Posted in music | tour dates on January 26, 2008

Miracle Condition

As fun as a good old reunion can be, it’s a deeper pleasure when longtime collaborators repurpose their energies. Chicago’s Miracle Condition features guitarist Mark Shippy and drummer Pat Samson, formerly of U.S. Maple, one of the most genuinely peculiar bands of the ’90s. While that outfit plied slinky, queasy noise rock, this trio favors tranced-out beauty. Shippy’s penchant for creepy dissonance remains, but he and fellow guitarist-singer Matt Carson stretch out over Samson’s loose-limbed vamps, yielding dreamlike yet ominous textures. Likely to amplify those moods are Miracle Condition’s collaborators for its first local shows: ambient sound artist Jeffrey M. Robinson and former Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow. The latter seemed restless at a recent gig by his new band, Qui, but it’s hard to imagine him not drawing inspiration from players as poised and eccentric as these. —Hank Shteamer
Miracle Condition, David Yow, J Robinson
Jan. 26th @ Glasslands Gallery
Jan. 27th @ Union Pool (w/ Stars Like Fleas)



Comments (2)

You've got to be kidding me. It's a parade of talentless, jobless, nobodies on this site. Unreal.

Posted by diehipster | January 26, 2008 10:03 PM

erm... douchebag above's comment aside - i was quite impressed with Miracle Condition @ Glasslands. really disappointed and saddenned by news of David who is just an amazing person and our prayers are with him

what was awesome about Miracle Condition is that it was totally not a hipster event, but not in that gross anti-hipster way, or that even grosser anti-anti-hipster way. these are just dudes who love music and have the talent and stamina to keep at it for those moments of magic that make it worthwhile, and there were many magical moments on sat nite, i almost shudder to think at how awesome it would've been with Yow!

also curiously impressed with the turnout of true hipsters who had "heard" of a "US Maple reunion".... hahaha

but seriously though, US Maple was the shit.

Posted by su | January 28, 2008 3:51 PM

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