Good Willsmith return with an acid-fried live album, Cinchel drops an ambient cassette that doubles as an art object, and more.
Tag: Doug Kaplan
Chicago rock pranksters BBsitters Club can party with the best riffers around
In 2012, Chicago musicians Max Allison and Doug Kaplan launched the eclectic label Hausu Mountain, which has grown into one of the city’s best indies. It also acts as an umbrella for many of its founders’ projects: Hausu Mountain has released the ambient-adjacent sounds Allison and Kaplan have made with Natalie Chami (aka TALsounds) as […]
Why do indie musicians put up with penny payouts?
Streaming your favorite artists’ music is the least helpful way to support them. But they can’t abandon those platforms, because we won’t.
Fire-Toolz captures the many colors of the rainbow bridge
Chicago experimentalist Angel Marcloid tries to contain the fractured emotional spectrum of loss with an album for her dead cat.
When Christmas music passes beyond human comprehension
As Pepper Mill Rondo, Max Allison and Doug Kaplan find the horrifying and the sublime in holiday kitsch.
Sharkula and Mukqs: two weird sounds that go down easy together
Outsider rapper Sharkula and oddball electronic artist Mukqs make a surprisingly approachable collaborative EP.
TALsounds steps into the same river twice
To support Love Sick, TALsounds’ biggest album yet, Natalie Chami has learned to replay the beautiful ambient pop songs she improvised to record it.
Five local labels that had excellent years in 2016
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Chicago label Hausu Mountain turns hermetic-sounding eccentrics into a community
Hausu Mountain releases a “Family Batch”: tapes by cofounders Maxwell Allison (Mukqs) and Doug Kaplan (MrDougDoug) and their Good Willsmith bandmate Natalie Chami (TALsounds).
Let TALsounds take you All the Way
Local experimental musician Natalie Chami prepares to drop All the Way, a doozy, moody cassette she recorded as TALsounds.
Fall for the warped, delicate folk of Eartheater’s ‘Homonyms’
It’s not quite folk, and that’s part of what makes this song from Guardian Alien front woman Alexandra Drewchin so enchanting.
Gossip Wolf: More one-take split cassettes from Hausu Mountain
More one-take split cassettes from Hausu Mountain, a new long-distance LP from Slushy, and more