Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Last week I mentioned enjoying the hilarious rivalry unfolding between Riot Fest bands Ughh, My Parents Are Here, and Ur Lineup Sux, Bro, and now we have more new music from both bands. Ur Lineup Sux, Bro released a new song this morning building on the single they released last week. But to me the exciting news is that Chicagoist nabbed the premiere of the first single from Ughh, My Parents Are Here!
Dig both new songs below.
Posted by Tankboy at 2:21 PM
Monday, August 25, 2014
When 90% of music blog posts =in your feed reflect press releases that just arrived in your inbox, there's a problem.
The title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? And it explains why I find it so painful to keep up with most music sites nowadays. I wonder if the average reader is aware just how little that's printed isn't directly sourced from publicists and labels. I mean, sure, I refer to press releases to help me craft content but outside a straight up announcement—and jeez, usually even within the context of one—I try to add a little something of additional value. Otherwise what's the difference between a music writer and something like PR Newswire?
Posted by Tankboy at 11:15 AM
Friday, August 22, 2014
I've really been enjoying the (online? IRL?) rivalry between Riot Fest bands Ur Lineup Sux, Bro and Ughh, My Parents Are Here. It's looks like Riot fest has been enjoying it too.
Probably @ParentsAreHere or @UrLineupSuxBro RT @requestWONC: Which artist playing @Riotfest is your favorite?! pic.twitter.com/0LGgiYvZaXAnyway, it looks like at least one of the two bands has actually released a single! Download it and enjoy some weekend music.
— Riot Fest (@RiotFest) August 22, 2014
Posted by Tankboy at 4:46 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
|Photo of BRONCHO by Jaret Ferratusco.|
Fuck that wasn't a bad last line. I'm totally using it when previewing their Riot Fest appearance in Chicago. Can I do that? Or would I be plagiarizing myself? Can you plagiarize yourself? is this a whole 'mother discussion? Yes. Yes it is.
Well, BRONCHO is plagiarizing no one. They may be tipping their hat at a misread of influences but this teenage bedroom stadium rock is a blen that is 100% them. The album's out on September 16 and I suspect you'll want to add it to your collection.
Like I said, BRONCHO's playing Riot Fest so I'll see 'em in September, but if they come through your town I recommend seeing them.
Now, rock out to the songs below and tell me they don't both leave you grinning like you did the first time you discovered what happened when you covered fried dough with powdered sugar and shoved it in your mouth.
Posted by Tankboy at 3:49 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
|The Hawks (of Holy Rosary). Photo credit Angela Michelle|
A lot of bands are starting to sound the same to me—2014 is definitely the years some younger bands discovered '90s indie rock and other discovered the groovier strains of psychedelia—but one band that immediately vaulted over the mix was San Antonio's The Hawks (of Holy Rosary). Here is a band I really want to see live. Wait, let's consult my hastily scribbled notes, captured on a train platform, upon listening to their album What Team Am I On? for the first time.
Songs have one lead singer but lots of gang vocals. Loud but fun, almost a sense of the whimsical at times, but also seriousness. I dunno, what if you mixed loud emo bands that actually knew how to have fun with the exuberance of The Format, only with sloppier guitars? This? That'd be good. So this is good.Yup, seems right. What Team Am I On? does it's best to keep from being easily pigeonholed, but that doesn't make it feel scattered, it just makes it feel like the band is constantly looking for new ways to engage you and themselves. I have a feeling these folks are a blast live so hopefully they make it up to Chicago sometime soon.
Stream their whole album below and if you dig it, go ahead and buy yourself a copy.
Posted by Tankboy at 12:06 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
Photo and design by Isidro Hurtado, image courtesy Tom Schraeder.
I would play the album for friends and they would all immediately want to know how to get a copy. "It should be out soon," I'd say. "It's been done for quite a while."
And then I waited some more.
Finally I asked Tom what the hold up was and he admitted he'd pretty much decided he wasn't going to release the album, but that my enthusiasm (I presume partly) influenced his decision to move forward, master and release Gush!. And in true Tom fashion even that took a while. The man will perform spontaneously anywhere at any time but his track history of releasing stuff quickly isn't the greatest. Nut whatever! Gush! is finally coming!
