Groove du Jour: Long Live the Hideout

Hey groovy people, long time no see. Host has been hard at work on an exciting Groove Cafe project that’s a little more than some text, but don’t you worry there’s plenty more to be published!

The Chicago Reader broke some upsetting yet unsurprising news this week that Live Nation is planning on bringing a number of new venues to the imminent Lincoln Yards development helmed by Sterling Bay. Guess what, it’s evil shit!

Lincoln Yards? That’s Sterline Bay’s new name for the area by North and Elston here in Chicago that the Sanitation Department currently inhabits. It’s also (much more importantly) home to The Hideout, the best above-board venue in the city. You know what Live Nation’s plans don’t include? The Hideout staying put.

Instead, we’ll get up to five new venues, owned by the behemoth monopoly Live Nation, which also owns TicketMaster and conducts a whole bunch of shady business on behalf of the superstar live acts it represents. Live Nation is an incredibly terrible corporation and we may well be fighting it (and Rahm) on behalf of our beloved Hideout Inn.

Long live The Hideout! #LongLiveTheHideout! Here are some of the really interesting things the Hideout has been up to the past few years under the leadership of young, savvy, darling talent buyer Sullivan Roger Davis.

Helltrap Nightmare

The only good comedy under the sun?? Sarah Sherman has made a name for herself in Chicago, largely thanks to her exquisitely programmed night of alternative comedy and weird music.

The Hideout Dance Party

This has been happening for a long time, but it’s always one of the best dance nights in the city. Every Saturday, like clock work, you’ll freaks, queer folk, and run of the mill party people boogieing beneath the taxidermized fish. There are few especially notable parties that happen under this general Hideout Dance Party banner.

Ariel’s Party is hosted by club music mangler and DISCWOMAN affiliate Ariel Zetina. These are great showcases for the paradigm smashing experimental side of Midwest dance music.

Midnight Resonance is the dance arm of the Resonance Series, which means this is where you’ll get your more noise-adjacent folks or legendary experimentalists.

Resonance Series

This was one of Sullivan’s first big contributions when he started booking at the Hideout, and in the past year (or more? probably more) he’s brought Ben Baker Billington into the fold. Top notch out there music, month after month after month.

Month-Long Residencies

This post really only scratches the surface, admittedly, but might as well shout out the residencies that The Hideout hosts. Every now again, a certain artist will play every Tuesday of a given month with a variety of collaborators. This one was either from a Bitchin’ Bajas residency or a Natural Information Society residency. Idk!

 

Sick Llama @ The Hideout, 10/18/2017

Sick Llama is maybe the best noise solo act in America? The best noise comes from Detroit, and Sick Llama may just be the best classic noise jammer jamming in Detroit. Especially the past few years, Sick Llama sets have often veered out of harsh territory into the deep, heavy, and incredibly psychedelic. This video provides a really good example of where he’s at, with plenty of broken tape loops, fried manipulations of synth recordings, and, of course, the clarinet.

Heath Moerland is also proprietor of the soon-to-be-finito Fag Tapes label (once it hits 1000 releases, sometime soon apparently). He is also a purveyor of all sorts of merchandise brandishing the truly excellent graphic that goes “Music is a Natural High.” Sure is.

This was video was recorded by Erica Mei Gamble at an edition of the Resonance Series, booked by Ben Baker Billington and Sullivan Roger Davis.

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ADT @ The Hideout, 2/24/2018

In a city with one of the most richest active jazz traditions alongside one of America’s most vibrant avant music scenes, a band like ADT may be inevitable. Chicago’s a place where various lines are always intersecting, where sounds and ideas float around and mutate rapidly, resulting in this hodge podge group of free jazz, noise, and pop musicians making the deepest, psych burner free music imaginable.  So yeah, ADT’s occurrence in Chicago makes a lot of sense, but their excellence is not a foregone conclusion.

And fuck are they good. They consistently rip at just about any gig they show up at, and this set at The Hideout acts as something of a showcase of all the little niches they have developed over the years. The band’s own Kyle Drouin worked the projections throughout the set. This recording was taken just this past weekend at the record release show for the band’s new album Insecurities on Hausu Mountain. It’s a really really good album, and pretty stunning on account of the fact that the band improvised all of those intricate, melodic compositions on the spot.

This video was shot by Erica Gamble at a show organized by Doug Kaplan.

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Groove du Jour: Sick Live Video Artists Pt. 1

Today’s Groove du Jour focuses on some really exciting people making what are often dubbed “live visuals.” It’s a funny term (like, sure we call stuff we smell smells but uhh…) and who knows when it even entered the lexicon, since projections during music have been happening since at least the original hippie moment when liquid light shows were very much so a thing.

Anyway, here are some really good video artists jamming around the wider American experimental scene. This post focuses on some of the fresher faces, and is kind of limited to a certain broad genre of music. Would love to get some videos up here of projections from dance parties and raves, so hopefully that’s part 2. Without further ado:

Christine Janokowicz aka armpitrubber

Christine Janokowicz is a video artist based in Chicago and does a pretty amazing job with a cobbled together array of video synths and computer tools. She’s been all over the local scene recently, lending some psychedelic delights to many of the musicians in the Hausu Mountain nexus. Venomenema is her AV project with Max Allison aka Mukqs. First video courtesy of Erica Mei Gamble.


Angel Marcloid

The last video in the previous entry contains contains very similar imagery to that used in videos Angel Marcloid made to play during her Fire-Toolz live sets. While AM doesn’t really make video work for anyone else, it’s very much so worth highlighting the work she makes for herself. You can see a lot of it posted on the Fire-Toolz YouTube channel. Super wild glitched out vaporwave collage vibes there. AM is also based in Chicago.

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Wiggle Room @ The Hideout, 6/17/2017

You read about that alien alloy in the NY Times? Maybe these two summoned it. Wiggle Room does this thing that sounds like scanning a transdimensional HAM radio, weaving between mindfreak ambient and groovin’ hints at techno. Apparently they have multiple days of raw material sitting around on the cassette tapes they use to jam, but have yet to put out any recordings. We’re waiting, Wiggle Room.

That said, they are plenty busy. The two are integral in the excellent Terry Radio web station, with Ulla (sometimes Ulla Oo, Ulla Anona, Ulla Straus) assuming the Terry Radio mama status. Ulla has two new releases out on Lillerne and Sequel. The other half of Wiggle Room, Samuel White, has just shifted monikers from No Pomo to Mintgreen and has a really good mix up with C-.

This was filmed by Erica Mei Gamble at the Resonance Series, organized by Ben Baker Billington and Sullivan Roger Davis.

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