I've got a whole city to hold down

October 08, 2004

Oh for fuck's sake

At last night's NYC release party for The Wilco Book:

"A very (understandably) camera-shy, suspicious and hesitant Monica Lewinsky arrived with Perry van der Meer (that's him on the far left), the previous Managing Editor of Harper's Bazaar [who now holds the same position at the aspiring dadrock bible Tracks]. When we suggested to Tweedy that we'd like to get a shot of [him] and Lewinsky together, he told us that she was a big fan, but her attendance at their events had caused journalists to dive over each other for a photo of them, and he'd really rather not." (Gothamist)

The big Muddy

Muddy Waters performing at the Chicago nightclub Mr. Kelly's.

The photo is from Real Chicago, a collection of images culled from the archives of the Sun-Times.

The collection is light on music content, but if you're interested in browsing, there's a few shots of Elvis plus local performances by the Beatles and the Who.

October 07, 2004

Lisa Madigan, Mixx master

Remember the state-sues-smoke-peddlers story from a couple months back? The suit has been settled: RJ Reynolds has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 mil to Illinois, New York and Maryland.

So if you see our AG rocking the mad bling ...


A couple radio-biz stories from the Trib ...

Re the sale of WLUP-FM 97.9: "On Monday, the Loop, owned by Bonneville International Corp. since 1997, was [swapped to] Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications. ... Salt Lake City-based Bonneville is paying $70 million and giving Emmis the Loop in exchange for three stations in Phoenix. The deal is the biggest radio news in Chicago since Bonneville paid $165 million to buy classical station WNIB-FM 97.1 in 2000. ... [T]he Loop, which has faded in terms of advertising billing under Bonneville's ownership, lost its cachet as a cutting-edge station years ago. Emmis said it is expecting 2004 revenue of $11.6 million for WLUP, down from an estimated $17 million last year."

And on the tenuous state of corporate radio in general: "Radio listenership is down, revenue growth is anemic, and complaints about programming are omnipresent. But the radio industry, said Stephen Soboroff, owner of KCJJ-AM 1630, a 10,000-watt independent station in Iowa City, has only itself to blame for its many troubles. 'Consolidation killed local radio, it dumbed down content, stripped news departments and eliminated the diversity that once made it such an enjoyable medium,' Soboroff said. 'Big Radio has made it worse.'"

Pot, kettle, TribCo.

Are we not artistes? We are Wilco!

Really, is this a roster?

Or a subchapter meeting of the Old White Folks Who Are "Important" And Therefore You Should Listen To Them (Or At Least Nod Knowingly) Club?

October 05, 2004


New from Jam: John Mellencamp and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds have added a local Vote for Change tour date (this Saturday, 10/9, at the Riv).

(While we're at it, here are early VFC reviews from the Trib, Sun-Times, and Daily Herald.)

New at Metro: Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards (11/28), Fall Out Boy (12/29).

New at Logan Square Auditorium: Urge Overkill (New Year's Eve, 12/31).

Update: A whole gang of new shows from Jam: Bob Dylan (NIU Convocation Center, 10/31), Good Charlotte w/ Sum 41 (Aragon, 11/9), Marilyn Manson (Riv, 11/9), Ryan Adams & the Cardinals (Riv, 11/12), Hot Tuna (Martyrs, 11/14 and 15), Jimmy Eat World (Riv, 11/17), Megadeth (Riv, 11/19), Scissor Sisters (Vic, 12/12), Lyle Lovett with John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark (Chicago Theatre, 2/11).

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, DeRoGaTiS and Kot review new discs from Interpol, Tom Waits, John Cale, R.E.M. and others. As always that's 10 to midnight on XRT.

October 04, 2004

Get your Doom on

Local publicity firm the Biz 3 (AKA your source for all things undie-rap) drops word that MF DOOM "has signed an exclusive record deal with the fiercely independent heavyweights Rhymesayers Entertainment." This alliance will bear its first fruits Nov. 16, in the form of a full-length called MM...Food.

To hype the disc, Doom has booked eight dates with Brother Ali - the first of them in Chitown, at the Abbey Pub, on Monday, Nov. 15. If that's not enough, you can bid on a chance to have dinner (mmm, food) with him, all proceeds to "local food shelves."

Fair warning to the eventual dinner winner: Make your reservations late.

Finally and on the Biz 3 tip, in September the firm launched a series of monthly parties to take place at Sonotheque. (You may have seen that first bash, starring that loudmouth Gavin somebody-or-other from Vice mag, written up in the Reader.) Anyway, the October party goes down this Friday, 10/8.

Scheduled to spin are a coupla dudes named Aesop Rock and Prefuse 73.

They supposed to be any good?

The moment you've all been waiting for

From Billy Corgan's blog, where the shift keys all are broken, making capital letters impossible:

"i am happy to also report that my album is finished, and we are now in the mixing stage for the next 3 of now we are set to release in the spring" - 9/22/04

Pitchfork's got the story here. They report tha--


You stopped paying attention to Corgan in like 1996?