Other Articles by Josh Zanger

Features

FESTIVALS

 » Pitchfork 2009 - For the past several years there has been a new given for Chicago summers--along with heat, humidity, and unpredictable thunderstorms, Pitchfork's annual music festival has become a staple of July in the Windy City. Once again senior staff writer Josh Zanger was at Union Park to catch three days of performances.
[07.22.2009 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Build Buildings - "I want the music to be about sound, not just ready-made effects." In this fascinating interview, Ben Tweel talks with Josh Zanger about his sound-color synesthesia, and using found sounds - "a chopstick falling on my cutting board, or setting down sunglasses on my stereo" - to create criminally overlooked music in his spare time.
[09.05.2008 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Tokyo Bloodworm - "Our basic concept was to push a sound that mimicked the natural order of things; where there is light there must also be darkness," says Ryan Keane of his unorthodox collaboration with musical partner Andrew Sanchez. LAS staff writer Josh Zanger recently caught up with Keane to clear up some of the mystery surrounding the project.
[06.06.2008 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Flying Lotus - "I can't really tell you that, because I don't really know," replies Steven Ellison when prompted for an explanation of his recording process. "It just kind of happens. After I make some shit, I listen to it the next day and usually ask, 'Where the hell did THAT come from?'"
[05.29.2008 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » A Light Sleeper - "Despite the fact that it definitely does take a certain amount of mathematical thought to get multiple loops to sync up with each other, a lot of it is surprisingly instinctual." LAS senior staff writer Josh Zanger talks with Dheeru Pennepalli about effects, influences, and hand-made packaging.
[05.15.2008 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Eliot Lipp - "He wants me to make some badass patterns and drawings to shoot out of the lasers. Instead of like, peace signs and hearts and stuff." LAS senior staff writer Josh Zanger talks with the wayward beatmaker about migration, city sounds, and his dad's obsession with laser light shows.
[04.03.2008 by Josh Zanger]

SPORTS

 » Hot Stove Baseball 2008 - "I've been a baseball fan for much longer than I've been into music, and a passionate follower of America's summer pastime for far longer than I've rested my hooves in the LAS stables. To think that it has taken this long for me to take a stab at covering anything sports-related is pretty ridiculous." Josh Zanger on the 2008 baseball off season.
[02.15.2008 by Josh Zanger]

PROFILES

 » Moodgadget - Under the broad mission statement and motto of "exposing the diversity in electronically made music," record label co-founders Jakub Alexander and Adam Hunt have been dealing audio heat for the past three years with an impressive roster of developing artists. Josh Zanger recently cornered the two label visionaries for an interview.
[02.12.2008 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Moogfest 2006 - A collection of concert footage recorded live last fall at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, featuring performances by Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer, Jordan Rudess & Bernie Worrell.
[08.13.2007 by Josh Zanger]

FESTIVALS

 » Pitchfork 2007: Photo Recap - Josh Zanger's modest picture diary from the festival, with images of Battles, Cat Power, De La Soul with Prince Paul, GZA, Iron & Wine, Jamie Lidell, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, Mastodon, Menomena and a bunch of others there is no room to list.
[07.20.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Strategy - "I hope people don't feel excluded by any reputation that might proceed me as being a supreme-record-nerd or what have you." Josh Zanger talks with Paul Dickow about making Future Rock, being brought up in a musical household, and the awesomeness of the vocoder.
[06.13.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Animal Collective: LIVE - Having become one of the most beloved and recognizable outfits in indie rock, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deaken rolled into Chicago late last week for a cacophonous set at the Metro.
[05.21.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Skeletons & The Kings of All Cities - "You gotta make something that does something for you and for people that you're doing it for. I just wanna be making records. I just want to put out a record every year until I'm sick of it." Josh Zanger interviews Matt Mehlan.
[05.10.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Cornelius: LIVE - On Monday night in Chicago the Japanese ensemble proved that even though they've been doing this for years, there are still ways to keep rock shows fresh and appealing without resorting to shock value or stealing another band's show.
[05.09.2007 by Josh Zanger]

LITERATURE

 » FOUND Polaroids - Senior staff writer Josh Zanger reports on the book of grainy, white-framed photographs that members of the Found team have accumulated over the years, a collection that turns out to be both distinct and widely appealing.
[04.16.2007 by Josh Zanger]

