Posts tagged music
We are preparing for upcoming summer shows lately. Got a couple new songs in the works. And we had a photo shoot for 2 hours yesterday.
Of course Jamie (who works in layout and design all day) had to do some of his signature tweaking as soon as he was handed 1 of the files:) here’s a little preview of what you’ll be seeing on stage…
mask and all….
We are re-releasing a couple of remixed songs today. A newer, better version of YELLOWKINFE is on the way!! Plus a redub of INTRODUCTION is just ahead!! Bri knocks it out of the park on these songs!
We found a new mixing place to do all of our mastering! We’ve been searching for weeks and haven’t found that special place that feels like home….until Jamie walked into the Beacon Tap in Forest Park Illinois. The old wood floors, the bookshelves full of old books, friendly regulars who took him in, and half of a mannequin hanging from the ceiling made this place “the one”. So if you’re in the area and we announce that we’ll be in our place of mixing nirvana, it’s here.
In other news: on 2/28/13 an offshoot of 13-MONSTERS was hatched. It’s Jamie’s solo 1 man power station of experimental noise art rock called GOALIE . We’ll put up a link to sounds when they are available. It’s going to be insane…
This should be mandatory. Anyone, like us, who is in a band or records anything should watch this. It’s a great video with Steve Albini
We all get the usual barrage of #ff on twitter every friday. Anyone can say follow this person or that person, but once in a while we like to take it a step further and tell you WHY you should follow this person or that person.
This is our list of our crew, the people we love and those who have helped put us on the map in 2012!!
@CBGeneva She writes about lifestyle things and foodie items. Both of which interest us. Plus she is the producer for 13-MONSTERS
@AhaFan88 . Brian Chippendale. A good friend. Drummer for Lightning Bolt and solo artist of Black Pus. His tweets are like watching a man spin into a different realm and then bring it back. He is letting us borrow the name 13-MONSTERS (a Lightning Bolt song title)
She believes in the power of bacon.And she’s Jamie’s wife.
Our bass player in London, wine drinker, lover of music, lover of art, reveller in things!
If we had a band that we could live with inside of a jar of Ready Whip Topping..it’d be them! Go listen to ULY..NOW!! Seriously, an inspiration and great people. Brooklyn’s best!
@APTBS The band A Place To Bury Strangers .
@ElboRoomLive We have a special place in our heart for this venue. It’s where Jamie ended his last musical career and is playing show #2 as 13-MONSTERS ( fact: Jamie was the LAST person to smash a guitar on a stage in the 20th century. It happened at Elbo Room)
Art. Music. Pez. Leader of the band The Wheelers..who we love!
A four piece band specializing in 90’s influenced alternative/indie rock. Loud,Fast,Wheelers!!
Dave Adkins : Psychedelic, Shoegazer, Old School Skater, Guitar Effects Pedal Maker. A great guy who has his finger on the pulse of music!
@ShoegazeCo It all started here with us. Shoegaze Collective was the very first to help spread our name to the world. Our deepest love and gratitude.
@ayanamimusic An ass kicking band . Come see us play with them at Double Door on 12/5 !!
She makes the jewelries all the days and all the nights. None better.
@LoveAndRadiate Syth pop with a slight touch of punky. We love our sisters in Chicago music.
@Iconoclastband : Destroying eardrums with sonic glory
@MYGOLDMASK Gretta and Jack make great music. They are great hometown friends of ours. Go listen to them!
@HushDelirium Official page for Art / Music collaboration
@CrystalSeagulls New London based Indie Rock band.
@YourCrapLocalDJ Twitter radio show every Thursday 10pm repeated Sunday 11pm
@RadioKC Voix Officielle de l’Académie de la MiXture RADIO OUT OF FRANCE THAT PLAYS US
@SonsOTNewAmish Jamie works with one of the members. Folk rock chicago style
@divehoney lo-fi, shoegazin WE LOVE THEM
@miishibuzz She likes us. We like her. She’s lovely and has a great taste in music
Mid-30s social club masquerading as rock band.We love em loud..and few are louder!
Shoegazer, musician, IT Geek, cyclist,beer snob / brewer, right wing nut job!He’s awesome and his music (20 Mile Freefall) is awesome shoegaze reverb madness!
Shoegaze/noise band based in Modena, Italy. They love all things distorted and fuzz
Her Vanished Grace plays power dream pop.We love them!
Dreampop whisper . Grab a glass of wine and listen.
Artist. Stone turner! Makes great stuff!!
goofy, giggly, big-hearted 31 year old chick. The ORIGINAL singer of 13-MONSTERS
The man who put us on the world map by playing us 1st on 40footholestudio radio!!!
24-7-365 Music. Featuring US!!!!
Virgil Howe has been given instructions from beyond our galaxy to inspire love with his Moog synthesizer,music production and drumming skillz
Indie alt-rock outfit. A hometown band and friends of ours!
musical goodness. We do love them so.
Psychedelic/Blues/Shoegaze Rock Band from London
SIRS: A noise-rock band from Chicago
Investor , auto racing fanatic. Great friend!
Our friends from afar!!! Glasgow Shoegaze band. Gazing at shoes to make music to gaze at shoes to.
