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Formerly a side project, now definitely a band in their own right. This is a thread for them. RIYL Frippertronics, Terry Riley, Alice Coltane, cosmic yoga music.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:35 (seven years ago) link

you can listen to them here https://soundcloud.com/bitchin-bajas
not too long ago they had 47 followers on soundcloud, and now there are 144

here they are being bouncier than usual https://soundcloud.com/permanentrecords/bitchin-bajas-krausened-promo

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:38 (seven years ago) link

here they are last year live in paris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm1QgXdZrVk

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:39 (seven years ago) link

i remember when this had under 50 views on youtube, now it has...1,944!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skNz1u9DUhI

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:42 (seven years ago) link

also this is from their new album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ciyUDlY0Q

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:44 (seven years ago) link

bugger.
lp and cass only :(
stop with the elitist gumph, and press a few cds ...
would definitely buy.

mark e, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:28 (seven years ago) link

i think they usually do downloads at the drag city site? it appears to be not on the site yet (since i guess technically the album is not for sale yet) but i wonder if they'll add that option once the release date comes and goes. unless you really wanted the CD, and in that case you appear to be out of luck.

i find it irritating that DC doesn't offer dl codes with vinyl purchase, but so be it

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:33 (seven years ago) link

Damn, was hoping the was an I Love Style thread.

how's life, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:44 (seven years ago) link

I really enjoyed their show last night. They don't hide their influences at all, but why should they?

WmC, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:46 (seven years ago) link

picked up a split 45 they did with moon duo a couple years back. dug their track but let them slip in favor of whatever else. "bouncier" track up above is treating my saturday morning quite nicely.

yeah, DC's no free downloads policy sucks

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:49 (seven years ago) link

omg i wrote alice COLTANE

you know what i meant

Wmc what was the rest of the show like? From listening to the record this morning they played side B in the second set. Was there more guitar?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:58 (seven years ago) link

The new record is fantastic. There is a multi cassette release in the works. The "no cd's" thing isn't elitism, they just prefer analog.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:09 (seven years ago) link

i'm not annoyed by what i perceive as elitism, i'm annoyed by not getting a download w the LP

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:18 (seven years ago) link

seems like industry standard at this point

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:18 (seven years ago) link

we're complaining about two separate issues (not making CDs, not offering download codes -- the latter is DC policy afaict, the former up to the band?)
either way, i'm looking forward to more people enjoying this band

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:20 (seven years ago) link

There was a bit more guitar iirc, plus they brought in some percussion loops for the last piece. Pared down to 3 players for the 2nd half.

WmC, Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:26 (seven years ago) link

oh ok, so it was more like the regular show
good to know!
i'm glad you enjoyed it!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:33 (seven years ago) link

I liked that they did that song named after Water Wrackets, which is one of my favorite Peter Greenaway things. They have good taste obv!

Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 13 July 2013 18:17 (seven years ago) link

haha I listened to that one on spotify, my mind wandered and I genuinely forgot that I wasn't actually listening to a terry riley album!

I dig this

^do not heed if you rate me (wins), Saturday, 13 July 2013 20:10 (seven years ago) link

I was stood in a record store earlier today holding a copy of Vibraquatic in my hands. I put it back in the rack though so I guess I flunked the test?

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 20:55 (seven years ago) link

fuck yeah bitchin bajas!

Z S, Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:07 (seven years ago) link

Why didn't you buy it? That was the wrong choice.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:50 (seven years ago) link

They did a whole soundtrack for Water Wrackets!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:51 (seven years ago) link

cos i already had an armful of awesome records! also the cover art was a bit iffy. xp

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:51 (seven years ago) link

Guess I can't argue with that. It's good though.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:53 (seven years ago) link

I bet it is! I actually got Water Wrackets off emusic and that was very good.

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:55 (seven years ago) link

Pared down to 3 players for the 2nd half.

3rd dude played sax mainly or exclusively iirc. was good to see how different the main set was from what they're presumably normally like!

eau de feet (sic), Saturday, 13 July 2013 22:39 (seven years ago) link

looking fwd to this. krausened is fantastic

electricsound, Saturday, 13 July 2013 23:44 (seven years ago) link

Frippertronics / Alice etc is totes my wheelhouse but can't, won't, on principle, listen to a band that can't come up with a better name for themselves than Bitchin Bajas. Sorry. What if I choke to death on a cookie and this is the last thing they find on my turntable? "Looks like he checked out to...'Bitchin' Bajas.'"

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, 13 July 2013 23:54 (seven years ago) link

I know, but you should still give it a try. It has been a few years and I've come around. I prescribe time and patience.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:13 (seven years ago) link

yeah, it's remarkably terrible. plus when they appeared, i was boycotting all beach-related band names & chill 80s ephemera in general. but the lecher's right. they're like harrison bergeron.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:22 (seven years ago) link

Don't call me that! Geez.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:37 (seven years ago) link

I know from having an unfortunate moniker, obvs. A lifelong burden!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:39 (seven years ago) link

all apologies. meant only in respectful jest.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:48 (seven years ago) link

Tell that to the Nestlé corporation, buddy :)

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 01:01 (seven years ago) link

:)))

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 01:24 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Frippertronics / Alice etc is totes my wheelhouse but can't, won't, on principle, listen to a band that can't come up with a better name for themselves than Bitchin Bajas. Sorry. What if I choke to death on a cookie and this is the last thing they find on my turntable? "Looks like he checked out to...'Bitchin' Bajas.'"

― Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:54 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think they are very deliberately trolling with their band name (and album titles). certainly evokes four non blondes or a jimmy buffett cover band much more than any of their musical reference points.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 24 August 2013 05:59 (seven years ago) link

Saw them today, & despite them arriving late and only getting to play for ~20 minutes, it ruled. Nice mix of guitar, mostly sax (a little flute), and keyboard/oscillator (?) running beneath it all, along with some pre-recorded percussion tracks. great guitar sounds...wished the set had gone on for 60. took some video i'll put up at some point.

love the new record, too.

dronestreet, Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:05 (seven years ago) link

so sad that some people won't listen to them because of the name! lol

awesome band, good people, great music

Z S, Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:09 (seven years ago) link

Maybe someday they will accept live percussion :)

no fomo (La Lechera), Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:16 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzWX9V894so

dronestreet, Monday, 26 August 2013 17:30 (seven years ago) link

ha, love the grass cam!

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 17:32 (seven years ago) link

I couldn't help but just chill in the shade on a grassy patch. Wasn't anyone around when they started, but a good 30 or 40 accumulated behind me by the end of the jam.

dronestreet, Monday, 26 August 2013 17:34 (seven years ago) link

nice!

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 17:50 (seven years ago) link

personally i love the band name

the late great, Monday, 26 August 2013 18:04 (seven years ago) link

i hope they call their first album with a drummer "hit with the rhythm stick"

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 18:07 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

love this drone + sax noise https://soundcloud.com/bitchin-bajas/rip-this-joint-stones-cover

Mayor Manuel (La Lechera), Monday, 14 April 2014 17:24 (seven years ago) link

it's kind of a mess but i like it anyway

Mayor Manuel (La Lechera), Monday, 14 April 2014 17:25 (seven years ago) link

SMOKIN'

Carl F.A.Y.B.A.N. (lpz), Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:59 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Last night I saw them perform Terry Riley's In C with 20+ extra musicians, many of whom i have never seen before (and some I have) -- i'm really curious who coordinated this performance? getting 25 (26? some people were out of my view) people in the same place once is a challenge, but ostensibly they had to practice at least once? Also, I know the score is fluid and can be adapted -- who was in charge of that? I could have stayed after to ask, I guess but I don't like to bombard people with questions after they spent roughly an hour playing music in a room that was getting increasingly hotter as the hour went on.

Overall it was great!

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Monday, 11 August 2014 13:44 (six years ago) link

i would agree about this most recent rec being their best! i also think they'd come across better in a gallery type setting versus the rock venue i'll be seeing them in tonight, but hopefully there won't be a ton of chatty drunken ppl

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:45 (three years ago) link

crowds are unusually standoffish at worst at their chicago shows, never rowdy
hometown shows are likely to bring out the usual cast of characters too so they aren't going to be disrespectful
i have never seen them outside of chicago -- maybe it's different elsewhere!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:49 (three years ago) link

you can usually hear a pin drop at their chicago shows

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:01 (three years ago) link

sounds perfect

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:21 (three years ago) link

I helped organize a show they played in Atlanta & the audience was really great. It was at a weird arty people venue not a rock venue though.

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:44 (three years ago) link

i'll periscope the whole gig and you all can chime in with hearts if its arty, and a frowny face if its more of a rocker crowd

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:57 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Majority of their stuff got added to Spotify (UK) this week!

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:50 (three years ago) link

New album is so good, want "Jammu" to play on a loop all day

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 8 April 2018 19:10 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Saw them for the first time last night -- a really good show, just them and all their gear (and a flute and sax), doing a short but perfect set of exploratory pieces that hit a perfect balance between compact and understated improvisation.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:03 (two years ago) link

amazing band...up there with the brilliant Dick Diver in the "this band name ain't doing you any favors" hall of fame

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 June 2018 17:05 (two years ago) link

watch this space in the next week or so...

https://southernjukeboxmusic.com/

global tetrahedron, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:19 (two years ago) link

last record just keeps getting better

tylerw, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:20 (two years ago) link

agreed^^

whatever happened w/ this:

Also good to hear that there's a new Cave album on the way ... later this year?

alpine static, Friday, 8 June 2018 19:48 (two years ago) link

the last BB album was so good it made all the previous ones kinda moot for me, in a way. Like, it felt like such a huge step forward that the others all retrospectively sound like rehearsals for Bajas Fresh. I still really love the 2xLP s/t though

