Reader's Agenda Thu 10/2: HoZac Books, Julius Caesar, and Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast | Bleader

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Reader's Agenda Thu 10/2: HoZac Books, Julius Caesar, and Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast

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HoZac Records has specialized in releasing skuzzy local garage rock and punk for damn near a decade, and now, in a fairly unprecedented move, it's entered the world of publishing. HoZac Books celebrates its first publication, Noise in My Head: Voices From the Ugly Australian Underground, with not one but two shows featuring bands that appear in the book. Psych-folk outfit Dick Diver headlines tonight at the Burlington.

Chicago native David Bradley was the first director to put Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to celluloid in 1950, giving Charleton Heston, who was relatively unknown at the time, a shot on the big screen. The Northwest Chicago Film Society hosts this screening on 35mm tonight at the Block Museum.

Saxophonist Ken Thomson's high-caliber improvising group Slow/Fast makes its Chicago debut at Constellation tonight. In Soundboard Peter Margasak writes, "Thomson's original pieces on the group’s strong new album, Settle (NMC East), reflect his penchant for complex music in a rigorous postbop context. The title track is a breathless sprint through shifting time signatures as his alto saxophone braids in wild zigzag patterns with the steely trumpet of Russ Johnson, eventually breaking apart to navigate the landscape with a mind-numbing improvisation that eats up the composition’s chord changes like Pac-Man."

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