Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dog Man - 'Dream Date' album in the works

Zelda and Goblin come together for this blend of progressive, new-age music by Los Angeles native Sam Davis. Expect Love Lion number 8 in early 2013.

Take a listen via Soundcloud
Non-Reality Review

Monday, December 3, 2012

BEST OF 2012

Hello Purveyors and Advocates of the Arts, 

Another year in the can! Sure was busy one... (cue dream sequence). :) We hope you enjoyed the music our collective-consciousness-community of musicians, minds and movers have shared with us in 2012. Here is a list in no particular order of some of our favorites. This and many other lists will be assembled at if you are searching for a little something else.

Thanks for the "night-things," nature times, and enthusiasm. 

Over and Out,
Love Lion
"To Blessed to Be Stressed!"
The Best Albums of 2012

Furze - Psych Minus Space Control (Fysisk Format)
Windy and Carl – We Will Always Be (Kranky)
Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute/Spoon)
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (Hype Williams) – Black Is Beautiful (EBONY) (Hyperdub)
Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed (Ninja Tune)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
Mac Demarco – Rock and Roll Night Club / 2 (Captured Tracks)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (DefJam)
Dunes - Noctiluca (Post Present Medium)
Swans – The Seer (Young God)
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path (Captured Tracks)
Mirrorring – Foreign Body (Kranky)
Raajmahal – Celandine (Digitalis) cassette
Runawei – Abduction (Digitalis) cassette
Tim Hecker / Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist (Software)
VCMG – Ssss (Mute)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
The Dreebs – Bait An Orchard (Rotted Tooth)
Musette - Drape Me In Velvet (Hapna)
Maggi Payne - Ahh-Ahh: Music For Ed Tannenbaum's Technological Feets 1984-1987 (Root Strata)
Orcas – Orcas (Morr)
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Field – Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)
Angel Olsen – Half Way Home (Bathetic)
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
Young Prisms – In Between (Kanine)
Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)
V/A – Remolino de Oro (Domino Sound)
V/A – Amhara Wedding Songs (Domino Sound)
Broken Water – Tempest (Hardly Art)
Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – s/t (Honest Jon’s)
Torben – Demo
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky (Jagjaguwar)
Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)
Billy Gibbons/ Matt Sweeney/ Bonnie Prince Billy - Oh Well 7”
Matthew E. White – Big Inner (Hometapes)
Bomb Banks – Not People (Love Lion)
Nu Sensae – Sundowning (Suicide Squeeze)
Melody's Echo Chamber – s/t (Fat Possum)
Oozing Wound – Vape and Pillage cassette
Merchandise – Children of Desire (Katorga Works)
Lord Mantis – Pervertor (Candlelight)
Anatomy of Habit – II (AOH)


Durutti Column – Short Stories For Pauline (LTM)
Should – Folding Sieve (Captured Tracks)
Sensations'Fix – Music Is Painting In the Air (ReRvng)
Michael Chapman – Rainmaker (Light in the Attic)
Doug Jerebine – Is Jesse Parker (Drag City)
Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo (Thee Roundtable)
Michael Chapman – Rainmaker (Light in the Attic
Lee Hazelwood – LHI Years (Light in the Attic)
Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh (Guerssen)
Sleep – Dopesmoker (Southern Lord)


Ash Borer – s/t (Pesanta)
Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis (Pendu Sound)


Fielded/ Oozing Wound/ Mayor Daley – Crown Liquors
Yob – Empty Bottle
Bitchin Bajas – Music Box Theatre
Steve’s Shredfest: Zath/ Peace Warriors/ Mayor Daley – Crown Liquors
Talk Normal – Lincoln Hall
The Dream – House of Blues
Sister Spit – Wicker Park Art Center
Disappears/ Lotus Plaza/ Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Thou – Siberia, New Orleans
Lucky Lou - Noizfest, New Orleans
Hoax – Mousetrap
Madalyn Merkey – the Charleston
Codeine – Lincoln Hall
Dinosaur Jr. - Subterranean
Winged Victory – Pritzker Pavilion
Captcha Benefit – Burlington
Skoal Kodiak – Nick and Eddies, Minneapolis
Guerilla Toss – Butcher Shoppe, Boston
Nu Sensae – Empty Bottle
Animal City – Cafe Mustache
Angel Olsen – Schubas
Storm Thorgerson Exhibit – Public Works
Big Business – Bottom Lounge
Dirty Three – Lincoln Hall
Lord Mantis – Ultra Lounge
Cat Power – The Vic
ONO – Quenchers
Torben - Alderaan
The Dreebs/ Toupee/ Unmanned Ship – Situations


