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Chris White 

The twinkling, grinding sonic debris in Chris White's -- aka Magicicada's -- recordings could easily be the hobbyhorse of a scowling social misfit with a penchant for Aleister Crowley books and black nail polish. But White's disarming perma-grin and peace-punk disposition bare the marks of a man who's in love with nature and all of its organic mysteries. The soundscapes carved out in the tones and sparse textures of his of second full-length, Everyone Is Everyone, are a surreal and ominous scene. Bring a homemade ornament for the pagan pole at his CD release party at Eyedrum Sat., Dec. 10, with performances by Hubcap City and Deerhunter, as well as Larvae spinning. Festivities kick off at 9 p.m.

"When my mom listened to the CD, she said it sounded like a train ride to hell," says White.

By day, the mild-mannered father of two -- with one on the way -- works as a multimedia designer and instructs professors in technology.

With his first self-made disc, White traveled around the city and in an act of guerrilla distribution put the CDs into music racks at chain stores such as Borders and Tower Records. He also strategically placed them in shopping malls, public restrooms and Creative Loafing newspaper boxes. "I got a pretty good response from that," says White. "One person called to yell at me because I shouldn't put things in their bins that don't belong there, but they wouldn't say who they were."

"People sometimes say what I do sounds kind of dark, but I'm so fucking happy right now," he admits. "If I were any happier it would make people sick."

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