new releases

ISSUE #42 / January 10, 2019


Robotboot / Continuous / Robotboot , Aerozine50


Chicago-based, audio-visual artist Robotboot (Collin James Diederich) released his sixth record in October, and we just discovered it when he threw it our way. Layers upon layers of synth create a warm pool of sound that drowns the doubts and anxiety of the outside world. It’s sensory deprivation tank music…. Split into two halves Continuous, the first far mellower A-side ,and a much more staccato based B-side, including the housey highlight Cuttle,” is like a cross section between the right and left brain. A beautifully delivered piece. Check out the video album on his website - it’s worth the hour.

He has no show dates planned as of now.

Ca$hed / Opening Euphoria / Ca$hed


Local producer and rapper Conner Coxx goes by Ca$hed. His suburban life-influenced raps fill Opening Euphoria with the nostalgia of youth and the journey of growing up. The Libertyville native delivers smooth flow over some groovy tracks for this entertaining and thought-provoking debut.

Ca$hed doesn’t have any upcoming shows we could find.



Old Sea Brigade / Ode to a Friend / Old Sea Brigade , Nettwerk

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After four EP’s, the Nashville-based folker Old Sea Brigade finally gifts us with his full-length debut, Ode to a Friend. Ben Cramer’s haunting vocals float above the mellow indie folk creating an ethereal experience.

He’s touring Europe this Winter.


Mark Deutrom / The Blue Bird / Season of Mist

Best known as a performer of the rotating crop of Melvins bassists (his stint was ‘93 to ‘98), Mark Deutrom has had a prolific solo career as a producer and performer. The Blue Bird is his fifth genre bending full-length worth another serious listen.

He is currently not on tour.

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John Garcia / John Garcia And The Band Of Gold / Napalm

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John Garcia defines stoner rock. A founding member of Kyuss, Slo Burn, and Unida, Garcia has been doing this since ‘87.  All it takes to hook you is the quick rock opener “Space Vato,” and you’re his for the next 40 minutes.

He is in Europe for the Winter as well.


Chrome Sparks / Be On Fire / Counter

The prolific Brooklyn-based producer Chrome Sparks drops yet another highly bingeable EP. Last year’s Self-Titled full-length was impressive, and this funky electro jaunt is just as good.

He’ll be at Lincoln Hall February 9th. Tix are $18.  ($20 at the door)

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Cait Arq / Green Is Green

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A little Norah Jones, a little Sister Sparrow, and a little Jack Johnson, Cait Arq brings us her debut EP “Green Is Green.” Arq (Saltwater Tap, Cloud-Gate) has been crafting poetry since middle school, and has now compiled and set to music 6 pieces, in collaboration with many artists contributing horns and guitars, of the day to day struggles many of us currently face or can remember experiencing. Her voice occasionally carries a slight rasp, which cushions the pang of hearing a familiar plight, and allows the listener a receptive space to tether familiar emotions to Arq’s ponderings. Arq successfully writes in simile, as in track “Change,” where she aligns counting pocket change during a financial low, to off-the-cuff comments said under duress. Such comments do not carry any beneficial contribution to effective communication, and certainly do not add any valuable sum of inspiration to the receiver to, well, change. Do yourself a favor and click the “lyrics” option after you buy Arq’s Bandcamp tracks. There are many stanzas worth hearing exactly what she is saying, and how.