Domino Sound
Light in the Attic
Rotted Tooth
Honest Jon’s
Root Strata
Sahel Sounds

Bomb Banks - 'Trouble Girl' video

Bomb Banks - Not People (LL7)

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BOMB BANKS - "Trouble Girl" from GONZO CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Video by Gonzo Chicago

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bomb Banks Show

Hello Friends, 

Consider this an announcement of sorts. Love Lion will be releasing a cassette with Chicago's Bomb Banks in late November (see Chicago's Reader announcement). They are also playing a show with Lovely Little Girls, who have a record called Cleaning the Filth From A Delicate Frame on Skin Graft Records. Magic Key aka Aleksandra Tomaszewka is also performing. 

The Burlington
3425 W Fullerton
Saturday, November 3 2012

You're Invited

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The First Time I Heard eBook Series: Cocteau Twins

The First Time I Heard Cocteau Twins is Part II in an ongoing series where musicians and writers tell their stories of first hearing the music of an iconic artist or band. In this second volume (following the opening installment, which covered Joy Division / New Order), forty different musicians and writers remember their initial experiences hearing the seminal dream pop/post-punk band Cocteau Twins, an early standout group from the legendary 4AD Records and favorite of radio personality John Peel. The Cocteau Twins hailed from Grangemouth, Scotland, and featured musicians Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde.

Contributors to the Cocteau Twins edition include musicians such as David Narcizo (Throwing Muses); Ian Masters (Pale Saints); pianist and Cocteau Twins collaborator Harold Budd; band collaborator and live guitarist Lincoln Fong; Pete Fijalkowski (Adorable); Anka Wolbert (Clan of Xymox); Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak (Mercury Rev); Meredith Meyer; Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel); Paul Anderson (Tram); Paul Elam (Fieldhead); Rebecca Coseboom (Halou, Stripmall Architecture); Michael Cottone (The Green Kingdom); Sarah Jaffe; Antony Ryan (Isan); Dean Garcia (Curve); Kurt Feldman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart); Erik Blood; Annie Barker; John Loring (Fleeting Joys); Guy Fixsen (Laika and co-engineer for My Bloody Valentine); Emily Elhaj (Implodes); Carlo Van Putten (The Convent, White Rose Transmission); Eric Quach (thisquietarmy); Ryan Policky (A Shoreline Dream); Matthew Kelly (The Autumns); Steve Elkins (The Autumns); Ryan Lum (Lovespirals); Michael Savage (The Fauns); Amman Abbasi (The Abbasi Brothers); Eric Loveland Heath; Ben Mullins (Midwest Product); Keith Canisius; Michael McCabe and David Read (Coldharbourstores); and writers like Emily Franklin, Craig Laurance Gidney, Alistair McCartney; Tony Leuzzi; and Sommer Browning.

The "First Time I Heard" book series is edited by Scott Heim, a novelist (Mysterious Skin, We Disappear) who is also a longtime music fan. Other installments in the series (or those forthcoming soon) include books on Joy Division / New Order, David Bowie, The Smiths, Kate Bush, R.E.M., Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine, Abba, Roxy Music, The Pixies, and others. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Woodpecker Wooliams LP Due in October

Woodpecker Wooliams' new album will be available for sale in October via Robot Elephant Records.

Pressing Information
12" Vinyl Version: Release Date October 15, limited to 200 copies and will come in a special hand-printed sleeve.

