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May 21, 2004

Hometown ink for hometown sounds

Here's Jim DeRogatis on the local discs in his mailbag (aka, the column crits write when they're out of good ideas).

And here's Bob Mehr on Greg Davis, a "28-year-old Chicago musician," "composer," and "international celebrity." (Who knew? Seriously, we've been sleeping on the whole folktronica thing and have to plead ignorance of this guy. Any readers who can school us further on Davis and his genre in general, please step right up.)

May 20, 2004

The Sound Of A Million Tongues

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Summer's just begun, but the Empty Bottle is already looking ahead to August. They've announced (in conjuction with Galactic Zoo) the Million Tongues Festival, to take place 8/4-8/8.

It's being described as a "freefolk psych festival", and 5-day passes will be available. See the Bottle's calendar for more details.

Any excuse to go see Kinski is fine with me. And I'm curious to know what a Lawrence Peters sideshow performance entails.

Free Rock

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Individuals still feeling aimless for this Thursday evening should note that Pete Rock is currently touring behind Soul Survivor II and will be appearing gratis at Sonotheque at 9pm.

Your 13 Day Wait Is Over

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Has this blog really gone nearly a fortnight with nary a Wilco mention?

That will be rectified with this review of last night's show at Otto's in DeKalb.

Update: Kot chimes in. Nice piece, but c'mon: Let's capitalize the album title, please?


Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

While this would be more appropriate on a blog called newyorkmuzik, I find it interesting enough to post here.

Rumors abound that Bruce Springsteen may hold a free concert in NYC on September 2nd, the night that Bush will be addressing the Republican National Convention.

Just scroll down to the part of the column titled "The Boss vs. The Prez".

May 19, 2004

Escovedo on the shelf

Plans for Alejandro Escovedo to return to the stage as a guest of the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra at that band's 6/3 Double Door gig are off, according to the event's publicist. Escovedo's "doctor has advised him to refrain from travel and performing over the next month and concentrate on his recovery from Hepatitis C," the publicist quotes Alejandro's management. The Austinite singer-songwriter's only performance in more than a year came at a private event at this year's SXSW festival in March. For more information on Escovedo's condition and subsequent fundraising efforts, click here.

Tonight's Dilemma

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Which show to attend?

a) The Constantines at the Empty Bottle
b) Sondre Lerche at Martyrs'
c) Rjd2 at the Abbey Pub
d) Ambulance Ltd. at Schubas

A nice problem to have.

Update: Trib freelancer Matthew Lurie chose (shockah:) Rjd2 w/ Diverse. Anyone else?

Magnetic Playlist

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Stephen Merritt is the guest author of today's Playlist column in the NY Times (registration required).

He covers Delays, Gomez, Steve Forbert, The Killers, Miss Kittin, Morrissey and The Real Tuesday Weld.

His best line (and there are many good ones)...
"Maybe Delays and the Darkness will start a great castrati revival in England, and there will be a new golden age of music."

The Bi-Annual Rock’s Back Article

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Since it’s only been a couple of years since the White Stripes & Strokes broke big, I guess it’s time for a new round of these.

I thought I would be pleased there was an article in Newsweek that mentioned Death Cab For Cutie, Flaming Lips, Broken Social Scene, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Wilco and Iron & Wine. And then I read the fucking thing. Here’s my quick laundry list of things that bugged me most…

*That it took 4 people (one listed at the top, and then 3 others listed in italics at the bottom) to write this crap.

*The entire subheadline (“In the 10 years since Kurt Cobain died, a once thrilling genre has struggled. Now a new community of bands is emerging and finally making it safe to go back into the mosh pit.”). That is so amazingly bad I’ll just let it speak for itself.

*The mention that some of the band names “sound like parodies”, as if the author were someone’s out-of-touch great-aunt who only listens to Lawrence Welk. Those wacky kids, and their wacky band names.

