Friday, December 31, 2004
Thursday, December 30, 2004
My top 20 is up on www.radiofreechicago.org. Good times.
iPod is up through the Faint now . . .
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
I've been listening to a lot of RJD2 in preparation for this Friday night, which will now official see the reunion of former PFFR hosts Nicole and DJ Lazer!
Can I get a 'huzzah!'?
Monday, December 27, 2004
In extremely small world news, in the article I wrote for TMT about the 10 best shows I saw this year, I mentioned this guy dressed like a skeleton at the Mouse on Mars show. Apparently that skeleton is a writer for Tinymixtapes, as he informed me by email. He did the article where he drew his favorite songs. SMALL SMALL WORLD.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Menomena- I Am the Fun Blame Monster
Unicorns- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Company
Frog Eyes- The Golden River
Sufjan Stevens- Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lakes State
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before Sunset (I was sure I was going to hate this movie, so you can imagine my shock when I loved it)
Garden State (though it needed to end about 5 minutes earlier)
Hmmm, I was going to try to make 5 but I can't think of any others I saw this year. I'll think about it some more.
Monday, December 20, 2004
Meanwhile, the filling of the music collection gaps continued this weekend with a trip to WLUW that netted me RJD2's "Deadringer," Pulp's "Different Class," Boards of Canada's "Music Has the Right to Children," and two older Superchunk albums. My thirst for new music is still not quenched as I have the new Stars album on the way, Annie's "Anniemal" on back order, and I'm trying to track down a new album by a band called Scientific American that isn't being sold in pounds. I might have to take a break from music sometime soon.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
There is no escape
I can't hide
I need a hit
Baby, give me it
I'm not lovin it
But just one left
Also, I spontaneously stopped by Reckless last night and finally bought Sufjan Steven's "Michigan." I don't know why I resisted getting it for so long because it's amazing. And his next album is going to be about Illinois!
Friday, December 17, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Finals are killing me...
maybe Toxic will save the day - I shall play it NOW (yes, it is on my computer)
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Frog Eyes- The Golden River
Stereolab- Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Mum- Finally We Are No One
Definitely time I got more into Superchunk I'd say.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Saturday, 1/1/2005 - 5:00 PM
The Fourth Annual Schubas' New Year's Rehab Night
featuring Bowl Games on the BIG screen all day
plus Live Band Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke with The Hootenanners at 10:00 p.m.
Live Band Karaoke is glorious- more info here
First up, I would probably be down for going to RJD2 on New Year's Eve. We could stop by one of my friend's parties beforehand too.
All is well. I am in the middle of finals and hope to make it back to Chicago in the next two weeks.
I am plotting, scripting, planning, and contacting http://www.wbar.org/ for this summer's radio drama. Interest among my classmates is high. Already promised plot elements include, but are not limited to: A Giant Lobster attack.
Last summer's radio drama has now been distributed to both coasts of the US and northern Europe. Surprisingly, someone has yet to admit to hating it.
Finally, yes, the article in this week's Onion about killing mice directly applies to my current research where I, basically, dissect a whole lot of newly born mice, after which I slice their brains into thin sections to look at under a microscope. I assure you though, I am humane, and follow the oversized posted slogan in the mouse facility, which reads : "BE NICE TO THE MICE."
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Friday, January 14: Neko Case w/ the Sadies at the Metro
Saturday, January 15: Constantines w/ Oakley Hall at the Empty Bottle
Sunday, January 16: Saturday Looks Good to Me w/ the Impossible Shapes, Canasta and the Dials at Schubas
Wednesday, January 19: Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists) at Schubas
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
And I think EVERYONE has fantasy scenarios about what kind of decision Justice Rehnquist will make in the matter of Jill L. Brown.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes can look you straight in the eye and insist that his cable news network is fair and balanced and isn't a shill for President Bush and the Republicans.
So, you can only imagine the rancor with which he viewed Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox.
In Episode #FABF22 / SI-1522 "She Used to Be My Girl," Marge recognizes a TV news reporter named Chloe as somebody she went to high school with. Chloe, it turns out, works for Fox News, and there are some hilarious scenes featuring a Fox News satellite truck with a huge Bush-Cheney bumper sticker while the rock group Queen's classic "We Are the Champions" blares over the soundtrack.
