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    • November 4, 2013 12:38 PM CST
    • Right on.   When the band finally started touring the states , in earnest , it had seemed like such a long wait , for me , to see them , but they eventually played Chicago , several times , and I also saw them once in New York. THEY HAD , OF COURSE , ALREADY PLAYED MUCH OF WESTERN EUROPE , AND FORMER SOVIET BLOC COUNTRIES THAT WERE ONLY BEGINNING TO OPEN UP TO AMERICAN ACTS...... I JOKINGLY TOLD FRED , "PLEASE DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU'VE PLAYED CHINA AND CUBA TO COME BACK TO CHICAGO.".

      ENJOY THE LIVING HELL OUT OF THE SHOW !

    • November 4, 2013 10:58 AM CST
    • @John Battles

      Funny you should mention 100 miles, 'cause that's how far I'm gonna have to go. Worth it.

    • November 3, 2013 8:35 PM CST
    • DEAD MOON IS PLAYING A SHOW ?! SWEET CRAPPIN' CRAP !!! Dead Moon have'nt , to my knowledge , played a show in 7 OR 8 years......

      I'm glad to hear about this , even if it turns out to be their only reunion gig . If you ever saw them , and live within 100 miles of Portland , you already know why you'll be there. If you never got to see them , likewise , you'll be glad you went.

    • November 3, 2013 5:15 PM CST
    • I don't think Dead Moon have played a show in several years, and Poison Idea plays so infrequently I always seem to hear about it after the fact. So excited to catch two legends in one show.

       

      Saturday, January 4, 2014

      Crystal Ballroom (1332 West Burnside, Portland)

      Doors at 7, Show at 8

      $20 Advance or At The Door

      All Ages

       

      Visit Crystal Ballroom Site

    • October 31, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
    • The Avengers- don't miss these Cali shows!


      Nov 1st Friday
      7pm ::: All ages! 
      Los Globos in Hollywood 
      3040 W Sunset Blvd 
      with Mau Maus
      Killroy, Sidekick, Droptank
      $15 get tix now

       

      Nov 2nd Saturday
      The Uptown's 6th anniversary bash in Oakland CA
      1928 Telegraph Avenue 
      with Urinals from LA!
      Wild Assumptions
      $12/15 get tix now

    • October 25, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
    • This is almost as good as The Ponderosa Stomp. Yes , some jaded asswipes can't concede to a very obvious fact - THE SONICS KILL !!!!! BANDS 1/3 THEIR AGE LOOK LIKE THE WIMPS THEY ARE , AGAINST THE MASTERS ! ROY LONEY , LOOK UNDER "FOOT - IN - ASS ROCK'N'ROLL". He still has a set of pipes that could've sanitized CBGB's men's room ! THELEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY - PART OUTSIDER ARTIST , MOSTLY INSANE ROCKABILLY SHOWMAN , BAR NONE , WITH CRAMPS , JOHNNY LEGEND AND DEAD KENNEDYS ALUMNI IN HIS SHIT - HOT BAND , THE ALTAMONT BOYS .

      WELL , NOBUNNY , YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT , ALREADY. HE DID PUBICLY CITE ME AS AN INFLUENCe INMAXIMUM (???) ROCK'N'ROLL , SO , HE'S OK IN MY BOOK. I KNEW HIM BEFORE HE WAS BITTEN BY THE JACKALOPE , AND HE WAS JUST THIS INNOCENT MICHAEL J. POLLARD/ART GARFUNKEL HYBRID.

    • September 19, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
    • That's my birthday weekend. If only I could teleport. 

    • September 17, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
    • TOTALS TRASH HALLOWEEN BASH 
      FEATURING THE SONICS!!!! 
      NOBUNNY!!! SHANNON & THE CLAMS!!! 
      PANGEA!!! BATTLESHIP!!! MEAT MARKET!!!
      ROY LONEY!!! MIDNITE SNAXXX!!!
      LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY!!! 
      ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE KIDS!!!
      CHAD & THE MEATBODIES!!!
      + TBA SOON!!!!!

      OCTOBER 31ST - NOV 3RD!!!! 
      OAKLAND CA!!! & SAN FRANCISCO CA!!!

      COME CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF TOTAL TRASH!!!

