I've got a whole city to hold down

August 20, 2004

Metal machine music

The Trib says the new Tom Miller disc "could be the most irritating CD ever made."

Tom Miller?

Yes. He's a DePaul prof and chair of the school's sound recording program. And his latest project, called Sounds of Tinnitus, is intended to mimic the, um, sounds of tinnitus.

"Using software designed for composing electronic music," the Trib reports, Miller "came up with rushing winds, high-pitched chirps, ocean waves, distorted voices and warped music" that mimics the auditory affliction.

We can think of a couple Chicagoans in particular who will interested in their fellow Windy Citizen Miller's work. One's Jim Nayder, who might be considering a copyright infringement suit. The other, of course, is Jeff Tweedy, who will want to click here to order a copy of the disc. But Jeff, be sure to the clear the samples this time.


New at the Empty Bottle: Brand Nubian w/ Immortal Technique (8/28), Electrelane w/ the New Black (10/1), Solex (10/14), David Thomas and Two Pale Boys (10/23), Bobby Conn & the Glass Gypsies w/ Detholz and Baby Teeth (10/30)

New from Jam: Ministry w/ My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (Vic, 10/1), Steve Earle & the Dukes (Vic, 10/16), Gov't Mule (Riviera, 10/22), Yellowcard (Riviera, 10/29), G. Love & Special Sauce (Riviera, 10/30), Jonathan Richman (Double Door, 11/5)

Also note, the United Beats of Peace tour (scheduled at the Vic on 8/27) has been postponed. No makeup date is yet available.

August 19, 2004

Saddled up and ready to ride

From In The Red Records: "The Ponys will be heading into the studio this August [Erm, now-Ed.] with Steve Albini to record album number two ... . In the meantime, watch for their version of "Burn In Hell" on the upcoming Fat Possum Junior Kimbrough tribute album that'll also feature the Stooges and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Elliott Smith."

August 17, 2004


New at the Empty Bottle: A second Black Dice/Animal Collective show has been added, this one at the Open End Gallery tomorrow night (Wednesday 8/18).

New at Metro: Local H (9/17), Anti-Flag w/ Midtown, Tom Morello as the Nightwatchman, Strike Anywhere and more (9/28), Dillinger Escape Plan (10/5), the Libertines w/ Radio 4 (10/9), Mission of Burma (10/23), Type O Negative (10/31).

New at Double Door: Flickerstick (shudder, 10/24).

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, DeRogatis and Kot survey the intersection of music and politics on the eve of the Interchange Festival. That's 10 to midnight on WXRT.

August 16, 2004


Chicagomuzikblog Central is still sleeping off Saturday night.

Or is that Sunday morning?

Either way, your intrepid Jack and Lazlo are recovering from the MF Doom show at Metro, where the headlining Mr. Metalface didn't take the stage until 2:52 am.