1 Red Kite
2 Gull
3 Sparrow
4 Magpie
5 Crow
6 Dove
7 Hummingbird 

Robot Elephant Records

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Giving Up/Meah Tour 2012

The ones that say unbooked still need a helping hand.
Email suggestions to geoffthais (at) gmail (dot) com

8/31 Chicago @ Roxaboxen with Brain idea and Heavy times
9/1 Michigan
9/2 Cleveland with Filmstrip
9/3 Pittsburgh @ Kopec's Bar
9/4 NYC @ Death By Audio with Mail the Horse
9/5 (unbooked) Burlingto, VT
9/6 Boston with Kal Marks
9/7 Worcester @ Distant Castle with Kal Marks
9/8 Harrisburg house show
9/9 Philadelphia house show
9/10 (unbooked) Baltimore
9/11 Richmond
9/12 Chapel Hill with Last Years Men
9/13 (unbooked) Nashville
9/14 (unbooked) Louisville
9/15 (unbooked) Indianapolis
9/16 to 9/19 Iowa (unbooked)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cropped Out Festival III

Art by Mikie Poland

It is time again for the Third Annual CROPPED OUT FESTIVAL 
@ American Turners (3125 River Road, Louisville, Kentucky) 
SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2012

Now, a direct message...

"You read it right, folks! The time is yet again upon us. Cropped Out's annual extravaganza is back for 2012. This Fall (September 28th-29th), we will be taking over the American Turners Club -- our home for year one, as a few (literally, a few) of you might remember. Last year at the Crummy Den was not only a blast but also a milestone for us as an organization. However, as fun as it was watching Scratch Acid play in a crowded warehouse shortly after cops accosted them at gunpoint, having mistaken them as armed robbers, we decided it was time to take our festival back to more "welcoming" grounds of operation.

As always, we've carefully chosen a solid stash of local, national, and international performing artists to spotlight in our hometown of Louisville, KY. There will also be a familiar face or two from festivals past, along with the usual tricks up our sleeve.

Our third year kicks off at over 30 bands spread across 3 days (two main days with an unforgettable closing party at on Sunday, September 30). A short list of attractions lined up for Friday and Saturday include the proto-doo-wop sass of Chain & The Gang led by DC legend Ian Svenonius (The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses), a very rare performance from elusive Texan blues/folk outsider Jandek, the silky lo-fi New Wave croon of Tampa, Florida's Merchandise (featuring members of the late great Cult Ritual), the bitingly sour, self-deprecrating social stabs of "World's Funnyman" Neil Hamburger, live music by David Liebe Hart of Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job," and as always, plenty of organically grown, freshly picked, fairly traded locals like Twin Sister Radio, Gangly Youth, and Kark, just to name a few...

Cropped Out 2012's closing party will celebrate the work of legendary guitarist and Louisville native David Pajo with a very special performance by Papa M at Workhouse Ballroom (aka "The Cave"). Opening the evening's event will be Brooklyn-based composer and lutenist Jozef Van Wissem (who most recently gained attention for his collaborative work with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch) and one of our very favorite songwriters around, Lexington, KY's James Jackson Toth, known to many as Wooden Wand.
Tickets are limited and may not be combined with Friday/Saturday passes!"


Ashcan Orchestra (Brooklyn, NY)
Binary Marketing Show (Little Rock, AR)
Buck Gooter (Harrisonburg, VA)
Black Kaspar (Louisville, KY)
Cave Bears (Providence, RI)
Chain & The Gang (Washington, DC)
Cool Memories (Chicago, IL)
Crys (Indianapolis, IN)
Dahm of Phantom Family Halo (Brooklyn, NY)
David Liebe Hart Band (Los Angeles, CA)
Disco Doom (Zurich, Switzerland)
Eugene Chadbourne (Greensboro, NC)
Gangly Youth (Louisville, KY)
Globsters (Hazard, KY)
Guerilla Toss (Boston, MA)
Jandek (Houston, TX) 
Jozef Van Wissem (Brooklyn, NY)
Kark (Louisville, KY) 
Lantern (Philadelphia, PA) 
Merchandise (Tampa, FL)
Michael Zerang/Darin Gray Duo (Chicago, IL/St. Louis, MO)
Microwaves (Pittsburgh, PA)
Neil Hamburger (Los Angeles, CA)
Papa M (Philadelphia, PA)
PC Worship (Brooklyn, NY)
R. Stevie Moore (Nashville, TN)
Raw Thug (Louisville, KY)
The Ritchie White Orchestra (Louisville, KY)
The Sediment Club (Brooklyn, NY)
Shaved Women (St. Louis, MO)
She Might Bite (Louisville, KY)
Slug Guts (Brisbane, Australia) 
Street Gnar (Lexington, KY)
TV Ghost (Lafayette, IN) 
Wet (Louisville, KY) 
White Walls (Cincinnati, OH) 
Wooden Wand (Lexington, KY)
& others to be announced!


