UNDRCRWN's Derrick Rozay T-shirt—it'll never tear an ACL

Leor Galil, Reader music critic, is obsessed with . . .

Plant Parenthood, self-titled EP (self-released) A twentysomething Tennessean with a lot of feelings records five screechy, lo-fi garage tunes—and the woman playing drums is the same one who’s at the center of all his lyrics. The tension and pain of unrequited love spills into the songs, which more than makes up for the iffy quality of the recordings.

The Kill List film score Jim Williams’s striking score for Kill List helps develop the violent British horror film’s sinister aesthetic. Discordant bursts of strings crop up unexpectedly, like the make-you-jump sound effects so common in horror movies, but instead of going for cheap scares Williams’s work feeds into the plot to create its unrelenting sense of dread. It’s a pivotal part of a shocking film—one that, to echo the sentiments of the Reader‘s Ben Sachs, can be hard to shake.

UNDRCRWN’s Derrick Rozay T-shirt Plenty of streetwear brands have put a hip-hop spin on athletic jerseys, but NYC company UNDRCRWN scored big with a shirt that pays homage to Miami rap kingpin Rick Ross and beloved Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. It’s such a genius idea that now I wish every Bulls logo were wearing Rozay’s Aviator shades and beard.

He asks . . .

Pale Saints, The Comforts of Madness

Emily Elhaj, bassist in Implodes and Mayor Daley, what she’s obsessed with. Her answers are . . .

Holy Other and the Tri Angle label London’s Tri Angle label seemed to materialize from out of nowhere, but after a few releases in 2010—Clams Casino, Holy Other, oOoOO—it was at the helm of a burgeoning glitchy, organic-electronic sound. Now Tri Angle’s product is hard to find. Stateside distribution is reportedly in the works, and I’m looking forward to buying Held, the new LP by Holy Other (who plays the Empty Bottle on Sun 10/7), along with some records I slept on the first time around.

4AD and the Pale Saints I recently re­affirmed my love for 4AD thanks to some friends who host a DJ night with me at the Charleston. Because I’m knee-deep in the Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, and Dif Juz, I was surprised I hadn’t been introduced to the Pale Saints sooner. I’ve had “Sight of You” on repeat and I’m working on getting the LP The Comforts of Madness. The visual aesthetic provided by graphic-design group 23 Envelope contributed to the greatness of 4AD’s 80s catalog, which contains some ambient and shoegaze necessities.

Robert Beatty Catching the Public Works gallery’s Storm Thorgerson exhibit reminded me of another graphic designer who deserves recognition: Robert Beatty. He’s the go-to guy for underground album art, and his work is striking and instantly recognizable. Crafting visuals for cerebral and interesting contemporary music appears to be his forte; he’s worked with Peaking Lights, Burning Star Core, Ga’an, Raglani, and Gary War, to name a few. He also performs and records with Hair Police and Three Legged Race, among others, which makes him a DIY mogul in my book.

Mayor Daley play Ono’s record-release show Wed 10/31 at Quenchers.

She asks . . .

Swans, The Seer

Brett Naucke, musician and founder of Catholic Tapes, what he’s obsessed with. His answers are . . .

Swans, The Seer (Young God) It’s fitting that Swans are producing some of the most interesting music of the moment, while so many bands the same age are spending their time reuniting and simply playing their old albums in their entirety at events such as Pitchfork and Riot Fest. Unlike so many of those acts, Swans (who play Metro on Wed 10/24) have done nothing to put their integrity in question: The Seer is some of the most accomplished work they’ve ever produced.

Seasonal listening to Coil I’m not one for “all-time favorite band” lists, but I can comfortably say that Coil would make my top five. Lately I’ve been blown away by how well their latter records work as scores for fall in the city. I’ve spent time with those albums on walks by the lake during work breaks and just wandering around my neighborhood. Few of these records are new to me, but they still create an intriguing and inspiring soundtrack to my life. Throw on The Ape of Naples and get lost on a gray fall afternoon.

Zath’s forthcoming LP Having a roommate relentlessly play his music for you can be exhausting, but it’s quite the opposite when your roommate is in local metal trio Zath and insists on playing the latest masters. Having the album at my disposal this past month has been great; it’s one of the best I’ve heard from a Chicago band in some time, and it isn’t even fully mastered. No release date or title yet either.