Friday, September 28, 2012

Tim Daisy's Relay Recordings

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 02:00 PM

Tim Daisy
  • Tim Daisy
Considering the vitality and depth of Chicago's jazz and improvised-music scene, I wonder why the city has so few labels devoted to documenting the action. I'm not forgetting Delmark, Southport, and BluJazz, but most of them focus on relatively straight-ahead music—often artists outside that subset of the scene (and within it as well) are forced to take matters into their own hands if they want their music heard by an audience broader than the ones that turn up at gigs. Drummer Tim Daisy started a vanity imprint, Relay Recordings, to do just that, but over the past couple of years he's turned it into more than just an outlet for music that might otherwise fall by the wayside.

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Chicago VeganMania is back

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 01:35 PM

I know today is Hug a Vegetarian Day and all, but if it's OK with you, I'd prefer to eat my Tofurkey sandwich in peace. Instead of making others squirm through objectionable human-on-human contact, let's just meet at Chicago VeganMania tomorrow at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) and collectively stuff our faces full of tofu and vegan cheese. The festival (which has free admission) runs from 10 AM till 5 PM and features chef demos, speakers and workshops, and, most importantly, an expansive all-things-vegan food court.

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12 O'Clock Track: Ty Segall & Dillon Watson, "Needles in the Camel's Eye"

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 12:00 PM

Ty Segall obviously has exquisite taste. If the broad range of styles he's mastered isn't enough evidence, take a look at some of the outstanding covers he's done: he's released a handful of T. Rex songs (as Ty Rex) and a couple of David Bowie tracks (in collaboration with Mikal Cronin), he's been known to play Misfits and Sabbath tunes live, and he even graced this summer's Pitchfork fest with a ripping cover of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." Today's 12 O'Clock Track is Segall (this time collaborating with Dillon Watson of Nashville garage rockers D. Watusi) tackling one of the greatest album openers in the history of rock 'n' roll, "Needles in the Camel's Eye" from Brian Eno's 1974 solo debut, Here Come the Warm Jets.

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So long Jimmy John's and other food news bites

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 11:36 AM

Jimmy John Liautaud testing a new sandwich
Cardboard sandwich chain Jimmy John's is leaving the state, reports Crain's.

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This week's movies, and the rest of this week's movies

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 10:46 AM

Head Games
  • Head Games
Sometimes the film section is jammed with coverage—long essay-style reviews, extensive sidebars on festivals, boxes recommending new releases. Then there's this week. Well, you can't accuse us of shirking; we have reviews of 13 new releases, and rather than blow through them in a single paragraph, I think I'll list them one by one so this post seems longer.

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Street View 050: Polished + Relaxed

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 10:15 AM

Street View is a series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights fascinatingly fashionable Chicagoans.

Ashanti is wearing casual items, but she polishes them up by carrying a structured bag, pulling up the neck of her denim jacket, and by tucking her Cosby sweater in—"tucking in" is a great outfit polisher. A pompadour hairstyle also glams up any look.

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Nope, Punk is still not punk

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 09:36 AM

Colorado Springs is definitely not punk
  • Colorado Springs is definitely not punk
As Miles Raymer explains in his smart Bleader post "Punk isn't quite punk," navigating punk before the Internet was something of a vision quest. It basically consisted of blindly diving into an already dodgy culture and building from whatever limited resources your small town or obscure suburb had to offer. He writes, "You might have some zines if you were lucky, or get tips and mix tapes from an older punk if you were very lucky, but more likely you'd have to settle for things like making note of the band shirts that the cooler members of Guns n' Roses wore in videos and photo shoots, or just blindly buying records that looked even vaguely 'punk.'"

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Pathos in a shit storm

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 06:41 AM

Mark Rothko, Untitled (Brown and Gray)
  • Mark Rothko, "Untitled (Brown and Gray)"
In the midst of shipping off from our well-worn quarters to the shiny Sun-Times building back in August, many of us took Moving Week literally, chronicling packing up shop, staying put, moving or not moving, as the case may be. Reader film critic Ben Sachs gave the theme a different take, writing about an autistic and severely retarded man he cared for through the direst of circumstances. Can misery, fear, and impacted feces be moving? In the hands of Sachs, yes.

Working with Daryl one-on-one required that I approach experience on his terms—autism has a way of transforming everything it touches—and they were fascinating terms indeed. Like many people deeply affected by autism, Daryl had echolalia. This meant he would often repeat the last word he heard or else vocalize nonsense sounds for the palliative effect. If no one engaged him directly, he was perfectly content to sit in a corner, playing with his fingers and enjoying the sound of his gibberish. Some sounds had developed, over the course of his life, into private mantras, and I became familiar with them all. The most common went something like: "Par-ee-ah shee-ah poor . . . pie . . . shocko pie, shocko pie . . . koat pie . . ."

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The Reader's Agenda: Fri 9/28

Posted By on 09.28.12 at 06:12 AM

Paperweight by Paul Stankard
  • Paperweight by Paul Stankard
Looking for something to do today? Agenda's got you covered:

An exhibit of the Rubloff paperweight collection at the Art Institute of Chicago kicks off with an opening reception and cocktail party, beginning at 6:30 PM.

Gorilla Tango Theatre, known mostly for its geek-culture-inspired burlesque shows, ventures into the world of pop music with That Was It: The Tragic Tale of Our King Michael Jackson, a tongue-in-cheek tragedy in the tradition of Greek theater. Jack Helbig celebrates "the cast's ability to win laughs even as they lay bare the pathos in Jackson's story."

Psychedelic rockers Moon Duo, who call Portland home but, according to Leor Galil, would fit nicely into Chicago's growing psych scene due to their "healthy attitude about fooling around with garage rock and pop," stop by the Empty Bottle in support of their forthcoming LP, Circles. Redgrave and Verma open.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Regrets, I've had TKHOWMANY

Posted By on 09.27.12 at 06:00 PM

  • Oooooops
While we spend the week revisiting past glories on the Bleader, I want to look back on the most shameful thing that was not my fault (as opposed to the most shameful thing that was my fault—a different matter entirely, and once it's identified I'll be sure to atone) that I've endured this year. It was on the occasion of the Reader's inaugural Valentine's Day issue, which a couple of coworkers and I were tasked (against our will) with putting together. When the thing was nearing completion I volunteered to write the introduction, seeing in it a chance to express myself the best way I knew how—with a minimum of tact, a maximum of vulgarity, and a lot of adjectives. I felt pretty good about this. You can read it here, if you'd like. The thing was sent to press and when I got to the office the next morning I looked at a PDF of the intro to see how it was laid out—very nicely, except that in the last paragraph, where I'd detailed all the different components of the V-Day issue, and attempted to refer readers to specific pages, there were no fewer than seven TKs in place of the page numbers. TK is editorial shorthand for "to come"—text symbolizing something that ideally will have been inserted into the piece before it's sent to the printer. Something that you, the reader, are generally not supposed to see when you open your newspaper.

I was having a pretty lousy Valentine's season anyhow.

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