I've got a whole city to hold down

April 10, 2004

Pixies Ticket Update

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Here's the update on the tix for the Pixies shows at the Aragon in November-

Show #1 - Saturday 11/13
I swear this show sold out in under 2 minutes.

Show #2 - Sunday 11/14
Went on-sale at 12:05pm, was sold out in about a half-hour.

Show #3 - Monday 11/15
They started selling for this show immediately after the Sunday show sold out. As of this post, tickets are still available for this one.

There was about a 10 min. period of intense jubilation upon snagging my tix for the Sunday show, until it sunk in that it is taking place at the Aragon, where the sound is muddled on a good night.

Update: It's now Sunday morning....and all 3 shows appear to be sold out.

April 09, 2004

This Just In

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Cut-and-pasted from the Schubas e-mail...

Friday, April 9 - The M's (Record Release) with The Reputation and Pilot To Gunner - 10:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT - (R)
Venues supporting venues: Due to tonight's sold out show The M's will play at the Empty Bottle tomorrow night with The Latest and Gris Gris

Update: And from the e-mail the Bottle sent...
Late breaker: Due to the overwhelming response to their record release show at Schubas (which has now sold out), the M’s will be headlining here tomorrow night, Saturday April 10. One of the city’s hottest new locals, the band is featured this week on page three of the Chicago Reader (read here), and will be performing tomorrow alongside GRIS GRIS and the LATEST. Doors open at nine o’clock, and tickets are available at

Weekend Roundup (can't get enough Quannum)

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Let's make it quick and to the point-

In the Reader: Critics' Choices on (among other things) the Quannum World Tour (featuring Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Gift of Gab, Lifesavas, Lyrics Born + others), Fantomas, Sleepy Jackson, Stellastarr* and Four Tet. Ms. Kendrick writes up a full slate including Weird War, the Drapes & Starlite Desperation.

New City: Their Tip of the Week is the Quannum show, Chamberlain talks about the Horizontal Action Blackout and this week's showcase, and there's more M's love to spread around.

Tribune: Kot singles out Lyrics Born for some personal attention and Reger's Concertline gives mentions to Bonnie Prince Billy, 90 Day Men & The M's.

Checking in on the Sun-Times: DeRo writes his 142nd piece on Local H and Jakubiak covers Endangered Species.

Finishing with the Daily Herald: Mr. Guarino writes about Mr. Dylan, his Victoria's Secret ad and the Live 1964 release and lets you know what he's been listening to lately.

Housekeeping Item

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

After reading some of the comments on my last post, I realize there's probably some confusion.

Jack Flack is the regular author of this blog. As he's out touring Europe, Scandanavia & the Subcontinent this month, I (and Roy Stalin & Teddy Duchamp, though they've been a little quieter) will be filling in until 4/18.

I welcome all hate mail (yes, even messages that insult my mother) and other correspondence/suggestions/comments. So until the 18th, please send it to...

April 08, 2004

Writing 8 columns can be exhausting

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Or so it would seem. Bob Mehr is on vacation this week. Since I've enjoyed only one of his columns so far, let's hope he comes back refocused and newly interesting.

In the meantime, Margasak picks up this week's slack with an excellent column on the M's. As my SXSW diary indicated, I'm a fan of these guys. Let's welcome Peter onto the bandwagon.

When Worlds Collide

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

My head is spinning right now. I was just sent a link to an post that disses the Pitchfork review of the *Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind* OST. Huh!?!? Yes, that Andrew Sullivan (40-yr old, gay, living w/ HIV, British expat, conservative former editor of the New Republic and now contributor to the NY Times Mag & Book Review).

What's next? Greg Easterbrook blogging snarkily about something he saw on the I Love Music message board?


Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

New at Metro: Billy Corgan (4/19), The Stills (5/28, w/ Metric & Sea Ray), MC5 (6/11).

When the Edge Moved to the Middle

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld
Haven't had enough "10 years after" this week? Thurston Moore shows up on the NY Times Op-Ed page this morning, with his thoughts on Kurt, Nirvana and "alternative" rock.

