooh breakfast ramen. Where are you on your tour right now?

C: Heading to Iowa, and just left Kansas

 

M: How’s touring been?

C: You know what? It’s been full of… surprises

M: Can you elaborate?

C: I got my wisdom teeth out maybe t-minus 4 days ago. It’s been crazy, honestly. I can’t really open my mouth all of the way, the side effects of the pain medication is kind of altering the energy in the tour van

M: Oh my god i’m so sorry, that sucks.

C: It’s pretty weird. I’m just kind of going with it

M: I wish you fast healing in that process.

C: Thank you. Thank you Madeline

 

M: What show has been your favorite and why?

C: Boise was cool, wait no that wasn’t my favorite. I think Reno was my favorite.

H: I’m trying to think, you know it’s been a fun tour. Last night was quite pleasant. I think Denver was my favorite for sure.

M: Why’s that?

H: It was just a really good vibe at the show, it was popping perhaps. A popping gig. I don’t know I had a pleasant time. I had a really nice thing of ice cream with my friend Megan that night. We shared a basil blackberry Earl Grey shortbread combo ice cream. It was really really incredible.

M: Never even heard of that, that is extremely pleasant. Have you guys been writing any songs on tour?

C: We’re not able to write any music on tour usually because we don’t have the time. We wrote one song on tour once.

M: What has been your go-to car music?

C: Go to car music…SZA. Megan showed me SZA

M: So good. Ctrl.

C: Sooo good.

M: Would you collab with SZA if you could?

C: My god. That’d be cool.

 

M: What did you listen to growing up as a kid?

C: I listened to a lot of Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith,Neil Young, and was really into the Bright Eyes band in middle school and in high school. I got really into folk punk. I liked punk music, I really liked The Germs in middle school. I’ve always really been into hip-hop and rap music too. I kind of like a lot of stuff of wide selection. My mom really likes funk music so I’d listen to funk, B.B. King too.

H: Music I loved as a child. It all started with The Beatles, then it was ABBA. My first concert was Queen in 2005 with Paul Rogers leading the band. I loved Queen. Then I loved Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes, and Vashti Bunyan. And as I continue to grow as a person I develop new favorites everyday.

C: My favorite guitar player in the world is Harmony Trividad!

M: Awww haha

C: Harmony just said that...

 

M: Going off that, have you guys felt like you have grown as musicians?

C: Definitely, everyday. Yeah totally I think that honesty I was talking to my Dad about this the other day because Tom Petty died. I loved Tom Petty’s guitar playing. And I used to play ‘Breakdown’ on guitar all the time, that was one of the first guitar solos that I really learned, and he was talking to me about how he saw my play in Girlpool recently and he was like “ you’ve just gotten so much better at guitar” and I was like it’s weird because I felt like I reached this plateau of guitar playing where I just know what I’m comfortable doing but I think that honestly playing every single day, even if it’s the same SHIT, you just get stronger. You feel more comfortable and ya know ‘in it’ or whatever. I’d love to take a class though of a different type of guitar playing. I think that’d be cool. I really wanna learn piano. But I also learn a lot from Harmony. She’s my favorite guitar player in the world.

 

M: Did you teach yourself growing up?

C: No I had Marcus Watkins, a sweet person on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, California teach me guitar. He’s cool, I messaged him on Facebook recently and he had a kid. Adams Music  was the name of the guitar shop. I got my first guitar at Toyorama, this really cool toystore in Westwood that closed down. Harmony want to talk about your experience?

H: Well, hm. I was choir kid and loved music theory, and then my uncle sent me a guitar that he had white-outed my name onto that said ‘Harmony’ and it had little flowers on it when I was 13. And I started playing acoustic guitar and learned ‘First Day Of My Life’ by Bright Eyes on it, and ever since that day… you know, it’s been a pretty wild few years and I think I have learned a lot through….. You know I feel like Cleo and I are basically married. Creatively married, and, you know in any relationship of any sort you grow together and I feel like we have learned a lot through and with eachmother and bounced ideas off of each other and expanded each other’s perspectives on things. I think so much of everything is perspective, so I feel like it’s even less about the physical action and more about the perspective on the physical action. So I feel like a lot of my views on how I play guitar, how I play music, has changed because of my perspective on what makes music good, and being less judgemental about what makes art good, and if things I make are good or not, you know, just feeling like good about the thing in it of itself because it’s existence is solely enough, you know.

 

M: Yeah it can be hard to put yourself out there. Do you feel like it’s easier because you have this solidified band?

