I've got a whole city to hold down

October 14, 2004


New from Jam, hippie-slash-wimprock edition: Howie Day w/ John Mayer (acoustic) and Five for Fighting (Chicago Theatre, 12/16), Umphrey's McGee (Riviera Theater, 12/30-31). Also, Bob Weir and Ratdog will not perform with the Neville Brothers on 11/21; instead the Nevilles will headline at Park West.

New at the Empty Bottle: Split Lip Rayfield (at LSA, 11/4), Supersilent (at Open End, 11/6), Apostle of Hustle (11/13), Thalia Zedek w/ Brother JT (11/16), Diplo (11/17), Pinebender (11/24), the Arcade Fire (second show added at LSA, 11/25; also at the Bottle 11/26), the Kills w/ Blanche (11/27), Fennesz (12/2), Electrelane (12/6).

New at Schubas: Elefant (10/18), Bob Schneider (11/8), Vienna Teng (11/22), Mason Jennings (12/9-11).

October 13, 2004

Vote the rock?

From today's Tribune editorial page:

"The Tribune begins its endorsements today in contested elections for the Illinois House. The election is Nov. 2. ... 11th District (Near North Side): Democratic Rep. John Fritchey ... faces low-profile GOP candidate Doug Nelson ... and Libertarian Jason Briggeman, a 27-year-old post-punk rocker."


Interweb research reveals that this...

... is the "post-punk rocker" in question.

According to Google, Briggeman is an economist by trade. And a fellow who spends a disproportionate amount of energy posting comments to conservative political blogs and Smashing Pumpkins fansites.

Under the name Golf, he recorded an album that contains a covers medley of (um) Bush, Green Day and Better Than Ezra. Splendid hinted the disc might be better if it offered "something--preferably a message that hasn't already been spouted a thousand times--to back up [its] arrhythmic guitar playing and out-of-tune singing." You can hear MP3s here, if you dare. (We didn't.)

If nothing else, he is probably the only statehouse hopeful with a Livejournal page. He also has a rarely updated campaign site and a slightly more current blog. Something tells me John Fritchey ain't trembling in fear.

PS - To white males - please stop with "Gummint offa my back" thing already. Please.

October 12, 2004

Big Apple bound

The annual CMJ Music Marathon cranks up tomorrow in NYC, and for the following four days you may have a little more elbow room at your local establishment. Most of the local bizfolk will be there to booze-and-be-seen, and a gang of Chicago bands will play.

Among them: Magnolia Electric Co. on Wednesday; Sally Timms (at a Touch and Go label showcase), Graham Smith/Kleenex Girl Wonder, Jon Langford's Ship and Pilot, the Zincs, and We Ragazzi all on Friday, as well as an Overcoat label showcase; Catfish Haven and Mahjongg on Saturday, also the Bloodshot label showcase that afternoon with locals Dollar Store, Nora O'Connor and the Waco Brothers.

Then there's the show at Arlene Grocery on Thursday night. You know how the postmaster general or whoever has to be sequestered in an undisclosed location during the State of the Union address, to preserve presidential succession in case of catastrophe? Hopefully some Windy Citizen will stay away from the Grocery that night, 'cause everyone else, it seems, will be there. The evening's entertainment includes Head of Femur, the M's, Palaxy Tracks, Tenki, the Changes and the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir.

Planning to go? Comment below! (Dude--that rhymes!)

Rock Talk Alert

It's foursome night on Sound Opinions. Swinging couple Kot & DeRogatis will have at it with Langford & Timms. 10 to midnight on your uncle's favorite radio station.