According to Pulitzer winning TV columnist Tom Shales, the wicked sendup was "pretty ballsy since 'The Simpsons' plays on the Fox network, but it also shows how firm is the image of Fox News as Bush whores."
Lloyd Grove reports in the New York Daily News that "Simpsons" Executive Producer Al Jean ran into trouble "with the (Fox) broadcast standards and practices department, which told us we couldn't air it prior to the election because then it would present an 'equal time' problem."
The network's ethics cops simmered down when Jean assured them that the Bush-Cheney joke was for after the election.
Last November, show creator Matt Groening claimed the Fox News Channel threatened to sue him over a spoof news ticker.
Groening said the news channel backed down because it would have caused Fox to bring a lawsuit against itself.
The episode showed a rolling news ticker at the bottom of the screen, which read: "Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5,000 points... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple..."
Groening told National Public Radio....
"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls [tickers] on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news."
Monday, December 06, 2004
Slow concert December continues, though Madison's The Treats are playing in Chicago this Friday at the Big Horse Lounge, everyone's favorite venue-in-the-back-of-a-burrito-joint.
Meanwhile, New Year's Eve plans are being finalized, and it's down to 90 Day Men/the Ponys/Pit er Pat at the Empty Bottle for $20, or RJD2 at the Abbey Pub for $30. Chicago Rock n' Roll at my favorite venue or electronic/hip-hop dance party? If anyone wants to hang out with us here in Chicago that night and has a vote, please let me know.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
April 30th, 2005
NINE INCH NAILS
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
BOARDS OF CANADA
TV ON THE RADIO
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
THE HELIO SEQUENCE
TEARS FOR FEARS
JIMMY EAT WORLD
BADLY DRAWN BOY
THE POSTAL SERVICE
IRON AND WINE
THE ARCADE FIRE
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
DEC 10 FRI 8:30 PMWHITSELL AUDITORIUM — NW TRACKINGTOWLINES: A NIGHT OF FILM and MUSIC with MATT McCORMICK &JAMES MERCERTonight Portland director Matt McCormick and musician James Mercer premiere their newest collaboration, TOWLINES (2004), an experimental documentary about tugboats. The two first worked together in 2002 when McCormick directed a video for Mercer’s band The Shins and they found a fertile partnership. TOWLINES explores the visual and emotional characteristics of tugboats, those hardworking and invaluable contributors to our world and waterways who never seem to get their due recognition and glory. Borrowing the tone of a children’s book, a bit of history, beautiful cinematography and a bright soundtrack McCormick give the heroic tug a loving salute. In addition to the screening, Mercer will perform a set of acoustic material while McCormick fills the screen with projected film loops and sequences and the evening will be rounded out with the screening of several of McCormick’s earlier works, including GROUNDED (2004). (90 mins.)
Monday, November 29, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
I didn't think anything could top Menomena, but . . . holy crap.
I'm not even going to get into the show right now. I'm writing an article for Tinymixtapes's year-end edition about the 10 best concerts I've seen in 2004, and this one is obviously going to reign at #1. I'll just post a link to it when it goes up.
Also, 4 of my top 10 concerts this year came from Canadian bands. Those Canadians . . . they know how to make good music.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Spoon tickets on sale now, by the way. If you live in Chicago, I suggest picking them up at the Double Door to avoid ticketmaster charges- $20 tickets don't need to become $35 tickets if they don't have to.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
From: AmericanPatriot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject : Please Stop Playing Skinny Puppy or We Will Boycott Your Station
In the past few months a band by the name of Skinny Puppy has slandered Bush. At several of their concerts over the summer they have simulated an assassination of the president. On their current Fall tour they simulated a beheading similar to the ones happening in Iraq. When the vocalist pulls off their hoods he reveals the terrorists to be Bush and Cheney. This is unacceptable and I encourage you not to play their latest record, The Greater Wrong of the Right, that has been indicated by their record label as being played on your station. Conservatives are currently a majority of the populace now and we have voted into power a majority in every level of government. The people of this country have the power as evident by our boycott of the Reagan miniseries, the Superbowl, and the Dixie Chicks. If you still choose to play their music we have the ability to put financial pressure on your station through boycotts. Please remove Skinny Puppy from rotation or we will have no choice but to boycott your station. Currently, your station is listed on the boycott list found here: http://www.pabaah.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=717 . If you decide to stop playing Skinny Puppy as well as consider changing the format in order to provide more fair and balance we will consider removing you from the list.