H: Honestly I don’t know because I feel like it’s a daily thing, like– wow sorry, I’m driving really bad suddenly and everyone’s mad at me haha. I think it’s just like when I can be my most honest I make things that I feel best about. But sometimes you don’t get to being the most honest for a while. It’s just all process. Processing and I don’t know, not being judgemental but then also having to be judgemental to get to the honest moment where you’re not judging, and then… I don’t know I feel like everything in life is just about constantly uncovering truth, and then hiding it again and then uncovering it again…. I feel like that is what resonates with me creatively, also. I dont’ know if that makes sense.

 

M: Yeah yeah I’m following. Are most of the songs on your album personal stories?

H: I think most of the music that Cleo and I write are glimpses into a feeling or an idea, not usually super explicit about anything in particular but sometimes it may encapsulate different experiences.

 

M: Can you tell me what Fast Dust is about?

C: It’s about a person and then resenting how ginormous a feeling I had was because it was like debilitating and holding me back from feeling free, because I felt so confined in this giant emotion that was consuming me. And the song is about needing to breakout of feeling imprisoned by my own love for somebody, and creating meaning for something, creating a new, big moment to look at.

M: Thanks, good to know.

C:Sure thing

 

M: If you were a breed of dog what would you be?

C: THAT’S the question.

C: To be honest with you ( I’m going to be honest with you) I think I have a Pitbull vibe. But my favorite dogs are English Bull Terriers with the sharkheads and when I see dogs like that I really get worked up and I have like a really intense experience because I really see myself in their behavior and like their physicality and the way they get rambunctious, the way that they move their head, that’s really how I feel.

H: Dogs. I have a lot of feelings about dogs. I love a mutt Terrier.

M: You can be purebred or a mutt

H: I feel definitely like a mutt. I’m just trying to think what mutt I would be. I guess I probably am a terrier mutt. My dog Lucky,  my first dog, I got him when I was in fourth grade and he would prance around and the terrier nose is really special and he was just like joyous and gleeful and had a lot of energy, and had really sad eyes. And I really relate to that experience haha.

 

M: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get home from tour?

H: I’m honestly not sure, probably shower honestly. Probably take a really intense shower. That’s what I’m about right now. I’ve been smelling horrible everyday, the most toxic smell. And I don’t know hot to make it stop. It’s really tragic.

C: First thing I’m going to do when I get home is take off my tennis shoes, and probably get really comfortable. Eat something good, have some coffee, and hug my loved ones.

 

M: Aw well thank you so much you guys. Have a good tour and I hope you get to all of your places safely

H: Thank you so much, have a good day. Thank you very much. Cleo say thank you

C: Goodnight







 

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A Lot of Adds

It's been a while, but here's some of our fresh rotation adds from the past few weeks. As always, check out the full list of WLUW's rotation here on our Spotify playlist --  https://open.spotify.com/user/wluwradio/playlist/3G1Q3AFbgF5kUZ1DcgdJk1

Liars – TFCF 

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding 

Midnight Sister – Saturn Over Sunset 

Deerhoof – Mountain Moves 

L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch 

Zola Jesus – Okovi 

Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson 

Duds – Of A Nature or a Degree 

Cold Specks – Fool's Paradise 

Ducktails – Jersey Devil 

Antibalas – Where There Gods Are At Peace 

Walter TV – Carpe Diem 

Faith Healer – Try ;-)

Nosaj Thing – Parallels 

Alvvays – Antisocialites 

Killer Kaya – 29 Lives 

Thee Commons – Paleta Sonora

Eric Copeland – Goofballs 

Moses Sumney – Aromanticism 

Florist – If Blue Could Be Happiness 

Rostam – Half-Light

Professor Caveman – Vol. 3 

Jamila Woods – HEAVN 

Mount Kimbie  – Love What Survives 

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent

Ohmme – Ohmme

Mauno –  Tuning

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From Australian Bush to Douglas Park: A Sit Down with Angus Andrews of 'Liars'

WLUW got a chance to chat with Angus Andrews of the experimental noise rock project, Liars. His album, TFCF, was released this past September and commemorates the split of his band mates via harsh electronic and grunge layering.

*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

 

M: How’s your day?

A: Not bad, hot as hell

M: How do you feel about your set?

A: It was fun, yeah. Nearly killed me but it was still good. I like to think of the crowd in these situations because I don’t think they know who we are. So it’s fun. You think of what they’re listening to at home and then you’re like ughhh they’re not gonna like this.

 

M: What do you like about performing?

A: Complete freedom, you know? It’s just that idea of losing consciousness. I like to think of sports players who just do things naturally and that’s kind of how I feel. Things happen and I love that space.

M: When did you decide you wanted to do music?