      Thursday October 31st - Stork Club 
      2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA
      www.storkcluboakland.com
      pre-sale TBA soon
      21+

      Friday November 1st - New Parish
      579 18th St. Oakland, CA
      www.thenewparish.com
      pre-sale starts tomorrow
      at Noooooon! 
      ALL AGES!!!

      Saturday November 2nd - Rickshaw Stop
      133 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 
      www.rickshawstop.com
      pre-sale starts tomorrow
      at Noooooon! 
      ALL AGES!!!

      Sunday November 3rd - Stork Club 
      2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA
      www.storkcluboakland.com
      pre-sale TBA soon
      21+

    • October 25, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
    • If you make it to Baltimore , visit Uncle Fun.Laughing

    • October 2, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
    •  

      The Ottobar in Baltimore... October 18 & 19, 2013.

    • October 22, 2013 10:13 PM CDT
    • Awesome mix! Love The Ghost Wolves.

    • September 20, 2013 12:09 PM CDT
    • Hey guys, 

       

      check out a streaming mix feauturing many of the bands from the upcoming garage rock 'trashterpiece' MONDO FUZZ: Twilight of the Idles shot in Austin, Texas, 'Live Music Capitol of the World'.  15 screaming fuzz stompers by the best bands in the city's underground garage scene-

       

      http://8tracks.com/youthracket/mondo-fuzz-mixtape

       

      teaser trailer is also viewable here - http://mondofuzz.com

    • October 15, 2013 4:27 PM CDT
    • Thank YOU ,mUTE eLVIS. You probably remember the real glory days of Wax Trax (The STORE , not the more overrated than Sushi record label.) and early Reckless , Dr. Wax , Second Hand Tunes....I moved here in '87 , and could'nt believe the record stores !!

    • October 15, 2013 5:57 AM CDT
    • it did. thanks so much, John.

    • October 10, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
    • .......Boy , all that work , and , now I realize I was responding to a message from 4 years ago. I hope it helps somebody , tho'.

      Clark St. Is'nt really littered with record stores, tho'.  We used to call it "Record Row"- There is , as noted , a short walk from Reckless (And two defunct cubby hole used record stores - Billy Corgan worked at one. He was already a jerk , then.) is Gramophone and Dave's Records , and there used to be Hi Fi Records , Second Hand Tunes, and the main Chicago Tower Records (They had a store downtown , as well.).

    • October 10, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
    • Yeah , Gramaphone is more Dance - oriented. I doubt if they have a record with a guitar on it. Unless it's on a sample. HA HA.

       

      Nowadays , Reckless is one of your best bets , tho' like anywhere else , it's a crapshoot. If you're willing to DIG , you should find some real cool surprises. They have a store on Milwaukee in Wicker Park , one on Broadway (near Belmont) , and one downtown , I want to say on Madison. The Milwaukee store is the largest , then Wicker Park , then Downtown.

       

      Dusty Grooves , on Ashland , is a fine store. They're more into Soul and Jazz , but their Rock'n'Roll repertoirre has increased significantly in the last few years. It's walking distance from the Wicker Park Reckless. You can do some fine dining at Harold's Fried Chicken  ON mILWAUKEE ALONG THE WAY , or go to Pandanita (I'm probably spelling that wrong) for some bad - ass steam - grilled burritos and a Mexican Coca Cola. You can't miss it , the steam goes out into the street.

       

      Dave's Records IS ALL vinyl. Again , it's a crap shoot , but , they get some cool new , used and reissue LPs and 45s.

       

      Laurie's Planet of Sound , in Lincoln Square , is best recommended for their unreal selection of R'n'R AND pSYCHOTRONIC FILM DVDs , BUT , their Garage /Psych LP and CD selections contain stuff no one else seems to carry. Not even Reckless.

       

      Shake Rattle'n'Read , at Broadway and Lawrence (almost) , above Al Capone's vaults in Uptown , carries tons of R'N'R books , magazines , records  and other cool shit. Owner Ric Addy was THERE , IN EARLY hIPPIE DAY hAIGHT aSHBURY , THE teen scene and Grande Ballroom in Detroit , and the Chicago Punk scene. PRE - HC. He will be more than happy to tell you about his adventures. Trust me.

