FOR 20 YEARS Chicago’s Thrill Jockey label has been a home to some of the most experimental of mainstream rock; at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, two of the roster’s bands will drop by Angry Mom Records for a free in-store. Label-mates Arbouretum and Eternal Tapestry may both be classified as psychedelic music, but the two acts, which hail from opposite sides of the country, couldn’t sound more different.
Balitomore’s Dave Heumann, the singer, guitarist and main lyricist of Arbouretum, sounds like a distant relative of John Cale or Richard Thompson and has performed with Will Oldham. His music is a loose blend of blues, folk, and jam that is influenced more by the music of the U.K. and its Celtic and Anglo folk traditions. His most recent record for Thrill Jockey, “The Gathering,” was also inspired by Carl Jung, and the result is a dark and heady mix that is full of literary and mythic allusions.
The music of Eternal Tapestry, whose “Beyond the Fourth Door” is their Thrill Jockey debut, and fourth full length record, is more otherworldly. For more than five years Portland’s Nick Bindeman and Dewey Mahood have been channeling European psychedelic 70s music to create epic psychedelic noise. Bindeman, who’s a member Jackie-O-Motherfucker, an act with a large cult following whose sonic schizophrenia verges on personality-disorder, creates a more focused, if no less expansive musical palette.
Over the course of five tracks and 45 minutes Eternal Tapestry journey through what sounds like cosmic chaos: droning keyboards, reverb-heavy guitar, and spaced out sonic experiments. Listening to it through is like getting lost in outer space. With Austin fuzzheads Soft Healer.
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Experimental Night at Delilah’s
TONIGHT AT DELILAH’S LOUNGE four bands will join forces for a cool cutting-edge show at 10 p.m. On the bill are Alter Koker, Nick Millevoi, Hyrrokkin and Keir Neuringer, who put together the show. “I know the three musicians in Hyrrokkin because we shared a bill in Ithaca a little over a year ago when they were in other bands,” Neuringer said. “Their music is avant-jazz-meets-space-rock (Hyrrokkin is the name of a moon of Saturn) but beyond the hypens, they make rich, visceral, propulsive music that I think people in town will dig. They’re great musicians.”
Hyrrokkin are touring with Nick Millevoi, a virtuoso guitarist from Philadelphia with a unique instrumental voice. “He just put out something on New Atlantis, ‘Black Figure of a Bird’ a tour-de-force solo acoustic twelve-string guitar record,” Neuringer said. “He’s known to some folks in Ithaca though the bands Many Arms and Make A Rising, both of which have played Ihtaca Underground shows, and he’s played with Glenn Branca, Fugazi’s Joe Lally, and others.”
Alter Koker, the local trio of Ami Ben-Yaacov, Eva Revesz and Jarek Miller will open the show; Neuringer will join them on organ, and also will close out the night with a short set on organ and sax. For more information visit experimentwithoutborders.org.