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July 22, 2004

Concertwatch

New from Jam: The Polyphonic Spree (8/13-14 at Park West), Sound Tribe Sector 9 (9/3 at the Vic), Old 97's (9/9 at the Vic), Trainwreck feat. Kyle Gass of Tenacious D (9/12 at Martyrs).

Update: New from the Empty Bottle: Mountain Goats w/ Will Johnson (Centro-Matic) and John Vanderslice (10/2 at the Open End Gallery).

Update Part the Second: New at Schubas: The Like Young (8/31), Frog Eyes (9/25), Of Montreal (9/27), Ben Lee (9/28), the Silos (9/29).

New from Jam: Bill Maher (9/10 at Navy Pier's Skyline Stage).

AG Madigan vs OG smokes

Following up on a story we reported recently about the controversy surrounding this weekend's Mixx National DJ battle, hosted by Kanye West and Slick Rick (that is, it's part of a cigarette-marketing campaign aimed at African-Americans and young people):

Seems the battle has been joined. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday announced that the state is filing suit to curb the Brown & Williamson tobacco giant's hip-hop blitz.

From the AG's press release: "Madigan said she will seek an immediate ban on B&W hip-hop products targeting Illinois children and teenagers as part of its 'Kool Mixx 2004' advertising and promotional campaign; a court order requiring B&W to counter the effects of B&W’s ad campaign, including requiring the company to run ads warning about the danger of tobacco use in publications read by young people; and more than $11.7 million in penalties and costs to Illinois."

New York and Maryland have also taken legal action against the Brown & Williamson campaign.

Update: The B&W/Mixx tiff is the subject of David Jakubiak's hip hop column in the Sun-Times. We're sure the cigarette maker is horrified that its brand name is mentioned no less than seven times in the article - and implied in the headline.

July 20, 2004

Concertwatch

Wicker Park Summerfest: The Posies, the Sights, the M's, Wheat and others (7/31), the French Kicks, the Ponys, Bob Log III, the Changes and others (8/1). At Milwaukee/North/Damen intersection.
 
New at Metro: The Killers (9/11), Snow Patrol (9/20).
 
New at Double Door: The Melvins (9/9), Joseph Arthur (9/20).

The Big Four killed my baby

European regulators have approved the proposed merger between Sony Music and BMG. This unholy corporate megalliance will create the not-so-creatively titled Sony BMG. And according to this Reuters report, the fallout "will include widespread job cuts." We were wondering, naturally, what effect this might have on Sony and BMG reps in the Chicago area ... and then further wondered if we didn't recall BMG moving their Chicago regional office to the Minneapolis area sometime not too long ago. (To be closer to Best Buy's HQ, you see.) Perhaps one of our loyal readers might jog our memories?

Rock Talk Alert

The subject of tonight's Sound Opinions: "The runt of the litter," or "bad songs on great albums." That's 10 to midnight on XRT.