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Truthisms Teleports to New ChicagoNow Home

In Art Consortium, Teleportation, Truths on October 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

These Extractions of SnapCracklePop et al. are no longer to be found on WordPress!

This is the new banner for Truthisms designed by Silas Reeves.

The blog officially relaunched this week as part of its move to the Tribune’s blog network, ChicagoNow, so you can find future posts and musings by going to:

For inquiries, please feel free to send me an email at

You can also add me on Twitter @photoscriber, become a fan of Truthisms on Facebook, and add Truthisms on ChicagoNow as a friend.

May the truth find you all, you prospect punks.


REVIEW: Chapterhouse Returns, Closes Final Chapter in Chicago

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on October 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

With their LAST TOUR EVER wrapping up in California this weekend, I give you my final goodbye to Chapterhouse who will lapse into obscurity for the last time.

Here’s my review of Saturday’s Lincoln Hall show in Chicago.

“You’re never gonna see us again,” cried Stephen Patman of Reading, England’s shoegazers Chapterhouse, after an hour-and-a-half set of emotional and aural highs. The band kicked off their last ever tour at Lincoln Hall to a nearly sold-out crowd at midnight Saturday, playing Chicago for the first time in 16 years.

It’s tough not to recall the 2008 My Bloody Valentine reunion at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York Festival (which I covered for Yahoo! Music), when the ‘gazer gods reunited for their first U.S. show in 16 years. The Jesus and Mary Chain also reunited in 2007, making Chapterhouse the most obscure end of the scene’s revival spectrum–a wave that has been prompted partly by the resurgence of nugaze bands and 2nd generation fans in the latter half of the 2000s.

German electronica musician and producer Ulrich Schnauss joined Chicago’s Airiel at the end of their set and segued into his own 45-minute whirlwind of Robin Guthrie-inspired drone meditations. Schnauss steadily pruned his synth knobs throughout the set and crackled into and out of acid-house grooves, with visual projections of cityscapes behind him and the crowd swaying throughout. Even while arriving at a thundercloud finish, he didn’t break a sweat.

You can read the full review, and see photo extras, on Gapers Block here.

REVIEW: Deerhunter Free(way) Show

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on September 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Here are a few excerpts from Saturday’s not-so-secret Deerhunter set, which I reviewed for Chicago’s Gapers Block

It was May of 2007 the first time I saw Atlanta-based noise rockers Deerhunter. The band was opening for Chicago’s own The Ponys for their headlining slot at The Echo in Los Angeles. Cryptograms had been released that January, but I was really into The Ponys’ droning garage jams then and couldn’t wait to see them for the first time. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox towered over the stage wearing a flora print mini-dress that night, singing with mic-in-mouth gripped by his teeth. He jolted around the stage along to Cryptograms‘ more angular tracks, putting everyone in a daze that thoroughly upstaged The Ponys’ following set.

Saturday’s free Deerhunter show was less about noise-making and more about fanservice and clever publicity, but that didn’t make it any less entrancing. Hundreds of fans showed up early to the Chicago River underpass at 560 W. Grand, a location disclosed only a few days beforehand as part of Levi’s + Urban Outfitters Secret Generator Series. Deerhunter previewed most of their new songs for the first time in advance of their third full-length album, Halycon Digest (out tomorrow).

Here’s the link for the full review, plus photo extras!

LOLLA OUTTAKES: Soundgarden Reunion 2K10

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on September 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

As promised, here’s my footage for the closing set at Lollapalooza this year–in portrait form. Of Chris Cornell only.

“I’ve been to Chicago more times than Seattle,” Cornell announced between wails. “Feels fuckin’ great to be back again.”

“I’m gona break my rusty cage and run.”

There’s a reason for my bias–Cornell is a relentlessly talented male vocalist and the most captivating subject on the stage. He barely twitches a muscle as he hits those high registers.

See you next time.

LOLLA 2K10: Top 10 Breakaway Indie Gems

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on August 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Lollapalooza came and went, the GAG (the newest Lady Gaga nickname) cried about a dozen times onstage, and I have since taken a massive road trip from my Chicago apartment to the homeland of Los Angeles.

