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Isotope 217



Photos by Lenny Gonzales

Various members of Chicago' notorious avant-indies rock collective Tortoise sometimes redub themselves Isotope 217 for jazz-funk recordings. In two live performances and one DJ all-nighter, Isotope 217 and friends will introduce Japan to the future of dance music as the Chicago underground sees it.

Isotope 217 formed in 1997 as an outgrowth of Tortoise bringing together guitarist Jeff Parker and percussionists John Herndon and Dan Bitney. Tortoise had quietly set about revolutionizing the US indie-rock scene by shaking up rock's tired clichés with subversive influences ranging from ambient, classical minimalism and film music to jazz and hip hop. Along the way, they formed a new movement that the critics dubbed "post-rock."

Isotope 217's 1997 debut, The Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey) the same year also included trumpeter Rob Mazurek, bassist Matt Lux and trombonist Sara P. Smith. Utonian_Automatic followed in 1999, with Who Stole the I Walkman coming out this summer.

Rob Mazurek & Chad Taylor
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Other permutations of Tortoise which will be participating in the tour are the Chicago Underground Duo/Trio/Orchestra, which consists of Rob Mazurek, Tortoise drummer Chad Taylor and various other hired guns, and Brokeback, a solo outfit of Tortoise bassist Doug McCombs. As Brokeback, McCombs released his debut CD Field Recordings From The Cook County Water Table in 1999.

With the Isotope 217/Tortoise/Chicago Underground/Brokeback sound stretching across boundaries from esoteric jazz to indie rock to ambient techno to funk, the only safe forecast for these gigs is to expect the unexpected.


Aoyama Cay, 10/14-15, 6pm, JY5000 (adv), JY5500 (door)

Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe, 10/17, 11pm, JY3500 (adv), JY4000 (door). Info: Headz 03-3770-5721.

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