A: I was at art school and the music students would play the art openings and they played this horrible, really technical jazz and stuff like that and I was like, f--k, I’m just gonna play noise. So it’s always been from my art side. I was at Cal Arts and they were super into cross-contamination.

M: What are your musical influences?

A: At the moment, vaporwave. It’s like people who make records and don’t really want to sell them. I don’t know I like the idea of people making things without really thinking they need to be praised for it.

 

M: Like the anonymity of electronic music?

A: Exactly exactly. You know Vektroid?

M: No.

A: Check it out it’s this girl who makes so many records, and she’s super young, and I don’t think she sells them (I don’t know maybe on band camp).

 

M: How do you feel about separating yourself from your music? Is it an alter ego or is it you?

A: Me is not one-dimensional, like everyone else. Everyone has different sides to them and you know, obviously music or art is a place where you can let out a certain side of you that you don’t get to let out everyday, and that’s the best thing about it, right?

M: How is this album different, I know that your band mates split up. Did you feel like it was cathartic writing the album it or was it a relief (being on your own)?

A: Interesting word. You know people have asked me in the past if writing records were cathartic, or if making art was cathartic, and I never felt that way. I always felt like it was magnifying my feelings, just more intensely. But this is the first record I actually will say it was cathartic. I went through some shit, and it was dark, and I made it a really personal record and now I’m talking to you and I feel like it’s changed. You know I feel really good.

 

M: How long were you together with your band members?

A: Oh my god, Aaron who was my partner basically, my husband, my wife, for you know… 15 years. Our whole relationship was not really on collaboration but more the idea of like critiquing each other, so I always worked alone but I always had him to tell me if it was good or not. So now instead you just gotta go, okay I made it so that’s gonna be what it is. And it’s really scary, but then again I always thought that the scary, creative decisions are the best ones. You know, you shouldn’t feel confident, you should always be like, oh my god I’m really nervous about letting people see this.

M: Thanks for sharing that. What’s one song that you wish you wrote?

A: Oh god. What I’ll tell you just jumped in my head but it’s a horrible thing, “pour some sugar on me”. That’s horrible but that’s what got in my head so I’m going to stick with that.

 

M: Hahaha. Do you have any pre-show rituals?

A: Oh yeah, I mean I’m all about being alone, and I like to have loud music. Those two things are really important to me.

M: How did you go about writing? Where were you?

A: I was in the bush, in Australia, living in a national park where you can only access by boat.  So I was super isolated and just in a little shack in the woods, and yeah I mean it’s paradise basically, yeah.

 

M: Damn, what was your day-to-day ritual there?

A: Boating, a lot of boating. And maintenance, you know you gotta catch your own rainwater for everything, so you have to always be like making sure your tanks are working. You don’t spend a lot of time hanging out.

M: You have phone service or internet?

A: Yeah, slow ass internet. As slow as you can get. And so things that were important before, like knowing what’s going on in the geopolitical world suddenly begins like well I don’t know, I actually don’t miss knowing whether or not Trump is doing something. It’s interesting, I used to be a super fan of the L.A. Clippers, and I’m still a fan but I actually don’t care anymore, you know which is weird.  I used to go to games when I was living in L.A. and be really into it, and then I moved there and it’s like, well the tides are really important to me.

 

M: Interesting, yeah I’m sure that shifted your perspective a lot. How is it being in civilization again?

A: It’s weird. I stay in hotels, big hotels, and I sit there in the bathroom and I think about all the water that’s running through the hotel at any one time and it blows my mind, because at my house, you really have to think about how much water you’re using.

* Co-interviewer Frankie then arrived

F: Who did your cover art for your newest album?

A: Oh you know it’s funny, my wife styled the shoot, and her best friend shot the photo but it was my idea.

F: I love it, it’s so seductive and it draws you to the album.

A: Yeah, I did an interview with someone from France and they were like, ‘you know, if people can get past the album cover, then they might like the music.’

 

F: Do you find any inspiration from that Bowie cover? That’s what drew the reminder for me

A: Oh cool. Well the thing that’s good with any artwork is that it’s iconic. With an album cover that’s what you’re trying to shoot for. The last album cover I did was the Mess one, which was a lot of colorful strings. It’s a branding thing. I don’t want to put it in those terms but it’s an idea that your pairing the album with a visual image, it’s important.

M: Do you have advice for musicians, or anyone?

A: If you’re trying to be a creative in any sort of form you got to make a lot of stuff. Don’t feel like you’ve made 8 songs and then cool, like you just got to keep doing it.

 

For more info on Liars hit this link https://www.musicglue.com/liarsliarsliars
To hear his music go here https://open.spotify.com/artist/2z78AlkdwE2Ghj9EB50M6z

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