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Nate Lepine
, an active member of the Chicago Jazz Community, was born in Alaska, raised in Connecticut, MA and moved to Chicago in ’91.

Born June 3rd, 1973 Lepine has been an active musician since the age of 18 when he started out traveling with a Chicago blues band. As one of the most venerable multi-versed musicians in the local contemporary Jazz community; Lepine plays saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Keyboards.

Lepine has played with many Chicago-based bands, namely Manishevitz, Sister Machine Gun, Califone, Herculaneum and Smog. He has played with artists such as Toumani Diabate, Bobby Bare Jr., Pete Yorn, Company of Thieves, The M’s, Poi Dog Pondering,  Sonoi, Baby Teeth, The NRG Ensemble, Iron and Wine, Cursive and many others.

Currently Lepine plays saxophone and flute in the Chicago-based band Herculaneum.

“Lepine’s “Fern” is the standout: unhurried, insistently grooving, with a thick harmonized horn passage that bookends the piece. Bass and drums play along the first time through, but in the final 30 seconds it’s the horns alone, laying bare the counterpoint’s nasty inner workings.”

David Adler’s review in the January 2012 issue of The New York City Jazz Record.

“There is good contemporary idiosyncratic tenor soloing from Lepine.”

Gapplegate Music Review on Herculaneum.

Other links:

The New York Times

Lepine on MySpace

Into The Waves

Into The Waves

Sophia Knapp

Sophia Knapp

Roberto Carlos Lange earned his nickname, Negro (a name used as a term of endearment), growing up  in South Florida. He went off to college in Savannah, Georgia and discovered visual and auditory art. He and David Ellis were working on some  kinetic sound sculptures.

‘These include typewriters that self-type the lyrics to Grand Master Flash’s “The Message” (in rhythm to the song, none-the-less), musical owls drawn out of liquor bottles, owl costumes made out of straws, flying musical birds, motion paintings, and trash cans (full of trash) that are actually living drum machines.’ –Asthmatic Kitty.

He has worked on several projects, including Epstein, School of Seven Bells, Prefuse 73, and has released two albums, Awe Owe and Pasajero on Asthmatic Kitty. His third album, Canta Lechuza, comes out May 10.

He currently resides in Brooklyn New York, where I had a chance to chat with him while he was working on some kinetics with David Ellis…

Favorite/least favorite cheese?

I say the stinkier the better… As a kid I started with American Cheeses, nowadays I go to the farmers market/cheesory for some stinky blue.

Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played?

while touring in Japan we had several strange experiences. we were traveling through smaller towns when we stopped by this strange place filled with fast food joints and strip malls… and a truck lot is where we ended up playing; weird to be at some abandoned spot with a total of five people and giant speakers surrounding the room, I was thinking “where the hell are we?”
Another strange (awesome) venue we played was on a mountain top, while in the pouring rain, ape shit crazy, so random to just end up on a hippie commune in Japan. They had some super earthy hippie products too…  for instance reusable lady pads, I put them on my eyes before I go to sleep. And we stopped at a beer joint and ate whale and octopus jerky… I had to try it, the whale jerky.

How did you begin your career and who were your influences?

I just got into it…. my  first step in the direction was buying records, playing guitar, sampling records… seeing where I could tear things apart and reorganize them, veer from a traditional learning structure.

Seen Any good shows lately?

Oh shit, I have a hard time attending live shows which reflects how I feel when performing live as well. I can only take so much. If they were only ten minutes, no more then thirty minutes, I’d enjoy it much more.

What is something you never leave home without before going on tour?

Trying to think of something good to say, something original… clothes.

What was the last record you bought?

This is funny because its like when I get into a record store those 300 albums that I wanted and thought of throughout the day just escape my memory, so recently I bought an album from the originals, still have yet to open it, judging from the cover I would say it is R n B and Soul; Abner Jay; also Juliana Barwick, we’re actually working on a record right now.

What is the worst/best advice you have ever been given?

My High School guidance  counselor said I should go to community college. The best advice I have ever been given was don’t go to community college.

If you were to communicate using one word what would it be?


Can you dance?

I can dance, yes, though I dance for specific reasons…

There is a Craigslist missed connections ad written about you, what does it say?

I saw you with the puffy hair, remember me? You were at the micky D’s eating chicken nuggets.

Let’s say for the rest of your life You have to carry a 50 lb bag, that is full of ______?

Of… what, what the hell would I have in there? A lot of paper and pens…

Would you rather have hands for feet or feet for hands?

Either way would be fine because I would be a monkey

Anything else you want the people to know? Or not to know?

I do have to go to the bathroom… and I love interviews.

Helado Negro

Alden Penner

Clues… marimba’s and feedback, drowning lyrics that drip and unravel like that of a blood velvet curtain, as the light creeps in you think “finally”. It’s that anticipation of melodic bliss that keeps your ears finely tuned to the painstaking chaos that precedes, patiently, that relief. The rush.
And to try and solve what Clues intent was for every track off their self-titled album, would not be worth the perspiration that should be savored and stored for the inevitable dropping to your knees in a devastated dysphoria that somehow has your heart fluttering and plummeting and you feet tapping. Released in 2007 by Constellation Records.

And a track worth listening intently to…



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A song that slowly builds and expands can make the agonizing pace of the first few verses seem worth hearing in the end.

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