Sunday, November 22, 2009

AoH + Helen Money Show Press

From The Onion/A.V. Club:

event: Helen Money [pick]

Also Playing: Anatomy Of Habit and Fielded


Nirvana and MTV Unplugged have long since made the inclusion of cellists in rock music far from novel, but Chicago-based cellist-composer Alison Chesley's (a.k.a. Helen Money) dedication to making it a viable non-stuffy instrument is hardly a gimmick. Aside from getting a master’s degree in cello performance from Northwestern in 1994, Money is also a staple at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio and played in the long-running but sorely underappreciated band Verbow, which helped pioneer the cello as a rock instrument. Her work on that front continues this decade as a solo artist, and this record-release show for her sophomore effort In Tune exemplifies her dedication to the instrument: Chilling, unsettling, and engaging, the cello has never sounded more transfixing.

Damn, I think that AoH was downgraded...

From Time Out Chicago:

Helen Money, the nom de string of cellist Alison Chesley, cranks her instrument through a guitar amp and pedals for a thick, heavy and entirely eerie instrumental sound. Tonight, she bows behind a new album, In Tune, released on forward-looking label Table of the Elements. Supporting is Anatomy of Habit, the new noise semi-supergroup fronted by BLOODYMINDED's Mark Solotroff.