- Daryl Mason\Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood
Side one: Logan Square Auditorium, 11/25
Side two: Empty Bottle, 11/26
Some of them were split in two to represent the two different shows, but some of the posters up were in full form. So on Friday I'm bringing my staple remover. I counted 9 staples in the one I have my eye on. Should I slowly remove them throughout the night or just take it down all at once after the performance?
I hope there isn't a battle for it, because I will take someone down.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
Wednesday, December 15
RedEye and Metromix.com present:
Wes Anderson Rocks...
THE AUTUMN DEFENSE
ANDREW BIRD & KEVIN O'DONNEL
Tickets $Free for RedEye Rewards Members
If you don't have a RedEye Rewards card, go to http://www.redeyechicago.com/rewards to sign up and receive your free tickets.
18 & over
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:30pm
Bands will perform songs from Wes Anderson's films in addition to original material to celebrate the upcoming release of the new Wes Anderson film "The Life Aquatic".
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Friday, November 19: Pedro the Lion w/ Starflyer 69 and Elf Power at the High Noon Saloon
Friday, November 19: Sufjan Stevens w/ Nicolai Dunger and Awry at the Catacombs Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 20: Castanets w/ the Elanors, Dietrich Gosser, and Lichens at the Catacombs Coffeehouse
Friday, November 19: Castanets w/ Lichens at the Onopa Brewing Company
Sunday, November 21: Sally Timms w/ Johnny Dowd at the Bremen Cafe
Friday, November 19: Wolf Eyes w/ Psychic TV at the Empty Bottle
Saturday, November 20: Lucero w/ Matt Pond PA, Chin Up Chin Up and Old Canes at the Empty Bottle*
Saturday, November 20: Richard Buckner at the Hideout*
Saturday, November 20: Sally Timms w/ Johnny Dowd and Julie Doiron at Schubas
* Shows you will find me at
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I finally got Jon Stewart's "America: The Book" in the mail! It's set up like a textbook and has a picture of the Supreme Court's heads on naked bodies. Should be good.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Monday, November 08, 2004
I just heard Ratatat's "17 Years" in a HUMMER COMMERCIAL. I'm going to have to seriously reconsider my love of that song. I had no problem with Modest Mouse's "Gravity Rides Everything" being used to sell minvans, I understand artists need to make money, but I draw the line at selling Hummers. Anything but Hummers.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
America Comes Out Agin The Gay Marryin'
Bush Does Victory Lap Around World Trade Center Site
MoveOn CurlsUp InCorner
Poll: Youth Totally Meant To Vote In Record Numbers
Despite Republican Victory, Bush Supporter Has Tiny, Tiny Penis
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
A couple articles/blog postings that have very accurately reflected the things I've been thinking this morning:
The Internet makes it easy to find people we agree with. After Election Day 2004, maybe it's time to kick that habit
I'm not depressed, being filled with far too much healthy loathing for millions of my fellow Americans to let myself droop
Oh, my Black Heart Procession review is up now on TMT
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
Tuesday, 11/2/2004 - 6:00 PM
18 And Over
A Night Of Apocalyptic Possibilities featuring DVD Screenings of "pARTicipation" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" plus Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke with The Karaoke Dokies
6:00 p.m. - "pARTicipation"
7:30 p.m. - "Fahrenheit 9/11"
10:00 p.m. - Live Band Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke
After you vote on November 2 come to Schubas for the premiere of pARTicipation, the just completed documentary about the Interchange Festival, which took place throughout Chicago in August. The doc. includes performances by Andrew Bird, Bobby Conn, Diverse, The M's, Tortoise and more. After pARTicipation stick around for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, followed by the Karaoke Dokies. Perform your favorite rock songs, with a live band, in front of the election returns on the big screen.- What better way to celebrate, or commiserate, than over some movies and amateur rock performances? - The whole night is FREE!
