On The Horizon

2011 looks like another good year for music if you’re a fan of independent sounds generated by bands that you either never heard of or you’ve under-appreciated. And while it’s no secret TIS has a little bias for this collection of bands, you might develop one, too?

Trembling Blue Stars Correspondence (Elefant 2011)

Fast Trains & Telegraph Wires

Following TBS’ reemergence in 2010 with Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires, Bobby Wratten, Beth Arzy and company will deliver their last offering sometime this year. This is really part two of Cicely Tonight Vol.1 which came included as part of their Fast Trains release.

In the meantime, here’s TBS’ video for All Our Tomorrows (Elefant 2010).



Sayonara untitled début (Lilypad 2011)


Too early for details, but Sean Blythe out of WorldWideRiot, and his newest collaborator (and partner in life & love) Debbie Pucek, will arrive on the doorstep of Couderay Music in late February to record what will become their début.

I had already beefed up their home demo of Kidnapped a little while back and it seems they are working feverishly to amass songs that we’ll be tackling pretty soon.

Hollus Part Two (Hollus 2011)

Part One

I’ve enjoyed Hollus’ newest output for some time now. I mastered Part One back in July 2010 and when they released it in November, it seemed that folks finally started to pay attention to this blossoming, Chicago-based outfit.

Still no official word when they plan to drop Part Two, but 2011 is the target. Here’s the Jamison Acker directed video for Lucy Grey from Part One to hold you over.

Aberdeen On Tour


Wow. I didn’t expect to learn this Sarah Records band from California would tour again but there you have it — Aberdeen tours the coasts late spring 2011! Please tell them that we call Chicago the Third Coast. John, Beth, Johnny and Brian deliver shoegaze-y, dream-pop to NYC’s Popfest, at The Cake Shop on May 19th. More dates to follow.

Here’s Aberdeen’s track which made its way to a Buffy The Vampire Slayer compilation.



Young Jackies Live At Couderay NYE ’11 (Lilypad 2011)


My collaboration with J1 dates back to the early 70s. This was our improvised set, celebrating the death of 2010, captured at midnight in my studio also known as my home. This is an experimentally oriented batch of ambient performances, with an acoustic guitar finish recorded later that same day.

The entire album is available as a free download until it’s released February 1st on Lilypad Records.


Michael Lux and The Bad Sons Neat Repeater (Lux 2010)

Michael Lux

Hollus’ guitar-slinger, Michael Lux, really surprised me with this end of 2010 EP release entitled, Neat Repeater. I don’t know whether it was that he kept the effort quiet until he didn’t, or that the reverb-drenched, garage-infused collection was garnering press right out of the gate, but I liked this even though I’m not known for listening to music soaked in the halls & chambers of reverbdom.

Technically not a 2011 release, but it’s my blog and I’ll break the rulez if I want to break them. Mr. Lux will give you this album free if you attend his show at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, January 28th. Listen to Killer.



Hope there’s something here for you? I’m certainly not about singularity, so I also hope you weren’t expecting bands playing under one genre umbrella? If you have a band or album coming out in 2011, feel free to send it along and maybe I’ll feature it in one of my posts. Cheers and Happy New Year!


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