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Concert Tue Feb 27 2007

Can Your Monkey Do The Dog?

Sheer joyous and unbridled idiocy. There's something to be said for it, seeing how regular doses of it are often the only thing that makes adult life bearable. And the all-femme Floridian trio Yo Majesty delivers the appropriate soundtrack for it like nobody's biz. Case in point: the leave-it-all-behind mantra of "fuck that shit" that serves as the chorus for their current club hit, "Club Action." It's pure, plainspoken transcendence on the most humble of budgets, and the girls deliver it with a hearty abandon that makes me want to start doling out hugs.

Comparisons to the Bronx punk-funk outfit ESG have been numerous, and on some levels, it works. They go to it with an energy that's disarmingly unpolished, if not giddily sloppy, at times. Unlike ESG, they're unrelentingly raunchy and play like they're throwing a party by themselves. "Kryptonite Pussy" is the funniest girl-rap thing since Fannypack's "Camel Toe" -- as salty and sassy, but dropping three times more bounce. And I don't know exactly what they have in mind with that "rub on my monkey" directive, but as far as invitiations go, it's the most intriguing I've heard in some time.

In realtime, Yo Majesty kicks it live as a full-fledged band on drums, keyboards, and guitar. Their debut EP favors a ramshackle electro-crunk sound, and several of their tracks have touched off something of an internet remix frenzy. They'll be performing a set at the Funky Buddha Lounge this Thursday, in what will be one of the few dates they're doing outside of their home turf. They're playing in an opening slot for headliner E6. Deejays Matt Roan and Lee Foss will also be there to keep things bumping.

[mp3]: Yo Majesty - "Club Aktionist" (Duran Duran Duran remix)
[mp3]: Yo Majesty - "Warning"

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Dave's Records
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Drag City
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Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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