*Awful brief descriptions of bands. Modest Mouse is “bizarro-rock”. Iron & Wine is “Southern-smoked folkie”.

*The claim that Jeff Tweedy, James Mercer and Ben Gibbard are “revitalizing the four-minute pop song”.

*Billy Corgan as wise old sage, giving his grand opinion of why “this generation” hasn’t broken big like Nirvana or Pearl Jam.

*The opening paragraph shows no awareness that Coachella was mobbed this year mainly because of Radiohead & The Pixies, not the bands it goes on to mention.

Anyway, go ahead and read for yourself…and wretch.


Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

It seems that Jack Flack is unable to perform his duties, having overindulged last night while celebrating the strong Kucinich showing (15%) in the Oregon primary, and has begged me to replace him today.

Park West: Rickie Lee Jones (6/9)

Skyline Stage: David Byrne w/ Tosca Strings & opener Poi Dog Pondering (6/21). Also note the 6/17 show sold out.

Metro: The Franz Ferdinand show on 6/12 is now sold out.

Martyrs: Michelle Shocked (6/23). And note there's a benefit for Alexander Graham Bell School this Sunday (5/23) featuring The Waco Brothers & The Bon Mots.

Schubas: Anticon heartthrobs Passage/Restiform Bodies open for Broken Spindles on 6/2.

May 18, 2004

And I don't mean that in no nice way.

"The College Dropout should be expelled."

There's summa that stick for Kamikaze too. But we like this dismissal of Disturbed maybe best of all: "Maybe it’s the two large piercings in [David] Draiman’s chin that make him so grumpy. Regardless, it’s unfair to lash out at God."


New at Metro: Nina Hagen (6/22), the Streets (6/23)

New at Double Door: Andre Williams (6/8), Fleshtones (6/10), Hank III (6/13), Burning Brides (6/16), Suicidegirls burlesque (7/1-2).

Stop me if you've heard this one

Over the years, we've decided that Greg Kot is at his best when writing concert reviews, where his vivid, evocative language regularly turns the very tough trick of conveying the sounds and energy of live performance.

But a couple passages in his review of Sunday's Eleventh Dream Day/Antietam gig give off a funky little odor. One, there's the reference to Tara Key's "guitar twisted like rusty barbed wire around [Rick] Rizzo's." Witness.

Then there's this: "Key and Rizzo worked with feedback like a pair of sculptors, wrenching and contorting their guitars until they screamed for relief."

This image strikes us as both quintessentially Kot-ian and very stale. So, dear readers, your challenge: To find and post examples in the Kot canon of guitar feedback being scultped, shaped, carved, etc.

We'll get you started with this one:
"Wielding his whammy bar like a sculptor would a chisel, the 54-year-old virtuoso [Jeff Beck] shaped huge blocks of sound into astounding Technicolor pretzels." - April 5, 1999

(Note - in the interest of fairness, we'll look at some DeRogatis linguistic tics and chestnuts soon.)

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, Punch & Judy meet the Three Stooges as DeRogatis and Kot welcome radio honchos Todd Cavanah of B96, John Gehron of Clear Channel, and Norm Winer of WXRT.

May 17, 2004

That Common touch

Coming up this Friday, 5/21, one Lonnie Rashid Common Sense Lynn Jr. is set to headline the annual DePaul FESTival concert. Tonic and Lucky Boys Confusion share the bill; limited tickets are available to the general public.

(For those keeping score at home, last year's FESTival show featured Tone Loc and Naughty by Nature. Or wait, was that the 1992 show?)

Taste of my garage

The Saturday 6/19 Taste of Randolph Street lineup, in order: The M's, Brendan Benson, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Fountains of Wayne.

(To date only the headliners have been announced for Sunday and Friday, and they're far more pedestrian: Galactic and Sonia Dada.)

Kweli/DOOM review

The Trib's Matthew Lurie checked out the Talib Kweli/MF DOOM bill at HOB on Saturday and offers this fawning recap. Anybody check it out?