LITERATURE

 » Dirty Found #3 - Chock full of blatant sexual images (nude men and women, and a notably disturbing drag queen), the latest issue of the Found series continues a long tradition of upping the ante on the display of social detritus.
[04.09.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » 31 Knots - "I think the biggest rule of thumb for this record was to 'fuck subtlety.' We had alluded to things before but it was always a little more in the straight rock context." LAS senior staff writer Josh Zanger interviews Joe Haege.
[03.29.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Ralph Soul Jackson - After decades of obscurity outside of the 45 collectors and soul DJ circles of the UK this Alabama soul legend has found his stride again, thanks in part to a pair of reissued tracks on a Birmingham Sound compilation. Josh Zanger sat down with Jackson to talk about recording, collecting, and returning to the stage.
[01.10.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Ralph Soul Jackson: LIVE - On a cold night early last month, for only the second time in the last 20 years, Ralph "Soul" Jackson played out in public. The show, which took place in Chicago, was dazzling and the sold-out crowd was again wildly impressed.
[01.09.2007 by Josh Zanger]

MEDIA

 » Market Frenzy - From a makeshift studio in a Chicago apartment, Fred Wells and Gabe McDonough's podcast has generated a significant buzz with its positive attitude, exceptional and rounded taste palette, and friendly atmosphere.
[12.05.2006 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Primus: LIVE - Die hard fans of any band are usually the last to embrace new material as tightly as the old, but can decades-old trio be able to mix things up enough to keep later converts equally as happy?
[11.28.2006 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Edan & Dagha, Cut Chemist, and Lyrics Born - LIVE - With three of the most potent and innovative acts grouped together on one ticket, an evening performance earlier this month at the Abbey Pub in Chicago could have been given the title "Night of 1,000 Beats" without anyone crying foul.
[11.15.2006 by Josh Zanger]

POLITICS

 » Presidential Debates 2004 - FROM THE ARCHIVES: With Americans heading to the polls today in the nation's midterm review of Congress, LAS takes a look back at the last national election and the hilarious 2004 Bush/Kerry debates.
[11.07.2006 by Josh Zanger]

PROFILES

 » Benoît Pioulard - The extent of the audio discography (not to mention the visual art portfolio) of Tom Meluch's alter ego easily lends itself to an image of a storied creative veteran, but in truth the momentum-collecting artist is just four years out of high school.
[10.24.2006 by Josh Zanger]

PROFILES

 » 15 Minutes: Aziz Ansari - With 15M, LAS embarks on a series of quick interviews with people, but without necessarily knowing anything deep about them. This installment: Comedian Aziz Ansari.
[10.05.2006 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » We Jam Econo - A comprehensive 2-DVD documentary on the history and impact of The Minutemen, this film not only tells the story of the legendary California punk band but also serves as firey inspiration of D.I.Y. to those that see it.
[09.21.2006 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Burn To Shine - Portland - Josh Zanger reports on the third installment of Brendan Canty and Christoph Green's ambitious film project, half rock video and half arthouse documentary, that combines music, film and wrecking ball into one destructive mess.
[08.31.2006 by Josh Zanger]

FESTIVALS

 » Pitchfork 2006 - Josh Zanger - Words? Who needs words? Josh Zanger recounts some of the highlights from last weekend's festival and lets the pictures do the talking. Okay, there is also some text because, let's face it, we're writers.
[08.04.2006 by Josh Zanger]

FESTIVALS

 » Intonation 2006 - Josh Zanger - This year's festival was noticeably more diverse than the one a year prior, and with a broader focus came the difficulty of re-capturing the attention of the zealous hipsters and concertgoers that were so struck by Intonation 2005.
[07.10.2006 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Burn To Shine - Chicago - Josh Zanger reports on the second installment of Brendan Canty and Christoph Green's ambitious film project, half rock video and half arthouse documentary, that combines music, film and wrecking ball into one destructive mess.
[06.28.2006 by Josh Zanger]

LITERATURE

 » Shortpants Press - Comprised of Chicagoan Sarah Becan and St. Louisan Jason Robards, this independent print boutique/collective utilizes two drastically different styles to complement each artist and create a cross-over readership.
[04.27.2006 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Pixies Sell Out: 2004 Reunion Tour - About a year and a half ago, the post-punk poster group of the Pixies got back together as mid-lifers and played a bunch of shows, alluded to new material, and made a bunch of indie fans go nuts. To boot, they documented it and released the footage on DVD.
[12.15.2005 by Josh Zanger]

