Friday, November 10, 2006

Shawn Reed - Raccoo-oo-oon - Art



FYI: Shawn Reed from the great Iowa City band, Raccoo-oo-oon, has artwork in a five person group exhibition at Fifty50 Gallery (1017 W. Lake Street). The opening is tomorrow (Saturday, November 11) from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wilt cancellation



- I just heard from James Keeler, and unfortunately, Wilt has had to cancel their performance this Saturday at Elastic, due to the death of a close friend. My best wishes go out to James and his friends. Obviously, I will no longer be participating in the show either, but James, Dan, and I, will try to work out a way to collaborate in the near future.

- Although the week continues to be less than fully productive, Isidro and I were able to do a good deal of planning today, as regards The Fortieth Day. Not only are we getting started on our third release, but we are working on additional live performance dates, as well as details for visual collaborations for future events. Some exciting ideas are already starting to emerge.

- Tonight is the Wierd Records compilation release party in New York. Last minute potential attendees may want to click the link at left for details. I so wish that I was going to be there tonight!

- Last night, Jason Soliday and I had a practice session for our upcoming live show. Jason will be changing his equipment around a bit, compared to our June performance, and we have worked out an interesting new progression for how things will flow at Elastic. I think that we have one more practice scheduled before that show happens.

- All outstanding paid mail-order and eBay packages will be in the mail by tomorrow afternoon. That will help to free me up for preparing for next week's release date for the new Bereft 7-inch.


Memorial for Malachi Ritscher



Jason Soliday kindly forwarded this information that was posted on the [chi-improv] mailing list:

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Elastic will be hosting a memorial gathering for Malachi Ritscher this Sunday, November 12th, from 5-8 pm. For those of you knew Malachi, and perhaps those of you who didn't, please feel free to come and share some memories, and trade some thoughts on his life and death.

Elastic is at:

2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.
2nd floor
Chicago, IL

If you have anything that you'd like to bring (photos, etc.) that has some relevance to Malachi's life, please do. We'd like to display some of these items for everyone to share in.

And please pass this information on to others who knew Malachi. There are many out there who will greatly miss his presence.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

From the zone



- Last night, Isidro and I had a pretty zoned-out The Fortieth Day session. It was just a wall of distorted, echoing, feedbacking bass and guitar. I was still taking in the sad news about Malachi, and pretty much all that I could do was sit down and pick away at the guitar. Afterwards, we went to Atotonilco on 26th Street for some delicious, comforting tacos. I had really wanted to see The Psychic Paramount later last night, but I was in absolutely no mood for being social.

- Tonight, I have a practice with Jason Soliday, to prepare for our show at Elastic on the 21st.

- I have a bunch of eBay and mail-order packages that I am preparing. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the new The Fortieth Day cassette. All of the positive feedback has been really nice to read.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Malachi Ritscher - RIP



I just found out that yet another friend - Malachi Ritscher - has taken his own life, and in a really horrific, symbolic manner. This is absolutely horrible news. I had known Malachi for about 20 years. We used to live right by each other back in the late-1980s, up near Loyola University. We both went through big break-ups at around the same time, and we sometimes hung out together at Smart Bar, Moody's Pub, and elsewhere, consoling each other. More recently, I could always count on him listing my live shows on his website, "Chicago Rash Audio Potential," and sending me a funny e-mail when he responded to my updates. I last spoke with him at the Daniel Mensche/Olivia Block show. My best wishes go out to his family and his friends.

He clearly planned his end, leaving this mission satement on his website:
http://www.savagesound.com/gallery99.htm
It is followed by a detailed obituary:
http://www.savagesound.com/gallery100.htm


Sick Moon


Sick Moon




Monday, November 06, 2006

WIERD record release party



I wish like hell that I could be there, but I cannot... So, I am just posting this for Pieter...


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Hope everyone can make it out to this truly very rare event this Thursday night at Club Europa in Greenpoint as the WIERD celebrates the release of the WIERD Compilation, a 3 LP + 7" vinyl collection of 32 songs by 15 bands and a 32 page book documenting the whole history of the WIERD World!!! We're going to have short sets by 9 bands so get there early as we're starting at 9pm!!!

WIERD Records presents the WIERD Compilation Record Release Party!!!

Thursday, November 9th, 9pm-4am

Featuring Live Performances by Blacklist, Column, Diako Diakoff, Epee du Bois, Martial Canterel, Sleep Museum, Three to Forgotten, Tobias Bernstrup, and Xeno and Oaklander!!!

DJs: Glenn(BLacklist/WIERD NYC), Gilles LeGUEN(Fleche d'Or/Paris), Scott Mou(Other Music/NYC)

CLUB EUROPA
98-104 Meserole Ave.(corner of Manhattan Ave/Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
G train to Greenpoint Ave., L to Bedford
Info:(718)383-5723


http://www.europaclub.com/
http://www.wierdrecords.com/

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New show added



A new solo show was added to the calendar this month, after the update went out. More details will be posted ASAP.

Friday November 17, 2006
5:00 PM-10:00 PM

Art Opening:

"Working Frameworks"
Conaway Center at Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash Avenue
First Floor
Chicago, IL
http://www.workingframeworks.com/
http://cspaces.colum.edu/


- The show includes artwork by Mark Van Fleet and Aaron Hibbs of
Sword Heaven
- Music by Vertonen and Mark Solotroff

After-show party:

Mr. City
1133 W. Fulton Market
(enter on May)
Chicago, IL

Music by:
Sword Heaven
Mayor Daley
Binges


Recap of Saturday's show



BLOODYMINDED
4 November 2006
Nihilist
Chicago, IL
With:
The Microwaves
K.K. Rampage
My Fairy Prince
The Opera Glove Sinks In The Sea

BLOODYMINDED
Nicole Chambers - Synth + Live Mix
Ed Knigge - Synth + Vocals
Mark Solotroff – Vocals + Synth

01. PORN LORDS
02. A SONG FOR LISANNE, A YOUNG MODEL
03. AS IF
04. GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
05. PRO-ANA
06. PRO-MIA
07. MIND THE GAP
08. CHINATOWN
09. LAKE STREET
10. SHOTGUN HELD TO FACE BY SEVERELY CROSSEYED ADDICT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE GIRLFRIEND FROM KNOWN DRUG HOUSE
11. WITHIN THE WALLS
12. TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
13. VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - AIDS WARD

Thanks to Nicole, Joe, and Tom, from Rococo Records, for letting us be a part of the show, even under such weird, original circumstances. Thanks also, to them, for the huge effort that they put into getting interesting replacement bands, and especially for securing the PA, at such late notice! Thanks to Andy Ortmann and Ehsan, for hosting the show. Thanks to Justin, for bringing and operating the great PA system, which we hope is okay. Thanks to the other bands/artists. Thanks to our friends, for the great support… especially Vanessa and Grey, for bringing the Detroit (and L.A.) backing! Thanks to Marlene, for videotaping.

It was a fast, streamlined set, which ran an agreeable 17.5-minutes. You can hear that complete idiot – constantly – on the crystal-clear MiniDisc recording, so along with his physical interruptions, it is clear that he had something coming to him… although you might not have any clue about what occurred, based on the recording. Thanks to Geoff and Tom, for being voices of reason during the show, and thanks to Geoff and Jason, for being so stern-looking after the show, out on the street.