Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fielded/ Mayor Daley/ Oozing Wound show

OOZING WOUND (Zath / Cacaw)


2821 North Milwaukee Avenue

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Angel Olsen - Lady of the Waterpark (Second Pressing)

You asked for it, the second pressing of our Angel Olsen cassette will be available to ship late January! For those interested in ordering a copy of Lady of the Waterpark, please email alhaajj (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve one. Blue cassettes, limited to 100 copies, same music. 

Check Chicago retailers Reckless Records and/or Cafe Mustache for remaining copies. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


2011 is coming to a close and "we" at Love Lion have assembled our favorite albums, shows, and fellow labels of the year. We hope to offer quite a few more releases this coming year and, per request, repress the out of print cassette Lady of the Waterpark by Angel Olsen. Also, look for the score to the German film Anni by Woodpecker Wooliams coming early in 2012. Both masterfully ambient and rewarding, this lengthy two-track burner has been engaging us since we heard it  this fall and we cannot wait until you do as well. After those two projects mark metal's return to Love Lion with a brutal offering from Montreal's To the Cliffs.

Now, if we had to pick a favorite of these favorites, Clams Casino's EP Rainforest muddled the electronic-dance music genre which we enjoyed greatly and Deathspell Omega's - Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics, albeit not new music, was the most complex metal on LP. The live performance that will stick with us for years to come is the stunning Steve Reich piece Music For 18 Musicians as performed by Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion live at Millennium Park. ... ughh, Stevie Nicks, too!

As always, thanks to our friends, artists and purveyors of fine music everywhere for keeping the music world interesting, pleasantly exhausting, and beautiful.

Love Lion


The Best Albums of 2011 (in no particular order)

Krallice - Diotima (Profound Lore)
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory (Mexican Summer)
Craft –Void (Southern Lord)
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (Anti/ Fish People)
Yuck - Yuck (Fat Possum)
Dirty Beaches - Badlands (Zoo Music)
Pure X – Pleasure (Acephale)
Belong - Common Era (Kranky)
Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners)
Ga'an - Ga'an / Black Equus (Captcha)
Wishgift – Folk Twain 12” (Sophomore Lounge)
Disappears - Guider (Kranky)
Bitchin Bajas – Water Wrackets (Kallistei)
Telebossa – s/t (Staubgold)
Harold Budd – In the Mist (Darla)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (Software)
Burzum - Fallen (Back on Black)
Fielded - White Death 7 (Sophomore Lounge)
Merchandise - (Strange Songs) In the Dark (Drugged Conscience/Katorga Works)
Julian Lynch - Terra (Underwater Peoples)
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Upset the Rhythm)
Geffika – II cassette (Love Lion)
Bjork – Biophilia (One Little Indian)
Sleep Over – Forever (Hippos in Tanks)
Marisa Anderson - Golden Hour (Mississippi)
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (Domino)
Bleached – Think of You/You Take Time 7 (Art Fag)
Bloodiest – Descent (Relapse)
Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss/ AIA: Alien Observer (Grouper)
Alex Barnett/ Fielded split (Nihilist)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Deathspell Omega - Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Angels in America – Narrow Road to the Interior (Ehse)
Blouse - Blouse (Captured Tracks)
Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
Holy Other – With U 12” (Tri Angle)
Clams Casino – Rainforest 12” (Tri Angle)
Absu – Abzu (Candlelight)
Caethua - The Summer Is Over Before It's Begun (Water Wing)
Broken Water – Whet (Night People) 2010
No Joy – Ghost (Mexican Summer) 2010
Anika - Anika (Stones Throw) 2010
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions (Reissue) (Capitol)
Ramases – Space Hymns (Reissue) (Mexican Summer)
Enslaved - Yggdrasill (Reissue) (Peaceville)
You – Electric Day/ Time Code (Reissues) (Bureau B)
Angel Olsen - Strange Cacti EP (Reissue) (Bathetic)
Craig Leon – Nommos (Reissue)
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden/ Laughing Stock (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)
Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)

