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REVIEW: Deerhunter Free(way) Show

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on September 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Here are a few excerpts from Saturday’s not-so-secret Deerhunter set, which I reviewed for Chicago’s Gapers Block

It was May of 2007 the first time I saw Atlanta-based noise rockers Deerhunter. The band was opening for Chicago’s own The Ponys for their headlining slot at The Echo in Los Angeles. Cryptograms had been released that January, but I was really into The Ponys’ droning garage jams then and couldn’t wait to see them for the first time. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox towered over the stage wearing a flora print mini-dress that night, singing with mic-in-mouth gripped by his teeth. He jolted around the stage along to Cryptograms‘ more angular tracks, putting everyone in a daze that thoroughly upstaged The Ponys’ following set.

Saturday’s free Deerhunter show was less about noise-making and more about fanservice and clever publicity, but that didn’t make it any less entrancing. Hundreds of fans showed up early to the Chicago River underpass at 560 W. Grand, a location disclosed only a few days beforehand as part of Levi’s + Urban Outfitters Secret Generator Series. Deerhunter previewed most of their new songs for the first time in advance of their third full-length album, Halycon Digest (out tomorrow).

Here’s the link for the full review, plus photo extras!


GIMME FICTION: Chicago Reader, Bushwick Review #2

In Writer's Front on September 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Though it’s not nearly NaNoWriMo yet, start warming up, kids: Chicago Reader‘s annual “Pure Fiction” issue is slated for December, and they’ve already begun accepting submissions.

We’ll be considering submissions from now until November 3. Please send them to We prefer text pasted into e-mail rather than attachments. It’s hard to find room these days for pieces over 10,000 words, but to a degree we’re flexible on length. We pay for those we publish.

You can find more info on submitting here, and check out their decade-old archive as well.

Also, some news from the illustrious zinester Kristen Felicetti–deadline for submissions is coming up next weekend for the second issue of the raddest New York zine ever, The Bushwick Review (I lived in Bushwick, I’m biased). That means it’s only a matter of time before some of us get to chain smoke while reading and viewing each others’ work in the dusty corners of our apartments.

Chicagoans may still be able to find a copy of the zine’s first issue at Quimby’s Bookstore, otherwise you can purchase a copy online by clicking here. NYC distros: St. Mark’s Bookshop, Bluestockings, Desert Island Comics, Academy Records, and Spoonbill & Sugartown.

DEERHUNTER Secret Chicago Show Location Announced!

In Art Consortium, Truths on September 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Chicago spot just out, guys!–Motormouth Media announced the location earlier today. Deerhunter will be playing the Levi’s + Urban Outfitters Generator Series show this Saturday, September 25 @ 4pm at the Chicago River Underpass (560 W Grand).


The show is FREE, and people will be admitted until it reaches capacity, so get there early to soak in all the new Halycon Digest material live. UO has some more detailed info on the event here. If you don’t make the show or get blocked out by the hundreds of fans camping out (hey, it’s possible), worry not–the guys will be coming back to play Metro in late October.

Here’s what they have slated for Fall:
FRI 10/1 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse
SAT 10/9 CHAPEL HILL, NC Cat’s Cradle
SUN 10/10 RICHMOND, VA Canal Club
TUE 10/12 WASHINGTON DC 9:30 Club
FRI 10/15 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
SAT 10/16 BOSTON, MA Royale Nightclub
SUN 10/17 MONTREAL, QC La Tulipe
TUE 10/19 TORONTO, ON Opera House
WED 10/20 DETROIT, MI Magic Stick
THU 10/21 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland
FRI 10/22 CHICAGO, IL Metro
TUES 10/26 VANCOUVER, WA Commodore
WED 10/27 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
THU 10/28 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom
FRI 10/29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American
WED 11/3 PHOENIX, AZ Clubhouse
FRI 11/5 DALLAS, TX Granada
SUN 11/7 AUSTIN, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
MON 11/8 NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
TUE 11/9 BIRMINGHAM, AL Bottletree

LOLLA OUTTAKES: Soundgarden Reunion 2K10

In Art Consortium, Teleportation on September 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

As promised, here’s my footage for the closing set at Lollapalooza this year–in portrait form. Of Chris Cornell only.

“I’ve been to Chicago more times than Seattle,” Cornell announced between wails. “Feels fuckin’ great to be back again.”

“I’m gona break my rusty cage and run.”

There’s a reason for my bias–Cornell is a relentlessly talented male vocalist and the most captivating subject on the stage. He barely twitches a muscle as he hits those high registers.

See you next time.

PHOTOMATON #4: Large format camera, Sullivan & Palmer House

In Photomaton on September 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Photomaton started out as a weekly assembly of three images in my admiration. This time I give you a photo of a 4″x5″ negative captured with a large format camera today…taken on my Blackberry…through a window.

That’s a fellow picture maker who is also photographing me in Grant Park. Look at that gorgeous Sullivan terracotta straight ahead, and the Palmer House Hilton Hotel all the way to the right of the negative.

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