MP3: Vandaveer, “Concerning Past & Future Conquests”

Really, really nice new song from Mark and Rose, a/k/a Washington, D.C.’s Vandaveer.

The song is from Vandaveer’s brand new album, Dig Down Deep, which you can order at the band’s website or on Bandcamp.

The band is schedule to play at the Empty Bottle on Wednesday, May 11th, with Ferraby Lionhart and Rachele Eve. Tickets are $8 or free if you RSVP (details on the Empty Bottle calendar here). You will definitely see me there.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 1:56 pm

VIDEO: Dark Mean, “Happy Banjo”

I first fell in love with Hamilton, Ontario’s Dark Mean back in early 2009, and have patiently waited as the band prepared its debut full-length album (which was originally going to be entitled The Constant K Determines the Ultimate Fate of the Universe, but now seems to simply be self-titled).

Well, the waiting has finally ended — the band’s debut album is now set for a June 14th release, though you can actually purchase a digital copy of the album NOW. I am literally downloading it as I type this, and can’t wait to hear it.

The band has also released a brand new video for the album’s re-recorded version of the excellent “Happy Banjo”. Check it out:

If you’re in Toronto, you can catch the band’s CD Release Show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, June 24th. Hopefully we’ll see them in the States sometime this summer.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Wednesday 27 April 2011 at 10:22 am

Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Is Flat Out Awful

Via Greg Kot.

I’ve bolded the band’s I’d be interested in seeing if I were to go (I am not). I count 12 overall, 6 of which I’ve seen in much smaller venues in just the last month or so, and 3 of which I skipped when they played smaller venues in Chicago recently.

So, yeah… this lineup is terrible.

Foo Fighters
My Morning Jacket
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
The Cars
An Horse
Arctic Monkeys
Beats Antique
Best Coast
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Cards
Black Lips
Boy & Bear
Bright Eyes
Cage the Elephant
Chico Trujillo
Christina Perri
City and Colour
Cold War Kids
Crystal Castles
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Death From Above 1979
Delta Spirit
DJ Mel
Electric Touch
Ellie Goulding
Explosions in the Sky
Fitz & the Tantrums
Flogging Molly
Foster the People
Friendly Fires
Gold Motel
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Imelda May
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Julia Easterlin
Kids These Days
Lia Ices
Local Natives
Lord Huron
Los Bunkers
Lykke Li
Manchester Orchestra
Maps & Atlases
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Noah & The Whale
Patrick Stump
Portugal the Man
Rival Schools
Ruby Jane
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Ryan Leslie
Sam Adams
Skylar Grey
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns
TAB the Band
The Chain Gang of 1974
The Drums
The Joy Formidable
The Kills
The Kingston Springs
The Mountain Goats
The Naked and Famous
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pretty Reckless
The Vaccines
Tinie Tempah
Titus Andronicus
Two Door Cinema Club
White Lies
Wye Oak
Ximena Saritana
Young Man
Young the Giant

Perry’s Lounge electronic/DJ stage: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew, Afrojack, Modeselektor, Skrillex, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox, Chuckie, the Glitch Mob, Busy P, Joachim Garraud, Super Mash Bros., Jay Electronica, 12th Planet, Daedulus, Feed Me, Jackmaster, Collie Buddz, Savoy, Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite, Ana Tijoux, Midnight Conspiracy, L1ght, Lady D.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 25 April 2011 at 11:47 pm

More Recent Shows Pics

As promised, there will be more posts on this blog. Here’s one.

Low @ Lincoln Hall [4/21/11]

Eleventh Dream Day @ Lincoln Hall [4/22/11]

Sharon Van Etten @ Lincoln Hall [4/9/11]

Robbie Fulks & Nora O’Connor @ Hideout [4/18/11]

Wye Oak @ Schubas [4/7/11]

Liam Finn @ Hideout [4/5/11]

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 24 April 2011 at 5:11 pm

Jeff Tweedy @ Hotel SnS [4/23/11]

(Updated with full setlist at bottom)

I’ve fallen waaaaay behind on posting photos (and thoughts) from shows in recent months. I think – though I emphasize think – that I’ve decided to refocus some attention on this blog a bit, and I figured the best way to kick things off is to post some photos from last night’s Jeff Tweedy living room show at the Hotel SnS.

