We haven't heard much from Anatomy of Habit, Chicago's unholy apostles of the long-form metal dirge, since original drummer Dylan Posa left town last March—but core members Mark Solotroff, Blake Edwards, and Kenny Rasmussen have two new tracks in the can that both top 20 minutes—and Solotroff says "Radiate and Recede" is "probably the heaviest thing that we have recorded." Guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves in the Throne Room) has replaced Greg Ratajczak, and Tortoise drummer John McEntire has taken over behind the kit; the sessions were at McEntire's studio, Soma, with Sanford Parker behind the boards. Both Lindsay and McEntire are also part of the band's live lineup, which debuts this spring. There's no release date yet for the new material, but a self-released CD compiling AOH's first LP and EP should be out in February, distributed by Solotroff's BloodLust! label.
CIMMfest cofounder Josh Chicoine, formerly of the M's and currently in Cloudbirds, is fronting a new band called Sabers! He shared some of his solo recordings with keyboardist Max Crawford (Poi Dog Pondering), and the two of them recruited bassist Edward Anderson (Mazes, 1900s), drummer Colby Starck (Head of Femur), and guitarist Shane Schroeder (Hot as Hell). Chicoine hopes to release Sabers' first album this spring, but you don't have to wait to hear the tunes; on Sat 1/19 at Schubas they'll debut as part of Tomorrow Never Knows (see B12), opening for Chelsea Wolfe, the Amazing, and King Dude.
Local rapper Alex Wiley of the Village crew is busy promoting his forthcoming debut mixtape, Club Wiley, which includes guest spots not just from fellow up-and-comers (Chance the Rapper, Julian Malone) but also from established heavy hitters (Freddie Gibbs, Raekwon, GLC). Chicago indie Closed Sessions will release the mixtape, and on Sat 1/19 from 2-6 PM they'll host a Club Wiley pop-up shop at Elevator Lofts (660 W. Lake), playing songs off the mixtape and selling Club Wiley streetwear.