Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Animal Collective last night was AMAZING. I got right up front to enjoy the weirdness- they left the animal costumes at home this time, but the dancing- oh the dancing. They started off real quiet, playing a couple of really beautiful slower songs before launching into the all-out freak fest with the flailing and the tribal dancing and the strange animal noises. I really liked their last album, Sung Tongs, which is probably their most accessible album. However, they played relatively little from it, and they were so fantastic, I didn't mind at all. After the show I marched right on over to the merch table to buy an older, more experimental album of theirs called Here Comes the Indian. Animal Collective puts me in touch with nature. If only they'd played longer than an hour.
As you can see, the pictures I took are up now on my photo blog. A review on TMT and here will be up shortly, once I've figured out how to better put the experience into words.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
There's still like, 20-30 bands left to be added- hopefully we'll get some more electronic acts.
Then of course, Radio Free Chicago Night at AliveOne- I go on at 11:00. Haven't totally decided what I'll be playing- it depends on the atmosphere, I guess. The only thing that's for sure: there will be new Single Frame.
I feel like last year was a big year for debut albums- Junior Boys, Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom all in my top five. So far this year it's been all about anticipated new albums by established greats- Decemberists, Spoon, New Pornographers, Caribou/Manitoba, Sleater-Kinney, even Built to Spill's putting out their first album in like, 4 years or something this fall! Is it sad that a top 25 of 2005 is already starting to materialize in my mind?
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
As WLUW's spring schedule comes to a close, so does the Perfect Face for Radio- the last show of spring will be Friday, May 13. Summer and fall information will be released shortly, so stay tuned to find out when you'll be hearing the PFFR in the future.
To celebrate our first Thursday of freedom for some time, Megan and I have a hot weekend of dancing planned May 19 and 20, beginning with the LCD Soundsystem/MIA show at the Metro Thursday night, continuing with the LCD/MIA afterparty with Diplo at SmartBar after the show, and culminating at Crobar Friday night to the hot beats of Fischerspooner and Brazillian Girls. This is a rare opportunity to see me willingly dance, so take advantage, take Friday off from work, and say hi to two of your favorite (and well-rested) WLUW DJs!
Monday, April 25, 2005
July 12- Citizen Kane
July 19- Annie Hall
July 26- My Darling Clementine
August 2- E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
August 9- Night of the Hunter
August 16- The Hustler
August 23- Star Wars
Edit: Upon returning to Gapers Block, they've not only added it to the events calendar, but in the main blog as well! Sweet.
Does anyone else find it a bit unnerving to see Pitchfork continue to report about an event that they are putting on themselves? I mean, not that any of their news items have ever been based on journalistic objectivism or anything, but still, how can you put on a festival with a bunch of bands that you want people to see and continually hype it up on your website, and then try to review their albums objectively in the meantime?
I guess I won't complain too much if this festival actually runs without a hitch and I get to see all of the above bands for less than I'd pay to see one at the Empty Bottle. But I'm still skeptical.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
I've put a link on the sidebar and in the pictures page to my photoblog, which will be continually updated with pics from all the billions of shows I go to each week. The link on the pics page shows a few thumbnails of the last few pictures I took. I'm still working on learning all the features of this program, so hopefully more cool stuff is to come!
Friday, April 22, 2005
The Arcade Fire
Death Cab for Cutie
G Love and Special Sauce
The Black Keys
The Kaiser Chiefs
Sound Tribe Sector 9
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Dandy Warhols
Tegan and Sara
VHS or Beta
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Shout Out Louds
World Leader Pretend
and many more . . .
Tickets are now $85 for the weekend, which is still, in my opinion, a great deal.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
The press conference is scheduled for 10 AM Friday in Chicago where the lineup will be revealed. We can't tell you right now, but expect a diverse load of talent that will bust your mind with some indie stars, classic icons, a reunion or two, mash up, and more. Check the Web site a little after 10 AM for the full list.
