You, Go Live in Chicago

Part Four in a series . . .

Chicago, IL always had a sick dance music scene for as long as I could remember, but currently, their progressive, instrumental and indie metal scene is probably the best in the nation. I am headed up to Chicago this weekend to see some friends and I will attempt to catch PELICAN who is playing for Free on Thursday (w. Foals, Walter Meego and a bunch of other bands that don't fit the bill) and INDIAN who is opening for Witchcraft and Dead Child (see Part One) on Saturday. By coincidence, I ignorantly chose the weekend of Lollapaloser to go up; at least none of my friends are participating in that headache.

INDIAN - doom
PELICAN Four-piece instrumental
RUSSIAN CIRCLES Instrumental trio who played Fort Worth in June and are currently touring with Coheed & Cambria and Secret Machines
TUSK - grindcore side-project of Pelican

see Seventh Rule Recording for Indian, Hydra-Head for Pelican & Tusk and Suicide Squeeze for Russian Circles.

see also HE WHO CORRUPTS they will be touring again in 2009

PART ONE : Louisville, KY
PART TWO : Atlanta
PART THREE: Baltimore

EDIT: didn't go. I overslept and missed my flight.


Recently Acquired

- Just Like Kicking Jesus 12" (tonar/cargo) - blue vinyl
FUCKED UP - Year of the Pig (matador)
FUCKED UP - Year of the Pig UK 7" (matador)
FUCKED UP - Year of the Pig Japan 7" (matador)
HEALTH - S/T 12" (lovepump united) - white vinyl
HEALTH - DISCO (lovepump united)
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - To fix the gash in your head/ocean 10" (meal deal)
SUFFERING BASTARD/COCK E.S.P. - Split 10" (little mafia)
TITUS ANDRONICUS - The Airing of Grievances (troubleman unlimited) - "Titus Andronicus" *MP3
VALIENT THORR - Immortalizer dbl LP (volcom) - 180g clear blue vinyl, gatefold sleeve etc. (AVAIL AS PRIZE IF YOU BUY VALIENT THORR TICKETS THROUGH FRONTGATE) I Hope the Ghosts of the Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever *MP3
VIVIAN GIRLS - Tell the World 7" (?)
WRECKLESS ERIC - Greatest Stiffs (stiff)


August 4th - 9th info

This will be the biggest week that I have ever put together. I would like to thank Tactics for helping me out on the Jay Reatard show to start the week off, all the artists who did posters for me and to Ty for pimping flyers out all the time. FYI to music snobs: Jay Reatard (monday) AND Titus Andronicus (friday) both played this year's PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL in Chicago on July 19th *see saturday's line-up on the link. Posters will be available at the Jay Reatard, Black Cobra and Valient Thorr shows.

Below is all the info for the shows on Aug 4th through 9th.


Monday: Aug 4th - Jay Reatard + mp3

MONDAY the 4th: The infamous, Matador Records recording artist, JAY REATARD, who previously fronted the punk band, The Reatards and the new wave/garage band, Lost Sounds, will be playing Club Dada with two In the Red records labelmates: CHEAP TIME & THE STRANGE BOYS. ALL AGES Doors at 8PM at Club Dada. $10/12 TICKETS HERE

Here is an Mp3 of "always wanting more" (off the matador 7")

poster designed by me. printed by nevada. ltd to 40

Watch him hit a kid on stage at an unruly show in Toronto: (1min 35sec mark)

The Strange Boys "This Girl Taught Me a Dance" (live at Club Dada)

Tuesday: Aug 5th - Black Cobra & Slough Feg

TUESDAY the 5th: BLACK COBRA & "The Lord Weird" SLOUGH FEG - Bay area doom metal on a joint tour. Show will be kicked off by Dallas' teenage Black Sabbath cover band: CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE and Austin's THE HIGH COST OF LIVING. All Ages; $8/10 at Club Dada

poster by Dada. ltd to 40ish

Thursday: Aug 8th - Valient Thorr + mp3 & Early Man/Skeletonwitch

THURSDAY the 8th: VALIENT THORR & EARLY MAN TOUR w. Skeletonwitch & Golden Axe. Warped Tour veterans, Valient Thorr, on their first tour since Valient Himself donated his kidney to his father. NYC's EARLY MAN has not toured in over a year, so expect new material. All Ages at Club Dada $12

TICKETS HERE Volcom gave me a bunch of stuff to give out to random ticket purchasers. Heavy Weight Vinyl, CDS, patches and LTD ed. T-shirts. Winners will be chosen at random for those who purchase via the above link.