FRIDAY: Buck Gooter, Chain & The Gang, Crys, Disco Doom, Eugene Chadbourne, Gangly Youth, Jandek, Lantern, Microwaves, The Ritchie White Orchestra, Sediment Club, She Might Bite, Slug Guts, Street Gnar, TV Ghost, Twin Sister Radio

SATURDAY: Ashcan Orchestra, Binary Marketing Show, Black Kaspar, Cave Bears, Cool Memories, Dahm Cipolla, David Liebe Hart Band, Globsters, Guerilla Toss, Kark, Merchandise, Michael Zerang/Darin Gray, Neil Hamburger, PC Worship, R Stevie Moore, Raw Thug, Shaved Women, Wet, White Walls

SUNDAY NIGHT (CLOSING PARTY): Papa M, Wooden Wand, Jozef Van Wissem
Grip Those Tix

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thank You.

Big chunks of gratitude are in order to cap a great tour. Thank you to Kelly and Paul, my fellow tone-lords, for working to construct a pulsing, landscape of sound. Hearts around the Dreebs, Brady, and Skoal Kodiak as well.

First and foremost Chicago, the Hecks gentlemen, Kyle Reynolds, Reversible Eye Gallery. Minneapolis, Nick and Eddie's, Seward Cafe, Hard Times. Kansas City, Libby, Steve, Mookie, Anna, Danni, Genghis Khan, Meat Mist. Columbia, Hair Hole Practice Spaces and Entertainment Inc. Saint Louie, Patsy, Pig Slop, Bug Chaser, Serhii. The most-beautiful-New Orleans, Christopher, Ali, Bryan Funck, Mary, OR-lan (your name is hard to spell), Abby, Sunshine and Eric Martinez, and Lovey Dovies. Memphis' blended shakes. Chattanooga, your cults are strong. Asheville, Michelle, Cherokee National Park, the Toy Boat folks (and hounds). Baltimore, Chris Day, the Bell Foundry, Microkingdom and House Dress. New York, New York, The Hose house, Jessica Calvanico, Jesse, Chris Pappas, TANK/Grandma, James Ardery, Mr. Meadows, Florida. Pawtucket, Reba Mitchell, Machines With Magnets, Our Daily Fix (wow). Boston, Jamaica Pond, Sam Potrykus' empire, the Whitehaus, City Feed, Butcher Shoppe. Pittsburgh, Caliente's, Anthony Decanini and Ben Grubb.

Poster by Chris Day

Woodpecker Wooliams Video for "Sparrow"

Treat yourself to the new video of the Woodpecker Wooliams track "Sparrow" from her forthcoming LP The Bird School of Being Human.

"'Sparrow' is taken from Woodpecker Wooliams imminent new album The Bird School Of Being Human. Of all the birds that came forward for School, 'Sparrow' is the most viscous, reflected in its sonic disparity from the others. With a nod to Dolly's 'Little Sparrow', it continues that theme with a splattering of cultural influence from Chairman Mao's famous Great Sparrow Massacre campaign."

The Bird School Of Being Human is released on September 10th on Robot Elephant Records.

Filmed and edited by Sam Williams.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Angel Olsen Set To Release "Half Way Home" LP (Bathetic)

After considerable touring and recording with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Angel Olsen has a new solo LP (accompanied by Emmett Kelly) primed for release on the Bathetic imprint. The official release date is the first week in September but you can also check in with Bathetic to order via their website. Artwork by Galactic Zoo Dossier head, Steve Krakow.

