Dmitry Samarov's "Music to My Eyes" Book Release

Dmitry Samarov's "Music to My Eyes" Book Release

Kelly Hogan, Tijuana Hercules, Matthew Lux, AZITA, Mute Duo

Wed, April 3, 2019

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$15

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Dmitry Samarov's "Music to My Eyes" Book Release
Dmitry Samarov's "Music to My Eyes" Book Release
Our friend Dmitry is releasing a book of drawings of some of the best shows he's seen, and he has great taste in shows. To celebrate, he assembled some of his friends to do what they do best, make some noise.
"Music To My Eyes" is available now for preorder through Tortoise Books.
Kelly Hogan
Kelly Hogan
This Georgia native is a supremely talented and multi-faceted singer profoundly respected within the music world. She was recently touted "a national treasure" by colleague, friend and former Chicago neighbor, Andrew Bird.
On her album "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain" Hogan curates an ambitious and moving labor of love, mining the perfect intersection between classic pop, country and soul. She utilizes her incredible voice to interpret compositions penned for her by musical luminaries including M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt, Magnetic Fields, the Mekons' Jon Langford, the Handsome Family, Bird, Freakwater's Catherine Irwin, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Gabriel Roth and Robyn Hitchcock.
She is backed on the album by an absolutely all-star band consisting of R&B legends Booker T. Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Beck) as well as talented young lions Gabe Roth (of Daptone Records, the Dap-Kings) and Scott Ligon.
Pitchfork has just premiered the song "We Cant Have Nice Things" written for Hogan by Jack Pendarvis and Andrew Bird. It is a contemplative and soulful track which periodically swells into an unforgettable Burt Bacharach-like pop crescendo.
As Hogan explains, "My dear friend Jack Pendarvis is a writer and he sent these lyrics called "We Can't Have Nice Things." He thought it would turn out like this George Jones she-left-me type of song. But I had asked Andrew Bird, who I have worked with a long time, to write me a song. He asked if I had any lyrics he could write with so I sent him Jack's. He sent them back with this amazing music and it turned into this really deep soul searching psychological song."
To hear Kelly Hogan's "We Can't Have Nice Things" care of Pitchfork.com, go here.
Kelly Hogan's I Like To Keep Myself In Pain is the record of a lifetime by a beloved talent. From her time fronting acclaimed bands The Jody Grind and Rock*A*Teens, to her role as, what she proudly calls "the noble sideman" with artists such as Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan and many others, it has all been leading directly to this moment, and this unforgettable new album.

"This record is my history and all my acquired tools and these really amazing songs that people sent me," Hogan says. "I'm just this person who loves music. And it's my life. And I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them."
Tijuana Hercules
Tijuana Hercules
Tijuana Hercules is a combo specializing in "mutant blues". "Mutant blues"? What's that about & what does that mean! Hey, it's about 3 miles from down home and 6 blocks from the uptown of the mind.
In everyday talk, Tijauana Hercules is a lazy susan of surrealists led by award winning animator, radio show host (WRHC), etc etc John Vernon Forbes. On any given show band membership can vary from a couple to a dozen.
Lastly, it's time to get to the sound. For the recordings, it's laid out in songs. But live it's one long improvised groove. Henceforth, known as the boogie drone. So; shake, baby, shake.
Matthew Lux
Matthew Lux
"In the Reader's Fall Arts preview, I described bassist Matthew Lux as "the Kevin Bacon of Chicago music, connected to just about every important living player in the city." Unfortunately, most people not directly involved in the scene don't even know who he is, despite his staggering resumé. Since graduating from Lane Tech in 1991, Lux has worked as a regular sideman in a number of important groups, including Isotope 217 and several bands led by cornetist Rob Mazurek. And over the past couple decades he's played or recorded in a more fleeting fashion, most often as a bassist, with many other artists—including Iron & Wine, Plush, Smog, Diverse, Azita, Heroic Doses, Peven Everett, and Tranquility Bass. He moves easily among subcultures, playing jazz, rock, R&B, experimental music, and electronic music with equal facility and comfort—Lux's mobility doesn't just demonstrate the characteristic openness of Chicago's music communities but has also actively contributed to it. He's an omnivore who understands how things fit together. " - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader 2017
AZITA
AZITA
Local pianist and singer Azita wrote the songs on her terrific new album,Year (Drag City), for a 2006 musical of the same name by Brian Torrey Scott, who'd also enlisted her to create music for his 2005 play Detail From the Mountain Side. In the theatrical version of Year, Azita and guitarist Emmett Kelly occupied a corner of the stage, alternately functioning as a kind of Greek chorus and as the voices of certain characters. Her lyrics (Scott also wrote a few) confront their themes—in this case loss, change, and time—much less directly than is typical in musicals, which tend to spell things out clearly. For the recording Azita is joined by an excellent band—guitarist Sam Wagster, bassist Toby Summerfield, and drummer Adam Vida—that makes the exquisite melodic density of her music easier to parse than it was on her 2011 solo album,Disturbing the Air. The songs are supercatchy and elegantly constructed, filled with harmonic complexities and unexpected twists that put her in the company of classic pop songwriters such as Laura Nyro and Burt Bacharach, who also set rock melodies amid jazz-grade harmonies and chord changes. Stylistically she's never covered such a broad range: "Something That Happened" is reggae (with an extended dub interlude by Tortoise's Dan Bitney), "Out and Around" is a delicate piano ballad, and "Ice" is rollicking pop. It's never possible to get too comfortable in any of the genres she visits, though—her reedy voice and willfully disruptive phrasing keep you on edge in the best possible way. For tonight's show Azita is joined by Wagster, Vida, and bassist Nick Macri (Summerfield moved to Virginia earlier this year). —Peter Margasak
Mute Duo
Mute Duo
Skyler Rowe - drums/percussion
Sam Wagster - pedal steel
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com