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Chicago artist Nick Butcher continues to make remarkable contributions to the world of independent cultural production. While dedicated to solo projects as a musician, painter and sculptor, he is also a collaborator and a community builder. Butcher runs the print shop Sonnenzimmer with his girlfriend/partner Nadine Nakanishi. There, the couple works primarily with bands to make limited-edition prints. Butcher and Nakanishi have also established the Chicago Printer’s Guild, the first-ever screen printers collective in Chicago.
This summer marks the fifth anniversary of Butcher’s first album, The Complicated Bicycle. This anniversary, along with the record’s re-release inspired the following interview.
Tomorrow, I’m headed out to California for a little R&R (and drinks), so this post is sort of an “awesome things I’m going to hit up while in California for the next week” post. If you are in California, great (we’ll get drinks), if not… well…
First off, the Torrence Art Museum is hosting a Rich Jacobs curated show called “there is xerox on the insides of your eyelids.” It showcases the world of xerox art and skate zines from the 1980’s, featuring art and printed matters from the “original makers / xerox tweakers / stamp lickers / mail artists, and what they do now.” It’s been traveling for a bit, and all the photos have looked pretty insane, and I can only imagine the crew that will represent at the Torrence stop.
Well folks, I’m kicking off a new series here at Lagmag called “Song of the Day.” Chances are you’ve figured out the basic premise already, but I’m going to go ahead and talk it over anyhow.
From time to time, we’ll showcase a song (still with me?). It’ll be something we’ve recently discovered, rediscovered, enjoyed, or are generally obsessing over. It may not always be a new song, but it will always be a hot hit we think you, our beloved readers, should hear.
The first such post, features Heaps of Sheeps by Robert Wyatt. Wyatt was a founding member of influential Canterbury band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, but by 1970, he had left the band and released his first solo record, The End of an Ear. He has released 10 (mostly) amazing solo records since, including most recently, the widely lauded Comicopera.
Heaps of Sheeps is the leadoff track on his 1997 solo record Shleep. It’s the only song on the record produced by Brian Eno, whose influence from both a production standpoint and synth work on the track is readily apparent. The track is phenomenal, not only because it leads off one of my favorite Wyatt records, but also as a perfect collaboration between two of my favorite musicians.
The always fantastic Andy Kehoe released 3 new limited edition giclee prints late last week, and as per usual, they are both rad and affordable.
As a sweet double bonus, he announced his “Punch The Economy In The Balls” sale, dropping the prices on a handful of his older prints. So, for all interested parties, now seems to be the opportune time to head over to his Etsy shoppe and take a look around.
Additionally, those of you unable to secure a Kehoe original over the years, I suggest following Mr. Kehoe on the ol’ Twitter. He has been known to announce on-sales for new original paintings there as well, rewarding the quickest amongst you with a great chance to finally get your hands on your very own piece.
Unless you don’t ever read about music, you’ve undoubtedly seen Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) written about pretty much everywhere the last few weeks. He has a new record out on Editions Mego, an Invisible Jukebox in the new issue of The WIRE, hell even Pitchfork has jumped on board with their signature brand of uh, praise.
Yes, Returnal is great, and I highly recommend checking it out if you like your soundscapes synth-heavy, off-kilter and occasionally bleak. But, it’s not what I’m selling today people. Lopatin recently contributed a mix to the FACT mix series, and it’s literally all I’ve been listening to for two days. I’m a huge fan of artist mixes, because I think hearing where musicians are coming from as listeners gives me a better context of where they are coming from as artists, and this one is no exception. In fact, I’ve actually enjoyed both Returnal and Rifts more after spending time with it.
Anyone who has seen Tobacco perform, either solo or with his band Black Moth Super Rainbow, has probably seen the background video that accompanies the performances. The videos are part schlock-horror, part regrettable exercise tape, and part even-more-regrettable porn. They have been released on two DVD’s: “Fucked Up Friends” 1& 2, the latter claiming to be “the first ever low resolution, lo-fi Blu-ray video.” Tobacco, whose newest record, Maniac Meat was just released on Anticon, took some time to speak with Ladies & Gentlemen about his video work, wet latex, and the freedom of jokes.
When did you start using video in your live performances?
Probably for the first Black Moth [Super Rainbow] show that we ever did. So, pretty much since the beginning. I remember dumping a bunch of videos onto a VCR tape and just projecting it. I can’t remember what was on it.
Was there something that spurred that decision to include video in your shows?
I think it’s always been to make it a more entertaining show and give people something to look at. We’re not the most animated people onstage. So, I think it’s a lot more interesting to watch fucked up shit on the screen than it is to just be staring at what we’re doing.
Is there an artist out there that makes the work you wish you could? Someone that whenever you see something from them, it physically hurts because you love it so much but are so jealous that you can’t do it? Yeah, Sonnenzimmer is mine.
A bunch of new posters and prints were posted today. The print experiments are definitely my favorite. Check these two out:
While the hype-to-music ratio of Manchester’s mysterious WU LYF has been debated by many blogs before us, I’m definitely buying into it. There’s a certain excitement to the complete lack of discernible information surrounding them (hype) that reminds me of purchasing 4AD and Factory records on cover alone. Thankfully, Heavy Pop stands up to the package (so much that I dropped $25 to, I think, purchase a 12″ from the band… though I’m not entirely sure) So, have I just bought into it all? Maybe, but either way I’m liking WU LYF.
Those of you reading this in LA are some lucky, lucky bastards. You have the opportunity to see some brand new Richard Colman work at New Image Art. The show,”Keep Out the Light,” is his first solo show in LA in like 3 years, and the preview shots are as insane as you’d expect. The show will feature new paintings, sculptures and even a few site specific installations… so seriously, you better fucking go. Show info and a more previews are below.
We’ll, we’re kicking off the week (wait, it’s Wednesday already? Huh.) with some hot collage action! These excellent pieces come from the hands/mind of Jeffrey Meyer. You should be pleased to know you can find lots more (seriously, tons) at his website, goofbutton.com, and pretty much everything is for sale. Plus, for the cash-strapped amongst you, at least one of the pieces can be yours free if you promise to sterilize yourself.