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Junior Boys: An electronic/keyboard/guitar twosome that I've fallen in love with this year. The lead singer has one of the most beautiful voices, and they played "Teach Me How to Fight," one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. The funny thing was, the singer looked nothing like I expected him to look with that voice. He was kind of short and chubby and very unassuming. I later told him how much I loved his voice and the band, and then left with the awkward "you rock" and the thumbs up. I never know how to initiate and then end conversations with musicians.
Ratatat: Again, two guys playing guitar/bass/electronics, with a fog machine, lights and a video montage all timed to the music, and it was awesome. They were really incredible on stage. The guitarist was absolutely amazing on his guitar, and "Seventeen Years" had the whole crowd going insane. I love it when people actually dance. Though the guy next to us dressed as a skeleton needed to tone it down a bit.
Mouse on Mars: I was actually least familiar with MOM, having only one album out of their like, 10. But they somehow still played my two favorite songs off that album, "Actionist Respoke" and "Doit" and they had everyone dancing like crazy. This was the last show of the 5-week tour, so I felt like we got a better show than anyone; the guitarist from Ratatat came and played with them for a bit, then during the encore the stage got flooded with people dancing, from the audience and the other bands, and it was just so much fun. Then everyone hugged afterwards. There was a lot of love going on last night.
That was definitely one of the best shows I've seen in awhile, and everyone seriously needs to go get that Junior Boys album because it is amazing. Ahhhhhhh.
Friday, October 29, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
If anyone wants to hit up Mouse on Mars/Ratatat/Junior Boys this Friday with me at the Logan Square Auditorium, I'm currently hitting it up by myself. I'm sure everyone else will be celebrating Halloween early, but I can only do so many days of celebrating in a row, so Friday will not be one of them. A somewhat futile request I suppose, but a request nonetheless.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
I'm trying to figure out what the do for Halloween, last minute as usual and without the usual group of girls to make a group costume with. I'm considering going as a man, inspired by the episode of Sex and the City where Charlotte cross-dresses for a painting.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Friday, December 3: Taking Back Sunday, the Used, some other crappy emo band
Saturday, December 4: Modest Mouse w/ the Secret Machines and Califone
Sunday, December 5: Franz Ferdinand w/ the Hives and Snow Patrol
All at the Aragon Ballroom.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Then my battery died in the parking ramp.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Interpol last night turned out to be pretty damn cool. We got a good spot early so the sound was good. The Secret Machines were a little disappointing, and good lord was everything way too loud. But the new songs sounded awesome live, and the lighting was done really well. They continued on their pattern of always starting with the first track of an album. I suppose that makes sense, since "Untitled #1" and "Next Exit" don't really belong anywhere else other than the beginning of something. Their first few songs were incredibly predictable: "Next Exit," "Obstacle #1," "Evil"- not that I minded since I love all those songs. Anyhoo, good show.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Sunday, October 10, 2004
I also spent the day at a local coffeeshop writing up a review of the Black Heart Procession show, which will be up in the reviews section sometime soon and on tinymixtapes sometime a little later.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
After Scout, I looked around to survey the crowd and though, "wow, that guy looks a lot like he's in TV on the Radio." It's not every day you see a giant black man with a huge fro and beard hanging at an indie show. Then I remembered that TV on the Radio had been playing at the Metro with the Faint for the past two nights, and they are on the same label as BHP and Enon (Touch and Go, a Chicago label at that) . . . and then the rest of the band came over and it was official. TV on the Radio was just hanging out at the show, not even backstage, just out in the crowd. Very cool.
I think someday I'm going to write a book or make a documentary and it's going to be called "Can I Get More Bass in the Monitor?"
Friday, October 08, 2004
Also: Megan and I begin DJ training at WLUW on Monday. In the next month or so, we'll be qualified to sub for shows and then next semester we can put in a bid for an official time . . . most likely to be starting off at like, 2-4 AM, but hey, you gotta start somewhere I guess. I'll be sure to update everyone when you can hear our lovely voices over the airwaves again . . . WLUW is webcast!
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Menomena is coming to Chicago! Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Empty Bottle. Huzzah!
