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Tonight on TCM! Rediscovered Silent Film with Score by Quasar Wut-Wut

Trailer: The First Degree, 1923 (score by Quasar Wut-Wut)

Via Chicago Film Archives.

How cool is this? A couple years ago Chicago Film Archives discovered a 35mm print of a lost silent film in their collections, buried under agricultural and sponsored films from Peoria. Turns out, it was The First Degree, directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Frank Mayo, originally released in 1923 and probably not seen since then.

Chicago Film Archives hired our pals Quasar Wut-Wut to compose and record an original score. As you may recall, several years ago the Quasars had been commissioned by Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art to write and perform an original score for Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent masterpiece The General.

The first screening took place at the Gene Siskel Film Center last year with live accompaniment by the band. The Chicago Tribune described the score as “an intriguing spell of contrasts, eerie electronic loops interwoven with more traditional melodic waltz-time themes played on piano.”

The band has played a few more screenings since then (in Madison, Cleveland, and Ann Arbor), but if you couldn’t make any of those appearances you will get your chance tonight on Turner Classic Movies.

The First Degree will air at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central as part of TCM’s 24 hours of programming for National Silent Movie Day, Wednesday, September 28.

So set your DVRs, your VCRs, or your alarm clocks, because you’re not going to want to miss this!

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New Quasar Wut-Wut video: Come Out of the Darkness

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Come Out of the Darkness”

Directed by Matt Schwarz. Cameras by Niko Sulek. Edited by Jordan Frank. Single out now.

It’s always a pleasure when the Quasars emerge from Matt’s basement with a new song, and this is a good one. Man, I have missed these guys!

“From deep in the heart of the pandemic comes a new single for your viewing pleasure. Witness a rare glimpse inside the mysterious and malodorous Coupon Studios – QWW’s legendary practice space and recording studio. It’s like it’s your own private show of just the fellas and Matt’s definitely-not-weird collection of old film projectors, all filmed live with multiple cameras and phones. The song recording is also live- what you see is what you hear (other than a double-tracked vocal but who’s counting?). Yes, those instruments are live, so before you start with the ‘BUT THAT KEYBOARD?!?’ – it’s not a keyboard, it’s Brent’s super-cool technique with his delay pedal(s) that sound all spacey. If you want more details just ask him and you two nerds can go stand in the corner and bore yourselves to death, the rest of us don’t want to hear about it.”

As of today it’s still only available on YouTube but hopefully these dingdongs will get their act together it put it up on Bandcamp and the streaming services before too long…

Update: It’s on bandcamp now!

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New Quasar Wut-Wut video: The Tramps of Taro Sound (quarantine version)

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut- “The Tramps of Taro Sound” (quarantine version)

Original version on Taro Sound (Glorious Noise Records, 2004).

What are you supposed to do when you can’t hang out with your pals in real life anymore? Well, one thing you could do is take over your daughter’s bedroom and zoom your pals. Or take off your clothes and hide in some bushes. Whatever. The choices are endless, really, if you use your imagination.

I miss my friends in Chicago so much. This is the longest I’ve gone without at least visiting Chicago since I was a kid. Maybe ever. My folks had friends there who we would visit at least once a year. It’s where I learned to not take shit from bullies. (I’m looking at you, Randy.) I spent my twenties crashing on couches and inflatable mattresses in people’s studio apartments. Finally moved there right before my 30th birthday and spent my thirties there: Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Albany Park, back to Lincoln Square. Made so many great friends, including the Quasars. We had so much fun. Always a band playing a club somewhere. Big Horse, Gunther Murphy’s, Martyrs’, Beat Kitchen, Lily’s. Oh Lily’s, what a glorious shithole. That big shoe. Weird, hidden rooms upstairs where people could do bad things. Five-dollar Long Island iced teas. Bloody Mary’s made with human placenta. So many good times.

Now we’re all so damn old I can hardly believe it. But hey, at least these four guys still look good. And they’re still able to conjure up the mojo that inspired us to start a record label to release their album.

And maybe the lyrics are as applicable to today as they were back in the day.

They’re handing trophies out to all young things
Who can distract their country for the King,
And keep the vultures occupied…

Go out and earn some trophies, everybody!

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New Quasar Wut-Wut video: Mandatory Days

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Mandatory Days”

From Digesting Mirror, out sometime this year (hopefully).

We love Quasar Wut-Wut. A lot. So much that we dumped our early 2000’s fortune into launching a record label to put out their brilliant album, Taro Sound. And let me tell you, there was a time when websites like this made money! But a Zug is as good a nod from a blind horse and this was a better investment than most so we’re all good.

We love Quasar Wut-Wut so much that we wait and wait and wait and wait for their next call and when that phone finally rings it’s usually a prank call. But we giggle and preen and appreciate the attention.

“Mandatory Days” is a great example of why we put up with it all. It’s spooky and catchy. It’s strange and familiar. It’s dropsy and snide. Accompanied by a video that reminds us that the long slog of time degrades and morphs unrecognizable, it’s comforting to know the band we love is still out there. Somewhere. And we’ll be waiting.

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[Editor’s note: GLONO HQ received an advanced copy of Digesting Mirror on vinyl so we can assure everybody that it does indeed exist in the physical realm. We’re still waiting for an official announcement of a release date and show, but the band promises it’s coming. -ed.]

