Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010



Here is a list of albums and events that proved to make 2010 unforgettable. If push came to shove, and I had to pick an "album and show of the year" it would be a tie between Burzum's Belus and Best Coast's Crazy For You (both controversial artists in two very different ways) and then the best live event being the amazing return of Sleep.

It was a great year guys, thanks to all the musicians and friends who made it possible.

Best,
Love Lion

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The Best of 2010 (in no particular order)

LADY GAGA
Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Etienne Jaumet - Night Music (Domino) (confession, this came out in 2009, but I didn't find it until January 2010)
Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I) 45 (Art Fag)
Best Coast - Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Margik Markers/Sic Alps - Tour Only 12" (Yik Yak Records)
Sylvester Anfang II - Commune Cassetten (Blackest Rainbow)
Ken Camden - Lethargy & Repercussions (Kranky)
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut)
Blessure Grave - Judged By 12, Carried By 6 (Release the Bats)
Sun Araw - On Patrol (Not Not Fun)
Caribou - Swim (Merge)
LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus (Not Not Fun)
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Universal Motown)
Phil Cohran - Armageddon (Katalyst)
Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
Cacaw - Cacaw (Permanent)
Dum Dum Girls - Blissed Out (cassette) (Art Fag)
Fielded - Terrageist (Catholic Tapes)
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid (Bad Boy)
Geffika - Geffika (cassette) (Love Lion)
Emeralds - Does it Look Like I'm Here? (Editions Mego)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (4AD)
Amen Dunes - Murder Dull Mind EP (Sacred Bones)
Wild Nothing - Gemini (Captured Tracks)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal (Editions Mego)
Julian Lynch - Mare (Olde English Spelling Bee)
The Dream - Love King (Def Jam)
High Confessions - Turning Lead Into Gold... (Relapse)
Dirty Beaches - True Blue/Sweet 17 45 (Zoo Music)
Purple Rhinestone Eagle - The Great Return (Stank House/Love Lion)
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber I (Debemur Morti)
Angel Olsen - Lady of the Waterpark (cassette) (Love Lion)
Tinsel Teeth - Trash As The Trophy (Load)
Dead C - Patience (Badabing)
Brain Idea - Survival Scrolls (Permanent)
Games - That We Can Play (Hippos In Tanks)
Burzum - Belus (Back on Black)
SleepOver - Outer Limits 45 (Forest Family)
Deathspell Omega - Paracletus (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Electric Wizard - Black Masses (Rise Above Religion)
Phil Cohran - African Skies (Captcha Records)
Heavy Winged - Sunspotted (Type)
Woodpecker Wooliams - Sleeping Under Dark Suns (cassette) (My Dance the Skull)
No Joy - Ghost Blonde (Mexican Summer)
Sleep
Over - s/t (cassette) (Night People)

(((SHOWS)))

Thrones - Empty Bottle
Best Coast - Empty Bottle/Pitchfork/Metro
Sleep/Ga'an - Logan Square Auditorium
Joan Jett - 7/11 Parking Lot
Omar Souleyman - Grant Park
Solvent - Home Sweet Home, New York
Enslaved - House of Blues
Cacaw - Ball Hall
John Wiese - MCA (Wire Festival)
Julian Lynch - Gravity Records, North Carolina
Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
The Clean - the Bottom Lounge
Riccardo Muti - Millennium Park

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



-LL03- (SOLD OUT)
Purple Rhinestone Eagle's "The Great Return" is now available! Limited to 100, hand-numbered gold cassettes, $5.


For Mail Order contact emily@reckless.com. Also, soon to be for sale at Reckless Records (Chicago), Cafe Mustache (Chicago), Aquarius Records (San Francisco), Academy (New York), Gravity Records (North Carolina), and select stores in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, December 4, 2010



Pretend Nina says E/MM. Yours truly is DJing Beauty Bar (1444 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago) this Sunday. Get weird from 10-2.


Thursday, December 2, 2010


Angel Olsen (or is it Angela Babbler) is now touring with Will Oldham's new band, the Babblers. Check out the following link with footage from their debut show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here is the rest of their tour dates.

T
he Babblers will be opening each night with a short set before Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang perform.

Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang:
12/01 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
12/02 – Columbia, SC @ The White Mule
12/03 – Charlotte, NC @ The Neighborhood Theatre
12/04 – Durham, NC @ Reynolds Industries Theatre
12/05 – Richmond, VA @ The National
12/08 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Come out for a Fielded set, and some Metal, lo-fi electronic, dance jams and some weirdo cassette power pop by yours truly - DJ E/MM - Charleston - 2076 N Hoyne - 10pm


Saturday, October 30, 2010

We are happy to announce that the next tape in the Love Lion (LL3) roster is Portland, Oregon's Purple Rhinestone Eagle! Look for the cassette version of their Stank House Records release, The Great Return, due out in November/December.