Good shows this weekend:
Thursday, October 7: Pilot to Gunner w/ Channels and the Driftless Pony Club at the High Noon Saloon
Friday, October 8: The Like Young at Cafe Montmartre
Saturday, October 9: The Black Heart Procession w/ Enon at the High Noon Saloon
Friday, October 8: Pilot to Gunner w/ Channels at the Cactus Club
Tuesday, October 12: Q and Not U w/ El Guapo at Mad Planet
Friday, October 8: The Black Heart Procession w/ Enon and Scout Niblett at the Bottom Lounge
Saturday, October 9: Radio 4 w/ the Libertines at the Metro
Sunday, October 10: Q and Not U w/ El Guapo and Et at It at the Logan Square Auditorium
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Monday, October 04, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Friday, October 01, 2004
The first two songs are awesome. When I first heard them, I thought they might have been able to pull off the proper sophomore album- changing your sound enough to evolve as a band, but not enough to alienate fans. Definitely a more upbeat, less dark Interpol. From then on though, it pretty much sounds like sort of, well, the same- none of the other songs have yet stuck out as anything special in my mind. They might, after a few more listens, again, it's too early to say. Of course, it's a good album, and if I'd never heard Turn on the Bright Lights before, I'd think it's a really good album. But they all seem to sort of have the same structure; there's no song that's super in-your-face like Obstacle #1 or slower and thoughtful like the New. Though I also know I shouldn't be comparing it to TOTBL, which of course, is virtually impossible. Anyhoo, I'll give it a few more spins before I decide for sure.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
Friday, September 24: Frog Eyes at the Catacombs Coffeehouse
Sunday, September 26: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir w/ Charlemagne at the High Noon Saloon
Friday, September 24: Mouse on Mars w/ Ratatat, Macha and the Junior Boys at the Onopa Brewing Company
Saturday, September 25: Xiu Xiu w/ the Race and Vega Star at the Onopa Brewing Company
Friday, September 24: Marah w/ Manishevitz, Califone, Danny Black and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter at the Hideout Block Party
Friday, September 24: RJD2 w/ Diplo and Rob Sonic at the Logan Square Auditorium
Friday, September 24: The Black Keys w/ the Cuts at the Metro
Saturday, September 25: Telefon Tel Aviv w/ Sightings, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Entrance at the Empty Bottle
Saturday, September 25: Estrojam ft. The Gossip, Pretty Girls Make Graves, and the All Girl Summer Fun Band at the Metro
Saturday, September 25: Ratatat at Sonotheque
Saturday, September 25: Mouse on Mars w/ Archer Prewitt, Macha, Andrew Bird and Mahjongg at the Hideout Block Party
Sunday, September 26: Ghost w/ Xiu Xiu, Noxagt, and Double Leopards at the Empty Bottle
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Check this out: Rich people just figure out how to dodge taxes anyway . . .
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
Sunday, September 19, 2004
I am still loving New York to death. This weekend alone I went Salsa dancing (live bands!), to a Greek party, and to a comic book convention across from Madison Square Garden. At said convention I met the famous Caveman Robot in person. Also, I met his creator and writer/artist of his adventures. Due to my positive attitude, I was invited to a Caveman Robot Gigantic Mega-Annual 2004 Comic Book Release Party at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. Sadly, I did not make it to the party because I was partying with classmates and Greek people in Morningside Heights. However, if I read the stars correctly, the paths of DJ Lazer and Caveman Robot will cross again.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
So if you haven't heard the new album, it's like a bunch of 10 minute songs that are really comprised of a bunch of 3 minute songs. But for the show tonight, they basically took the album, chopped it up into little bits, mixed them all up, and then played it straight through- so like, 30 seconds of Quay Cur here, 30 seconds there, it was crazy. In addition, it was also done at what appeared to be DOUBLE SPEED. Them Furnaces are weird. But cool. It reminded me of some sort of Andrew Lloyd Webber review, like where they start with part of Jesus Christ Superstar and end with it too. The Fiery Furnaces Musical Blueberry Review. Then they encored with their single "Single Again," which has the line "I wish I was single again," a line I highly approve of.
Meanwhile, it was very obvious all the indie boys were madly in love with lead singer Eleanor. At the end she threw out a set list and like, 8 guys just DIVED. That's ok, because I was madly in love with the drummer, in spite of the horrible pants he was wearing, because he was the biggest freak behind the drums I've ever seen.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Maybe I haven't been getting enough sleep lately.
