I've got a whole city to hold down

July 15, 2005

Devastating news.

A car accident killed three Chicago-based musicians in Skokie on Thursday. The following was posted by Tim Midgett to the Silkworm Web site:
Here is the sum total of what we know right now:

Michael [Dahlquist] and our friends John Glick and Doug Meis were traveling from Shure to someplace for lunch.

They were behind a car at a light.

A young woman, bent on doing injury to herself, ran into the back of the car at a high rate of speed.

Evidently, all three guys were killed instantly.

I'm sure more details will come out over time. But those are the facts as I understand them presently.

I don't have much else to say. Except, again, thank you, all of you.



Dahlquist was Silkworm's drummer. Glick, aka Bobby Lee James Ray, played guitar with the Returnables. Meis drummed for both Exo and the Dials.

Update: Matador Records principal Gerard Cosloy's remembrance of Michael Dahlquist.

July 12, 2005

Clip-and-save Intonation Festival map

Pitchfork's Intonation Festival is nearly upon us. As a public service, the Chicagomuzik Blog presents the only festival map you will ever need.

July 11, 2005

Thin white archdukes set sights on the Chi

Franz Ferdinand will open its 2005 tour in Chicago, the band's publicist announced today. A monthlong series of U.S. dates begins Sept. 20 at the Aragon, with Midwest, West and New York shows to follow.

The band's second self-titled disc is scheduled to be released to stores via Domino Records on Oct. 4, and to file-sharing networks via a hype-seeking leaker or record-label intern sometime before Labor Day.

Down on the farm

Farm Aid 2005 will be announced at a Grant Park news conference today. The event is set for September 18 at Tweeter Center in Tinley Park.

Greg Kot:
[Headliners will include] festival mainstays Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews.

In an interview Saturday, Mellencamp also said that at least one other band has already been confirmed for the lineup. "Wilco is playing," he said.

Tickets for the annual concert, which has helped Farm Aid raise $27 million for family farms, will go on sale July 30 at a still-to-be-determined price. More performers are expected to be announced in coming weeks.
No further details on the Farm Aid site yet.

Some day it will all make sense

You know we've been having layout issues lately. Apparently this was initially caused by a new Blogger functionality for posting images. We tried all the suggested fixes for this problem and, as you can see (or could, until a few minutes ago) none has worked. So we decided to try a new template, see if nuking the old layout entirely would help. It did, sort of, but created new problems of its own: The links, archive &c. are back, but you'll have to scroll waaaaay down to find them.

Anyway, this is what we've got for the moment. With luck Blogger Support will come through and rescue us from our own incompetence. Cool? Cool. We knew you'd understand.

P.S. We also made the switch from Haloscan to Blogger comments. Let us know whatcha think.