I've got a whole city to hold down

June 24, 2005


You probably noticed we've been plagued by Blogger problems the last 18 hours or so. For the time being the best workable solution seems to be euthanizing the sidebar (where the links and archives reside). Sorry for any inconvenience.

Update: Comments also seem to be on the blink.

June 23, 2005

Sometimes the Chicago Anti-Social Column just writes itself.

From Crain's Chicago Business:

Musicians Jeff Tweedy, Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame) and other artists plan to rev their homemade engines at the CHICAGO PINEWOOD DERBY INVITATIONAL. See their artistically-designed cars — they'll put your childhood soapbox to shame — at Architectural Artifacts and help raise funds for Causes Child Abuse Treatment Center. June 24, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $20 gets you in and access to an open beer bar and live music.
Whatever further imaginable detail you need should be right here. Other participants include the Reader's Liz Armstrong and the Hideout's Tim Tuten.

Newspaper, newsprint ... delicious crack?

Let's see here.

According to the Tribune, the three best music magazines in the world are, in order:

1. Blender
2. Paste
3. Mojo
Blink. Blink.

Anybody know a good cliff I can leap from?

June 21, 2005

Desperate times, apparently.

Maybe you heard about the full-page ad for the new Billy Corgan album in today's Tribune.

Oh but it's not an ad! you say. Well, right. It's a letter! A letter just to you, dear Chicago person, from Billy hisownself. He wants you, personally, to know he's getting back together with Smashing Pumpkins. Maybe. Or something.

Those who missed it can click here to view a PDF of the ad. Or don't, 'cause as a public service to the loyal Chicagomuzikblog readership, we're offering an exclusive synopsis of the ad, helpfully translated from Corganese to English:

Hey! Me! Me! Look at me! Hey! Guys! Over here! Remember me? It's Billy! Guys? Hey!

June 20, 2005

Flower15 announced

The Chicago-based Flower Booking agency today announced the dates and initial lineup for Flower15, "a six-night showcase and fundraiser" set for Nov. 8 through Nov. 13 at Metro.

Performers will include Jimmy Eat World, Isis, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Local H, and a reunion gig from the Promise Ring, plus "many more artists and band reunions to be announced."

The weeklong event is intended to raise at least $50,000 for P.L.A.Y. (Possibilities in Life: Art for Youth), a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide creative outlets for at-risk young people.