You can hear a taste of what so excited me below, and if you like it the please pre-order the album (email Tom at hisegoinfo [at] gmail [dot] com to receive a download September 1) or buy tickets to his show at the Hideout coming up Friday and receive a download that day.
Posted by Tankboy at 11:16 AM
Friday, August 15, 2014
|OK Go at Metro in 2010. Photo by me.|
Can't wait to see them tonight!
Posted by Tankboy at 1:31 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2014
|My first, true love.|
For years I've basically worn a single type of shoe: Doc Martens boots model 8699 Bex Sole.* Technically I guess you could say I wore two types of shoes since I have always had a pair of sneakers for the gym, but I always wear those until they're falling apart and they rarely saw any action outside the four walls at the center of my workout universe.
And now, rather unexpectedly, I find I am virtually swimming in shoes! For my birthday Mich bought me a pair of Converse low-top sneakers to wear out and about. What? No boots?! I wasn't sure how I'd like it, and upon first putting them on I was trying to figure out what that weird feeling was under my foot. Oh! It was the ground! I hadn't felt that through the soles of my boots, ever! However, after my initial shock, I found I actually enjoyed working my new Chuck Taylors into the occasional appearance in the outside world. And wherever I went minds were blown. "Tank!" people would say, "Where are your boots?! What has happened to you?"
I was suddenly a man with choices when it came to dressing up my feet.
A few weeks ago some PR folks at TOMS reached out and asked if I'd like a pair of their shoes. No strings attached. Heck, why not? So I said yes and a few short days later my shoe collection had swollen to the massive number of three as a pair of Black Canvas Men's Paseo Mids showed up in the mail.
I love my boots, but this has actually opened up a whole new world to me. I might even buy another pair of running shoes to wear outside the gym. How crazy is that?!
|Gotta admit, these TOMS are pretty spiffy.|
Who knows what will happen next? Will I suddenly start wearing a style of shirt that doesn't begin n the letter "t"? Will I begin matching my socks to my belt (which would necessitate me wearing more than one color belt)? The possibilities are endless!
*God help me if they ever discontinue this style.** Growing shoe collection or not I would be fucked.
**By just saying this I think I jinxed myself since I can no longer find the style on the Doc Martens site***. Nooooooooo! :(
**By just saying this I think I jinxed myself since I can no longer find the style on the Doc Martens site***. Nooooooooo! :(
***You HAVE to be kidding me. I sent them an email asking why I couldn't find the boots on the Doc Martens site and do you know what? They actually are now discontinued. Fuck.
Posted by Tankboy at 6:26 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
|The '80s: the neon happiness you've been presented is a LIE.|
Thank god Kevin Bacon participated in this PSA to set the record straight. So if you do remember the '80s, this is a nice reminder of those horrific times. And if you don't remember the '80s or though it was a totally tubular awesome time? It's time to get schooled!
Posted by Tankboy at 6:27 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
What can you say about a death of someone you never met yet still felt like a gut punch upon its reveal? Not much. So in the wake of Robin William's far too early death, I'll simply refer you to an interview he did on the WTFpodcast that Marc Maron has re-posted. It's a wonderful listen, even if there's a section near the end that will probably drain the blood from your face, but I think it's perhaps one of the most open interviews he ever did.
Posted by Tankboy at 1:49 PM
Monday, August 11, 2014
Yesterday Mich and I did nothing. Well, we did venture out for a brief walk to secure ice cream cones, but other than that we just lounged around, watched TV, discussed some wedding stuff and did nada else. It's been a hectic summer and we realized this was the first lazy weekend day we'd had in months.
We loved it.
We loved it.
Posted by Tankboy at 6:45 AM
Friday, August 08, 2014
|Two dashing gentlemen.|
Some days it feels like far more than ten years ago. Sometimes it feels like decades. Sometimes it's hard to imagine what it would be like with him around. And then other times I feel like I just saw him last week, or will see him at a family get together next month. And then it hits me I'll never see him again. At least not on this plane.