If you’re not familiar with Jeff’s living room shows, for most of the past decade Jeff has been involved with Letters to Santa, a charity organized by Steve Albini and his wife Heather Whinna.  The group organizes an annual 24-hour event at Second City here in Chicago with non-stop improvisational comedy as well as musical performances. That event traditionally includes a performance by Jeff Tweedy, and, at the end, Jeff auctions off several personal living room performances, with all proceeds going to Letters to Santa. You can see some of my photos from the past couple Letters to Santa shows here, here and here.

This year I was lucky enough to know a couple of the winning bidders for a Tweedy show, and I managed to finagle myself an invitation to the show.  For that I owe a HUGE thank you to the winning bidders/organizers, @samorama, @paulsuwan and Suz (who isn’t on Twitter but gets a thank you anyway!), and everyone else in the group for helping to make this happen.

Anyway, the show was about as spectacular as you’d expect. Everyone in the crowd got to pick a song, from traditional favorites (“Jesus, etc.”) to covers (“Ripple”) to rarities (“Corduroy Cutoff Girl” and “This Ain’t No Lounge Ax”). My pick was “Please Tell My Brother” from this album, after which Jeff jokingly thanked me for picking a depressing song and bumming everybody out. Good times.

I’d post a setlist if I had one, but I forgot a pen and was too busy listening and watching (and taking some pictures) to write down song names. Jeff did play two brand new songs, one of which should be on the new album (which is apparently about 75% recorded) and one which will likely end up as a B-side or other release. Both were excellent, though I honestly think I liked the B-side more. Which is exactly what Jeff thought we’d all think. Meh.

Onto the pics.

(This last picture is Jeff serenading Zelda the dog.)

Set 1
-This Ain’t No Lounge Ax
-Corduroy Cutoff Girl
-At My Window Sad And Lonely
-Casino Queen (“LouFest version”)
-Passenger Side
-Please Tell My Brother
-Summer Teeth
-new song-I Might
-Henry and the H-Bombs [Mott The Hoople]
-Cruel To Be Kind [Nick Lowe]
-More Like The Moon

Set 2
-“Happy Birthday”
-When You Wake Up Feeling Old
-You Are Not Alone
-Sixteen Blue (fragment) [The Replacements]
-Please Be Patient With Me
-Jesus, etc.
-Either Way
-I’m A Wheel
-Wish You Were Here [Pink Floyd]
-Ripple [The Grateful Dead]
-The Spirit Of Radio (fragment) [Rush]
-A Magazine Called Sunset
-If That’s Alright (started and restarted)
-Pecan Pie

Set 3
-new song-Capital City
-California Stars
-One By One
-Airline To Heaven
-Blasting Fonda
-“Jeff Tweedy Is Playing At My House” (pastiche, with elements of “Losing My Edge,” “The Message” and other rapping) [LCD Soundsystem]
-Dreamer In My Dreams

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 24 April 2011 at 11:04 am

VIDEO: Heavenly States (w/ Britt Daniel), “Berlin Wall”

Fantastic new video from one of the most underrated bands around. Really hoping they start getting the attention they deserve. This video should help.

“Berlin Wall” is from the band’s brand new EP, Oui Camera Oui, which you need to pick up right now.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Saturday 23 April 2011 at 12:42 pm

This Week in Chicago [April 18-24]

And… we’re back. But in slightly abbreviated format. I no longer have the patience to list every show for every venue in town. Takes too damn long. So instead I’m gonna include only shows and/or venues that interest me, and maybe a few others here and there just simply because I forget not to include them. Anyway, enjoy.

