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November 2010
Project Film

Sam McAllister is an ambitious young musician and business owner. As the founder of Tandem Shop he has released four albums over the last two years including albums by Mr. Bear and Honest Engines. The label releases are thoughtful and well-produced, and his latest release just happens to be his own. When he partners musically with his high school friend Megan Frestedt the duo Project Film emerges. The duos debut album called Chicago finds the duo presenting an exercise in indie pop. At times the sound is soft and sweet ("Sun"), and at others bouncy and fun ("Cut Outs"). The album was recorded in McAllisters studio apart in the Fall and Winter of 2009, and documents the two worlds that they have existed in. The album contrasts growing up in Minneapolis and relocating to Chicago. Chicago is a beautifully simple and charming duo for a musician and producer that plans to do big things here in Chicago.

“Natural Blossom” by Está Vivo

If winning the most recent poll did not temp you enough to check out the uniquely tropical sounds of Esta Vivo than hopefully this post will. This primarily a project by Ryan McMahon (formerly of Bearries), and as Está Vivo he constructs dense sounds that reminds me a little of Os Mutantes at times. This is especially true in the track "Natural Blossom" below.

Está Vivo's debut LP, Together We Step, is due out later this year.


Ok Go Last Leaf Video


Ok Go has done it again. The band's latest video is for the track "Last Leaf" which appears on their recent release Of The Blue Colour of The Sky. The band recently release an "Extra Nice" edition of the album which comes complete with an entire second disc of bonus material, as well as a download card for 12 OK Go remixes.


Cast Spells Glamorous Glowing

Cast Spells have released a new video for their song "Glamorous Glowing" which appeared on their August 2009 ep Bright Works and Baton.


Shapers @ The Empty Bottle

Shapers just released a new video for their track "Happy Birthday Polywog". "Happy Birthday Polywog" from SHAPERS' new 7-inch, coming out November 16 on Whistler Records. The video feature video art and guest vocals by Joe Carsello of the band Lasers and Fast and Sh*t.

You can catch Shapers at The Empty Bottle on November 15th with Small Black and Class Actress.


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