Some review vibes:

"Portland, Oregon's Purple Rhinestone Eagle are carrying the torch and continuing the rich tradition of Black Sabbath-style metal that can be appreciated by all who have admired wizardry, gems and stones of all cuts and origins, and the gritty battle fields of the riff. This power trio wields heavy riffs, gnarly tones, and lyrics any Sleep fan can grab a hold of as they fold over into the under belly of a bong rip. Sludge Riffs + all female line-up + Crystal Worship + songs about burning down monoliths and empires = your new favorite album, The Great Return." Reckless Records


"Purple Rhinestone Eagle are the new soldiers of the feminist armageddon. The Great Return is the soundtrack generated from the explosion and the beautiful aftermath left in its wake. This Portland OR trio use a cornucopia of psych and metal influences and mix them together in a medieval cauldron, the result being a mastery of the psychedelkic craft and a fully realized collection of songs and rhythms celebrating the power and sensuality of woman or more importantly, humanity...This writer is not one to overemphasize gender but only a few sister bands like Quixotic, Lozen, and Afrirampo come close to the grandeur that PRE are able to conjure, but the Eagles spectrum of musicality stretch further than even most of their male counterparts." - Chris Sutton (Hornet Leg, Dub Narcotic Sound System, The Gossip)/Shotgun Seamstress Zine

LOVE,
Love Lion


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cropped Out, A Perspective




Here is a short review of the first annual Cropped Out Festival. Good times...

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Seekers of the Tone,
I cannot express how much fun this Louisville conceived (Chicago inundated) festival was this past weekend. Granted, there were a few weather set-backs, but the majority of the fest included stellar company, bands, and experiences. I wanted to share a few highlights before the pictures start rolling in from the various cameras that were on site. I hope my enthusiasm translates because ultimately all a music lover really wants to do is be pummeled (or embraced) by 12 consecutive hours of music, to buy records and talk with the bands you enjoy, and to get "lifted" while camping in a yard near the Ohio River.
One Humble Musical Necromancer,
Emily
Chapter One, Tent City aka The Davis' Are Angels
Two a.m. is a hell of a time to descend on the scene of "Tent City" but Sabrina and others helped throughout the day (and weekend) to make everyone's stay organized and comfortable. I wish my parents were as cool with the gathering of sundry persons that assembled in their yard to ultimately descend on the first Cropped Out fest.
Chapter Two, Ski Mask Is A Mask That Covers Your Breathing
Ski Mask it was fun shopping with you in Ear X-tacy. I picked up the progressive, polyphonic synthesizer space jams pictured below. PS - Mistake Baby is a concept band developed on festival premises by Dad, Mom (a dream band), Putting Out, and Geffika. Speaking of, look for a Geffika/Ski Mask split sometime in the future.
Robert Mason - Intergalactic Trot, 1973.
Chapter Three, Wishgifts Are the Gifts That Keep On Giving
Brutal.
Chapter Four, Cacaw
Believe the hype! Two bassists, guitar-vocalist, and drum set-ups are my new favorite way to play.
Cacaw cassette, soon to be at Reckless Records...
Chapter Five, Pissed Jeans Can Move Eight Balls With Their Mind
Why does Dave Rosenstrauss and Pissed Jeans leave a crater under foot after their performances? He bit himself... enough said.
Chapter Six, THE Heavy Cream
This Nashville trio, and proponents of "angry dancing," should not be allowed to be in this band together. Too powerful, too strong.
Their debut album Danny is on Infinity Cat Records.
Chapter Seven, Antoine the Security Officer
The security officers on site were far too nice. Antoine, I can dunk, really. Playing b-ball with members of Animal City, the Diko's, et al was a treat. Ellyn is one hell of an athlete.
Chapter Eight, Tinsel Teeth: The Cosmic Drag
Rarely does a performance engage the gamut of senses, but Providence, Rhode Islands' Tinsel Teeth brought the pain. Fake blood, dildo worship, monitor humping, audience member assaulting - it was all there. My patented "hoodie drag" was worked into the set. I have the blood stains to prove it.
I luhz you girl. Check out their album "Trash As the Trophy" on Load Records.
Chapter Nine, Blood In The Pickups: Animal City
Dakota you're an animal. Trying to one up Tinsel Teeth evolved an actual head wound. His guitar looked as though it was used as a bludgeoning device. Enjoy your stitches friend.
Chapter Ten, The Final Chapter: Doritos Collisions
Getting mooned in the glow of the "Prizuums'" headlights on a dirt road in the middle of what we deemed "the Badlands" (the windfarm off of I-65) was a perfect closer to a day and a weekend worth remembering. Thanks for the memories Cropped Out. Thank you Kentucky.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


-LL02-
(SOLD OUT)
Angel Olsen's "Lady of the Waterpark" cassette will be arriving this week and should be available before she leaves to do some dates with Cairo Gang and the bearded wonder, Bonnie Prince Billy including the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 1, 2, and 3rd.

Cassettes are limited to 100 copies on "pee-yellow" tapes with Love Lion inserts. Any order inquiries can be sent to alhaajj@gmail.com. The next Love Lion release is already in the works and is primed to shred faces and cause your crystals to glow...