Old Quasar Wut-Wut video: Wünderbra

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Wünderbra”

From Jalopy (self-released, 1998).

Ahead of the upcoming release of their new album, Digesting Mirror, Quasar Wut-Wut is “rolling out a few confections old and new.”

The band says, “This is a remastered HD version of our first music video off the 1998 stone-cold classic Jalopy. That album is so good you might want to skip over listening to it and just take our word for it. But the video is HOT. […] We think the video still holds up really well and it’s fun to compare to our new video for ‘Jezebel’s Arm’ so you can understand the devastating effects of aging on the human body and mind.”

Quasar frontman Matt Schwarz and bassist Jordan Frank made it while attending film school in Michigan twenty years ago with friends Russ Merkow, Winston Stromberg, and Craig Silverstein. “They blew off other classes to make this and nearly failed out, so we hope you’re happy.”

We are.

The band has promised us that Digesting Mirror will come out this summer. Let’s hold them to it!

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New Quasar Wut-Wut video: Jezebel’s Arm

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Jezebel’s Arm”

From Digesting Mirror, due July 2018.

Back in 2004, flush with revenue from the burgeoning online advertising market, we here at Glorious Noise had more money than we knew what to do with. Cans of Pabst were only $2 at the Long Room on Tuesdays after all. So what’s a fairly young music website to do with all that cash? Pay its contributors?

Pshaw! We started a record label!

Our first release was the new album by our friends in Quasar Wut-Wut. The first time the guys played Taro Sound for me, I immediately knew we had to start a label to release it. It was so good, so dense, so unlike anything else going on at the time. These dudes were like mad scientists, tinkering away in their rehearsal studio, coming up with the perfect sounds. A little White Album here, a sprinkle of Pixies dust there… They’re notorious for laboring over tones for years. Literally.

That’s why it’s been 14 years without a proper followup to Taro Sound. Part of why, anyway. Things like puppet shows, weddings, houses, building out a recording studio, kids, and Buster Keaton have also played a role in the delay. And besides, it’s not like it’s Chinese Democracy or anything…that took fifteen years!

And yet here we are. Long after Glorious Noise Records went belly up, a new Quasar Wut-Wut album is on its way. I’ve heard Digesting Mirror, and it’s well worth the wait. If you’ve been lucky enough to have seen the band in one of their rare live appearances in the past several years, you’ve likely heard some of these songs already. The studio versions will blow you away.

The band is currently putting together a release show for Chicago in July. You may recall the USO circa 1916 themed show for Taro Sound at the Hideout. While it’s still early in development, the direction is moving from the wartime entertainment of the Taro Sound release towards a post-WWI Dadaist exhibition. Something like a variety show with multiple film-loop projections, cult leaders, and celibate dancing ladies…

As the details get firmed up, we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, enjoy “Jezebel’s Arm.”

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Miles Kurosky – Dog in the Burning Building

Awesome song and video from former Beulah frontman, Miles Kurosky. I can’t help but notice the similarities to our own beloved Quasar Wut Wut. I mean, this could easily be an outtake from Taro Sound—and that’s a very, very good thing.

Video: Miles Kurosky – “Dog in the Burning Building”

I’ll be catching Miles tonight at the Doug Fir in Portland. Live review to follow next week.

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GLONO Video: Black and Orange Ball, 2006

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut at the Black & Orange Ball

I have no idea why these videos were never posted. Back in 2006 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Glorious Noise, we threw ourselves a party. We gathered up the two bands on our record label (Riviera, who had a brand new album ready to go, and Quasar Wut-Wut, who’s still working on their follow up to Taro Sound), hired a headliner (the legendary Healthy White Baby), and came up with a theme: The Black and Orange Ball. It took so much out of us that we haven’t had a party or released an album since then!

Somehow these three videos got lost in the haze. Apologies to the Whiskey Bender crew for sitting on your hard work all this time. Better three and a half years late than never, I suppose. Check out the rest below…

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Good Night Chicago: A Brief History

The Flag of the City of Chicago I was born at Great Lakes Naval hospital just north of Chicago. My dad was in the Army and stationed at nearby Fort Sheridan and we lived in Chicagoland until I was four. Our family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I grew up, but I always had a fascination with Chicago. That fascination grew when my best friend and GLONO founder Jake Brown invited me to the annual spring break trips he took to the city with his mother. Two teenage boys wandering the streets of downtown Chicago was sure to lead to something, and for me it was a determination to someday return to my birth city.

College and years wandering from job to job in Michigan kept me from following through on that dream until 1999 when my girlfriend and I decided to just pull the trigger and make the move. We’d grown bored with Grand Rapids and we had a couple friends who’d recently moved to Chicago so why not? That decision was the start of nine and half of the best years of our lives.

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Taro Sound Finally on eMusic!

Quasar Wut-Wut - Taro Sound

Almost four years after we launched Glorious Noise Records in order to release Quasar Wut-Wut‘s album, Taro Sound, the album is finally available for download at eMusic. So if you don’t already own it (for shame!), now’s your chance to pick it up.

Both of our other two GLONO releases have been available on eMusic since they came out, Riviera‘s At the End of the American Century… and Capital.

In other Quasar news, they have finished recording their original score for Buster Keaton‘s 1927 classic, The General. We’ll let you know as soon as the DVD becomes available.

MP3: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Stiletto”

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