Today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Heart of Gold, Jacket of Leather," a rock 'n' roll song title if I've ever heard one. And the opening riff is foot-on-the-monitor hard—I fear for your soul if it doesn't get you at least a little geared. Recorded by the Albini (like the rest of the album), the track has his expansive, heavy-hitting sound, with a tight, dynamic rhythm section that provides more than just a backbone for the dueling guitars. Ralph Cuseglio's vocals are so sweaty 70s glam that I always imagine him onstage in a bedazzled, ruffled shirt—microphone in one hand, spilling martini in the other.
In related news, the band reunited early last year for a one-off show and has begun editing down material for an upcoming life-and-times documentary.
Here's a description of the Uptown neighborhood from Sweet Home Chicago 2 by Tem Horwitz, published by Chicago Review Press in 1977 (with a back cover blurb credited to the Reader: "The latest and liveliest addition to the guidebook shelf"):
After a bunch of damn ringers for the Tribune—none of them looking like Eric Zorn or Mary Schmich or even Steve Johnson or Phil Rosenthal—swatted the ball all over the field, the first woman to come to bat hit a dribbler right in front of home plate.
I went running for the ball, but I swear it felt like the heel of my shoe somehow got hooked on the pitching rubber. I went down, and looked over my shoulder to see what had tripped me—and knew right away what I'd done.
Bucktown's Holstein Park celebrates its 100th anniversary with an array of family activities and food served by some of the city's most popular food trucks.
My Neighbors the Yamadas, which J.R. Jones calls impressive for its "mix of snarky humor and sincere sentiment," screens at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of its Studio Ghibli retrospective.
Fitzgerald's American Music Festival goes down in Berwyn and features sets from JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Ike Reilly.
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