NEW MUSIC: Nonagon – The Family Meal

See-sawing tension and a mix of post-hardcore and post-punk styles makes this new track from Chicago trio Nonagon a real delight. On ‘The Family Meal’ there’s the knottiness and angles of Fugazi mixed with the reaching melodies of Sunny Day Real Estate as the song lurches and churns.

This new single comes from their full-length LP They Birds, released on March 3rd, 2021.

NEW MUSIC: Montecore – Ott Sauce

Straight out of the gates into a krautrock, psych sprint from Chicago group Montecore. The song comes from their One Night album that came out in May and they’ve already followed it up with a new album, House Fire Themes, which hits the same frantic, hyper-melodic hypnotic sweet-spot, Those kinds of songs that could (and should) go on endlessly as guitar solos fire off into the stratosphere, drums hit like a metronome and bass-lines tie it all together like Peter Hook on a bender.

NEW MUSIC: Koalra – Dear Daylight


Hailing from Chicago Illinois, Koalra cut some fine indie rock shapes on this single ‘Dear Daylight’. There’s the rough and tumbling guitars – part jangle, part visceral screes – post-punk rhythms and a voice that hollers and sings with a beautiful melancholic angst. It all fits together just right on the single, one of many great tracks on their EP Surprise Lights.

Koalra call themselves a noise punk band and there’s undoubtedly that in the abandon and frantic pace of their songs, but they also dial into that sweet spot between energetic flailing and clever, twisting guitar shapes, in the lineage of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and No Age.

NEW MUSIC: Daymaker – Mpc

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Chicagoans Daymaker recently released their new album Let The Sun Fall and this is one of its highlights, the jerky, yelp and howl of ‘Mpc’.

The start of the track reminds me of Hot Snakes and then they throw their jagged-edged guitar shards across the song before Erin Delaney lets loose with her strident holler. She’s part Siouxsie Sioux, part Carrie Brownstein  as she leads the song into the open framed chorus – tautness still intact as the song churns and spins dizzyingly on its post-punk axis.


NEWS: SOUNDGARDEN to release retrospective Telephantasm…

Fresh from their Chicago club show (see video at end of post) and return to Lollapalooza over the weekend, Soundgarden have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective called Telephantasm on September 28th. In their own words:

It is with great pleasure that we can finally let you all know what we have been working on. On September 28th, we will be releasing a new retrospective called Telephantasm. It includes songs from all of our albums and E.P’s, including “Black Rain”, an unreleased track from the Badmotorfinger sessions. Plus, we are releasing our first ever DVD which will include never before seen video’s, and much more.

Here is the full rundown of what the various packages will contain:

** “Telephantasm” (Single CD):

01. Hunted Down

02. Hands All Over

03. Outshined

04. Rusty Cage

05. Birth Ritual

06. Black Hole Sun

07. Spoonman

08. My Wave

09. Fell On Black Days

10. Burden In My Hand

11. Blow Up The Outside World

12. Black Rain (previously unreleased)

** “Telephantasm” (2-CD/Limited-Edition DVD):

CD – Disc One:

01. All Your Lies

02. Hunted Down

03. Fopp

04. Beyond The Wheel

05. Flower (BBC session)*

06. Hands All Over

07. Big Dumb Sex

08. Get On The Snake (live)

09. Room A Thousand Years Wide (single version)*

10. Rusty Cage

11. Outshined

12. Slaves & Bulldozers

CD – Disc Two:

01. Jesus Christ Pose (live)

02. Birth Ritual

03. My Wave

04. Superunknown

05. Spoonman

06. Black Hole Sun

07. Fell On Black Days (video version)

08. Burden In My Hand

09. Dusty

10. Pretty Noose (live on “SNL”)*

11. Blow Up The Outside World (MTV “Live ‘N’ Loud”)*

12. Black Rain*

*Previously unreleased on CD

DVD – The Music Videos:

01. Flower

02. Hands All Over^

03. Loud Love^

04. Jesus Christ Pose (original version)

05. Outshined

06. Rusty Cage

07. My Wave^

08. Spoonman

09. The Day I Tried To Live (uncensored)^

10. Black Hole Sun^

11. Fell On Black Days^

12. Pretty Noose (uncensored)

13. Burden In My Hand

14. Blow Up The Outside World (uncensored)

Bonus Videos:

01. Spoonman (mash-up version)

02. The Day I Tried To Live (European version)

03. Superunknown^

04. Pretty Noose (international version)

05. Pretty Noose (alternate ending)

06. Blow Up The Outside World (censored)

All videos previously unreleased except ^

** Super Deluxe Version (2 CDs + Limited-Edition DVD + 3 heavy vinyl discs plus more in deluxe packaging)

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