Chicagomuzik

I've got a whole city to hold down

October 22, 2004

Five-oh said freeze...

"Eliot Spitzer, the New York State attorney general, has recently taken on a procession of corporate powers from Wall Street analysts to mutual funds to insurance brokers. Now he is casting his eyes on the music industry, particularly its practices for influencing what songs are heard on the public airwaves.

"According to several people involved, investigators in Mr. Spitzer's office have served subpoenas on the four major record corporations - the Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the EMI Group and the Warner Music Group - seeking copies of contracts, billing records and other information detailing their ties to independent middlemen who pitch new songs to radio programmers in New York State." - New York Times, 10/22/04

Hmm. Wonder how this news is playing at Jeff McClusky and Associates.

October 21, 2004

Take your Guyville and shove it

The cover of the current UR Chicago touts Women Who Rock Chicago. All the usual caveats apply to this tired old idea, of course - why do we need to keep dividing ourselves, why isn't such and such lady included - but it's worth nabbing even still. (Uh yeah the mag's free.)

Seems like UR just e-mailed a list of questions to their selected gang of gals - which includes Tammy Creswell of Estrojam, Mia Park of Chic-A-Go-Go, Amy Schroeder of Venus, Kathryn Frazier of Biz 3, Lady D, Kelly Hogan, Amanda Ziemba of the Like Young, and others - then presented it as a "roundtable," so there's no interaction among them, unfortunately.

If interested you can a peep a lil sample here.

October 20, 2004

Shake that thang, politically speaking

For more than a year, DJs CB and Mother Hubbard have been raising the roof and your awareness with their Life During Wartime dance parties at the Darkroom, the Hideout and elsewhere. (You may remember we recapped one in June, when Ted Leo and the Changes played a hush-hush gig.)

But with Election Day - that's Nov. 2, suckas - staring us all in the face (and hopefully not wearing a Bush mask), the LDW crew is bringing things to a head. To wit:

Life During Wartime's Campaign Trail '04:

Thursday 10/21 at Double Door
Har Mar Superstar and the Life During Wartime DJs

Friday 10/22 at the Empty Bottle
VHS Or Beta, the Fever, Assassins and Disc Jockey CB

Saturday 10/23 at the Hideout
Disc Jockey CB, Mother Hubbard and J2K

Sunday 10/24 at Schubas
The Changes, the Joggers, Walter Meego and the Life During Wartime DJs

Personally we can't wait for the Life During Wartime Victory Dance Party. Not to get too jazzed up too soon, but - despite whatever the right-wing spin machine wants to delude you into thinking - things are looking good.

Update: Here's a brief UR Chicago bit on LDW.

October 19, 2004

Concertwatch

New at Metro: Lloyd Banks (11/27, two shows), the Ponys (added to support the Blues Explosion, 11/5).

New at Double Door: Saul Williams (11/8), Juliana Hatfield (12/10).

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, "Jim and Greg will talk with photographer Kate Simon, who has just published an epic photo book documenting her time with Bob Marley and other reggae legends." As always that's 10 to midnight on XRT.

October 18, 2004

Train leaves station, Trib still at curb

You've probably heard about the comments made by KRS-One during an Oct. 2 panel of politically minded musicians sponsored by the New Yorker. (KRS said he cheered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and added that voting in America only implicates the voter in government corruption; the New York Daily News article that broke this story is the third item here.)

And you would think that those in attendance at the Friday KRS gig at Metro would be waiting for him to address those remarks and their fallout.

To hear it from Trib freelancer Matthew Lurie, the erstwhile Kris Parker did, in fact, let fly with "a rambling, deeply inspired speech" that "re-addressed some of his recent controversial remarks on the usefulness of voting for minorities. ... KRS' uninhibited stream of ideas were refreshing."

Unfortunately Lurie doesn't bother to share with his readers what, exactly, was so inspired and refreshing.

To these eyes, the original comments were ignorant, harmful, even hateful. So we'd sure as sharpshooters like to know how KRS managed to dig himself out of his slimy hole. Too bad Lurie's not telling.

And it's not like he's too busy talking about the performance to share a couple lines of what he says is divine rhetoric: apart from the names of two songs KRS did, Lurie's recap includes zero insight on the music portion of the show. Hey, gotta talk about KRS' history - and what he wore Friday, and the hangers-on who crowded onstage, and the opening act, and ...

Gah. To continue infuriating yourself, read this (muddled, self-serving) "response" from KRS to the Daily News at AllHipHop.