I've got a whole city to hold down

September 17, 2004

Reader reborn

As you know or are soon, at your local yellow box, to find out, the Chicago Reader has finally unveiled that redesign we told you about back in June.

The new look does, as that report suggested, add color throughout (and the color photos in particular are a major plus, enlivening the front section's sometimes-dreary middle). It does not go to the tabloid format, but does add a weird sort of vertical cover--

--that, when unfolded, proves to actually be the bottom of the back page. You'll have to pick it up to get the drift. (Photo pilfered from the Zornlog.)

There was some trepidation that the redesign would shrink editorial space. It's tough to tell at a glance, but the font size does appear slightly larger, and there is now more than 2.5 inches of white space at the top of every page (a margin that used to be about an inch).

On the music side, the major changes find the Meter moved to page 5; a daily listing of the week's music highlights commands the cover. And both the Spot Check and Critic's Choice departments are no more; they've been subsumed into a New Yorker-like chronological roundup of notable gigs called the Treatment. We'd guess that we're getting about the same content this way, just delivered in a more calendar-friendly fashion.

Your take?

Weekend roundup

It's been awhile since we did this ... let us know if you appreciate having the feature back, and we'll try to do it regularly again.

In the Trib, Greg Kot interviews the Friedberger siblings, aka the Fiery Furnaces, who play tonight at the Empty Bottle. Kot describes their new disc, Blueberry Boat, as "a soundtrack for a frantic cartoon."

On the same tip, here's Josh Klein's Metromix chat with Matt Furnace.

Over in the Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis interviews ex-Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes (Tuesday at the Abbey), Mary Houlihan surveys the World Music Festival, and David Jakubiak gets some perspective on Lauryn Hill (Sunday, Congress Theatre) from local female MCs Ang 13, Family Tree's Rita J, and PoR.

Oh and there's something going on over at the Reader, too. More on that in a minute.

It'd be sad if it weren't so funny...

... it'd be funny if it weren't so sad.

September 16, 2004


New at the Abbey Pub: MF Doom w/ Brother Ali (11/15)

Double Door: Har Mar Superstar w/ Life During Wartime DJs (10/21), Bob Mould (11/20)

Jam: Le Tigre (Vic, 11/5), Avril Lavigne (anyone else see her get punked by Weiland last night on the World Music Awards? Anyway, she's playing the House That His Airness Built on 11/11), Muse (Riv, 11/13) ... and a fifth Pixies show, this one with Urge Overkill (Aragon, 11/17)

Metro: KRS-One w/ Kool G. Rap and more (10/15), Blonde Redhead w/ Liars (11/6), KMFDM (11/8)

The world in your backyard ...

... and your club and your park and on your radio waves.

That's right, it's time again for the Chicago World Music Festival. Running from tomorrow, Friday 9/17, through next Thursday, 9/23, the festival features events at various Loop locations and clubs around the city, with much of it broadcast variously on WLUW, WNUR and WBEZ.

You can peruse full details at the city's Cultural Affairs site. Here at Chicagomuzikblog we have significantly more interest in the proceedings than actual expertise about the dozens of acts, so your recommendations are invited in the comments section. Whaddya say?

Yeah we're still here

Sorry for the day without posts. Sometimes real life intervenes with our meticulously cultivated Interweb personae. Whatcha gon' do?

September 14, 2004

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, the Terrible Twosome hosts local alt-rockahs Caviar (ex-Fig Dish). As per always, that's 10 pm til the midnight hour on XRT.

Apparently, Mary Mitchell reads Chicagomuzikblog

Or maybe not. But three days after we threw the flag on the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Organization for its hideously poor taste and clueless political sense in inviting alleged child rapist R. Kelly to headline a benefit concert, Mitchell brought the outrage in a column of her own.

Incredibly, when questioned by Mitchell, the foundation's chair - one Vivian Bishop - feigned ignorance of the charges facing Kelly.

Not so incredibly, Chicago Congressmen Danny Davis and Jesse Junior dodged. Professional opportunist Bamani Obadele grandstanded.

And the truly clueless Bobby Rush, perhaps under the thrall of truth serum, said he sees no evil when there's money to be made.

Newsflash! Indie kids hate Bush!

See (and, soon, purchase) the variously indelicate/indignant/ironic/wry/hamfisted political signage of your fave indie starz here.

September 13, 2004

Wat up Kayne,