The noise scene's lost Enemy, a trumpeter's growth spurt, and one schmaltzy goodbye | Three Beats | Chicago Reader

The noise scene's lost Enemy, a trumpeter's growth spurt, and one schmaltzy goodbye 

Good-bye to Baby Teeth and experimental-music venue Enemy, hello to young trumpeter Marquis Hill

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POP: Baby Teeth say farewell with "The Last Schmaltz"

After ten years, local light-rock institution Baby Teeth are calling it a day. It's an amicable split—bassist Jim Cooper, who's been touring with legendary singer-­songwriter Van Dyke Parks, is moving to Los Angeles to write film scores, and as vocalist-pianist Abraham Levitan points out, Parks is the "ultimate insider" in LA. The band will go out in a self-described "blaze of glory" on Fri 7/20 at Lincoln Hall with a show they're calling "The Last Schmaltz." (They've never been afraid of puns.) Like the Band's famous Last Waltz, Baby Teeth's farewell will feature selections from their entire catalog, an assortment of covers, and a parade of guests—including Bobby Conn, members of the 1900s and Cursive, and Outer Minds drummer (and Reader contributor) Brian Costello.

Costello is also Levitan's collaborator in the musical improv-comedy project Shame That Tune, in which guests are invited onstage to share humiliating stories, which Levitan sets to music on the spot, choosing a style (say, glam rock) and an artist (Ke$ha) by spinning a wheel. Levitan plans to devote more time now to Shame That Tune, and maybe take it out of town occasionally; drummer Peter Andreadis will continue with his side project All City Affairs. Levitan says he's relieved to leave the indie rat race—he's skeptical that the big break that often seemed in reach would've had much effect anyhow. "Pitchfork darlings aren't living on estates in Forest Park."

Miles Raymer

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