November 23, 2010

Positive Beat Presents: Cains & Abels.


Chicago's alt-folk up-and-comers Cains & Abels are celebrating the LP release of their 2009 full-length Call Me Up on Positive Beat Recordings, and you're invited! Led by David Sampson and his wavering vocals, sprinkled with gritty, minimalistic guitar and drums, Cains & Abels present the listener with what they consider "the most real and honest music we can make." Sampson implants a glimmer of hope among a barren wasteland through his powerful, yet subdued, vocal delivery that definitely carries the weight of the band's style in sound - think Neil Young-meets-Gordon Gano - which is no minor accomplishment considering the delicate duality inherent in the band's name as well as their mixed and modeled sound.

Call Me Up was released on States Rights Records in 2009; Positive Beat Recordings is re-releasing the album on vinyl LP, available January 18, 2011. The band will tour in support of the release of the LP in 2011.

Below are door times and details:

Wednesday, December 1 at Viaduct Theater / 3111 North Western Ave / Chicago, IL
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm
$10 at the door

Younger (Chicago) will play an improvised set throughout the evening.
Talons' (from Akron, Ohio) will be opening.
Cains & Abels will be playing Call Me Up in full with backing choir and orchestra.

Please contact Michael Hunter at Positive Beat with any questions regarding the release. Hope to see you at the show!

November 16, 2010

How To Listen To The Beatles.

On November 15, 2010, Apple teased the internet with a special announcement:



iPad iOS 4? A new line of 3G MacBooks? The first Macintosh-powered consumer vehicle?? Oh the possibilities. As it turns out, the secret unveiled was much better than all of these things combined:



Note the sarcasm.

For an extremely innovative, forward-thinking enterprise such as Apple, the release of the back-catalog of a band that, to some extent, invented modern rock music is just a bit of a step backward - and a ridiculous one at that. It's also a bit arrogant, as Apple appears to think they've re-invented the band and effectively branded them as Apple products (go to the Apple site and have a look for yourself; see how the visual you are greeted with strikes you).

Do yourself and the Beatles a favor: visit your local record reseller and buy a Beatles LP for $10. Not only will you have a timeless piece of memorabilia and a pure representation of the music and the era of its release, but you'll be supporting local business as well. For that, the Beatles would applaud you.

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