Warning: registration required.

April 07, 2004

Float On

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

If you've been pining for some deep thoughts from Issac Brock, you're in luck. To coincide with the release of the new Modest Mouse album, he speaks to the Onion.

By Now, It's a Wednesday Afternoon Download

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

So, 3 weeks ago started a new feature called Wednesday Morning Download. You're not going to love everything in there, but it's worth a peek. The first installments have featured (among others) Cee-Lo, Blonde Redhead, Grant Lee Phillips, Andrew Bird, Destroyer, N.E.R.D., Air, Iron & Wine.

If the idea of a Sting/Twista collaboration fascinates you, click here and (after sitting through a Kerry for President ad) you can check out that and other delights.

Plug For A Good Cause

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

We're coming up on the 2004 Version of the WLUW Record Fair. Last year's event found me spending a couple hours and about $50, so I'm sure I'll be perusing again.

It takes place on Saturday 4/24. Admission is $7, and the fair runs from 10am-6pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W Blackhawk, which is halfway between Division & North, just west of the highway).

April 06, 2004

Another Day, Another Wilco Item

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Can't wait until June 22nd? And downloading just isn't your thing? Well then, click here, 'cause *A Ghost Is Born* is now streaming on the Wilco site.

Newsflash - Kurt Cobain Still Dead!

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

You can't turn your head this week without being reminded we're on the cusp of the 10th Anniversary of Kurt's suicide.

Tonight's Sound Opinions will discuss "Nirvana's Legacy". There's yet another book, putting forth the theory that Courtney had him killed. Etc....

Personally, this is not an event I'm interested in commemorating (but then again, I'm not writing a book or trying to fill two hours of a radio program).

Call me when it's February 20 of next year, and we can celebrate the day Kurt would've turned 38. I feel the same way about Elvis. I'd much rather watch a marathon of the King's movies on AMC the night of his birthday, than see the creeps lined up on Elvis Presley Blvd every August.

Pixies pissin' us off, then redeeming themselves

Posted by Roy Stalin

I would add that the Pixies show in Minneapolis--at one of our smaller-cheesier-nigh-on-being-a sports-bar-venues-- has been Sold Out for many weeks. The club's website has this highly annoyed message for Pixie people:

"if you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket good for you and hopefully you were thinking of your best friend and bought two..but if you weren't we are sorry to say that... tickets are SOLD OUT! There is NO need to call..Tickets are sold out! Please DO NOT call for tickets! It IS sold out.
There will be no guest list for this event. No passes including VIP cards will be accepted."

I think I speak for all us aging Gen Xers when I say that we are glad that Black and co. will be playing a decent sized venue (Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, not Minneapolis as listed on some of the Pixies sites) in November.

Mark Down November 13

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Because the Pixies have announced they will be playing the Aragon Ballroom that night.

However, did anyone notice the quarter page ad in Section 3 of the Reader this week? The one that was all black save for the band's name in the center? Little birds are chirping that we may be in store for a secret show this week.

All I'm saying is that the first official date is 4/13 in Minneapolis, and there seems to be nothing booked at the Double Door on Sunday and Monday (the 11th & 12th).

Stay on your toes good people.

Update: Tickets for the 11/13 show will go onsale via Ticketbastard this Saturday at noon. Ticket price of $35 (before the inevitable 20% markup from the service charges). A limit of 6 per customer.

April 05, 2004

Opening Day

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Time to celebrate the Cubs' opening day win with a baseball related music post.

Next Monday (4/12), WXRT will have their annual live remote from the Yak-zies at 3730 N Clark in honor of the home opener. This year's live music will include the Waco Brothers and Matthew Ryan. Festivities commence at 6am.

As I'm beginning to worry about the health of our pitching ace, I can only wish Mr. Prior a career as lengthy and productive as the Wacos' Jon Langford.

Handshake Drugs

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Not to make this all-Wilco, all the time but...

