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Zorch! Austin’s Latest Noise Rock Band Making a Buzz

Experimental rock duo Zorch has been making a name for themselves since they hit the Austin scene last year. And the buzz is only going to grow with their first full-length due out in the next month or so. Originating in Boston where Zac Traeger and Sam Chown attended school together at Berklee College of Music, the band started off as a couple of friends who would just rent practice space and rock out.

“We’d play for four hours straight, record it all, and then make little improvisational mixtapes. And then I moved back to Wisconsin where I’m from, Sam stayed here, and then after about a year we met up again in Austin,” Traeger said.

 

After some time, the two decided to take years of practice and friendship and form a band. They also decided that Austin was their city of choice.

 

“We didn’t necessarily want t live in New York or LA. At the time, my mom was telling me I should move to Austin, and I was getting a similar vibe from Zac, so it just happened,” Chown said.

 

With influences including Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective, Zorch’s self-described “experimental psychedelic electronic noise rock” is created with drums, percussion, omnichord, vocals, keyboards, knobs, computer, and vocals- making for an eclectic mix of tracks.

 

As far as their release, Traeger noted that the band is taking their time in order to create the best product possible and that they already have a number of songs to choose from. 

 

“Our latest songs are more vocal based. They’re not necessarily pop, but they’re coming from a more palatable place for everyone. And, we’re finding a good place musically to have seven to ten songs on an album that range from somewhere that anyone can appreciate, to somewhere that’s like this really crazy noise space adventure,” Traeger said.

 

Traeger and Chown, who both teach private music lessons outside of creating their own music, described their creative process behind their music as mostly improvisational.

 

“We’ll just play for extended amounts of time on end. And we record everything. Then we’ll make mixtapes out of them, and what these mixtapes are is that Sam goes and he makes up 10 to 20 three minute to ten minute tracks. We go and we listen to that. Some of the material we want to just recreate in a live setting, and some become very concrete ideas that turn into songs,” Traeger said. “A different way we go about it sometimes is since I use my computer in sampling a lot live, Sam or I will have certain ideas about ‘Okay, let’s sample this thing, this thing and this thing,’ and then create a world around it.”

 

Having just wrapped up their busiest month to date, including quite a few shows during SXSW, Zorch is only going to begin playing even more. 

 

“March has definitely been most intense month of our lives. It was a lot of fun; I loved it. We did New Orleans, San Antonio and Denton, and then it was SXSW. We played like 12 shows in a row in six or seven days,” Traeger said.

 

Zorch is also involved in a number of side projects, including a Rod Stewart cover band. Both Traeger and Chown said that they will release an additional eight to ten albums this year of side project material.

 

Check out what all the buzz is about. Catch Zorch this Friday (4/9) at Karibu Ethippian Restaurant & Bar at 1209 E. 7th Street.

 

--Melanie Wolfson

 

 

 

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Pretty Good Dance Moves: New Track, CHIRP Record Fair

For those of you not up for a weekend chock-full of free tunes, live music, and decent (ahem) “pretty good” dance moves, stop reading. This post is not for you. Those still with us are in luck. The Chicago-based (by way of New York) group, Pretty Good Dance Moves (Jimmy Giannapoulos and Aaron Allietta) has your impending social calendar mapped out for you.

It’s no secret the boys of PGDM share an appreciation for token female vocalists (the pair has worked with Company of Thieves’ Genevieve Schatz as well as Angelina Lucero). This time around, the duo has tapped into songstress (and former model) Lissy Trullie, to help provide that sultry jena se qua to their latest track, “Bad Habits.” You can download and stream the track below or head to Beauty Bar tonight (4/9), where PGDM are the evening’s featured DJs.