And even though Perry Farrell is just a "consultant" on the festival, he's still involved:
Listen for Perry in and around Chicago Friday where he will be visiting radio stations telling everyone about Lollapalooza 2005. Listen to WXRT and Q101 Friday morning and WCKG Friday during lunch.
Confirmed bands so far: The Killers, the Kaiser Chiefs, Widespread Panic and Dinosaur Jr. I'll post the full lineup tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Are you a resident or do you have plans to be in the Chicago area? There's this show that Spoon is doing in Chicago May 2 which will be closed to the public. If you'd like to go (for free) please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Chicago tickets" in the subject header. The first 75 emails will get a pair of guest list passes to this show.
Mmmmmmkay. I wasn't planning on seeing them, but since the new album is so great and since it's, you know, free and "closed to the public," I guess I'll just have to go. If anyone needs a ticket, I have three extras . . .
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
HEROES OF WICKER PARK
A FREE PUBLIC CELEBRATION & ART EVENT IN THE PARK
THIS MAY – TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!
HEROES OF WICKER PARK is a FREE art event using puppetry, movement, music and history to celebrate the park at springtime. Site-specific art installations will be on view throughout the afternoon. The performance will take place at 7:00 PM in the park, beginning with the entrance of a large-scale mastodon puppet. Part walking tour, part outdoor theater, this FREE event takes place in WickerPark, 1425 North Damen Avenue.
Dates: May 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2005
Price: FREE, no tickets needed
Also, as if I haven't talked about Andrew Bird enough, he's coming to Madison Saturday, June 25 at Cafe Montmartre. I cannot think of a better place to see him at- definitely a vast difference from the 1100-capacity Metro he played at this weekend. If you're in Madison that weekend, go, go go!
Other Reckless in-stores this week:
Josephine Foster- today, April 19, Wicker Park Reckless
Crystal Skulls- Saturday, April 23, Lakeview Reckless
Monday, April 18, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
"Before going into a noisy environment, change the car radio to an all-talk station. Close the car windows and decrease the volume until it is barely audible. If there is difficulty hearing the station upon returning to the car, there has at least been some temporary hearing loss."
If the mention of the Plastic Constellations also made you take note, you should know they're playing at a house party in the Ukranian Village Friday, April 29, and directions and information can be found on their website. It's been awhile since I've been to a serious basement show, and I think TPS will be the ideal band to relive the experience with.
Friday, April 15: Sole w/ Pedestrian and Dosh at the Abbey Pub
Friday, April 15: Shellac at the Bottom Lounge
Friday, April 15: Death from Above 1979 w/ controller.controller at the Empty Bottle (early and late show)
Saturday, April 16: Out Hud w/ Hella, Pony Up! and Magneta Lane at the Empty Bottle
Saturday, April 16: Shellac at Martyr's
Saturday, April 16: Decibully w/ Owen and The Snake the Cross the Crown at Schubas
Saturday, April 16: Andrew Bird w/ Archer Prewitt and Clyde Federal at the Metro
I'll be at Andrew Bird and DFA1979. That is, if DFA is up to it- they cancelled last night's show in Madison due to illness.
Looking ahead, I realized I'll be hitting four shows in a row at the end of April: Animal Collective on the 27th, Of Montreal on the 28th, Plastic Constellations on the 29th, and Dizzee Rascal on the 30th. All four are bands/artists I've never seen but have been dying to, and three of them had albums in my top 25 of 2004. Should be a great and exhausting week. FYI: I will be taking the week off from my radio show that week for the Of Montreal show. Hold the tears back if you can.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
If you aren't a Salon member, you might have to watch a 15-second commercial to get access to the page. But it's worth it for a free Spoon song, I'd say.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Here's a live show he did on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show.