Shows in bold are recommended shows, while shows in larger bold red are shows that I plan on going to and/or shows that I really, really think you should be going to. Sorry, no embedded videos or songs this week.

Empty Bottle (7pm): Darling, Diamond Doves [FREE SHOW]
Empty Bottle (10pm): Bass Drum of Death, Cool Devices, UH Bones [FREE SHOW]
Hideout: Robbie Fulks + Nora O’Connor perform Grievous Angel
Lincoln Hall: The Black Angels, Suuns
Panchos: Secret Cities, Warehouse City, more
Schubas: Songcircle: Chicago Showcase
Whistler: This is Cinema, The Clams

Double Door: Milano, The Leadership, more
Empty Bottle: Paper Mice, Trin Tran, Cruciforms
Hideout: Sanctified Grumblers, Erwin Helfer, more
Lincoln Hall: Delorean, Yawn, Gemini Club (DJ set)
Metro: New Boyz
Panchos: Fat Shadow, 97-Shiki, Brickfight, Finishing School
Reckless Records (6pm – Wicker Park): Uzi Rash
Schubas: Surf City, Dreamers of the Ghetto, Slushy

Bottom Lounge: Spectrum, Panda Riot, Chatham Rise, DJ Scary Lady Sarah
Double Door: Biffy Clyro, The Revolution One, The Noise FM
Empty Bottle: Parts & Labor, Call Me Lightning, Child Bite
Hideout: Immediate Sound series ft. The Green Pasture Happiness, My Silence
Lincoln Hall: Crocodiles, The Fresh & Onlys, Young Prisms
Panchos (6pm): White Mystery, Loose Dudes, Close Hits [ALL AGES]
Panchos (10pm): White Mystery, Rabble Rabble, Slushy
Schubas: The Submarines, Nik Freitas
Subterranean: Stephen Paul Smoker, The Shams Band, Vamos

Bottom Lounge: The Appleseed Cast, Muscle Worship
Double Door: Zumba, Haley + Julie
Empty Bottle: Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Brain Idea
Hideout: Mayor Daley, PAK, Wrekmeister Harmonies
House of Blues: Counting Crows
Lincoln Hall: Low, Gaberdine
Memories: Bat Masterson, Tiny Rhthym, The Back Chords
Panchos: The Infrasonics, Blank Banker, more
Permanent Records (5pm): Family Underground
Schubas: Jamaica, Via Audio, Black Light Saints
SPACE (7pm + 10pm): Mason Jennings
Subterranean: Budos Band, Charles Bradley
VWF Blackhawk Post 7975: Supreme Cuts (DJ set), EULA, Shattered Hymen, Names Divine (QRO Mag/Cream Team show)

Bottom Lounge: Accept, Sabaton
Crown Tap Room: Cave Mirrors, Bigcolour, more
Double Door: The Boxer Rebellion, We Are Augustines
Empty Bottle: Maritime, Tin Tin Can, The Nothingheads
Hideout: AZITA, The Judy Green, Relaxation Record
House of Blues: Heavy the Fall, A.D.D., more
Lincoln Hall: Eleventh Dream Day, The 1900s
Logan Square Aud.: Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Outer Minds
Metro: TV On The Radio, Glasser
Old Town School: The Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose
Panchos: American Draft, Knife the Symphony, more
Park West: Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm
Quenchers: Football, Head of Skulls
Schubas: A Lull, Yourself and the Air, Heypenny
Subterranean: Very Truly Yours, Calm Palm Vapor, more
UIC Pavilion: Arcade Fire, The National [SOLD THE FUCK OUT]
Vic: Chris Cornell [SOLD OUT]

