Thu Sep 1 2011

9:30 PM

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1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

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Ushering in September, we're pleased to welcome back Austin sextet instrumental experimenters BALMORHEA. Featuring banjo, cello, double bass, melodica and violin, the band produces music of impressive depth, building swells of sound with haunting vocals occasionally slipped into the mix. They will be joined here by Chicago's very own BROKEBACK, with their first show since 2008. We're excited to hear the busy fellas have taken time away from their various other (stellar) projects (HEAD OF SKULLS, TIGHT PHANTOMS, TORTOISE) to start working on a new batch of songs. Milwaukee-based drummer and percussionist JON MUELLER opens, performing bombastic, hypnotic electroacoustic drum pieces that push the boundaries of free jazz and drone.

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Balmorhea / Brokeback / Jon Mueller

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  • Balmorhea

    Balmorhea

    Pop

  • Brokeback

    Brokeback

    Alternative Rock

    Brokeback is the name of Tortoise bassist Douglas McCombs’ side project. In , he released the project’s first recording, Field Recordings From the Cook County Water Table, which revealed a slightly less constricted version of the  sound Tortoise had made famous. 

    Relying heavily on a Fender six-string bass, Brokeback is a  of low-end  and a plethora of other influences, ranging from  to  to Field Recordings featured a number of musicians associated with theChicago ambient circuit, including vocalist Mary Hansen ofStereolab and trumpeter Rob Mazurek and percussionist Chad Taylor of the Chicago Underground Duo. On a tour following the release of their first album, McCombs, Taylor, Mazurek, and upright bassist Neil Kupersmith began experimenting more with improvisation, which led to the next turn in the band’s career path. 

    In preparation for their sophomore album, Morse Code in the Modern Age: Across the Americas, Kupersmith was added to the permanent lineup, making Brokeback a two-bassist duo. The project that started out as a solo endeavor has evolved into a highly collaborative affair. Also brought on board for this recording — a more free-form production than its predecessor — were Tim Foljahn (Two Dollar Guitar), James McNew (Yo La Tengo), and, once again, Mary Hansen of Stereolab.

    Brokeback 2011 consists of Pete Croke, Jim Elkington, Chris Hansen, and Douglas McCombs. They've spent the past winter and spring working on a new batch of songs. This fall they'll be playing the first Brokeback shows since 2008.

  • Jon Mueller

    Jon Mueller

    Rock

    Drummer Jon Mueller is mostly known for his involvement in the U.S. Midwest post-rock group Pele. He is also a member of Telecognac, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Raccoons (all four groups also include guitarist Chris Rosenau). His music covers a wide ground that stretches from alternative rock and post-rock derivative of Tortoise at one end and forays into free improvisation and sound art at the other. The latter part of his activities has mostly been documented on his own record label, Crouton Music. His creative drumming style ranges from fire music madness to extremely delicate textures that have little to do with conventional drumming. He lists as influences Univers Zero's Daniel Denis, improv maverick Han Bennink, and speed metal superhuman Dave Lombardo, among others.

    Mueller was born in 1970 and remained anchored in the Chicago/Milwaukee axis. He studied drums with avant-garde jazz icon and NRG Ensemble leader Hal Russell just prior to Russell's death in 1992. That experience provided the impetus to resolutely turn to music, and Mueller began to put together one project after another. One of the first groups was Telecognac, his long-standing (although only part-time active) duo with Rosenau, which released its first album in 1997. Meanwhile, the two were rehearsing with bassist Matt Tennessen under the name Tussin, an instrumental post-rock outfit. The project finally materialized when Scott Schoenbeck stepped in and renamed it Pele. After the addition of Scott Beschta in mid-1997, the group recorded its debut Teaching the History of Teaching Geography, released in 1998 (Beschta and Schoenbeck later quit and Tennessen was brought back in). Pele remains Mueller's most successful endeavor, having built a following throughout the United States.

    His collaboration with Rosenau took more forms (including the free improv trio Raccoons with instrument-builder Hal Rammel), but the drummer also appeared in Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra and on-stage alongside international avant-garde artists such as Boris Hauf, Asmus Tietchens, and Achim Wollscheid.

    In 1999, Mueller started the label Crouton and released his first solo album, Pianobread, a CD of free improv collaborations accompanied by a novella he also wrote. The label has grown to include a webzine and online shop, all of which Mueller juggles together with his various musical projects and a day job as a sales and marketing rep. ~ François Couture, Rovi

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Balmorhea / Brokeback / Jon Mueller

Thu Sep 1 2011 9:30 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Balmorhea, Brokeback, Jon Mueller
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Ages 21+

Ushering in September, we're pleased to welcome back Austin sextet instrumental experimenters BALMORHEA. Featuring banjo, cello, double bass, melodica and violin, the band produces music of impressive depth, building swells of sound with haunting vocals occasionally slipped into the mix. They will be joined here by Chicago's very own BROKEBACK, with their first show since 2008. We're excited to hear the busy fellas have taken time away from their various other (stellar) projects (HEAD OF SKULLS, TIGHT PHANTOMS, TORTOISE) to start working on a new batch of songs. Milwaukee-based drummer and percussionist JON MUELLER opens, performing bombastic, hypnotic electroacoustic drum pieces that push the boundaries of free jazz and drone.