Mr. Gnome, Soft Speaker, Aktar Aktar

Fri Dec 14 2012

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

Ages 17+

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  • Mr. Gnome

    Mr. Gnome

    Alternative Rock

    Inspired by a taste for the surreal, Cleveland's Mr. Gnome has been creating a singular amalgam of gritty, space-psychedelia since 2005, gaining them an ever-growing cult following across North America and Europe, as well as praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste, Spin, Bust, and more.  With a nod to the off-kiltered, the constantly touring duo are set to release their third full-length album, Madness In Miniature, October 25th on El Marko Records.  While the previous two albums offered mere glimpses, the new album is an all-encompassing gaze into two delicate yet roaring, hypnotic yet beautifully disconcerting minds that come together to make sense as one. 

    Singer/guitarist Nicole Barille and drummer/pianist Sam Meister bring an unfiltered approach to their craft, allowing for emotional and sonic variance.  The duo's mood swings are mirrored by the band's surreal album artwork and music videos, all created by Barille and Meister themselves. Madness in Miniature twists from soft lullabies to interstellar chaos. The intricately woven musical tapestries and hallucinogenic interludes pounded out by the duo represent an expansion and perfection of the stylistic character Mr. Gnome had previously become synonymous with. 

    Like the previous album Heave Yer Skeleton (2009), the new record was recorded at Josh Homme's (Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures) Pink Duck Studios in Los Angeles. The Madness in Miniature sessions signal the band’s second opportunity to partner with Pink Duck Studio Manager and Engineer, Justin Smith (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures).  Portland’s Beau Sorenson, who mixed the previous two albums, is back as well.

  • Soft Speaker

    Soft Speaker

    Pop

    THE ORIGINAL SANFTSPRECHER

    Under duress from the USM (Unified Society of Milkmen), Joseph Daley, Blair Douglass, Paul Foreman and Nicholas Rocchio shut down their independent milk delivery service in 1929. A smattering of unsuccessful endeavors followed, until they discovered an undeniable chemistry blending finger-picked guitars with lutes and clarinets. Although initially less lucrative than the milk business, the quartet, who settled on the name Sanftsprecher (trans. “Soft Speaker”), were championed by Austria’s Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in 1932 and subsequently enjoyed a period of massive popularity in their newly-adopted home country. The band split following Dollfuss’s assassination in 1934. Their only official recording, the 78rpm single,“I’ll Tend Your Garden,” is highly sought after by record collectors. In 2008, enthusiasts of the band purchased sheet music for a number of unrecorded Sanftsprecher songs that were discovered in Rocchio’s safe deposit box in UniCredit Bankengruppe. Austria’s Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich has been recording interpretations of these songs and releasing them for the public’s listening pleasure. Separately, a ramshackle group of Chicago-based musicians has taken it upon themselves to perform and record these songs in a strikingly rudimentary manner with crude electric instruments, much to the dismay of purist fans who prefer the orchestral versions.

    DOLLFUSS WRITES VORTROBOS

    Prior to accepting the office of Chancellor of Austria, Englebert Dollfuss was a soldier with the Austro-Hungarian army, fighting on the Alpine Front in WWI. Although he was highly decorated and well-regarded, his time in the battlefield had a significant effect on his psyche. It did not help that his diminutive stature was the source of great amusement for his peers, who referred to him as "The Jockey." He grew insular and took to writing lengthy works of fiction, featuring eerie parallel realities inhabited by characters who were obviously based on himself. Although his writing skills were limited, the stories were detailed and engaging. These pieces of fiction inspired a large batch of songs written by Sanftsprecher between 1932 and 1933. It is believed that the members of Sanftsprecher were among a very small audience with whom Dolfuss shared the stories. The present-day Soft Speaker (Chicago) recorded a selection of these songs and has released them as this album, Vortrobos, which borrows it's title from one of Dolfuss's works. The cover art was created by Chicago-based painter, Jason Brammer, and is the artist’s interpretation of one of Dollfuss’s parallel realities. 

  • Aktar Aktar

    Aktar Aktar

    Pop

    Aktar Aktar is an all original rock band with a sound like a tightrope act of modern American/British rock swinging over a safety net of the classics.

House Call Entertainment, Inc. Presents!!

Mr. Gnome / Soft Speaker / Aktar Aktar

Fri Dec 14 2012 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

Beat Kitchen Chicago IL
Mr. Gnome, Soft Speaker, Aktar Aktar
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Ages 17+