Greg Kot is reporting that Jeff Tweedy has checked himself into a local rehab clinic.

This blogger wishes Mr. Tweedy a successful recovery.

When the critics pan, I write in your defense

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

If it's time for a new Wilco album, then it must be time for Tweedy & Co. to show they understand better than anyone how to use the web to their advantage.

Seems that *A Ghost Is Born* (now set to be dropped on 6/22) made its way onto the P2P sites last month. Rather than issue threats of cease & desist, the band just asks that fans who are enjoying it for free via early download click over to Follow the Paypal link, and any donations you see fit to give will be passed on to Doctors Without Borders.

Now I just wish the album gave me as good a feeling as the band's selfless act (more on that in a post later this week).

SXSW post-mortem (& corporate mags still suck)

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

So I've spent most of the last two weeks hibernating in my dorm closet lair, recovering from my Austin trip. But Mitch & Chris have been nice enough to toss some magazines in here while I'm hooked up to the rejuvenation machine.

Entertainment Weekly (no link provided, as they force you to subscribe to the mag to gain access to content on their website) saw fit to devote a full page to SXSW in their April 2nd issue. It's nice that they gave it some space, but it credits 6 writers? Doesn't that seem a bit much to fill the 3/4 of a page not taken up by photos?

I'll give you the quick rundown to save you the $3.50 (and the brain cell losses you'd incur flipping through the rest of the mag)...TV on the Radio, Franz Ferdinand & the Hives are given the standard hype the law requires mainstream media outlets to provide. But just below that is a pleasant surprise....Chicago's own Pelican & the Reputation both garner quick blurbs under the header "Bands That Should Generate Buzz".

The same issue also finds The Ponys' *Laced With Romance* awarded an A- grade in a capsule review.

April 04, 2004

So close, but yet so far

Posted by Roy Stalin

Greetings, Chicagomuzik fans, from the North Country--that's what car dealerships call our region in order to tap into our assumed common huntin'/fishin'/pick-up truckin' interests.

You may have read that your regular host is away, and I can only tell you that his/her travels involve scads of in-laws, rustic camping, and a significant accumulation of frequent flier miles. And maybe some penguins, I don't know.

We in the Twin Cities have anxiously been anticipating two significant milestones of civilization, ones that Chicagolanders take for granted: light rail and Ikea.

Light rail, which was supposed to start service on a line from the airport and Mall o' America to DT Mpls this weekend, is on hold because our bus drivers--who will also drive the trains--are on strike. It took nearly three decades of legislative battles between rural and urban lawmakers before light rail funding was finally passed, so I suppose we can stand to wait a little longer.

We're still on track to get our first disposable furniture store in May, though, and the excitement is palpable. It won't be long until all 20 and 30 something domiciles will be uniformly outfitted with scandinavian style, fiberboard desks and metric allen wrenches. Don't even get us started on the Swedish meatballs!

Many of us still take great provincial pride for living amongst the background scenery of Purple Rain. That knee jerk regionalism has been enough to warrant three shows for His Purplehood's first national tour in six years. On the Xcel Center website, this factoid is prominently featured: Prince is the first artist ever to play three consecutive shows at Xcel Energy Center. Wow. So what. (OK, I admit it, I bought tickets.)

Sure, we're buying tickets, but I can't imagine it's like when Springsteen plays in New Jersey. Whereas Springsteen peoples his paens with working class stiffs with dreams of getting away, Prince has always been about rejecting the quotidian and actually living the Glamorous Life. I've never looked at it carefully, but I gotta think that Prince's self-created world and image has been a powerful shaper of what we see today as thug/hip-hop lifestyle aspirations.

We here in the Bus-less North take similar pride and interest in Bob Dylan. But let's face it, both of these native sons aren't really from anywhere but Mars and they really just confuse us...

Another thing you should know about us: we are notorious fair weather sports fans, especially compared to most Chicagoans. In that spirit, I say, Go Gophers! I've been with you..for at least the last three weeks!

Lindsay Whalen in action