MP3 of I Hope the Ghosts of the Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever, off the new Valient Thorr Album Immortalizer (volcom)

poster by Stephen Haynes ltd to 100ish. avail at the show

Friday: Aug 9th - Titus Andronicus + mp3

FRIDAY the 9th: NOTE THE VENUE . . .Here is an mp3 of "Titus Andronicus" by Titus Andronicus; it is off their debut album The Airing Of Grievances (troubleman unlimited). This album/band has a slight resemblance to Connor Oberst's (of Bright Eyes) brief punk side project Desaparecidos (saddle creek). The Airing Of Grievances is a punk + shoegazer rock album which will transfer very well into a bar drinking atmosphere. The bill will be rounded out by Austin's seven piece experimental
avant-garde band, Death is Not a Joyride & Dallas' emerging Tiger Moth. At the LOUNGE on ELM ST; 21+ only FREE SHOW to end the week with a THANK YOU.


Thursday: July 24th - HEALTH + mp3

My birthday party this year will be on July 24th at Club Dada on Elm St. with HEALTH to headline. Health is a four-piece experimental/noise-rock act from Los Angeles. They are playing the PITCHFORK Music Festival in Chicago, just days prior to the Dallas show.

Here is a mp3 of "CRIMEWAVE" from their S/T album (lovepump united). They also have a remix album coming out next week called DISCO.

The evening will also include performances from:
Sydney Confirm (dallas)
Stag Film (arlington)
Pet Hospital (coppell)

Djs sets by AmBASSadors (prince william & steven void)

Doors at 8pm. TICKETS avail here.
ALL AGES. $8 for 21+, $10 for under 21

HEALTH poster by Tim Doyle. 3 color silkscreen. 100 printed. Measures 15 x 24.


Thanks to all the strangers I met at the HYMNS show on Monday. As usual, another smooth Pastime show with a decent turnout. Look for the Hymns to come back through the south in the Fall.

UPDATE: here are pictures from the show... thanks Sally Glass



Young Widows "Let Him Be"

filmed this last month at Lola's.


Monday: HYMNS (nyc)

Currently in Tejas recording with Daniel Johnston, the HYMNS are a four-piece folk rock band from NYC. Fancy Fist will open, followed by a solo set from Here, In Arms.

PASTIME TAVERN - 1503 S. Ervay St. Dallas (behind ambassador off of i-30)

BYOL - beer, wine & setups avail. 18+, $5 for 21+, $7 for under 21

video of HYMNS from Piano's NYC.


Middle Class Rut "Dead Set" video

from Club Dada on Wed, opening for Burning Brides.


Recently Acquired

ANNIHILATION TIME - Cosmic Unconciousness EP 7" (tank crimes) - 4th pressing

BLACK COBRA - Feather and Stone (at a loss) Primarily instrumental doom metal out of the Bay Area. Sludge heavy riffs with sparse incoherent screaming on a few tracks. Their 2nd full length album clocks in at only 25 minutes, but comes with 3 live videos. I have them playing at Club Dada on August 5th w. "the lord weird" Slough Feg, The High Cost of Living (austin) and Children of the Grave (dallas).