Abbey Pub: Material Re-Issue (ft. members Material Issue), Van Go, more
Bottom Lounge (4:30pm): Crass Songs, Steve Ignorant, Goldblade
Bottom Lounge (9pm): The Nadas
Double Door: Trampled by Turtles, Caroline Smith, The Goodnight Sleeps
Empty Bottle: Junip, Acrylics
Hideout: Stnnng, Martha’s Vineyard Ferries, The Gary
Hotel SnS (private show): Jeff Tweedy
House of Blues: Duran Duran
Lincoln Hall: The Island of Misfit Toys, Winchester, The New Diet
Metro (6:30pm): Madina Lake, Super Happy Fun Club, Munroe, Stay Golden
Metro (11:30pm): Nocturna, DJ Scary Lady Sarah
Old Town School: Crooked Still, Mike & Ruthy
Park West: Scala & Kolany Brothers
Permanent Records (5pm): The N.E.C.
Schubas: Neutral Uke Hotel
Subterranean: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Tristen, The Apache Relay

Bottom Lounge [8pm]: Pinback, Judgement Day
Bottom Lounge [10pm]: Hemmingbirds, Farraday, Dash Cunning
Double Door: Uh Huh Her, Diamonds Under Fire
Empty Bottle: Sun Splitter, Northless, Oyarsa
Reggie’s Rock Club: Anal Cunt, Eye Gouger, Paucities, more
Schubas: Joan as Police Woman, Bone & Bell
SPACE: Junip, The Acrylics
UIC Pavilion: Arcade Fire, The National [SOLD THE FUCK OUT]

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Monday 18 April 2011 at 10:00 am

VIDEO: Superchunk, “Crossed Wires”

Via Pitchfork.

If you don’t have Majesty Shredding yet, what the hell is wrong with you? Buy it.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Friday 15 April 2011 at 10:48 am

Archers of Loaf Announce SUMMER TOUR!

All I can say is holyfuckingshitthisisfuckingwonderfulicannotfuckingwaitharnessedinslums.

Also, there’s a presale sometime this week.

Archers of Loaf Reunion Tour
May 21 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
June 3 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
June 4 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
June 11 Emo’s Austin, TX
June 12 The Loft Dallas, TX
June 25 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
June 26 Webster Hall New York, NY
July 8 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
July 9 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
July 22 The Earl Atlanta, GA
July 23 The Earl Atlanta, GA
August 5 Black Cat Washington, D.C.
August 6 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
August 19 Cat’s Cradle Chapel Hill, NC
September 2 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
September 3 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 11 April 2011 at 2:42 pm

VIDEO: Tereu Tereu, “Spanish Lynx” (live – unreleased)

From the band’s performance last week at the 826DC benefit at St. Stephen’s Church:

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Thursday 7 April 2011 at 9:48 am

Hear 2 New TITLE TRACKS Songs (+ Preorder Info)!

If you’ve read this blog or, more likely, my Twitter feed at all over the last 2 years or so, you probably know that one of my favorite bands around right now is Washington, D.C.’s Title Tracks.

Title Tracks is the latest project of John Davis, the drummer for legendary D.C. dance-punk band Q and Not U and one-half of the songwriting team behind Georgie James (along with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabyrds). The band formed in mid-2008 after the latter band’s dissolution, and put out its stellar first album, It Was Easy, at the beginning of 2010.

The band is now set to release its second LP, entitled In Blank, via the Ernest Jenning Record Co. on April 19th – pre-order it here – and they’ve made two songs from the new album available for streaming. Check ’em out:

Turn Your Face by Title Tracks

All Tricks by Title Tracks

If you dig these songs – and, seriously, how could you not? – be sure to pick up a copy of the album, and join me at the Empty Bottle on Monday, May 9th to see the band in person (for free, even!).

Oh, and “Turn Your Face” is also available for free download over at RCRD LBL. Hop to it!

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at 4:12 pm

The 2011 CHIRP Record Fair is This Weekend!

Click here and print out the PDF to save $2 on admission!

And if you come Sunday afternoon, you might see me working!

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 4 April 2011 at 10:18 pm

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