The “new face of Chicago soul” has a brand new single out now on Rabbit Factory Records. This Wilco cover is the b-side. The a-side, “Get It Together,” is a funky original that sounds like it could be a James Brown outtake. Great stuff.
Chicago soulsters JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound cover Wilco‘s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” live in the studio of KDHX. I like how they throw in a little bit of “Theologians” before the breakdown. Nice touch.
Lollapalooza has become my favorite time of year. The music’s way better than Christmas and the food beats the hell out of Thanksgiving (gotta love that falafel pita!). So it warms my heart to hear that Lolla founder Perry Farrell has inked a contract with the city of Chicago for ten more years of rock and roll and bikini girls.
Now, how do I get that ten-year pass?
Swan Fungus has charitably scanned the February 1984 issue of Chicago punk zine, Matter:
In this issue, the First Year Anniversary Issue, there is a Ruthless Records feature with segments related to Big Black, Effigies, Naked Raygun and Circle Seven (check out the they goofy inset photo of [Steve] Albini), an awesome piece called “1983’s Favorites Predict the Best Of 1984”, a story about Jonathan Richman, and an Albini-penned profile of Glenn Branca. There are also regular columns like “New Matter”, “Matters Of Fact”, and Albini’s “Tired Of Ugly Fat”. This issue is awesome.
It really is awesome. So cool to be able to travel back in time and check out such a clear snapshot of a scene that no longer exists. Jonathan Richman talking about Prince: “I usually don’t like synthesizer, but he can make the thing talk. But like, why’s he screaming so much about sex all the time?” Albini’s rant on poverty, Boy George (“Shit, that little fart doesn’t deserve the twenty-bucks-a-blowjob he’d probably be making on Carnaby Street if he weren’t such a good friend of Malcolm McLaren“), and Duran Duran (“those overfed Pillsbury Doughstars”) is classic.
If you like that, Swan Fungus has scanned and upped the September 1983 issue as well.
I was born at Great Lakes Naval hospital just north of Chicago. My dad was in the Army and stationed at nearby Fort Sheridan and we lived in Chicagoland until I was four. Our family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I grew up, but I always had a fascination with Chicago. That fascination grew when my best friend and GLONO founder Jake Brown invited me to the annual spring break trips he took to the city with his mother. Two teenage boys wandering the streets of downtown Chicago was sure to lead to something, and for me it was a determination to someday return to my birth city.
College and years wandering from job to job in Michigan kept me from following through on that dream until 1999 when my girlfriend and I decided to just pull the trigger and make the move. We’d grown bored with Grand Rapids and we had a couple friends who’d recently moved to Chicago so why not? That decision was the start of nine and half of the best years of our lives.
We just received this memo from Dylan Burr, famous from the Faces Don’t Lie series here on GLONO:
Lorus is playing tonight at Subterranean with Dub Trio. You may know them better as the backing band for Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom. We’re super excited for this show. It’s the first show with our new drummer.
2011 W North Ave
We go on at 10:00
1. Rollo Tomasi
3. Goes Cube
4. Dub Trio
See you there in my underwear…
I’ll be there…fully dressed.
Dressy Bessy at the Bottom Lounge
Chicago, September 22, 2008
It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out to a club on a Monday night. Say I’m old, call me lame, whatever. The fact is that it’s hard to get me out on a Monday night. I’m lazy and sleepy.
But I’ve wanted to see Dressy Bessy since I heard 2005’s Electrified. I was turned on to that album, like so many others, by Ken Tucker’s fantastic review on NPR wherein he favorably compared Dressy Bessy to Coldplay (“On the other hand, what person with a healthy heartbeat wouldn’t rather listen to this?”)
We’ve got some great photos of the show after the jump…
My Bloody Valentine at the Aragon Ballroom
Chicago, September 27, 2008
They had told me that it would be the loudest concert I’d ever attended. They foretold of amazing sonic onslaughts. They said that it would be unlike any other show I’d seen.
They were right.
My Bloody Valentine came to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago last Saturday, and delivered a concert at a level of intensity I don’t expect to ever see again.
GLONO Video: Lollapalooza 2008
The soundtrack of the video is Radiohead‘s live Lollapalooza version of “The National Anthem.” You gotta love how they mixed in some Greg Kot audio from Sound Opinions… That old Thom Yorke, always sucking up to the critics!
I had a bad attitude about Lollapalooza this year. I was not looking forward to it at all. I’ve covered Lollapalooza for Glorious Noise each year since the festival was resurrected in Chicago in 2005. Between Lolla and Forkfest, I was thinking I might just be festivaled out.
My wife’s advice as I left on Friday: “Don’t be old—be fun.”
Which sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be. Once I let go of some of my uptightness and decided to just roll with it, I ended up having a great weekend. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, right? Surprisingly, I think the lack of bands that I needed to see helped me relax and just enjoy myself.
Not to say that there weren’t a ton of great bands playing this year. There were, but I’ve seen most of them recently. At Lollapalooza two years ago. Or at Pitchfork last year. Or both.