NEVER ENOUGH HOPE RETURNS
ORSO IS BACK WITH 9. ORDER THE LATEST DIRECT FROM CONTRAPHONIC TODAY.
oRSo is now back playing gigs with yet another new group and looking forward to recording a new record of vocal songs. 9 is quietly oRSo's finest hour. Get your copy of this digital release today at the ContraStore. [posted TUES. 04/24/12]
CONTRAPHONIC PRESENTS "ANTEPHONIC'S 4 MORE YEARS OF WINTER"
Celebrate our (semi-) annual "Winter of Love" show, as it takes new shape this year under the banner of "4 More Years of Winter," with Coffin Ships, Chris Salmon (Crush Kill Destroy) & Ante/Contra DJs.
January 29, 2012
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60647
[posted TUES. 01/09/12]
LITTLE HELL VOL VI: THE INDIAN BOUNDARY LINE DVD
FRINGE FROM EVAN HYDZIK (PILLARS & TONGUES) OUT NOW
From Chicago, Evan Hydzik also plays bass in the band Pillars and Tongues. Previously, he was a member of the group Static Films.
Evan will be joining the party this Friday, September 16th at Roxaboxen Exhibitions, 8:30pm, for a solo set. [posted TUES. 09/13/11]
JOSHUA MARCUS UKE YOUR ILLUSION DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!
CONTRAPHONIC ENTERS PITTSBURGH'S FOURTH RIVER
The Contraphonic Sound Series expands into the City of Pittsburgh with the launch of FOURTH RIVER. Complimenting The Sound Series' Chicago-centric Little Hell, and its aim to aurally document cities through the medium of sound, Fourth River is the companion series that will set to examine Pittsburgh's past.
Fourth River: Welcome to Pittsburgh, courtesy of Host Skull, is the first entry into the series. Fourth River is a reference to the little-known aquifer underneath Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle district that serves as the de facto fourth river to the city's more famous three. Host Skull's musical reflection echoes the Fourth River's place in the city's history, and with its subdued drones, trickling vibes, and consistently steady rhythms, it both echoes a river's gurgling motion and reflects on Pittsburgh's heavy, meteoric history.
This release will be available on Tuesday, April 26th with a gallery display of photos and live music from Host Skull scheduled for April 29th at The Frame, 5200 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh. [posted TUES. 04/26/11]
LITTLE HELL VOL V.: SHADOWS FROM SOUTH DEERING
The latest release in the Contraphonic Chicago Sound Series, Little Hell Vol V: Shadows from South Deering, is available now in the ContraStore. Little Hell Vol V: Shadows from South Deering is a collaborative effort between independent record label Contraphonic, Inc. and sound artist Elk Magic.
Elk Magic is the musical pseudonym of Raffaele Stuparitz, a Brooklyn-based-via-Chicago artist who explores the various textures, landscapes, and rhythms found throughout the South Deering neighborhood through electronic manipulations. The subdued dance-ready beats, offset by ominous keyboard melodies, paints South Deering in a contemporary lens as a neighborhood still brimming with life and opportunity. An industrial powerhouse of a place, whose heavy manufacturing not only made steel, but also synthesized immigrants into citizens, South Deering's story mirrors myriad other tales of rise and decline across neighborhoods of the Far Southeast Side, and of cities all over the greater Midwest.The field recordings within the piece coupled with a series of mechanical and percussive gurgles that underscore the track, serve as reflections upon South Deering's past. The changes in tone, pitch and feel all echo the ups and downs of the larger community. [posted TUES. 03/15/11]
Wishgift is a Chicago trio. Reared in the basements and DIY spaces of the city, the band packs a frenetic energy in one concise package - a mix of Fitz of Depression and King Crimson compressed into a tiny room and then let free. The band is a presence. Perhaps a menace. They nearly never stop playing, consistently spreading their loud and distorted gospel all over Chicago and the greater MidWest. Look for them coming your way soon. And look for their very limited Contraphonic 7" "Pretty Jenny/Cream Acres". AVAILABLE NOW in the ContraStore. [posted TUES. 09/21/10]
Contraphonic launches new sister label ANTEPHONIC, INC
Contraphonic, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of new boutique label ANTEPHONIC. As our sister label, Antephonic seeks to document the best and most exceptional songwriters working in the pop canon. Our first release on ANTEPHONIC will be courtesy of classically trained viola player Dina Maccabee.
Maccabee, a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area scene and frequent contributor to the likes of Vetiver, Carla Bozulich, Vienna Teng and lo-fi favorites Ramon & Jessica, will be unleashing her solo debut entitled Who Do You Suppose You Are in the late summer/early fall of this year. For the full scoop on Antephonic and Maccabee, check out the brand new Antephonic page now. [posted MON. 07/12/10]
ADAM GREEN SOUNDTRACK LP "MUSIK FOR A PLAY" OUT TODAY!
Today marks the official release date of singer-songwriter Adam Green's soundtrack LP Musik for a Play. Green, previously of Moldy Peaches/"Juno" soundtrack fame, was commissioned to score the instrumental tracks that make up Musik for a Play for the production of the theatrical adaptation of Paul Auster's novel "Timbuktu." Filled with swirling arrangements -- where clarinets rub elbows with rock drums, oboes with synths, and classical guitars are picked against vaudeville rhythms -- Musik for a Play is a steadfast testament to the ever-evolving talents of Green as a composer and arranger. Available digitally everywhere, only 500 vinyl copies exist of these records so hurry and secure yours today -- either via the ContraStore or your favorite neighborhood music retailer. Get in the spirit by watching the Todd Smolar-directed video for the track "Sailor Shirts" off of Musik now. [posted TUES. 05/11/10]
Frank Rosaly's Milkwork OFFICIALLY OUT TODAY
Today marks the official release date of the Milkwork LP from Chicago-based drummer and composer Frank Rosaly. Rosaly, a frequent contributor and player alongside the likes of Matana Roberts, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams' Remindring, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine Trio, and many more, has been navigating a fine line between the improvised music, indie-rock, experimental and jazz communities for the past decade.
Milkwork is the resulting work of one of Rosaly's solo drum ventures. Milkwork explores the process of free-improvisation with both acoustic and electronically manipulated percussion instruments to produce a wild and gorgeous panoply of sound. Released in a limited edition version on milky white vinyl only, Milkwork navigates a wide sonic palette: Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz and non-idiomatic grooves using unconventional techniques, dense Free-Jazz vocabulary, heavy drones and feedback. Again, only 500 LPs on milky white vinyl exist! Hurry and secure one up at the ContraStore now. [posted TUES. 01/12/10]
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