The A.V. Club Announces Inaugural Music Festival

Not much info on this yet, but The A.V. Club has just announced that they’ll be holding their inaugural A.V. Club music festival at Chicago’s Hideout over the weekend of September 10-11.

As if that’s not cool enough, check out the first bands announced:

Archers of Loaf (!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The Thermals
Tokyo Police Club
Eef Barzelay (of Clem Snide) playing the music of Journey

… and “lots” more to come, apparently.

Wow. As if the Hideout Block Party just two weeks later weren’t cool enough, this is even better. Can’t wait for September.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 2:21 pm

VIDEO: Superchunk, “Learned to Surf” (live)

Via Pitchfork and Dig For Fire comes video of Mac and Jim of Superchunk performing “Learned to Surf” on the upstairs deck of the Bottom Lounge in Chicago last weekend. Check it out (wait about 45 seconds past the Das Racist and Ice Cream Man stuff):

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 10:27 am

PR: Kid, You’ll Move Mountains News!

Kid, You’ll Move Mountains, “New Blood” (from Loomings [BUY])

You might remember that KYMM’s 2009 debut, Loomings, was picked by Red Eye Chicago as the #1 Chicago album of 2009 (and a Top 10 album overall), and praised by Jim DeRogatis and the Chicago Reader, among many others.

Well, the good news is that the band is hard at work on album #2, and they’re aiming for a late Fall 2011 release! More news on this front soon!

In more immediate news, the band is extremely excited to have been invited to play WMSE’s Radio Summer Camp festival at the end of month! They’ll join such luminaries as Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Richard Buckner, Handsome Furs and Jaill as part of the 5-day festival. KYMM plays on Saturday, July 30th at the Bay View Brew Haus at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue (on the same bill as Jaill!). You can find more info on the Radio Summer Camp fest here.

Finally, if you haven’t seen it already (or even if you have!), you should check out KYMM’s lead singer, Jim Hanke, providing backing vocals for They Might Be Giants’ recent AV Club Undercover performance of “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba. It’s an awesome performance by everyone involved, but if you ask me Jim (the guy in glasses and a black and blue t-shirt) has the best moves in the room.

Anyway, I hope you can make it out to see KYMM at the end of the month, and if you’re interested in checking out the band’s debut, Loomings, let me know. We’ll also be in touch before long about copies of the new album! If you have any questions, just
drop me a line!

[Disclaimer: Kid, You’ll Move Mountains are friends of mine that I’m doing some PR and management work for on the side. As I’ve mentioned here before, I only do work like this for artists I truly like and believe in (n.b., I’m a lawyer and don’t have time to waste on artists I don’t like), so while you should definitely be aware of the connection, it really doesn’t affect my editorial judgment (such as it is) on this blog.]

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Tuesday 19 July 2011 at 10:45 am

Superchunk @ Pitchfork Festival [7/17/11]

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 17 July 2011 at 9:14 pm

Pitchfork Fest Pics

Seriously, I do want to start updating this blog with actual content. Really. But for now, just some P4K pics.

Guided By Voices

Dismemberment Plan



No Age

Smith Westerns @ Lincoln Hall

Brain Idea @ Threadless HQ

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 17 July 2011 at 10:35 am

They Might Be Giants Cover… Chumbawamba

I post this primarily because my friend Jim of the band Kid, You’ll Move Mountains is part of the backing vocal crew. And, seriously, you know you still love this song.

They Might Be Giants covers Chumbawamba

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Tuesday 5 July 2011 at 11:02 am

VIDEO: Archers of Loaf, “Wrong” (live)

As part of my effort to get this blog going again, in at least a minimal capacity, I figured I’d post the live Archers of Loaf performance from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It’s been posted everywhere already, but since the band is coming to Chicago for two shows this weekend, I figured that was excuse enough to post it again. Enjoy.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Monday 4 July 2011 at 11:34 am

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