CUT COPY - In Ghost Colours
DEMON'S CLAWS - Live in Spring Branch, TX 12" (hook or crook) - black/blue marble vinyl
EARTHLESS - Sonic Prayer Jam 10" (gravity)
the FLOOD - 3 song ep (self)
FLOOR - Dove 12" (no idea) - 5th pressing, blue vinyl of 279
FUCKED UP/HAYMAKER - Split 7" (deep six)
KYLESA - S/T 12" (prank)

LIARS - Leopard on the Right/Dear 7" + dvd (heartfast) - picture disc. dvd features live performances, including their Nirvana cover of "Territorial Pissings".

LIPSTICK TERROR - La Introduccion del Terror (sour pop/iguana)
MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT - Quietly (translation loss)
MUSLIMS - Extinction 7" (sweet tooth)

JAY REATARD - SINGLES 06-07 cd & dvd (in the red) In The Red records is reaping the benefits of having their baby, Jay Lindsey aka Jay Reatard, sign to Matador Records. ITR released this 7" singles compilation right in the mist of the six 7" inch series Jay Reatard is currently doing for Matador. This cd/dvd combo will make you realize why Jay Lindsey is a garage/punk/new wave genius. His catalog of 2 and 3 minute garage and punk songs is completely epic; especially the Blood Vision demos at the end of the disc. It's impressive that he has penned so many catchy tracks in only a two year span. And good luck on ebay trying to track down any of the older 7"s. He will be playing an ALL AGES Show at CLUB DADA on August 4th with CHEAP TIME (nashville) and STRANGE BOYS (austin). All the bands on the bill are (or were) on In the Red records out of Memphis.

JAY REATARD - Always Wanting More/You Mean Nothing to Me 7" + mp3 (matador) - 3rd single out of a series of six; clear one sided 7" with silkscreen design on underside of vinyl.

The STRANGE BOYS - Woe is You and Me 7" (in the red)
THIS MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY - About Last night/7th Heaven 7" (exit stencil)
TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR/LIGHT The FUSE And RUN - Split 12" (level plane/electric human project) - clear vinyl (500 avail)
VIVIAN GIRLS - Wild Eyes/My Baby Wants Me Dead 7" (plays with dolls)
VIVIAN GIRLS - S/T (in the red)
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH - Not Noiice (chalk circle)


Austin, then Dallas (WED)

Cleveland's This Moment in Black History are playing three Texas shows this weekend, so I will be in Austin to catch the final one on Sunday. The Strange Boys are also playing Sunday night. I am going to stick around Austin for a few days, since my brahs Burning Brides are playing at Red 7 on Tuesday.

Burning Brides will be playing for 'the flesh' this Wednesday, July 9th, at Club Dada. They are out pushing Anhedonia (self). Middle Class Rut (Sacramento) and True Widow (ex-slowride) are opening up. Doors at 8PM. All Ages. $8 for 21+, $10 for under 21.

Here is video of them when I had them play at Double-Wide last summer.

FYI, The Strange Boys will be opening up for Warlocks in Fort Worth on July 17th and for Jay Reatard & Cheap Time in Dallas on August 4th.


Jay Reatard Poster

Here is a web version of the Jay Reatard poster for next month's show with Cheap Time & Strange Boys:


Nevada Hill/Zanzibar Snails

I was at Nevada Hill's house earlier today because he is helping me on my Jay Reatard poster for next month. He has done posters for my Aids Wolf, X-Mas Party and Chinese Stars shows. Besides being amazing at silkscreen printing, Nevada is also in the Dentron band Zanzibar Snails, who just got a write up in The Wire magazine:

Zanzibar Snails Krakkatowiak MAYYRH 3” CD: From Denton, the past home of Texas’s space rock programme, The Zanzibar Snails have emerged as one of the region’s more interesting units over the past couple of years. They appear as a quartet here, using feedback, sax, electronics and percussion to create an extremely neat kind of racket. The feel is akin to The Dead C jamming with Paul Flaherty, and you’d have to agree, that’s a good goddamn feel. - Byron Coley, THE WIRE

Zanzibar Snails will be opening up for INDIAN JEWELRY on August 28th at The Lounge. Yes, Nevada will be doing the poster for the show.