LITERATURE

 » The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas - Josh Zanger reviews the new book from Found magazine creator Davy Rothbart, a collection of short stories that seem remarkably ironic while at the same time of relevance to the common reader.
[10.06.2005 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Copperpot - "I'd like to think of myself as more global [sounding]," Dan Kuypers says. "I don't think I have a Chicago sound." After digging up obscure music to sample and nearly ruining his future in the process, Copperpot has arrived as one of Chicago's hottest DJs.
[08.19.2005 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » 15 Minutes: Dance Disaster Movement - With a new and regularly recurring feature, LAS embarks on a series of quick interviews with people, but without necessarily knowing anything deep about them.
[07.06.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Fearless Freaks - Josh Zanger reports on Fearless Freaks, a new retrospective film detailing the ups and downs and the whole story of the career of the Flaming Lips.
[06.05.2005 by Josh Zanger]

COLUMN

 » 15 Minutes: Finch - With a new and regularly recurring feature, LAS embarks on a series of quick interviews with people, but without necessarily knowing anything deep about them.
[05.20.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » A-Motion - Ever since his earliest of days leading Tool, James Maynard Keenan has alluded to a dark and intriguing sense of artistic creativity. He continues that direction with the release of aMotion, a DVD and remix CD package from his other outfit, A Perfect Circle.
[04.28.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » End of the Century - A new documentary sets out to present a detailed picture of both the obvious and subtle particulars of the Ramones, one of rock music's most significant groups.
[04.08.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Burn To Shine - Washington D.C. - Combining the elements of music, film and fire is sure to make sparks. Josh Zanger reports on this ambitious film project from Fugazi's Brendan Canty and film maker Christoph Green.
[03.23.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Looking for a Thrill DVD - Josh Zanger reviews the new Thrill Jockey DVD culling hours of stories from the likes of Bjork, Tortoise, Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Steve Albini, Slint and more.
[03.18.2005 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Pit Er Pat - Josh Zanger knows that what many individuals do not realize is that to be as creative as Fay, Butchy and Rob, the amount of effort spent day in and day out is deep and constant.
[03.11.2005 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Ray Charles - With O-Genio, Josh Zanger takes a look at the "running corporate memoriam" for this inspiring R&B icon, and takes in the magic of some seldom-seen performances.
[12.24.2004 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Ahleuchatistas - Josh Zanger interviews this controversial, powerful band, allowing these instrumentalists a chance to use their words to support their beliefs.
[12.20.2004 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow - Josh Zanger takes a look at the new DVD from upstart rockers and shunners of subtlety, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
[12.10.2004 by Josh Zanger]

CINEMA

 » World Drifts In - Josh Zanger examines the release of Calexico's DVD, which includes behind-the-scenes perspectives and is centered around a performance at London's Barbican.
[11.29.2004 by Josh Zanger]

COLUMN

 » Forgotten Favorites - Josh Zanger dusts off an old copy of a Rollins Band release that served as his gateway drug to harder pleasures.
[10.13.2004 by Josh Zanger]

