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Concert Tue Mar 10 2009

Tinder Mercies

When asked about his recommendations for dinner music in a recent GQ profile, high-profile Chicago restaurateur Donnie Madia responded, "Tindersticks. Any of their records...can work well in any dining room." Funny how tastes evolve over time. Especially seeing how when Tindersticks first appeared on the indie music scene in the early-mid 1990s, the common opinion was that their tunes were ideal fodder for Serenade Hour In The Lovesick Ward of a methadone clinic. But that was then.

Over the course of six albums, the U.K.-based band earned a cultish fan base before ceasing activity in 2003. After a five-year hiatus from recording and touring, they returned to the spotlight this past April with the release of a new album, The Hungry Saw. Even though the band now sports a revised line-up, core members David Boulter, Nail Fraser, and frontman Stuart A. Staples are still at the helm. And from the sound of the recent album, nothing much has changed with the band's music. There's the easy tempo blue-eyed soul that drives "Yesterday's Tomorrows" home, the lounge-ish Latin shuffle of "E-Type," and -- on the punchier side of things -- bursts of yakkety rockabilly guitar punctuating the otherwise sparse "Mother Dear." In the end, The Hungry Saw features a dozen new achingly delicate arrangements, all of them woven together with strains of piano, vibes, flutes, brass, and subtle string accompaniment.

And through it all, Staples's world-wearied baritone croon guides the listener through gentle tales of heartbreak, regret, and lessons hard-learned at a long journey's end -- of the love that can be salvaged and clung to once all the damage has been done, the tears have dried, the tumults and torments of passion have spent themselves, and the debris from all the smashed furniture is a distant memory. In other words: Tindersticks doing what they've always done best. So bon appetit!

Tindersticks will be appearing in Chicago this Thursday evening as they finally bring material from The Hungry Saw stateside for their first North American tour in over five years. They'll be playing at the Epiphany Episcopal Church, which should prove something of a complimentary setting for the group's stately performance. Not only that, but Jon Langford and Sally Timms are scheduled to open in the warm-up slot. The show begins at 8pm, tickets are $20, and it's an all-ages show. 201 S. State Street. Tickets can be obtained through the Empty Bottle's web site.

[video]: Tindersticks - "Introduction to The Hungry Saw"
[video]: Tindersticks - "Yesterday's Tommorrows" (live)
[video]: Tindersticks - "Rented Rooms" (1997)

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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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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
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Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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