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November 19, 2004

Attention pervs

For the past 24 hours and counting, Chicagomuzik has been deluged with visitors directed here via Google (and other) searches for phrases like "DeLe0n R1chards 5ex tap3".

So, freaks:

Please go away.

kthxbye

November 18, 2004

I'll see your Wilco biography and raise you one Wayne Coyne.

"Coming in Fall 2005 from Broadway Books (publishers of Let It Blurt): Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips!" (JimDeRo.com)

White Stripes, silver screen

The White Stripes concert DVD Under Blackpool Lights will hit stores 12/7. Two days later (uh that's Thursday 12/9 for the math-challenged and calendar-phobic) the flick will screen "in select cities" ... including this one, at AMC River East 21.

Just the facts, from the Stripes-hypes at Press Here Publicity: "Shot entirely on super 8 and 16 mm film," "directed by Dick Carruthers, the man behind performance DVDs for Led Zeppelin and the Who," "contains 75 minutes of live footage culled from the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England in January 2004."

Setlist: When I Hear My Name/Black Math/Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground/I Think I Smell A Rat/Take A Whiff On Me/Astro/Outlaw Blues/Jack the Ripper/Jolene/Hotel Yorba/Death Letter/Do/The Hardest Button to Button/Truth Doesn't Make A Noise/The Big Three Killed My Baby/Wasting My Time/You're Pretty Good Looking/Hello Operator/Apple Blossom/Ball and Biscuit/Let's Shake Hands/I Fought Piranhas/Let's Build A Home/Goin' Back to Memphis/Seven Nation Army/De Ballit of De Boll Weevil

Heaven I need a hug

Gather 'round, Blue Staters. It's time for your post-Nov. 2, moral-values-approved guide to Chicago music.

Audioslave, Audioslave: "'Light My Way' and 'Show Me How to Live' are prayerful appeals for divine guidance ... the amount of redemptive content is a pleasant surprise. Still, shackles of obscenity, spiritual confusion and ambiguously violent imagery make it a mixed bag."

Disturbed, Believe: "References to God, sin and redemption fall flat on the faithless 'Believe.' Blasphemous uses of the Lord’s name appear on 'Breathe.' Although 'Liberate' condemns hatred and paraphrases Isaiah 2:3-4, it also shouts the 'mother' of all f-words many times."

Smashing Pumpkins, Adore: "Only a few lyrical shortcomings. Still, the nudity is inexcusable."

Smashing Pumpkins, Machina: The Machines of God: "God is accused of having 'fickle fascinations' on 'The Everlasting Gaze.' Corgan’s use of the f-word spoils 'Age of Innocence.' Elsewhere, rock ‘n’ roll is deemed worth dying for ('Heavy Metal Machine'). The CD cover, while not explicitly sexual, shows an undressed couple in repose."

Twista, Kamikaze: "[P]uts faith in God’s sovereignty and the power of prayer as it condemns terrorism and hate, but it uses the s-word twice, and reveres the ideologies of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G."

Kanye West, The College Dropout: "Drug dealing and tax fraud are acceptable ways for the urban poor to earn cash on 'We Don’t Care.' Angry threats against authority figures include, 'F--- the police, that's how I treat 'em' and 'If my manager insults me again/I will be assaulting him.' Also endorses employee theft."

Wilco, A Ghost Is Born: "Some acts get into a rut where every disc sounds the same. Not Wilco. This band lives to reinvent itself. But to what end? ... The singer claims theologians know nothing about his soul."

Gretchen Wilson, Here for the Party: "Gretchen Wilson claims to be a Christian yet is consciously positioning herself as country music’s bad girl. Her smash single states, 'You might think I’m trashy, a little too hard core/But in my neck of the woods, I’m just the girl next door.' Move teens to a different neighborhood."

Zwan, Mary Star of the Sea: "A woman is urged to 'stay the night' on 'Come With Me.' Still, Mary Star of the Sea is an encouraging start from a group of spiritual seekers in need of our prayers."

As for one Robert Rob R. Kelly Kellz, you might as well just skip over that shelf entirely from now on pls thx.

(To veteran readers thinking we've gone soft since, yeah, we tipped this site before: Can there really be too many reminders that we worship an awesome god in the blue states?)

November 17, 2004

Doomage


Monday night at the Abbey, MF Doom opened his MM..Food tour with support from Brother Ali and Psalm One. The Trib was all over this one, giving us profiles of Doom (by Mr. Kot) and Psalm (by freelancer Moira McCormick) to preview the show, and today a gig recap by freelancer Pat Sisson. Our two cents: The Kot interview with Doom is an excellent read for herbs and heads alike. Unforch the review is balls. Where's Matt Lurie when ya need him?

Rock art

The Nov. 11 issue of New City features a cover story on the local music poster scene, led by artist and Dianogah bassist Jay Ryan. It's a recommended read.

Here's a collection of links to relevant sites:

The Bird Machine, creative home to Jay Ryan and Mat Daly
Steve Walters' Screwball Press
The work of Dan Grzeca
Music posters by Bob Hartzell
Archer Prewitt, noted tunesmith and creator of Sof' Boy, at Drawn and Quarterly
Chris Ware at Drawn and Quarterly
The artwork of Jon Langford
Gigposters.com

Cowed by Kelly?

Though both ran stories on the Derrick Mosley extortion case today, neither the Sun-Times or Trib identified the "professional musician" allegedly depicted on video having sex with DeLeon Richards (the wife of New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield) and another woman. (Mosley, a Chicagoan, is said to have tried to use the tapes to extract hush money from Sheffield's Chicago-based agent, Rufus Williams.)