MUSIC

 » Midwest Product - Similar to musical styles and textures, the psychological source for the tightness with which Midwest Product plays is far removed from the Motown, Soul, and Rhythm and Blues artists of their native Detroit four decades ago.
[11.20.2003 by Josh Zanger]
Reviews
»Conduction. Convection. Radiation.
1 Mile North/Colophon/The Wind-Up Bird
The Music Fellowship
»The Curse of the Longest Day
31 Knots
Polyvinyl Records
»Talk Like Blood
31 Knots
Polyvinyl Records
»Amicability
A Light Sleeper
Another New Calligraphy
»On the Culture Industry
Ahleuchatistas
Angura Sound
»Here Comes Everyone
Aloha
Polyvinyl Records
»Hawk
American Draft
CoachHouse Collective
»"L Delay" b/w "Frost"
Andomat3000 & Jan
Cadenza
»People
Animal Collective
Fat Cat
»Slow and Gifted
Archaeology
Self-Released
»Chant Chant Camp
Archaeology
Thug Factory
»Tourist
Athlete
Astralwerks
»Suckfish
Audion
Spectral Sound
»Live at Perkins' Palace
Banyan
Sanctuary Records
»B EP
Battles
Dim Mak Records
»To the 5 Boroughs
Beastie Boys
Capitol Records
»Guero
Beck
Geffen Records
»The Many Moods of Ben Benjamin Vol. 1
Ben Benjamin
Ghostly International
»Enge EP
Benoit Pioulard
Moodgadget Records
»King For A Day
Bobby Conn
Thrill Jockey
»The Conservation of Electric Charge
Bodycode
Spectral Sound
»Movement and Detail
Bolt
Self-Released
»Brazilian Girls
Brazilian Girls
Verve Forecast
»East L.A. Breeze
Brazzaville
Vendlus
»Bumps
Bumps
Stone's Throw
»Push the Button
Chemical Brothers
Astralwerks
»Cheval De Frise
Cheval De Frise
Sickroom Records
»Surf Boundaries
Christopher Willits
Ghostly International
»Body Riddle
Clark
Warp
»Customer
Collections of Colonies of Bees
Polyvinyl Records
»Yellow EP 2006
Colourmusic
Songdreamer
»Act Your Waist Size
Count Bass D
Fat Beats
»Piano Works
Craig Armstrong
Sanctuary Records Group
»Cansei De Ser Sexy
CSS
Sub Pop
»The Audience's Listening
Cut Chemist
Warner Bros.
»Hell Songs
Daughters
Hydra Head
»The Edge
David Axelrod
Blue Note
»Cocktail Disco
Dimitri From Paris
BBE
»How to Plan Successful Parties
Dipers
Omnibus Records
»Beautiful Mindz
DJ 2tall presents Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow
Eclectic Breaks
»The Sound Catcher
DJ Vadim
BBE
»Some Cities
Doves
Capitol Records
»Musica en Flagrante
Dreadnaught
Redfez Records
»Eksel
D'Arcangelo
Rephlex
»Another Early Evening
Earmint
EV Productions
»Steele Street Scraps
Eliot Lipp
Hefty
»All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
Explosions In The Sky
Temporary Residence Ltd.
»Ok-Oyot System
Extra Golden
Thrill Jockey
»Hera Ma Nono
Extra Golden
Thrill Jockey
»Five Foot Nine
Five Foot Nine
self-released
»From The River To The Ocean
Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake
Thrill Jockey
»Frequency
Frequency
Noreaster Failed Industries
»Memories From A Fading Room
Future Loop Foundation
Louisiana
»Goes Cube
Goes Cube
self-released
»Straight Outta Newport
Goldie Lookin Chain
Record Collection Music
»Fires in Distant Buildings
Gravenhurst
Warp Records
»Latitude
Groundtruther
Thirsty Ear Recordings
»Blew
Haiku
Bonafyde Records
»Size Matters
Helmet
Interscope Records
»South of the Border - The Lonely Bull - Lost Treasures (Reissued)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Shout! Factory
»Scale
Herbert
!K7
»Home Recordings
Home Recording Project
File 13 Records
»DJ-Kicks
Hot Chip
K7!
»EP
Howard Hello
Temporary Residence Ltd.
»I Need Sleep
I Need Sleep
2nMusic
»Woman King EP
Iron & Wine
Sub Pop Records
»Mission to Mars
Isomer Transition
Moodgadget
»The Shining
J Dilla
BBE Music
»Life Begins Again
Jimmy Chamberlin Complex
Sanctuary Records
»Color Strip
Jimmy Edgar
Warp
»Veneer
José González
Mute [reissue]
»All Fates Have Changed
Jus Allah
Babygrande Records
»Music For Moviebikers
Kaada
Ipecac
»Home Demons Volume 1
Kevin Tihista
Parasol Records
»Tongues
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
Domino
»Public Warning
Lady Sovereign
Def Jam
»Engine EP
Langhorne Slim
V2
»Rotten Love
Levy
One Little Indian
»Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters
London Sinfonietta
Warp
»Emoh
Lou Barlow
Merge Records
»Transistor Radio
M. Ward
Merge Records
»Infinite Justice
Malachi Constant
Guilt Ridden Pop/Double Indemnity Records