-- MODEST MOUSE IS PLAYING A SECRET SHOW... tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 15, at Webster Hall in New York City to support their friends in Wolf Parade. You can get tickets 2 ways: 1) Walk into Other Music record store (where the show is billed as "Wolf Parade (secret Modest Mouse show)" and buy tickets, or 2) go to the Bowery Ballroom website on the "Bowery Ballroom presents" section, and buy tickets here.
Monday, September 13, 2004
I'm so sick of politics and this election. I don't see how it's ok for Cheney to say that voting for Kerry means we'll be attacked by terrorists, but Kerry is not allowed to attack Bush's policies on a legitimate issue like Social Security. Today while taking the bus home to Madison I saw two Bush/Cheney billboards that said "Keeping America Secure" and "Protecting our Nation" or something like that. Blech.
Anyhoo, back to the music! Here's the cutest interview with french duo M83- it has to be read in a french accent to get the full effect.
"A record breaking 5th show announced with Urge Overkill November 17th at the Aragon!
Jam Productions announces a 5th and final show from one of the hottest concert touring acts of the year - a reunion by Pixies - on November 17th. After tickets for the November 13th, 14th and 15th shows sold out immediately, a fourth show was added on November 16th. When the fourth> show sold out seven months in advance, many procrastinating fans were left without tickets. The band has responded to fan pleas for another show by announcing this unprecedented fifth date at the Aragon. This show will break the record for most consecutive shows ever played by a band at the Aragon Ballroom.
The band has hand picked a different support act for each of the Chicago shows:
Support as follows:
The Datsuns (Nov. 13)
Secret Machines (Nov. 14)
The Walkmen (Nov. 15)
Coctails (Nov. 16)
Urge Overkill (Nov. 17)
Ticket information for fifth show:
Who: Pixies with special guest Urge Overkill
Where: Aragon, 1107 West Lawrence, Chicago
When: November 17, 2004 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: On sale this Saturday, September 18th at NOON through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone (312) 559-1212.
$35.00 general admission"
Sunday, September 12, 2004
I WAS KIDNAPPED
I DREAMED I WAS KIDNAPPED
BY A GUY WITH A MUSTACHE
AND A CHICK WITH A EYEPATCH
WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD TRADE ME BACK FOR SOME QUICK CASH
BUT WHEN THEY RELAYED THE BARGAIN
MY FAMILY SAID "WE'LL PAY HALF THAT"
Friday, September 10, 2004
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Friday, September 10: Ivan Okay w/ the Cleveland Browns, If Then Else, and the Takebacks at the Electric Earth Cafe
Friday, September 10: The Killers w/ Ambulance LTD at the Rave
Saturday, September 11: Scotland Yard Gospel Choir w/ Canasta, Stephanie Morris and Tenki at Subterranean
Sunday, September 12: Les Savy Fav w/ the Detachment Kit and Smoke and Smoke at the Bottom Lounge
Sunday, September 12: Calexico w/ Low Skies at the Double Door
Monday, September 06, 2004
Saturday, September 04, 2004
I haven't heard the new Rilo Kiley- Tinymixtapes liked it a lot while P-Fork thought they weren't doing justice to Jenny Lewis' voice. I'm going to see them when they come to Chicago though because they are coming with Tilly and the Wall, who feature a tap dancer instead of a drummer. That's some crazy shit.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Anyone hear the new Rilo Kiley cd, by the way?
Today marks my last day in Lincoln Park, as tomorrow I'll be moving to Wicker Park, namesake of the new Josh Hartnett movie that opens today and probably will suck. Maybe you'll see my new house in it though- I just learned it was built in the 1890s. Fun fact!~
Shark Quest Hit the Road with Many Stringed Instruments, And A Movie
The amazing new Shark Quest album Gods and Devils ("intensely interesting music" - Indieworkshop.com; "so intriguing, original, and even creepy at times." -- tinymixtapes) is in stores now and the band is hitting the road in September for some live shows (click HERE to see all of Shark Quest's tour dates) and at least one performance with the film Monster Road, a documentary about animator Bruce Bickford with a score by Shark Quest.
That tinymixtapes quote was from MY review! Very cool!
They also mentioned in the updates that the Arcade Funeral's upcoming CD is now available for pre-order on mergerecords.com and insound.com . . . it's real good . . .
