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Sleep On It "The Social Distancing Collection"

Pop Punk band Sleep On It has released a new EP called "The Social Distancing Collection". It features three songs the band felt best fit the mood of our current situation. The opening track is called "Burning At Both Ends" and was previously released in 2016. Our favorite track, the one that seems the most fitting, is a piano ballad called "Window", and perhaps it should be accompanied by a trigger warning for those standing alone in a room staring out a window.

Sleep On It was scheduled to perform two sold out shows at Beat Kitchen on March 28th and 29th, but those shows have been rescheduled for October 16th and 17th.

   

The Darling Suns "Better Off"

The latest EP, Better Off, from The Darling Suns is out today, March 27th. Late last year we shared the album's lead single "Afterglow", and below is a video of sorts for the song.

The Darling Suns is currently scheduled to perform at Beat Kitchen on April 22nd with Gramps the Vamps, Vision in The Rhythm, and Thomas and the Work Men.

   

Ruins in a Time of Social Distancing

Ruins, Adam Schubert of Cafe Racer, has been spending his time during this period of social distancing and the shelter in place order wisely. Since March 16th he has been releasing a song a day accompanied by a fun little drawings via bandcamp. They latest song, at the time of this post, was release March 26th and is called "Whats It About". 

It has truly given us something to look forward to every day and we are sure his has given him a way to stay connected and creating. Adam, if you see this, Thank You and stay safe!

Photo by Alexa Viscius

   

Chicago Underground Quartet "Good Days"

The latest album from the Chicago Underground Quartet, Good Days, is out today, March 27th, Astral Spirits. This is the blending of styles and approaches to music of Josh Johnson (synth bass, organ, piano), Rob Mazurek (piccolo trumpet, electronics, bells), Jeff Parker (electric guitar), and Chad Taylor (drums and percussion).

The album's lead single is called "Orgasm" and it is a cover of a 1969 piece by Alan Shorter. Through out the album there is a mix of group composed and improvised tracks and a couple of solo pieces. It has been a surprising nineteen years since the last album from the quartet, and the first with the addition of Johnson.

   

Forrest Management

Experimental ambient artist Forrest Management (aka John Daniel) has released two albums this month with the most recent, "Untitled", appearing just last week. Back in January, Daniel made his debut on the St. Louis label Distant Bloom with his deep exploration of Fiona Apple's "Sleep To Dream".

Perhaps his most ambitious project released in 2020 is 4 Cassavetes, which was released on March 15th. This is a four CDr album dedicated to American cinéma vérité pioneer John Cassavetes. Daniel created his own score to four Cassavetes movies "Faces" (1968), "Shadows" (1959), "Opening Night" (1977), and "Too Late Blues" (1961).

For all trapped in doors, Forrest Management is continuing to provide deep, rich soundscapes to endlessly explore.