»Bubblegum
Mark Lanegan Band
Beggar's Banquet
»Folks Music
Mars Black
Team Love
»At the Center
Meat Beat Manifesto
Thirsty Ear Recordings
»Bem-Vinda Vontade
Mice Parade
Bubble Core Records
»Mice Parade
Mice Parade
Fat Cat
»Swamp
Midwest Product
Ghostly International
»The World of Nat King Cole
Nat 'King' Cole
Capitol Records
»Where's Black Ben?
Need New Body
5RC Records
»City Lights Volume 1.5
Nicolay
BBE Music
»In A Space Outta Sound
Nightmares On Wax
Warp
»Bande A` Part
Nouvelle Vague
Luaka Bop
»The Find
Ohmega Watts
Ubiquity Records
»Taiga
OOIOO
Thrill Jockey
»48507
Oso
TEAM AV
»Sacred Psalms
Our Brother the Native
Fat Cat
»Living With Owusu and Hannibal
Owusu & Hannibal
Ubiquity
»The Low Lows
Parker & Lily
Warm Electronic Recordings
»To An Ambient Hollywood
Paul Duncan
Hometapes Records
»Carte Blanche
Phat Kat
Look
»Lava Land
Piglet
Team AV
»Greedy Baby
Plaid & Bob Jaroc
Warp
»Abstract Data Ark
Polyphonic The Verbose
Audio 8
»Speak Out
Portable
Sud Electronic
»On the Offensive EP
Poster Children
A Hidden Agenda Records
»On the Offensive EP
Poster Children
Hidden Agenda Records
»Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People
Primus
Interscope Records
»The Death of Frequent Flyer
PsalmOne
Rhymesayers
»Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Quasimoto
Stones Throw
»Freezer Burner
Qwel and Meaty Ogre
Galapagos4
»Stealing of a Nation
Radio 4
Astralwerks
»Stealing of a Nation
Radio 4
Astralwerks
»Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
ATO Records
»The Truth In Me
Roger O'Donnell
Worlds Fair/Great Society
»Routineers
Routineers
Dischord Records
»Curses
Rye Coalition
Gern Blandsten
»Saababanks
Saababanks
Woodenman Records
»Extinction is Inevitable
Sabertooth Tiger
Gold Standard Laboratories
»Noticeably Negro
Serengeti
Audio 8
»Timeless
Sergio Mendes
Concord Records
»Future Anterior
Serotonin
Bifocal Media
»Cru
Seu Jorge
Wrasse Records
»Hits The Hits
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
Ubiquity
»Git
Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys
Ghostly International
»We All Have a Plan
Slicker
Hefty Records
»Similar Anniversaries
Small Sails
Other Electricities
»I'm Thankful
Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra
Ubiquity
»Gimme Fiction
Spoon
Merge Records
»Set Yourself on Fire
Stars
Arts & Crafts International
»Do the Bambi
Stereo Total
Kill Rock Stars
»Space Shift
Steve Spacek
Sound in Color
»Future Rock
Strategy
Kranky
»Back to the World
Street Dogs
Brass Tacks Records
»Metropolis
Swords
Arena Rock Recording Company
»Ammunition
The Charming Snakes
Dirtnap Records
»Long Shout
The Debonaires
Jump Up! Records
»Bloodthirsty
The Dutchmen
Threat Records
»The Fast Rise And Fall Of The South
The Kingsbury Manx
Yep Roc Records
»Terrorbird
The Mae Shi
5 Rue Christine
»Mizell
The Mizell Brothers
Blue Note
»The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats
4AD
»Love Everybody
The Presidents of the United States of America
PUSA Music
»The Commercial Album
The Residents
Cryptic Corporation
»Everybody
The Sea and Cake
Thrill Jockey
»Mystic Jaguar…ATTACK!!!!
The Stella Link
Ascetic Records
»Black Pompadour
The Zincs
Thrill Jockey
»The Cosmic Game
Thievery Corporation
ESL Music
»It Takes A Nation of Assholes To Hold Us Back
This Moment In Black History
Coldsweat
»Plates and Wires
Tim Catlin and Jon Mueller
Crouton
»Beacons of Ancestorship
Tortoise
Thrill Jockey
»J.A.C.
Tosca
K7 Records
»Breaking and Entering
Underworld & Gabriel Yared
V2
»Blood Is Clean
Valet
Kranky
»Mayfield: Remixed- The Curtis Mayfield Collection
Various Artists
Rhino Records
»Idol Tryouts Two: Ghostly International Vol. Two
Various Artists
Ghostly International
»DJ Cam Revisited By
Various Artists
Recall
»Chocolate Swim
Various Artists
Chocolate Industries/Adult Swim
»The Science of Sleep
Various Artists
Astralwerks
»The Rorschach Suite
Various Artists
Moodgadget
»New Faces
Various Artists
Ghostly International
»Everything
Various Artists
EV Records
»Death is Nothing to Fear
Various Artists
Spectral Sound
»5 Years Get Physical
Various Artists
Get Physical
»Laughing Gasping
Wet Confetti
Pampelmoose
»Sixth in Sixes
XBXRX
Polyvinyl Records
»Shifting Gears
Z-Trip
Hollywood Records