PGDM will also be dropping by Saturday’s CHIRP Record Fair, where they perform at 3pm (alongside DJ sets by Mannequin Men and the Disappears). The Fair, which spans the weekend, also features local vendors including Bloodshot Records, Grape Juice Records, and Goose Island Beer Co. Visit the Record Fair website for details. – Neph Basedow

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CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights

Are you ready for the 8th annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights, to be held on April 10-11, 2010 at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union at 1340 West Washington Boulevard. The CHIRP Record Fair is the only record fair in Chicago proper, offering a gathering place for music and art enthusiasts to browse more than 80 tables of vinyl, CDs, posters, ‘zines, artwork and crafts. CHIRP welcomes new dealers as well as returning favorites to this year’s Record Fair. Dealers come from all over the country and range from genre specialists with rare records to generalists with something for everyone’s tastes. In addition to vinyl, dealers will also offer 8-tracks, cassettes, DVDs and other forms of media. An eclectic selection of arts and crafters, ‘zine writers and poster artists round out the vendor lineup, while food and alcohol will be available from local favorites like Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.

Special guest DJs and live bands such as Judson Claiborne and The Loneliest Monk will perform throughout the weekend. A complete lineup is available here.

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The Deli's Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Attia Taylor

We had a chance to catch up with our recent featured artist and poll winner, the adorable Attia Taylor. She’s a girl who’s not afraid “to show you how to love”. You can fall in love with her tonight at The Fire, and here is some background info about her to give you the right words to say.
 
The Deli: When and how did you start recording and performing out?
 
Attia Taylor: My band Oak Oak Okay formed during Girls Rock Philly, and after camp ended in August 2007, we had our first official show at Johnny Brenda’s for a GRP benefit. I’ll never forget it. I started recording in early 2009 with no clue as to what I was doing. My band was on a break, and I just knew that I had a Mac and a condenser mic. I made 8 songs in 8 days as a project. “Flash Photography Class” was one of them. After I finished that, I kept going and I had no idea it would go this far.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
AT: I’d say Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Marvin Gaye, Imogen Heap, Grizzly Bear, Stereolab, and Belle & Sebastian.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
AT: I just started listening to Reading Rainbow, so good! I’m also listening to Oh! Pears, St. Vincent, Stereo Total, Cibo Matto (always), Hot Chip, The Bird and The Bee, Joanna Newsom, Dan Deacon, Au Revoir Simone, gosh just so many.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
AT: The first concert was Beyonce when I was 12. It was spectacular. She’s so amazing almost to the point of robot!! I think the first album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which I still listen to from time to time. They have both shaped me musically in some sense.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
AT: I love the size. You always run into someone who knows someone you know! It’s great. Philly seems so intimate and yet still has so much culture!
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
AT: Those Tastykakes with just the jelly. Super weird.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
AT: Well, I’m currently working on a new EP called Short Stories & Small Glories, which is much different from Dear Universe, but acts as a great follow-up. Each song holds a little gem from my life thus far. It’s almost like opening a book of short stories, and I’ll just say you will dance and cry at the same time! It should hopefully be done by early June.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
AT: Gosh, they were all so special. I think the most memorable live show was the one I played just recently with Gemini Wolf and Lillie Ruth Bussey for Sugar Town. I really admire their music so I was psyched to share a stage and so many people came out to show support!  It was just an enchanting night!
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
AT: I have an unhealthy obsession with Italian Hoagies. It scares me sometimes. 
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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Notekillers Reviving a Few Notes at M Room April 8

Notekillers are so legendary that their 1980 7” was dubbed a significant influence by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. When the band first brought their twisted blend of psychedelic noise to the stage from 1977-1981, it was well ahead of its time. But in the present day, it’s the fitting anthem to our flash forward culture, and with the help of Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace Label, the band has reunited and recorded their long-overdue debut full-length studio album We’re Here to Help, scheduled for release this spring from Naction Records, so check out what they’ve been up to lately at the M Room tonight, especially since they’ll be joined by friends Marc Laurick and Howard Harrison of Bunnydrums, who will be making some memorable noises of their own with their newest project Yeah Clementines. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/notekillers - Bill McThrill

 

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