Adventurous,peaceful & warm-hearted globetrotter /Surfer /Guitar lover Music,Art,Nature,Poetry&Photography make my spirit soar. #sustainability Eco-warrior
Baltimore’s shoegazing grungie noisepoping sweethearts
Local band and friends of ours.
ADDICTED Chicago focuses on the food, fashion, music, art, and various happenings around Chicago that make us ADDICTED to Chicago.
@BobLee28 Says he’s the drummer of 13-MONSTERS but has never been to a practice.
A lover of life and singer, who is 1/2 of the Canadian-Ukrainian post-rock progressive ethereal fusion duo @Ummagma.
Life is deadly, but don’t walk slow. Part of our chicago family. Crazy as they may be.
93MillionMilesFromTheSun are a shoegaze / dronerock / spacerock band. And they are awesome! One of our favs!
Joy of Painting is a Garage-Pop band from Nashville
More Chicago musical goodness . Shoegaze, black jeans, delay, reverb, distortion
rap duo from Chicago. Awesome guys..and one is Jamie’s barista!
King of the world. http://isitsafe.tumblr.com
Jamie owns this company. Specializing in large scale and life size outdoor portraits, art and murals.
her name says it all!
Educate yourself on social and environmental issues. She points out what’s REALLY happening.
In charge of security at all 13-MONSTERS shows.
ass kicking metal fan #1. Owner of Elite Ammunition
Lifer with Jamie..whether he likes it or not.
A homie band. Dreamy kinda stuff. Very chill
Jamie. LIFE EXPERIENCE EXPERT . Co-Host of The J2C3 Podcast! Master noise rock musician and 1/2 of 13-monsters. Talks way too much. Has fun at a level that annoys many. Is lucky to be alive and knows he’s even luckier to have you read this.
Hi all. Jamie here.
The band 13-MONSTERS has 3 children between us. Laura has 2 beautiful girls and I have a boy. The recent events that have devastated communities, families and individuals have hit both of us very hard as it has hit many parents and family members around the world.
We want to do something. We want to help. And we feel that now that we have an audience maybe we should try. Maybe we can make a difference, as small or as large as it may be.
We will hold back on preaching our personal viewpoints and thoughts on gun control. But we would like to address mental health. As you know from our songs we have an open forum in our music about issues that people have..troubles they’ve faced..the finding of answers..or the acceptance that, yeah, some aspects of life really suck. We urge any of our listeners/readers to offer to help those around them who are having troubles in life. Please…please..do NOT treat people who are troubled, mentally challenged, or otherwise having a rough time in life as a pariah. These people can be helped. They can be loved. They can know, from you, that they are not alone.
It’s times like this that we have to open our eyes to the very real things that are happening around us. People need help. The healthcare system ( especially mental healthcare) is horribly flawed and often times can not be counted on to entirely “fix” someone’s issues. But sometimes it’s a 10 second conversation with someone that you know is hurting. Like our song says ” The way you walk. No one sees you’re broken.”
There’s no shame in being broken. We are all broken somehow. Please, embrace these people. Help to show these people that you can see they are broken..and that you’d like to help them. You’ll be amazed at how something as small as giving someone a smile and asking ” How are you?” can change someone’s world.
Lastly I’d like to offer some advice.
There are a couple of things in this world that are undeniably cool to kids. One is guns. The others are drums and guitars.
Please..please.. buy a child something musical. Especially if you sense they are hurting. Believe me..I know..as someone whose parents bought him a drum set as a teenager (probably to keep me away from the negatiove influences I was surrounded by) I can tell you that music was and is a HUGE part of my mental stability and overall happiness. Neither Laura nor I could function very well if our worlds lacked music.
Hold this in front of a child:
Then put these in front of a child:
Or hold THIS in front of a child:
We absolutely guarantee that no matter how troubled a child is, they will take the drums or the guitar over the gun EVERY SINGLE TIME. Try it..we promise you that they will find something in just holding a guitar that outweighs any weapon ever made. We can line up a table full of toy guns in front of any of our children then lay 2 drum sticks on the next table. They will pick up the sticks every single time. Any child will. We promise you.
Tell them they can do THIS. Because they can. They can play as loud as they want..sing..scream..bash and smash..cry on stage..laugh..jump around..all of it..and it’s all acceptable. It’s the ultimate outlet. It’s why Laura and I do what we do.
Stop by a thrift store and pick up a $20 guitar. Hand it to a child who needs a little help. Hand it to a child who you think may need an outlet.
Someone else did that. He bought his son a thrift store guitar as an outlet. His name was Al Hendrix. His son’s name was Jimi.
We offer this to anyone who would like to take us up on it; If you know a child who may benefit from doing what we do, contact me and bring them to our practice studio in suburban Chicago. We will GLADLY let them try out our instruments and be in 13-MONSTERS. It’s the least we can do.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hopefully we can make someone..anyone..listen to our advice. Because the sound of an electric guitar is so much more appealing to any child than the sound of a gun.
Jamie ( speaking on behalf of 13-MONSTERS )
A band is a business, a love affair, a marriage, a never ending fight, a high, a depression, a battle, a disappointment, a victory and a dysfunctional family all in one.
We wouldn’t have it any other way :)
Jamie & Laura
” Stared out so starry eyed, full of hope and wonder…” -Bob Mould-