#29. “We Treat Our Hot Dogs With Respect:
- from 33 Reasons Chicago Kicks New York’s Ass
- from 33 Reasons New York Kicks Chicago’s Ass
CHICAGO vs. NEW YORK...
It’s a war that’s been waged ever since the early settlers started razing the land and long before the first high rises reached for the skies. Now SKiN GRAFT Records raises the stakes, pitting each city’s finest ‘head to head’ in a battle royale where everybody wins.
CHEER-ACCIDENT vs. The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
In the lead off position, progressive rock’s genre-defying Cheer-Accident enlist an assist from Dead Rider-slash-U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann for the opening volley “War is A Warrior” - and in a dramatic about face, flesh-out and finish up a previously unrecorded composition (dating all the way back to the “Salad Days” / “Trading Balloons” era) by the band’s dearly departed Phil Bonnet.
In response, Chicago expatriates The Flying Luttenbachers switch sides and make their New York debut with their first new recordings in over a decade (both exclusive to this release). With unparalleled precision, Weasel Walter’s new line-up radically reinterpret the band’s punk-jazz standard “Demonic Velocities” and bring a brutal blast beating to all comers with the new composition “Prelude to Mutation”.
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS vs. SKRYPTOR
Led by visual artist Gregory Jacobsen and Cheer-Accident alumni Alex Perkolup, Lovely Little Girls is the kraut-prog, art-pop, big-band cream of Chicago’s bountiful avant-rock crop. With “Be Good To Your Shoes” & “Emphatic Service”, Lovely Little Girls combine complex, hi-fructose arrangements with a sour, yet perfectly-seasoned pop sensibility only hinted at previously.
Sporting a line-up of loud-rock luminaries culled from the likes of Dazzling Killmen and craw, NYC instrumental trio Skryptor meld Black Sabbath’s hazy stomp with the ecstatic modal improvisation of Mahavishnu Orchestra; the leering bass lurch of Touch & Go Records’ glory days; and the cerebral bite of the city’s contemporary metal underground.
BOBBY CONN vs. CELLULAR CHAOS
A veteran of Chicago’s No Wave scene, Bobby Conn quickly developed a reputation for delivering messages of hope, politics, despair, revolution and bullshit in a quasi-falsetto, all the while decked to the nines in glitter, eyeliner and high heels. Extravagantly excessive art rock for today’s stripped-down lifestyles.
More than any other act currently at-large, Cellular Chaos mirror, reflect and escalate the spirit of NYC’s 1970’s downtown avant-garde music scene - re-upping the ante in their hi-gloss, take no prisoners blend of neo-new wave kicks, glam raunch and no wave noise-rock.
TIJUANA HERCULES vs. CHILD ABUSE
Fronted by singer/guitarist John Forbes of Chicago noise rock heroes Mount Shasta and christened in part after “Tijuana Bibles”, the clandestine depression-era comics which cast mainstream cartoon characters in pornographic situations, Tijuana Hercules bang out boundary-busting blues and psychedelic, tangled roots music that's grown out in all the wrong places.
One of the most innovative, polarizing bands in New York - and coming in at a solid last place - Child Abuse go for the gut in a typically atypical way-eschewing their new-math, proto-prog precision and 12 tone composition for a five-movement-long deep dive into death metal atmospherics, scum-rock histrionics and grating noise improvisation.
Glass Mastered Compact Disc comes packaged in a Deluxe Six-Panel Hi-Gloss Gatefold Wallet with SKiN GRAFT Cartoons and Band Photos. Designed by Gumballhead The Cat’s Rob Syers and SKiN GRAFT’s Mark Fischer.
released March 15, 2019
Mastered by Todd Rittmann.
Curated by SKiN GRAFT Records.
supported by 17 fans who also own “Post Now: Round One - Chicago vs New York”
This album is an ingenious jigsaw puzzle of diverse musical influence held together by taut strings of raw musicianship. Appreciable on so, so many levels. The fact that it was assembled and memorized for one performance blows my mind. Stunning. I once sweatily and drunkenly hugged Ed after a show. I don't think he much appreciated it, but I wear it like a badge. albinobone
supported by 16 fans who also own “Post Now: Round One - Chicago vs New York”
Some of the most liberating music to come out during this oppressive year... thank you Horse Lords for freeing my mind and limbs. Probably tied for my AOTY along with Anna Von Hausswolf’s new record Benjamin Jelinek