I've got a whole city to hold down

April 29, 2005

Happy birthday LDW

Tonight and tomorrow at the Hideout, DJs CB, Mother Hubbard and J2K celebrate the second anniversary of their Life During Wartime series of politico-dance parties. Besides spinning the hott waxx to get your consciousness up and your ass down, they promise Super Secret Special Surprise guests.

For more on LDW, clickety-clack to our previous coverage or the Life During Wartime Web site.

April 27, 2005

Slint sell out

Admit it, it was never enough to just worship Spiderland. There you were in the basement, slaving to get that tone, man.

Well, now you can own "equipment purchased by the legendary independent rock band Slint and used on their historic reunion tour". What's more, the "items will be autographed by the individual band member(s) who used them".

Now that's no skin condition, it's your credit card burning a hole in the ass pocket of your meticulously ripped jeans. So hie thee over to ye olde E-bay and it'll be just like 1991 again.

Concertwatch ("Guerrilla" Version)

As part of what the band is calling a "whirlwind 10-city guerilla tour" of small venues, System of A Down will headline Metro on Tuesday, 5/3. Tickets go on sale noon Saturday at the club only.

April 26, 2005

Festivals update

Yesterday, buried in a preview of summer music festivals, Pitchfork let slip with the names of a couple more acts confirmed for their own Intonation fest: Death From Above 1979, Out Hud, Xiu Xiu and Andrew Bird have been added to the list.

Not to be outdone, Chicagopalooza has added ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, the Drive-By Truckers, Mark Farina, the (International) Noise Conspiracy and the Ponys. And they have hiked ticket prices to $100 for the weekend (they started at $35, went to $85, and will go to $115 at some future date).

Jus Biz

Pencil in June 10 for the next in the series of Biz 3 DJ nights at Sonotheque. David Cross and Death From Above 1979 on the ones and twos, bwoy!


If you haven't already, pick up the current (4/22) issue of the Reader. The cover story is a meticulously researched retelling of the sordid, tangled tales behind '70s Chi soul label Bandit, which catalog was reissued last year by the local Numero label. All propers to Bob Mehr for the fine piece.

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, Kot and DeRogatis discuss Joy Division and New Order. The latter act plays a sold-out show at the Aragon next Tuesday (5/3) - its first Chicago gig in a decade. (Smart Bar will host the after-party. There's also a launch party for the band's new disc slated for this Friday, 4/29, at Berlin.)