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January 28, 2005

Woolworthy adieu

At the recommendation of longtime loyal reader Tankboy, check out tonight's goodbye gig from veteran local pop outfit Woolworthy. But you don't have to take Tank's word for it - here's what Dave Chamberlain had to say in this week's New City:

Tonight represents your last chance to see one of the city's longest-running bands play--after ten years, the lads in Woolworthy have decided to finish it all up. Once upon a time, I described Woolworthy as "sparkling Q101 material," and although it sounds--in retrospect--like I was slamming the boys, I didn't mean to. Formed from members of Loud Lucy, Caviar, and Verbow, Woolworthy's two records beg the question: just what does it take to make it in the music world? Sharp pop music set to an aggressive slant and with mile-wide hooks (think a less righteous, later-era 7 Seconds, or even Green Day to an extent) the band is a bit of a Chicago throwback, before the crystallization of the cold indie-rock world and before the no-abandon garage bands unified and started packing shows en mass [sic]. Woolworthy almost feels like the last of the golden-age dinosaurs, when bands like Material Issue were plugging out quirky pop with the hope of gaining national recognition. And it always felt like it would be around. But alas, after tonight, it is no more. Cheers, gentlemen, to a battle well fought.

And Mark Guarino in the Daily Herald:

Woolworthy, Chicago regulars for 10 years, are no more after this farewell show to feature songs from their three albums, all consistent in the great Midwestern pop punk tradition of Cheap Trick, Husker Du and the Replacements. Opener Cisco Pike features band admirers Scott Lucas of Local H and members of the Cells.

You can earhole a couple MP3s at the Myspace site linked above. Tonight's gig is at the Double Door.

January 27, 2005

Zzz

It's a January Thursday in Chicago and the local music scene is dead. Or maybe that's just our brains. Either way, your intrepid Jack & Lazlo can't think of a damn thing worthy of posting at the moment, so barring the unforeseen, we'll not return 'til tomorrow. Feel free to entertain yourselves in the comments below.

January 26, 2005

Your daily dose of chinstroking

Some yahoo took every word Jim DeRogatis published in the Sun-Times last year (that's 53,000 of them, in case you're wondering) and ran them through an online tool that indexes text by how often a word appears.

A sampling of the results:

132 ROCK
74 CHICAGO
67 POP
44 DRUMMER
28 PUNK
21 POLITICAL
20 PSYCHEDELIC
15 LEGENDARY
10 KILLER
10 PRETENTIOUS
5 DREADFUL
2 BAD-ASS
2 CAPONE-ERA
1 JUST-WOKE-UP-HUSKINESS

Wonder what Loren Wilson would make of all this.

Sound engineer's worst nightmare

From the Web site of Chicago expat songwriter Chris Mills: "I've just wrapped up the recording of what will hopefully be my 4th full length album. It was recorded in 3 days entirely live to 2-track tape with the 17+ piece City That Works Orchestra at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago."

Let's rewind and hear that again.

"It was recorded in 3 days entirely live to 2-track tape with the 17+ piece City That Works Orchestra at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago."

Sweet jeebus.

But back to Chris.

"I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. The album comprises 10 new original tunes by yours truly, with orchestral arrangements by my long time friend and pianist David Nagler. We haven't got a release date or final track order at the moment but hopefully it will make its way to you in some form or another later this year. It features many of the songs I've been doing live since the release of The Silver Line, as well as some tunes that haven't quite made it to the stage yet.

"Anyway, here is a rundown of who played on the session. I really can't think of a better way to spend a weekend than hanging out with these folks: David Nagler-piano, Ryan Hembrey-bass, Gerald Dowd-drums, Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello, Kelly Hogan-vocals, Nora O'Connor-vocals, Amy Cimiani-viola, Jen Clare Paulsen-violin, Susan Voelz-violin, Jay Pike-viola, David Max Crawford-trumpet, Patrick Newberry-trumpet, Nick Broste-trombone, Aram Shelton-alto saxaphone and clarinet, Nate LePine-tenor and baritone sax and flute, Deb Stevenson-oboe, Jason Adashevitz-percussion, Steve Dorocke-pedal steel, Gus Friedlander-electric guitar and banjo, Chris Mills-vocals and guitars."

"It might take a little time, but I'm excited for everyone to hear it."

And the poor guys at Wall to Wall are glad to have your ass gone.

Concertwatch

New at Metro: Canasta w/ Magnus and the Bon Mots (2/18), Kings of Leon (3/4), Bloc Party w/ the Ponys (3/31).

New at Double Door: Manishevitz w/ Lacona and Head of Femur (3/4), Ambulance Ltd. w/ Dr. Dog (4/9).

New from Jam: Clem Snide w/ Archer Prewitt (Martyrs, 3/11), Zap Mama (Park West, 4/8), Elvis Costello & the Imposters (Auditorium Theatre, 4/17), and a second Erasure show (Chicago Theatre, 4/30).

January 25, 2005

What the world needs now ... (Part II)

... is not a wannabe MC from the West Side with a Muslim-sounding name, posing for publicity photos in a get-up that's supposed to look like a suicide bomber.

In Sosa Q'uran, we're getting it all the same.

You might recognize the name from a recent Crain's article on label sharks swimming in local rap waters.

To see the suicide-bomber pix, navigate to the site of Q'uran's label, Music Affiliated, click 'Photos' on the bottom right, then click on the thumbnails (Q'uran's the guy on the right).

Maybe playing terrorist dress-up is just a natural evolutionary step for entertainers who want to shock us into thinking they're worthy of attention. And of course everyone has an inalienable right to be a jackass. Either way, though, strapping a few phony sticks of dynamite to your torso and posing for the camera strikes me as exceedingly poor taste.

Peep the pix, then tell me if I'm over-reacting.

What the world needs now ... (Part I)

... is not an expanded version of Wilco's A Ghost Is Born.

According to the NME, we're getting it all the same.

"Wilco have unveiled full details of the new version of their current album," the Britrag says. "As previously reported on nme.com, the new version of the 2004 record, complete with a host of additional material, will be issued on March 7. The extra disc contains three live versions of tracks from the acclaimed album, recorded in October 2004 in Madison. The disc will also contain one unreleased track and one rare track from the original album sessions. The tracklisting for the additional disc is as follows: 'Panthers', 'At Least That's What You Said' (live), 'The Late Greats' (live), 'Handshake Drugs' (live), 'Kicking Television'."

Neither Wilco's site nor Amazon mention the disc.

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions: Jim rejoins Greg to discuss southern rock with author Mark Kemp. DeRo says Kemp's recent book on the genre "intertwines the sounds and stories of groups such as the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd with personal reminiscences of life in a section of the country that, he argues, outsiders are often too quick to dismiss with any number of handy but incorrect stereotypes." That's 10 to midnight on WXRT.

January 24, 2005

Back to hitting it

On her blog, Chicago writerslashdeejayslashbassplayerslashpublicist Jessica Hopper says she's resurrecting her zine Hit It or Quit It (last published almost three years ago):

"I am going back to doing what I did last time everyone gave me the gasface. Make my own magazine, get back in the lab with the pen and the pad. ... Hit it or Quit it is back in action again, and is going to be a real magazine. As real as we can get it. As real as we keep it."

U2@UC

That giant sucking sound you hear isn't a gang of multinational conglomerates hoovering the contents of your wallet.

And it's not the noise of U2 in concert.

It's both.

U2 at the United Center, May 7 and 9.