I've got a whole city to hold down

June 09, 2005

Breaking News: Double Door settlement

Press release:


Double Door wishes to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their support. We were very pleased we were able to reach an agreement with our landlord Brian Strauss which will allow us to continue to bring the best in live music to Chicago through 2014. Brian Strauss has shown his commitment to proving a home for Double Door for many years to come.

Everyone who came to the court hearing, wrote letters, or signed a petition has our gratitude. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for the club, and hope Chicago music lovers will continue to support the many great cultural outlets of our


All things Waco

It's Waco World, you're just living in it.

Per Jon Langford:

"Monstrous Dinosaurs of alt-country The Waco Brothers play Chicago's Field Museum [tonight, 6/9] at 7pm. As well as the usual stuffed mammoths and giant clockwork mole crickets, the museum will play host to vast herds of horny young Chicago professionals who will dance, drink, and 'play the field!'"

Then, coming Aug. 16 to ye olde recorde shoppe near you, it's Freedom and Weep, the band's seventh disc.

Per hype that could only roll from the tongue of a Bloodshot flak, it's "a decidedly rockin addition to their formidable canon, a swaggering return to form that hits all your g-spots and leaves you panting." They promise "cuts about crafty little Christians dismantling democracy, going for a drink, golfers disguised as national leaders, appearing stupider than you really are, watching your carbs the night before they strap you to the gurney, election night jitters, and models throwing themselves out of first floor Motel 6 windows."

And, finally, Mr Waco hisownself is pimping a new collab with Richard Buckner via the homegrown Buried Treasure Records - from whence we swiped a toon that tells the tale better than we could ever hope.

(Click the pic and be transported by the miracle of the Internets - that or the hamster wheel that keeps your hard-drive working)

June 08, 2005

Rhino, DeRo, DeRo, Rhino

This week Rhino Records announced it will release a seven-disc box set of hits from that long-forgotten era called "the Nineties," with packaging to include "cultural commentary ... from the Chicago Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis." In '03 DeRo published the anthology Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s.

June 06, 2005

Beat em at they own game

So Pitchfork tried to get back in the game today with a morsel of Intonation Festival news. Sorry fellas, we're running this one.

The morsel: They've added two bands to the lineup, Pelican and the Hold Steady.

Well we told you the Hold Steady before. So Pelican is legitimately new.

Now as Mike Skinner says, let's push things forward. We'll tell ya that, per the band's site, Thunderbirds Are Now are on the festival too.

Also, the keen-eyed reader will notice that in today's Pee-Fork update, Beans has magically disappeared from the roster.

So near as we can figure them, the current lineups (in order of performance) are:
July 16 - Head of Femur, Pelican, the M's, AC Newman, Magnolia Electric Company, Four Tet, Broken Social Scene, the Go Team!, Death from Above 1979 and Tortoise. DJs: Will Oldham, Jean Grae, more TBA
July 17 - Dungen, Xiu Xiu, Out Hud, Andrew Bird, the Hold Steady, Deerhoof, the Wrens, Les Savy Fav and the Decemberists, plus Thunderbirds Are Now tossed in there somewhere. DJs: Dungen, more TBA

So yeah. Since we're now up to 10 bands on each day, here's guessing that's it, save for the deejay scoop. (If you need: the Intonation site.)