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:20 (two years ago) link

https://southernjukeboxmusic.com/home/bitchin-bajas

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global tetrahedron, Monday, 18 June 2018 14:30 (two years ago) link

awwww yeah, excited to check that one out.

tylerw, Monday, 18 June 2018 14:49 (two years ago) link

they were selling some split single at the show the other night but i didn't pick it up. can't find any mention of it online either

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 18 June 2018 18:01 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

calling all CD fans!
http://www.dragcity.com/products/rebajas

mizzell, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:49 (two years ago) link

I do rather love that this is happening.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:51 (two years ago) link

CDs are so unpopular that bitchin bajas are embracing them

tylerw, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:14 (two years ago) link

sweet

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 16 July 2018 18:24 (two years ago) link

btw this was the release i mentioned four weeks ago: https://www.discogs.com/Bitchin-Bajas-DSR-Lines-The-Encyclopedia-Of-Civilizations-Vol2-Atlantis/release/12152204

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 16 July 2018 18:29 (two years ago) link

yeeeesss!

signed,

a cd fan

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:43 (two years ago) link

Cds forever <3

Ross, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:46 (two years ago) link

CDs are so unpopular that bitchin bajas are embracing them

― tylerw, Monday, July 16, 2018 1:14 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark

lol yes

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 July 2018 20:44 (two years ago) link

kidding aside, i feel like CDs are the best medium for the BBs, like ECM records or the necks ...

tylerw, Monday, 16 July 2018 20:52 (two years ago) link

I read an article about this very thing recently (stuff that's better on CD), and it even mentioned the Necks as an example iirc (not sure I agree though. Unfold was as good as any Necks album). On The Guardian maybe? Forgot to bookmark.

Even though I feel like BB peaked with the most recent album, I will definitely be buying this set because I'm less familiar with the earliest stuff and also it's really inexpensive

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:21 (two years ago) link

i'm just tired of flipping records every 15 minutes

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 01:05 (two years ago) link

Especially when you've spent those 15 minutes melting into the couch...

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:11 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

not sure how i feel about this image but it was about time someone capitalized on this idea, of course it was the BBs
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DztXLZsXQAM1bKJ.jpg

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 February 2019 18:58 (two years ago) link

furry freak homage?

the late great, Monday, 18 February 2019 19:13 (two years ago) link

apprehensive about googling "furry freak" at work

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 February 2019 19:17 (two years ago) link

it was a countercultural underground comic from the 70s and 80s about three hippie wastoids ... kind of cheech and chong-ish

one of the characters looks like that guy

https://www.comicartfactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gilbert-Shelton-Freak-Brithers-1969-tshirt.jpg

the late great, Monday, 18 February 2019 19:19 (two years ago) link

ah yeah that looks familiar. men!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 18 February 2019 19:26 (two years ago) link

haha i’ve described them to friends who don’t listen to weirdo stuff as ‘yoga music’

global tetrahedron, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:39 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

https://longformeditions.bandcamp.com/track/demeter

na (NA), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

:D

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:50 (one year ago) link

Nice!

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:32 (one year ago) link

i wonder if there will be any bajas at the deep listening workshop i am co-hosting tonight!?
(answer: not likely)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:34 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

from their bandcamp -

Hello
We have been working to get our full catalog up over these last few months. We have just put all the collaborative releases we've made with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Natural Information Society and Olivia Wyatt (original film soundtrack) up on our bandcamp page.

Bajas Fresh is now back in stock on 2xLP

brand new Bitchin Bajas releases coming later in 2021...

Thank you for all of your support
Peace

just sayin, Friday, 5 March 2021 21:01 (two months ago) link

great news!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 5 March 2021 21:03 (two months ago) link

Their set from Constellation Chicago a few weeks back was great.
There is a Duophonic single in the works. They got along very well with Stereolab on tour.

trip maker, Friday, 5 March 2021 21:31 (two months ago) link

That Atelier Claus live set on their BC page is fantastic IMO--very impressed that they performed it with a hastily-assembled backline due to van theft

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Friday, 5 March 2021 21:52 (two months ago) link

Re Constellation — vastly superior to many of the online performances I’ve seen because they do an amazing job of micing & camera work. If you zoop the video to a tv & turn off the lights & crank the volume, it’s not unlike actually being there.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 6 March 2021 15:17 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

this album by BB member Rob Frye, which has the other BBs as well as noted Chicago musicians like Ben Lamar Gay and Quin Kirchner, is so good:
https://astralexoplanet.bandcamp.com/album/exoplanet
like Bitchin Bajas going cosmic jazz?

na (NA), Thursday, 29 April 2021 15:10 (one week ago) link

i'm here for it!

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 29 April 2021 15:27 (one week ago) link

it's very satisfying, i'm into it

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:39 (one week ago) link

serious spiritual hat vibes

trip maker, Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:41 (one week ago) link

Loving the new Rob Frye--also, thought the Les Atelier Claus live BBs album released at the beginning of this year was fantastic and maybe dug some of its soundboard versions to studio ones of the same jams

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link

(More than, rather)

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:46 (one week ago) link


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