You won’t find a leak anywhere, but if you act swiftly, you can enter for a chance to win tickets to a listening party, one of which happens right here in Chicago! To enter, Click These Words, which will whisk you away to the Warp website, a label that you should research thoroughly if you are not already familiar. Syro drops on 9.19.2014. Good luck!
It’s been 10 painful years since ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’ first graced your earholes and created a musical gap that no one else could fill. Finally, DFA1979 has prepared another hit to sate your head, and a whole bushel is just around the corner! See: 'The Physical World'
Monday Motivation || Have a Wallpaper, you Awesome Human!
That’s a right-click and save. It may not fit your monitor (unless you turn it on its side), but it’s better than that hokey “80% of success is just showing up” ‘I’m OK you’re OK and Woody Allen is OK too’ bullshit. This is get-off your ass material for a Monday, not a massage.
Don’t miss THE CURE @ Riot Fest 2014 in Humboldt Park!
Get your happy-goth on and go see my personal favorite band, The Cure, at Riot Fest! The fest is stretching across the September 12-14 weekend and will call Humboldt Park home once again. This is one of the most entertaining, welcoming, and diverse festivals I’ve ever attended and it only gets better and better with every year. With The Cure headlining, you’re already guaranteed your money’s worth. BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley had to pull the plug on The Cure’s set this summer for overstaying their welcome a bit. Having seen them twice, I can say in full confidence that if you’re a fan of The Cure, you’ll leave happy no matter what era of the legendary band you prefer.
UR INVITED: After Dark at The Modern Wing Friday August 22nd, 2014
Explore the museum late night with After Dark in the Modern Wing. Enjoy and take guided tours of ‘Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938’ and then rock out to live performances by band Kinky Love and acclaimed theatrical group Collaboraction. Enjoy complimentary appetizers with a cash bar. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Scalzi’s upcoming book Lock In is about the aftermath of a virus that leaves millions “locked in” their bodies, alive, but completely paralyzed. A quarter century later, the world has been reformed by this disease, there are now people called “Integrators” who can allow the locked-in to access their body for a time. The main story of Lock In involves the murder of one of these locked that, because of their vegetative state, quickly becomes a complicated Inception-style adventure-through universes large and small.
Chicago’s CENOB1TE have returned with TWO new tracks - “Mindkiller” and “Control”!!
My personal favorite purveyors of bass music are finally back to destroy your speakers with not one, but TWO new tracks. Cenob1te are the masters of bass in Chicago and they’ve been dearly missed recently since they went on a brief hiatus. They just released a slab of intense, Dune-inspired bass in the form of “Mindkiller” through Downlink’s Uplink Audio. The song is up to #17 on Beatport at the time of writing this, so support your local electronic artists and go cop the new tune (link below)!!
You wearing your Brown Pants? || Leaked Deadpool Movie Test Footage
If this movie doesn’t happen, I am going to end up on an inverse Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back style rampage in which I am kidnapping producers and getting this movie made at gunpoint. It’s what Deadpool would want. Everything about the style, voice, and costuming seem to really ‘get’ the Deadpool aesthetic, which is key, because if you take out the slaphappy nonsensical ADHD hijinks, there is no Deadpool left to write about.
This group of shoe-gazers seems to have taken the parts of Animal Collective’s sound that I love and given them a poppier format with Muse’s electronics! I say this not as a complaint, but with a grin on my face as I listen to it. The sound is thick, but in smooth waves. There is a lot going on in this recording, so you can only imagine how intricate their live show is going to be. Hey, as long as they aren’t afraid to turn up to 11 and really bathe us in the sound, they can’t go wrong. Catch them at Cole’s Bar Aug 23rd, Time TBA (will update when they announce).
While the world awaits Jhonen Vasquez’ return to comics, er, cartoons, or…well, he could start racing Nascar and it would still be news. Ahem, well, as the world awaits Jhonen Vasquez’ return IN GENERAL TO ANYTHING (besides twitter), Filler Bunny has finally been collected in all of it’s hilarity (it would be weird if they removed it) and you can buy it (at your local comic shop, cause Amazon is sold out). Woohoo.
Thank god, the album is timely and hilarious. No one wants to see a clown age ungracefully into old age, and Weird Al has saved us from watching a decline into obscurity, far from it, he has risen like a pheonix in the age of the internet. His music videos are among the most viral, dragging a constant stream new fans past their eye-rolling and into laughter.