Reckless Records of Chicago (1532 N Milwaukee Ave) invites you to the free Angel Olsen in-store scheduled for Tuesday, September 4 at 5p.

Copies of the album will be available for sale. 
Pitchfork Review of "Acrobat"

Shank God's "Helpful" Now Available

From the partially cryogenically frozen head of Geffika and the muscle behind Chicago outfit Life Partner comes this solo project by Geoff Thais, Shank God. Part cats on keyboards, looped electronics and live drums "Helpful" forms into one ugly monster of an album. With "Ppendage" the album hooks you in with a cyclical pop number which then introduces you to the soggy ooze that is "Naked Scraper." Before you know it, you are knee deep into Thais' underworld of sound with the industrial and anxious track, "Worried" hissing in the corridors of your mind.
*Trivia* this is the soundtrack to how robots are made... and is suitable listening for those attracted to New Order, Voivod, or Brazilian punx As Mercenarias.

Please, email emily (at) reckless (dot) com with inquiries or visit for mail order. $5

Friday, June 15, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Christian the Lion" (1971)

"Christian the Lion" (1971)

"It was an emotional reunion. He ran towards us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, with his paws on our shoulders."
- John Rendall

Directed by Bill Travers and commentary by Virgina McKenna, the founders of the Born Free Foundation.
Music by Pentangle.

"I See A Darkness" Music Video

Angel Olsen and Emmett Kelly (of Cairo Gang) are featured in the new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy video for a reinvented version of "I See A Darkness."

Video produced by Ben Berman (Drag City).

Rotted Tooth Online

Here's credit where credit's due! Chicago's Rotted Tooth Recordings has consistently released solid albums on vinyl and cassette (i.e. Cacaw, Wume, Heavy Times, Shaved Women, Dreebs, etc.) and now they have a website to peruse. Also, check out their soundcloud page.

Shank God Cassette Due In July

Shank God's “Helpful” is the forthcoming full-length by ex-Geffika, current Life Partner drummer, Geoff Thais. Limited to 100 gross, green tapes. Check back for a release date and pre-orders can be placed by emailing, alhaajj (at) gmail (dot) com

Sophomore Lounge

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mayor Daley LP Due In July

Here is a sneak peak at the new Mayor Daley album due out on Rotted Tooth Recordings (Cacaw, Heavy Times, Rind, Wume). "Pauls Pasture"

Mayor Daley /
Forced Into Femininity /
Le Zur Reccion /
Still Suit /
Landscaping /

June 9 /
Dust Bowl /
I N V I T E 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Love Lion 5 Now Available!

We are pleased to announce, our fifth release is now available for mail order. The Woodpecker Wooliams and OCDC score to the German film, Anni is a collaborative effort. Anni brings to mind the atmospheric musings of Kranky Records artists like Windy and Carl or Stars of the Lid or the most minimal moments Kraftwerk has to offer. 
$5 plus shipping
Please, visit for US and international mail order purchases. 

Special thanks to both Angel Olsen and Matt Jencik for helping with this one - thank you!

Audio samples

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Artbook at MoMA PS1

Hi New York,  

Check out ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 presents PERADAM (featuring work by Jessica Calvanico (of Geffika) and many others...)

Sunday, March 25, 2012
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Link to purchase from Peradam Press
More Information

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Charleston, Chicago

Laura Deutsch (3 of Cups) and Emily Elhaj (Implodes / Mayor Daley) DJ the fair halls of 
the Charleston (2076 N Hoyne)
Tuesday, March 6. 

Have a drink with us and listen to some spaced out-industrial-lite fm-soul-core.

" <<< ©h1LL∑®$ // U|\|!†∑ >>>> "


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Angel Olsen Plays the Burlington

Angel Olsen / Mind Over Mirrors / Mike Weis (Zelienople)

Performing at the Burlington (3425 W Fullerton, Chicago, ILL.)
Wednesday, February 15th
7 dollar suggested donation
Starts at 9p