Audial LSD

We are pleased to announce and present a new event series Audial LSD, the first of which features regarded noise ensemble Wolf Eyes.

The series focuses on presenting challenging, creative and interesting live works, performances that are documented and recorded, from which the masters will be culled for a limited audio offering, delivered in a variety of ‘hard packaged’ format options.

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Bare Mutants at LSD

Last week, we hosted a special event at the Land and Sea Dept. studios, one that featured a riveting live performance by Bare Mutants.

The event was hosted by Filter and Ploom, with support from Laugnitas, Letherbee and Parson’s Chicken & Fish, and included an acoustic, intimate live performance by the band, performing as a duo. The show was filmed and recorded, content that should be trickling out at some point soon.

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2013 Artist Mixtape Series

A longer form project of ours, for Longman & Eagle, has finally been realized, an Artist Mixtape Series of cassette tapes for the rooms upstairs.

Over the last year, Land and Sea Dept. has asked artist friends of ours to compile mix tapes, which were then duplicated to cassette, now housed in gorgeous cases screen printed by frequent collaborators and friends Sonnenzimmer.

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Our studio has also just completed work on another L&E project, packaging for a limited release of bottled twenty-one year old Willett bourbon.

The release is in an addition of thirty-five, which includes a bottle of Longman’s twenty-one year old Willett bourbon housed in a canvas bag affixed with a stitched ampersand patch, numbered en verso.

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LSD 0018

Many, many thanks to all of you that came out to the Museum of Contemporary Art last week, for our sold out Body/Head show. Openers GATE and Tom Carter improvised together as a collaborative duo for the first time, a captivating set that had listeners pinned to their seats. Body/Head came with an audio/visual performance that stunned, playing material from their new Matador double album Coming Apart. As promised, it was truly a great night for all.


Lisa Alvarado

We are pleased to again partner with our friends at Drag City to present a cultural event at Soccer Club Club, in this case working with harmoniumist and painter Lisa Alvarado in presenting The Traditional Object.

Alvarado recently participated in Doug Aitken’s Station To Station project, has collaborated frequently with artist Theaster Gates, and has shown at various galleries around the world. Here, she’ll be debuting new work particular to this exhibition.

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Land and Sea Dept. has partnered with The A.V Club and Sub Pop Records to present and produce an edition of the A.V. Undercover: Summer Break video series. This installment, taking place on Sunday, July 21st, will feature a flash outdoor live performance by the band METZ, which will be filmed by The A.V. Club for later broadcast as a part of the Undercover series. The location and time may or may not be announced ‘later’. If this interests you for any reason, email us at rsvp@landandseadept.com.

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Nothing Major / MAAF

Our friends at Nothing Major recently put up a post documenting their experience at this year’s Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (LSD0014), one that includes some great photo documentation, of their booth and beyond. Thanks guys!

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival is now just over a week away! We’ve participated in the selection of some of the artists, galleries, installations, musicians, restaurants and vendors. Participants include All Tiny Creatures, Bare Mutants, CAVE, DāM-FunK, Dio De Los Tamales, Document, Drug Factory Press, Football, Fourth Is King, Green Bean Day School & Nursery, Longman & Eagle, Lula Café, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, Nothing Major, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Reno, Saki Records, Sonnenzimmer, threewalls, Waco Brothers, Working Bikes and many, many more!


Tobacco (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), CAVE, Oscillator Bug and Jamaican Queens

Land and Sea Dept. is pleased to be presenting, in conjunction with Gaper’s Block and I Am Logan Square, a special Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival afterparty at the Logan Square Auditorium, an all ages event taking place on Friday, June 28th. The show will feature live performances by Tobacco (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), CAVE, Oscillator Bug and Jamaican Queens. Tickets are available here.


Parson’s Chicken & Fish

One our longer form projects, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, has finally opened, and has been off to a fun start so far. Despite the mediocre weather, there’s been all kinds of chooglin’ on the patio already, and we look forward to spending our summer there. Table tennis and triple backs, for all!

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More Sign Painters!

We’re pleased, based on demand, to announce that we’ve added a second nine pm screening of the Sign Painters documentary, taking place on Friday, May 17th at the Logan Theater. Filmmakers FAYTHE LEVINE and SAM MACON will be on hand for both screenings, and will also be available to sign copies of the accompanying Sign Painters book. (City Lit Books will be at the theater peddling books, for those interested in purchasing it.) Tickets are available here.

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Bill Callahan

We’d like to thank all of you that came out to see BILL CALLAHAN at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Monday evening. The sold out (!) show was, in a word, magical, an experience we hope you’ll not soon forget. The level of support you’ve shown us is humbling, and allows us to continue presenting art and artists we’re passionate about in these experientially unique settings.

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2013 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

We are pleased to announce that Land and Sea Dept. has partnered in on the 2013 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in Logan Square, taking place June 28th through 30th. In addition to updating the various design, identity and visual elements, we’ll be working with I Am Logan Square in coordinating and selecting participants and partners across the disciplines of art, culture, drinking, food, music and more.

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Bill Callahan at Garfield Park Conservatory

Okay, so – yes! – we are doing this. Land and Sea Dept. will be presenting determinative musical talent BILL CALLAHAN at the beautiful, historic Garfield Park Conservatory’s Horticultural Hall.  The engagement will take place on Monday, May 6th.  It will – no doubt – be a memorable one.  Tickets are limited, and are available HERE.

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