And Jay Ryan of the Bird Machine has full-sized posters of the drawings he did for Mysterious Production of Eggs. I think I just may have to purchase one! They come individually or as a set. Though I think buying the entire set would be a sign that my AB obsession has gone a bit too far. I'm thinking either "MX Missiles," "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left," "Opposite Day," or "Sovay."
Meanwhile, I found a decent deal on 1.25" buttons, but I have to buy 100 of them. 100 stickers is one thing; I can just plaster those all over town and hand them out at WLUW events. But 100 buttons? Those might be harder to unload. I'll mull it over a little longer.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Mini-buttons, however, are not so cheap. Unless of course, I want to buy like 3,000 of them. I'll keep looking though, because "PFFR" buttons would be pretty sweet. Hmmm, maybe I should get a PFFR merchandise section up on here and sell them . . .
By the way, Nicole, now that you know who Casimir Pulaski is you are an official citizen of the Chicagoland area. Congratulations!
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Listening to Magnolia Electric Co. now (the 2003 Songs:Ohia album that they eventually changed the name of the band to for whatever reason), the new album isn't as good, though it's not bad. If you like blues-y folk rock though, Magnolia Electric Co. (again, the album) is a must-have. Or just download "Farewell Transmission," it's an unbelievable song.
I should also mention the opening band The Coke Dares, which was just made up of members of Magnolia. They were the funniest thing I'd seen in awhile, all of their songs were between 11 seconds and 1.5 minutes long, just raw rock that didn't make any sense with ridiculous titles, and the hilarious singer said "Thank You" after every "song" before anyone had even clapped. They were fabulous.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
First Acts Revealed for Pitchfork's Intonation Festival
As previously reported, Pitchfork is curating the first annual Intonation Music Festival in Chicago. It will be held on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, at Pulaski Park. The event will feature up to 24 acts, including a DJ tent courtesy of Biz3. We are proud to announce the initial group of artists will be:
The Fiery Furnaces
Will Oldham (special DJ set)
Broken Social Scene
The Go! Team
Magnolia Electric Co.
The gates will open at noon each day, and there will be no advance tickets (which means no dealing with the evils of Ticketmaster or scalpers). Admission will be $10 at the door and certain proceeds will go to benefit the Chicago Park District's after-school music programs.
I think this pretty much proves the kind of pull Pitchfork now has in the industry that they can get the caliber of bands they are getting for a measly $10 for a freakin' after-school music program benefit.
I'll see Pulaski Park for the first time tomorrow, but I hope it is big enough to support all of this. I don't want to have to line up at like, 8 am just to be turned away at the "gate."
Looks like the Lollapalooza pre-sale tickets went in about 80 minutes, so if you didn't get them yesterday, you'll have to wait and pay full-price when they go on sale later this month.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Now I just need ipodder.org to get me in their directories, that's the king of podcast directories. One step closer to becoming an internet radio sensation . . .
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
After the boss asked him to pick a company health care plan for the employees:
"Every time Michael tries to give me more responsibility, I always say no. Because right now, this is a job. And if I move up in the company, that would make it a career. And if this was my career, I'd have to jump off the building."
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Or you can continue to just manually download the programs each week. There's something for everybody!
Since I've been having so much trouble figuring out how to podcast through blogger, I decided to just google up someone who is blogcasting themselves, email them and ask how they did it. So thank you, Dave Smith at the York Podcast (see, helping me out warrants you free publicity!), a blog about the York, England music scene. Here is what I believe to be my podcasting feed:
I'm going to test it tonight with ipodder to see. Feel free to try it out if you get a chance.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Friday, April 01, 2005
Meanwhile, local commercial rock station WXRT is claiming it is now "Listener-Supported," and has a link on the website to hilarious gifts you can get for "pledging your support." I heard them claim that from my co-worker's radio and was very confused, but now it is all becoming clear.
This would be a great weekend to make that summer trip to Chicago!
In the meantime, check out tinymixtapes today . . . don't forget what day it is . . .