Nick Butcher: Free Jazz Bitmaps, Volume One (Hometapes, 4/28/11)
Nick Butcher: “Implements” (Stream)
Along with partner and co-owner Nadine Nakanishi, Nick Butcher runs Chicago-based art and print studio Sonnenzimmer. In addition, he’s an accomplished musical artist, working with Portland, Oregon-based indie label Hometapes to release a handful of records. Butcher’s latest musical endeavor is a series of six lathe-cut 7″ records entitled Free Jazz Bitmaps, which mix samples from discarded house and jazz records with original instrumentation.
April 28 marks the release of the second volume in the series. Each bimonthly release is limited to just 10 records and comes in a screen-printed sleeve with art by Nakanishi. The collection will ultimately be featured on vinyl LP in early 2012. As an added bonus, the forthcoming LP will feature reinterpretations by fellow Chicagoans Jason Adasiewicz, Tim Daisy, Keefe Jackson, Mike Reed, Jason Reobke, and Jason Stein.
If you’re in the Chicago area, head over to Comfort Station (2570 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago) at 7pm on Thursday, April 28 for a record-release performance by Butcher. While you’re there, check out Jordan Martins‘ exhibit, Jaguar Headband Twins, and an additional performance by Tim Lowly.