Wednesday, August 25, 2010



GEFFIKA and tons of other Chicago bands playing Louisville, Kentucky's premier music festival Cropped Out. October 1-3 at American Turner’s – 3125 River Road. $18 day tickets, $30 weekend via Ticketfly. Here's the BILL:

(More To Be Announced)

Animal City (Chi, IL)
Anita Fix (Pittsburgh/NY)
Axis:sovA (Chi, IL)
Cacaw (Chi, IL)
Catherine Irwin (Lou, KY)
Cave (Chi, IL)
Child Abuse (Brklyn, NY)
Fielded (Chi, IL)
Ga’an (Chi, IL)
Geffika (Chi, IL)
Giving Up (Garner, IA)
Heavy Cream (Nash, TN)
(The) Highlife (Chi, IL/Brklyn, NY)
Idiot Glee (Lex, KY)
Jeff The Brotherhood (Nash, TN)
Julianna Barwick (Brklyn, NY)
Life Partner (Lou, KY/Chi, IL)
Lushes (Brklyn, NY)
Magik Markers (Brklyn, NY)
Meah! (Chi, IL)
Moon Duo (San Fran, CA)
Natural Geographic (Lou, KY)
Nzambi (Lou, KY)
PC Worship (Brklyn, NY)
Pissed Jeans (Philly, PA)
Prideswallower (Lou, KY)
Pujol (Nash, TN)
Rabble Rabble (Chi, IL)
Rude Weirdo (Lou, KY)
Sapat (Lou, KY)
Sean Walsh & The National Reserve (Brklyn, NY)
Softcheque (Lou, KY)
Spectre Folk (Brklyn, NY)
State Champion (Lou, KY/Chi, IL)
Straight A’s (Lou, KY)
Wishgift (Chi, IL)
Young Widows (Lou, KY)

Animal City (Chi, IL)
Anita Fix (Pittsburgh/NY)
Axis:sovA (Chi, IL)
Cacaw (Chi, IL)
Catherine Irwin (Lou, KY)
Cave (Chi, IL)
Child Abuse (Brklyn, NY)
Fielded (Chi, IL)
Ga’an (Chi, IL)
Geffika (Chi, IL)
Giving Up (Garner, IA)
Heavy Cream (Nash, TN)
(The) Highlife (Chi, IL/Brklyn, NY)
Idiot Glee (Lex, KY)
Jeff The Brotherhood (Nash, TN)
Julianna Barwick (Brklyn, NY)
Life Partner (Lou, KY/Chi, IL)
Lushes (Brklyn, NY)
Magik Markers (Brklyn, NY)
Meah! (Chi, IL)
Moon Duo (San Fran, CA)
Natural Geographic (Lou, KY)
Nzambi (Lou, KY)
PC Worship (Brklyn, NY)
Pissed Jeans (Philly, PA)
Prideswallower (Lou, KY)
Pujol (Nash, TN)
Rabble Rabble (Chi, IL)
Rude Weirdo (Lou, KY)
Sapat (Lou, KY)
Sean Walsh & The National Reserve (Brklyn, NY)
Softcheque (Lou, KY)
Spectre Folk (Brklyn, NY)
State Champion (Lou, KY/Chi, IL)
Straight A’s (Lou, KY)
Wishgift (Chi, IL)Young Widows (Lou, KY)

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Holy shit...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Geffika Tour Action II



Geffika is on the move, again:

Tuesday, August 17

with Dunes, Masters and Johnson, and Naomi Punk

Echo Curio
1519 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90026



Dunes' (Mexican Summer) full tour information here:
http://artfagrecordings.blogspot.com/


Saturday, July 10, 2010


Chicago's Angel Olsen is next up on the roster with a collection of songs set to continue this summer's haze and glory. More information soon...

Angel
http://www.myspace.com/ghostgrocersings
http://www.neumagazine.co.uk/bands/article/angel-olsen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Prepare the for the Geffika tape...

New Geffika cassette coming soon, limited to 90 copies - burgundy tapes! Six tracks of face melting sludge from L.A. homies Jessica Calvanico and Geoff Thais. Any inquiries or orders can be mailed to alhaajj@gmail.com.

Also, check them out on tour (if you have suggestions for places to play on the dates with TBA next to them, please, contact the band):

Blast Beat the East Coast Tour 2010


May 28 9p - Brain Idea, Puttin Out, DAD, and Michael Vallera (Plains Project, Chicago, IL)

June 3 9p - Filmstrip (Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH)
June 4 8p - House Show (165 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA)
June 5 - TBA (Washington D.C.)
June 6 - TBA (Baltimore, MD)
June 7 - TBA (Philadelphia, PA)
June 9 - TBA (Providence, RI)
June 11 - TBA (Boston, MA)
June 12 9p - (Pizza Forest in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY)

(LL01)
(SOLD OUT)

Geffika show