Ten years is a tough marker but I think the pain is even a little sharper than I expected as I plan my wedding and I realize my dad would have loved to see that day come. And I know he would have loved my wife to be and maybe the things that hurts the most is the knowledge that he didn't live long enough to see his first born become truly happy and fall deeply in love.
Posted by Tankboy at 4:29 PM
Thursday, August 07, 2014
According to Soundcloud this new Diarrhea Planet tune they recorded for the Adult Swim single series is almost a month old. How is that possible?! How did I not hear of it, much less stumble across it plastered across every music blog i the land? Unacceptable!
So I am immediately rectifying the situation and sharing it with you so you don't have to suffer through life without this song for another second.
Somewhat related: It's always awkward when I try to turn people onto this band becasue, y'know, the name. But everyone I have introduced to them has walked away having fallen in love with the band's sound so don't judge a band by its scatological cover, O.K.?
Posted by Tankboy at 4:42 PM
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
In the early '80s I was working in a comic book shop (underage labor FTW and holy shit they're still open!) when the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics came out and I always wish I'd had enough money to buy those early issues. While they became a bit of a pop culture joke it's hard to convey a) just how cool they originally were and b) how they basically created the indie comic book market. Man, I'm pretty sure I have sketchbooks of my drawings trying to rip off the style of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, which itself was totally biting the style of Frank Miller. I also remember videotaping the original cartoon series because I and every other comic nerd I knew were so stoked that something so subversive had made it onto TV. And then sat slack jawed as we realized just how lame they had been made to appeal to the mainstream. Oh well.
I was reminded of all this after this nifty little mini-history of the whole TMNT phenomenon that Vulture put together.
Will the new Micahel Bay movie be any good? My guess is it'll be his finest work yet, becasue it can't be that hard to top crap like Transformer and Armageddon (though I am NOT happy that April isn't in a yellow jumpsuit)!
Posted by Tankboy at 2:52 PM
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
|"No longer are we asking ourselves [...] are we violating church and state, whatever that was..."|
— Time's CEO.. Whoops.
That said, my friend Scott had some issues with it. And I think some of his issues were valid. Scott's a super smart guy and his biggest complaint was that Oliver focused more on Buzzfeed than anything else, and by doing so cheapened his argument by picking too easy a traget, but I didn't feel quite the same way.
Posted by Tankboy at 5:03 PM
|Separate levels of wristband access couldn't pull our love apart!|
This year I took a slightly different approach to covering Lollapalooza and I couldn't be happier with the results. It's hard to cover something like this in a way that I feel truly connects with the average reader but the team did a stellar job of bringing multiple viewpoints, actual insight and the ability to write something substantial on next to no sleep! The Chicagoist peeps who participated are the best and I owe them. I think you should read everything we wrote!
First, start off with our Lollapalooza preview and also see what performing artists were looking forward to seeing that weekend, then move on to our recaps of the whole shebang over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have my usual "wrap up" post tomorrow and I'll link to that too once it's live.
What are you waiting for? Get reading!
Posted by Tankboy at 3:03 PM
Thursday, July 31, 2014
|D*FACE "Grim Tales (2013)" is showing at The Provocateurs. Photo by me.|
If you live in Chicago or are here for a certain large music event, the exhibit—titled Art Alliance: The Provocateurs—is only open through Monday and I really suggest you check it out. The works of 40+ artists are up, ranging from Keith haring to D*FACE to Mark Mothersbaugh to Fairey himself. Tickets are available here and a portion of the proceeds benefit Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. Also, if you've got an extra couple of bucks lying around I believe all the pieces in the exhibit are for sale. Just in case you want some new art instead of, say, a new car.
One other totally cool and free byproduct of this is that Fairey and three other artists have done live mural installations around the South Loop! Taking the art to the streets, maaaaan! Seriously, I plan on checking them out and so should you.
- Shepard Fairey's mural is at 916 S Wabash Ave.
- Retna's mural is at 33 E Congress Pkwy.
- Cleon Peterson's mural is at 634 S Wabash Ave.
- Pose's mural is at 72 E 11th St.
If you do make it out to see any of this stuff, let me know what you think!
Posted by Tankboy at 10:53 AM