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Concert Thu May 08 2014

Photos/Review: Thee Silver Mount Zion @ Lincoln Hall 5/8/14

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If anyone was concerned before about the Godspeed You! Black Emperor reunion shows possibly putting Efrim Menuck's other project, Thee Silver Mt. Zion on hold, there now seems to be no reason to doubt that Efrim Menuck can handle somehow being a parent, releasing albums under both bands, and touring heavily. It's enough to inspire awe in both his creativity and his stamina.

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Fans already have a sense of the band as intense whether it's members are performing with TSMZ or GY!BE but one thing that really comes off live is Menuck's personality. He always asks if there are any questions or statements anyone would like to make. This time around, statements varied from asking their opinion about the Israeli-Palestine conflict to asking Efrim to ask if an audience member was a fireman. Between jokes about Teddy Roosevelt, The Clash, and Tim Horton being a real man that was decapitated, Menuck also did speak about how the current prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has really changed the rules and done some real damage.

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Whenever the band returned to the music section, it was still as stellar as always, wavering between a mixture of anguish and ecstasy, and of punk rock. They focused on their new album with "Austerity Blues" being the absolute highlight of the set. Overall, it was great to hear the singing and dual violin playing of both Jessica Moss and Sophie Trudeau along with Thierry Amar's stand up bass especially and listen to how tight the songs already sound live during their 90 minute long set.

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As to the opener, Total Life, whose music hummed and vibrated with a kind of glorious dronetastic energy,some say the world will end with a bang but after hearing his 40 minute set, I think the world will end with something like his sound instead which will hopefully erase all our faults and tragedies as each soul vanishes off of the Earth, turned into a bunch of depleted molecules that no longer make sense. And when the ruins of our civilization are found eons later, the explorers will recognize this about us: they had wars but they also had music.

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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


Abbey Pub
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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Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
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
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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