The Big Pink has to be my personal pet performance, though I had to be legit and consider their place within the other daytime openers. Here they are in their full photogenic glory:

Initially I was furious to have missed the Strokes and Arcade Fire, opting instead for Gaga and my beloved Soundgarden. The Lolla crew more than made up for the scheduling conflicts this year, however, going green in booking talent as much as it did with its abundant recycling bins and free water fountain refills.

Here follow the Top 10 Lollapalooza Breakaway Indie Gems, my Maximum Performance blog recap for Yahoo! Music. I hope you enjoy my roundups as much as I loved seeing them perform.

And no worries, guys…there are plenty of outtakes and photos of Chris Cornell to follow this post. Look out for them when I return to Chicago at the end of the month!

In the meantime, you can check out my extensive day-by-day roundups of last summer’s festival: Holla If Ya Lolla!

Forevz yours from HEL-L.A.,

Taleen Kalenderian

Dispatches from our Royal friends Across the Pond

In Teleportation on November 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Check out the stamping madness the Brits are up to next year, an enticing adventure in teleportation. It will surely call forth a colourful combo of stamp aficionados and music nerds alike.

The Royal Mail apparently consulted Greatest Album Cover polls and U.K. music editors to put together their top ten list of album covers, which I graciously typed out for you below:

1. Blur Parklife
2. New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
3. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZoSo)
4. Primal Scream Screamadelica
5. Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
6. David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
7. The Clash London Calling
8. Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
9. Pink Floyd The Division Bell
10. Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head

F YEAH stars to picking Blur over Oasis, and for including New Order and Primal Scream instead of all the new crap that hasn’t been crossing over well since this decade. But where’s Moz and RADIOHEAD? Where the hell are THE BEATLES, and since when does Coldplay get dibs on the R.M.S. throne? Are they even considered British anymore?

To conclude, are We (royal) really saying that this crap…
is more striking than, oh, say…this gorgeous glacier of electronic genius?

C’mon guys…you’ve had better bands, festivals, and drinking laws than the Americans since music was cool. Can’t you at least represent yourselves fairly?

Radiohead, “Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box” Amnesiac

Punk is Dead, but Leather Lives On

In Teleportation on October 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Look at these guys….

…they knew how to make it work.

The concept of cool will forever be embossed in the skin of a leather jacket that makes even the straightest-edge vegan kids squirm with wanton sin. Last night’s metal mayhem at Aragon Ballroom proved it so. While there was an undesirable amount of pimple-faced, middle-hair-part Hot Topic concertgoers, and NO RE-ENTRY (?!), it was still a pretty sweet show. Onion scribe David Wolinsky writes all about the Converge, Mastodon and Dethklok show on SPIN, accompanied by my photography. Czech it, kids.


Here were some of the cow skin toting babes…

Beam Me Up, Buttercup, to the 1980s!

In Teleportation, Truths on February 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

Wondering when the Teleportation bit was coming in, were you? Well friends, I kindly transport you to two different lifelines (narratively, although it is becoming more and more possible these days):

January 20, 2009: I admit this isn’t too far back, but give a gal her break. Only a few months ago I made my second great visit to the Windy City to work as a salesgirl at the infamous, so-large-it-needs-its-own-zip-code Merchandise Mart, and the lovely Koh came up from med school in Urbana to stay (erm, party) with me. During one of our many visits to the ultra hip Wicker Park, we found a vintage leather shop where Koh convinced me to buy a ridiculously overpriced purse that looked to be the bastard child of an early ’70s/mid ’80s conjugal visit…but that’s not what sold me. Just as I was putting it back on the rack, I noticed a strangely stiff-looking middle zipper pocket. And from thence spilt a double decade flashback, to…

19-Eighty Farking-9!!

The owner of my funky purse, who judging from these business cards, shapes up to be a middle-aged-to-elderly lady (you’ll see why) and boutique owner back in the ’80s. From now on, she shall be called Crumplecake Anders-Quinn.

C.A.-Q. lovvves her Holidays! But more importantly, she loves her arts & crafts.

There is SO MUCH MORE to love about Crumplecake after the cut. Trust me, you want to see even the deepest, most private innards of her/my purse.
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