In not naming names, could it be the local rags are treading lightly in the wake of a campaign last month by R. Kelly's lawyers to discredit the Sun-Times? 'Cause everybody else and their brother reported that the "professional musician" on the tape is Kelly.

Side note: Sheffield has responded to the allegations that in fact his wife had a sexual relationship with Kelly "more than 10 years ago."

DeLeon Richards is 28.

You do the math.

November 16, 2004

Wilco articles #8,457,921 and 8,457,922, respectively

Wired News: What if the efforts to stop unauthorized music file sharing are successful? How would that change culture?

Jeff Tweedy: If they succeed, it will damage the culture and industry they say they're trying to save. What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them. Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either. ... Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator. People who look at music as commerce don't understand that. They are talking about pieces of plastic they want to sell, packages of intellectual property. I'm not interested in selling pieces of plastic."

- from Wired.com, 11/15/04


"'You guys are being cast on the Internets,' Tweedy grinned at one point [in concert Monday in San Francisco], reminding the crowd of the concert's Webcast. 'Say hello to the folks in cyberspace.' The crowd roared its approval. 'Cyberspace is definitely a blue state,' he added. ...

"As the two-hour-plus show throttled to a close (one guy behind me exclaimed, "They don't have any songs left!") the minor psychedelia of lights playing against the stage backdrop morphed into a few seconds of dark footage -- the big bad fella himself. There he was, in all his smirking glory, Dubya. And sure enough, he was firing off that infamous one-fingered victory salute.

"Bush's mug, of course, set up what was perhaps the best political barb of the evening. The band proceeded to bid farewell by laying into Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear the Reaper.'

"That signature, snarling guitar line never sounded quite so good."
- from Salon.com, 11/16/04

Touch and Go bring home the bacon

All due respect to Touch and Go Records and their boys in TV On the Radio, who took home the 2004 Shortlist Prize on Monday night.

From Billboard: "'We are not the next Damien Rice,' TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone said, referring to the singer/songwriter who won the award in 2003. 'Seriously, this was a great honor. We didn't even expect to be nominated, let alone win. None of us expected this to happen, and we're really happy to be here.'

"A soulful mix of rock, blues and dance, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes peaked in March at No. 15 on Billboard's Top Heatseakers chart.

"In a 30-minute set to close the concert, TV On The Radio played a number of cuts from the album, including 'Dreams' and 'Staring at the Sun.' The latter best exemplified the act's tuneful experimentation, with gospel-worthy call and response vocals and a wall of guitars that reached rave-like hysterics.

"TV On The Radio received a $10,000 cash prize presented by XM Satellite Radio. The show was broadcast live on XM and will be televised Nov. 20 on MTV2. Other performing Shortlist finalists included Josh Homme's Eagles Of Death Metal, hip-hopper Dizzee Rascal and lighthearted pianist Nelly [sic] McKay."

Previous Shortlist coverage from Chicagomuzikblog is here and there.

November 15, 2004

Get this man a Kleenex



Our supposed civic hero Kanye West melted down to a babbling baby last night - because he didn't win at the American Music Awards.

"I felt like I was definitely robbed," he told TV cameras backstage. "I refuse to give any politically correct bullshit-ass comment. I make the music from my heart ... and to be able to get ‘Jesus Walks’ on the radio and everything that’s happening, I was the best new artist this year, so get that other bullshit out of here. ... I don’t know if I’ll be back next year."

What an embarassment.

By the way, the best new artist shine went to some other Illinoisan.

Pixies shtick

Your intrepid Jack and Lazlo caught the Pixies at the Aragon last night. Sunday's show was not much different from Saturday's apparently - similar songs, different order. Here's what the crits had to say about Saturday; post your own reviews and discuss in the comments.

"Laughter was lacking by the time the Pixies crumbled acrimoniously in 1992, but there was no shortage of it in the first of an unprecedented five sold-out shows at the 4,500-capacity ballroom. Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering exchanged grins and in-jokes as they sailed through a 90-minute set that essentially reprised the four studio albums and an EP they managed to record before their demise." - Greg Kot, Tribune

"Other than the fog machine and slickly coordinated lights, not much signaled the band's recent elevated stature. In his sweater vest and oxford shirt, singer-guitarist Frank Black looked more like he was heading to a biology club meeting than playing a rock show, but when he opened his mouth to unleash one of many of his trademark yowls, he sounded like an invigorated rock elder statesman who remained fiercely uncompromised. In their 90-minute show, the band played a 28-song set that built slowly, went on long, extended jaunts and ended with a quick dose of sunshine pop." - Mark Guarino, Daily Herald

"The Pixies' desperately awaited reunion did everything it was supposed to do, revived everything it was supposed to revive, relegated over a decade's worth of alt-radio replicas to their places and helped put the Boston quartet's legacy squarely before more mainstream eyes." - Jeff Vrabel, Sun-Times

Oh and here's the Saturday setlist: In Heaven/Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)/Where Is My Mind?/Blown Away/Holiday Song/Mr. Grieves/Ed Is Dead/Planet Of Sound/Bone Machine/I Bleed/Crackity Jones/Monkey Gone To Heaven/Broken Face/Caribou/Velouria/Cactus/No. 13 Baby/Subbacultcha/U-Mass/Gouge Away/Dead/Debaser/Wave Of Mutilation (fast)/Tame/Hey/Gigantic

And for obsessives, a sortable matrix of songs the band played during its spring reunion run.

PS - for those not holding tix who wish they were - pre-show last night, there were plenty to be had on the street. Looked like a buyer's market.