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Interpol's new album comes out in less than a month- Sept. 28. We will soon know the fate of Interpol- will they be the next Strokes and put out Turn on the Bright Lights part 2? Let's hope not. They are also on tour with the Secret Machines and stopping in Chicago on 10/17 at the Riviera. FYI.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
p.s. boo for school starting! and today I have to be a TA! boooooooo!
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Monday, August 30, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Music to File to:
Notwist- Neon Golden
Junior Boys- Last Exit
Low- Things We Lost in the Fire
Arcade Fire- Funeral
Microphones- The Glow, Pt. 2
Menomena- I Am the Fun Blame Monster
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Oh, and Nicole, if your house ever burns down, you KNOW I'd put on a benefit concert for you. The tambourine is a VERY popular instrument. Or will soon be. After my show.
Monday, August 23, 2004
It's been a crazy crazy vacation. I have slept in a bed and breakfast on the Atlantic, a park in London, a stranger's house, the streets and airport of Dublin, a tent in Coppenhagen, and a youth hostel in which the owner threaten to kill me.
I did receive some inspiration for the second season of the Perfect Face For Radio Adventure Story Hour (PFFRASH) and, during the fleeting few seconds of free time, write a few of them on scrap paper. It is shaping up to be more mature, more horrific, and far more interesting then the first.
Time for sleep here where it's almost 1 in the morning
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Now I'm back in Madison after 3 months away and I'm realizing exactly how wonderful it is to be out of this town. Chicago does not have dried vomit on every street, and I feel so old. It was definitely time to go, though I wish I could have brought Paul's Club with me. They've updated their jukebox, and it's now filled with Modest Mouse, the Shins, Postal Service, Cake, the Rapture, and more goodies.
Two more weeks and I'm in my adorable new apartment! Come visit it, we'll have a futon!
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Tomorrow night: FREE show - Pedro the Lion, Death Cab For Cutie and They Might Be Giants. Random lineup, I know. But it's FREE. I heart FREE!
Tonight: The Curiosa Festival w/ the Cure, Interpol, Rapture, and Mogwai!!!
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
Does anything exciting happen here? I mean besides going to the Dairy Queen or seeing the Peter, Paul, and Mary concert.
Where are all my peers? Trapped in lackluster jobs? Married with children? Yikes!
No, I kid. Things are very calm and safe here. Like a womb.
It's time to book a hostel in Dublin. The cheapest one I can find. Things will heat up there.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
(The Middle Ground Between Light and Shadow)
I'm back in hometown Highwood, IL and relaxing here in family-friendly Chicagoland.
To do a second season of the radio drama I need only write up some scripts, find some new voice actors, and find a new broadcast venue... Hmmm.... what's this? Columbia University Radio in New York, WKCR 89.9 FM... and it's webcast too. Don't see any radio dramas on their schedule. Hmmmm....
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Me: Indie Rock.
Lame guy: What?
Me: Indie rock.
Lame guy: What's that, a band?
Me: No, it's mostly music not in the mainstream. Like, on independent labels.
Lame guy: (turns back on me to talk to some other girl)
I gotta get out of Lincoln Park NOW. Later that night, after some OAR song, Modest Mouse and Franz Ferdinand were played, which both pleased and saddened me. Especially after some frat guy yelled "Woohoo! The Franz!"
Oh, and I found out this morning one of my friends went home that night with the lame guy. But he fell asleep so she just left. Notre Dame guys for you.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
I finally have time to write in the blog again!
Episodes 1-8 are now available in mp3 form on one single glorious CD. Nicole, I'm burning your copy right now.
The entire show is being archived at WSUM and episodes are scheduled to appear the next three Mondays at 7pm.
Today is my last week living in Madison and the rest of August is an amazing whirlwind. On Friday I'm moving all my stuff (clothes and comic books) to Chicago. Next Tuesday I'm going to Ireland. The following Sunday I'm going to Denmark. The Thursday after that I'm moving to New York.
Due to a smattering of enthusiam there will indeed be a second season of the adventure story hour!
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Also, this morning I saw a Hummer commercial that had the LFO song "Freak," which is a really cool electronic song. I normally have no problem with cool songs being used in car commercials, but using it to sell the ugliest, most pointless vehicle ever made- that annoys me.