(So many) Performances
Big Freedia - Beauty Bar, Chicago
Valis/ oOoOO - Berlin, Chicago
Burial Hex/ Oakeater - Reuben's Palace
Absu/ Immortal – the Bottom Lounge
Lee Relvas/ Ancestral Diet/ Ono/ Tabou/ Mayor Daley - Situations
Thou - Albion House
Mars - Dragon's Den, New Orleans
Cacaw/ Supersonic Piss/ Mayor Daley - White Lightning Warehouse, Iowa City
Broken Water - Fair Grinds, New Orleans
Anna Calvi - Schubas
Zath/ Fielded/ Verma – the Hideout
Zath – the Dustbowl (x2)
Zath – the Empty Bottle
Alex Barnett/ Brain Idea/ Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Motorhead - the Congress
Tinsel Teeth/ Cacaw – Crown Liquors
US Girls/ Noveller/ Talk Normal – the Empty Bottle
Brett Naucke/ Alex Barnett/ Streetwalker – S Blue Island
Joan of Arc/ Implodes Tour 
Angels in America/ Fielded – Mortville
Enslaved/ Alcest – the Bottom Lounge
Kurt Vile/ Yuck - Pitchfork Festival
John Maus/ Geneva Jacuzzi – the Empty Bottle
Dusk Variations: Chicago Counterpoint: A Steve Reich Celebration featuring Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion – Millennium Park
Stevie Nicks – Rosemont Theatre 
Brain Idea/ Zath - Mortville 
Anika - the Empty Bottle
Ken Camden/ Winged Victory for the Sullen – Lincoln Hall
Angels in America/ Angel Olsen/ Bill Orcutt - Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
Danava/ Thrones – the Empty Bottle
Hoax/ Culo/ Crazy Spirit – W Huron
Oozing Wound/ Psychic Steel - the Empty Bottle 
Meeting the Raincoats & Steve Shelly

Reckless Records In-store Performances
Raw Nerve
Dirty Beaches

Hippos In Tanks
Sacred Bones
Dust to Digital
Tri Angle

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cropped Out, 2011

Louisville, Kentucky festival, Cropped Out, is set to host many Chicago bands including Angel Olsen and Mayor Daley. Get in a van and check out this awesome festival. First, grip some tix!

Angel on new Bonnie Prince Billy album

Angel Olsen appears on the newest Bonnie Prince Billy release, Wolfroy Goes to Town (Drag City), along with Cairo Gang's Emmett Kelly. Enjoy the Emmylou Harris harmonies and accompaniment which accents Billy's intimate folk music.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Reckless Records' Steve Shoup and Emily Elhaj will be DJing the Charleston (2076 N Hoyne Ave) October 3 from 10-2. Alfredo will be will be serving drinks all night! Come out and hear some 80s 4AD bands, shoegaze, weird electronic music of vintage and contemporary stock, and metal. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

RIP Purple Rhinestone Eagle

In the words of Purple Rhinestone Eagle...

"Dear friends & fans, after 6 years of shows, tours, and recordings we have decided to go our separate ways. We know this may come as a big shock to many of you but the time has come for the three of us to begin and fulfill other projects, commitments and life adventures. We are absolutely grateful for all the support you have given us over the years. We will never forget the love our fans have shown us. We wish that we could continue on but alas it shall not be. Thank you for everything. ♥ PRE"

We are as bummed as you are! Bye, Bootsie LaNasty. 

New Geffika split LP with Skimask

Geffika / Skimask Split LP (Sophomore Lounge)

Geffika side, Oh hey, "Houdini," "Killing Technology," and "Pussy Whipped" fans you will like this band. This second offering by Chicago duo, Geffika, is another tutorial in the mud, mire, and ooze of heavy music. L.A. natives, Jessica Calvanico and Geoff Thais, have assembled these lengthy tracks in their practice den (tea room) and help spread their sludgy gospel with help from Skimask. 
Skimask, the sludge continues but only as a base coat to the extreme fuzz and energy that makes up this Boston group's sound. Not unlike Load Records artists, Skimask pummel you with their songs and make no bones about it. Electronic textures mingle in between the squall of live drums, guitar and gritty (yet provocative) vocals making for a enjoyable (yet hung over) experience. 

Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies with silk-screened sleeves on Sophomore Lounge (Wishgift, Geffika, Fielded, Animal City, Slow Horse).

Available from Sophomore Lounge or Reckless Records

Friday, June 10, 2011

Love Lion 4 Now Available

Grey cassettes with numbered inserts, limited to 100 copies! $5
For orders, please email emily

Saturday, May 28, 2011

PRE Interview

Death Letter meets Purple Rhinestone Eagle, read here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

-LL04- Geffika II Coming Soon...

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Geffika Blog

Check out the new Geffika blog

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ladies Night with CIRCUIT DES YEUX // EMILY // NINA

Performance by Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux (Indiana)

Allow us to take your hand and guide you through the lush catalogs of the following genres...

Metal / Minimal Wave / Progressive / Electronic / Ambient / Dark Wave / 'Stevie Nicks'

+ Sara Voden mixes some of the best drinks in the city.

++ I am still looking to purchase a beverage for anyone wearing a bullet belt.

See you then!


2076 N Hoyne Ave
(between Charleston St & Dickens Ave)
Chicago, IL 60647

Neighborhood: Metaltown

Angel Olsen - Strange Cacti 12" (Bathetic)

Be sure to pick up Angel Olsen's first vinyl offering (although this is a reissue of her cassette by the same name) on Bathetic Records.

Angel Olsen
Strange Cacti
45 RPM 12"

A1. Tiniest Lights
A2. If It's Alive, It Will
A2. So That We Can Be Still

B1. Drunk And With Dreams
B2. Some Things Cosmic
B3. Creator, Destroyer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Coming soon, Angel Olsen 'Selena' shirts! $15 + 4 shipping within the US only. Please, contact Lauren (laurenelizabeth523 (at) gmail (dot) com) if you're interested in ordering. They have been printed in a limited run on Black shirts only - so they will go fast!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Purple Rhinestone Eagle Tour Information

Purple Rhinestone Eagle/ Bad Dream West Coast tour April 14 - 24

4/14 Portland @ Mudai Lounge w/ Dark Black
4/15 San Francisco @ El Rio w/ Night Call
4/16 Oakland
4/17 San Jose
4/18 Santa Cruz
4/19 Santa Barbara @ Biko Warehouse w/ the Fucking Wrath
4/20 Weed Appreciation Festival, Ventura, California @ Billy O's w/ the Fucking Wrath, Ancestors & Lazy Dogs
4/21 Los Angeles w/ the Fucking Wrath
4/22 Venice Beach w/ the Shrine
4/23 Los Angeles w/ Ancestors
4/24 San Diego


and... a picture of Girlschool

Friday, February 18, 2011

Angel Olsen is featured on the new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and the Cairo Gang 10" Island Brothers/ New Wonder (Drag City). Proceeds from the sale of this record will go to Edge Outreach in their efforts to make clean water accessible to the people of Haiti. Check out the video...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

News from across the pond states Love Lion will be working with an artist by the name of Woodpecker Wooliams. We are excited to share her brand of haunting, ambient folk music that is not unlike Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Joanna Newsom, or the shimmering dronewerks of Fennesz, Stars of the Lid, and Daniel Menche. For this planned release, WW is hoping to branch out and discover new soil to turn in hopes of a fruitful new sound.

Allow for a deep cleanse in the steam and reverb of the side long burner on her My Dance the Skull release, Sleeping Under Dark Suns. I hope you're as excited about this as we are. More details to follow...

Love Lion

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Prepare for an offering by
Purple Rhinestone Eagle/ Lozen/ Sei Hexe
at Plan B - 1305 Southeast 8th Ave, PDX
Friday, January 7 - 9p