Monday, August 02, 2004
Last night I watched High Fidelity for the first time since I've moved to Chicago, and now I can actually recognize all the places in Chicago. Like, the record store is on the corner of Milwaukee and Honore, which is just down the street from my soon-to-be new apartment! And there's a poster in his apartment for Ladybug Transistor and Of Montreal at Schubas. Chicago rocks.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Friday, July 30, 2004
I've got the domain for the improved website all set up and am in the process of moving over everything from the wsum.org site on over before I start tweaking it. Hopefully I can get it up and running by late next week! Good luck on the final show, DJ Lazer!
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
Sunday, July 25, 2004
So as Rockey wraps up the last shows before moving to New York, I've decided to keep this website going in modified form. I've got myself a new domain, www.theperfectfaceforradio.com, and will be transferring the site over to it in the next couple of weeks. For now, it's basically just going to be my own personal website with a major music theme; hopefully down the road, after doing DJ training at WLUW, I can get a new show and bring the PFFR back to the airwaves. Mostly, I can't bear to part with the upcoming concerts page, since I'm probably the biggest user of it, and I can continue to use the site for my own narcisstic purposes, since I'm sure everyone wants to know what I'm doing at any given point in time :) . Hopefully everyone on the blog will continue to check in once in awhile for fun, and so I know you're all still alive.
I also just posted a note on the upcoming concerts page that I'm thinking of reducing it to only Chicago shows. If you use the page for shows in Milwaukee or Madison, let me know and I'll be happy to continue; I just don't want to expend the extra energy if it's not actually serving anyone.
So stay tuned for the address change, and if anyone has any suggestions for what could be included on said modified site, let me know!
Friday, July 23, 2004
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Meanwhile, I finally found out why the agency is called Billions, since about 20 people have asked me; apparently, before he started the agency, the owner "Boche" (childhood nickname that never went away apparently, real name David) used to play a lot of poker with his buddies, and they started calling him "Billions Boche." And that's . . . the rest of the story.
In more Billions history, I also found out how Boche started the company; he moved here from outside Detroit in Canada with a buddy. The buddy started Touch and Go Records, and Boche booked the bands on the label. It just ballooned from there. So I've realized for me to go somewhere, I need to meet someone so we can work together, eh? Anyone want to start a record label so I can book the bands for them?
So there's your music business history lesson for the day. Enjoy!
This reminds me of that Built to Spill lyric, "no one cares what you dreamt about/ unless you dreamt about them." So, uh, you were all in it too.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
hey, you should see the plastic constellations when they come to chicago. i really want that cd...(hint hint)
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Friday, July 16, 2004
Another hot way to get to go to free shows; join record labels' street teams. I'm now officially on the Frenchkiss Records street team, so I get sent posters to put up around town and can see their shows for free in exchange, starting with the Hold Steady. Now if only Les Savy Fav would FUCKING TOUR ALREADY before I die.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Meanwhile, Seripop and Little Friends of Printmaking, two awesome poster collectives, are touring North America with their work. Check out the itinerary here, and if you're in Madison, go to the Madison show on 8/27. They'll be in Portland too Liz! Maybe the Little Friends will have some of the Natural History posters left, they were cool.
Your chance to bid on a couple of quality CDs on ebay while I get the chance to get SOME revenge on my lying, cheating scumbag of an ex-boyfriend (all proceeds from the sale will go towards the purchase of booze - booze for me).
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Saturday, July 10, 2004
No shows this weekend, my first show-free weekend since I moved here!
Friday, July 09, 2004
i really want to see the cure when they come around - you saw them already, nicole. is it worth the $50?
I have some new stuff up on tinymixtapes, including a news story and a review of Joanna Newsom (which I've mentioned about a million times here that I love). A Spoon review is in the queue as well.
Thursday, July 08, 2004
so, i actually purchased the cure's new cd. it's not bad, but it's no "staring at the sea." i also purchased the new sondre lerche. not to shabby.
good news for people who live in portland, or people who will VISIT (hint hint) people in portland: ratatat is coming aug. 1. fun fact. actually i think my parents are visiting then - think they will dig ratatat's sound?
and NICOLE: i promise to mail your b-day present tomorrow. PROMISE. it's #1 on my "list of things to do instead of going to work."