       

      Way the Hell South is Record Dugout. Near Midway Airport. Sometimes they have amazing  LPs and 45s , but , last time I was there , it was'nt so hot. Did I mention Chicago record stores are a crapshoot ?

       

      ohhhh, Gawd. I forget our friend , Wilbur's store's name , it's in Logan Square....No , that's not it , I'm sorry , I'm sleep - deprived. Call Shangri - La vintage clothing , they can tell you where it is.    His prices are good . Wilbur is part of the old guard record store owners , along with Ric Addy and Joe at Groovin' High (Which is NEVER open , so , don't bother. Joe's a good guy , but he only seems to be open on Record Store Day.).

       

      Logan Hardware - Recently reopened , just West of Fullerton and Western. Lots of vinyl and free pinball.

       

      I CAN'T RECOMMEND K STARKE That HIGHLY , ONLY BECAUSE THE oWNER , who's a nice enough guy , only knows House Music , and nothing in his store is priced , so , if you bring something up , he WILL consult the eBay book. Granted , I have'nt been there in a long time , so , maybe he's getting hip to the fact that this policy is turning people off. BUT , if you go to a show at Empty Bottle , you might as well check it out.

       

      Permanent is more hipster - oriented , but they sometimes get some cool Garage 45 reissues (Not as many as Lauries) , nice people , tho', and they have a CAT!

       

      If your travels take you to Evanston , Squeezebox has a great supply of books , comics , DVDs and a small , but healthy , record selection. Lots of 45s.

       

      DO NOT , I repeat , DO NOT patronize Vintage Vinyl , unless you want to get reamed . Their prices have always been ridiculous , even on new , domestic releases. He's got the goods , or he did , some 20 years ago , before I was barred , because the owner's paranoid ass accused me of stealing from him , when I'd paid his exhorbitant prices for some seven years. I know , too much information. Sorry.

       

       

    • October 10, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
    • Yeah , Gramaphone is more Dance - oriented. I doubt if they have a record with a guitar on it. Unless it's on a sample. HA HA.

       

      Nowadays , Reckless is one of your best bets , tho' like anywhere else , it's a crapshoot. If you're willing to DIG , you should find some real cool surprises. They have a store on Milwaukee in Wicker Park , one on Broadway (near Belmont) , and one downtown , I want to say on Madison. The Milwaukee store is the largest , then Wicker Park , then Downtown.

       

      Dusty Grooves , on Ashland , is a fine store. They're more into Soul and Jazz , but their Rock'n'Roll repertoirre has increased significantly in the last few years. It's walking distance from the Wicker Park Reckless. You can do some fine dining at Harold's Fried Chicken  ON mILWAUKEE ALONG THE WAY , or go to Pandanita (I'm probably spelling that wrong) for some bad - ass steam - grilled burritos and a Mexican Coca Cola. You can't miss it , the steam goes out into the street.

       

      Dave's Records IS ALL vinyl. Again , it's a crap shoot , but , they get some cool new , used and reissue LPs and 45s.

       

      Laurie's Planet of Sound , in Lincoln Square , is best recommended for their unreal selection of R'n'R AND pSYCHOTRONIC FILM DVDs , BUT , their Garage /Psych LP and CD selections contain stuff no one else seems to carry. Not even Reckless.

       

      Shake Rattle'n'Read , at Broadway and Lawrence (almost) , above Al Capone's vaults in Uptown , carries tons of R'N'R books , magazines , records  and other cool shit. Owner Ric Addy was THERE , IN EARLY hIPPIE DAY hAIGHT aSHBURY , THE teen scene and Grande Ballroom in Detroit , and the Chicago Punk scene. PRE - HC. He will be more than happy to tell you about his adventures. Trust me.

       

      Way the Hell South is Record Dugout. Near Midway Airport. Sometimes they have amazing  LPs and 45s , but , last time I was there , it was'nt so hot. Did I mention Chicago record stores are a crapshoot ?

       

      ohhhh, Gawd. I forget our friend , Wilbur's store's name , it's in Logan Square....No , that's not it , I'm sorry , I'm sleep - deprived. Call Shangri - La vintage clothing , they can tell you where it is.    His prices are good . Wilbur is part of the old guard record store owners , along with Ric Addy and Joe at Groovin' High (Which is NEVER open , so , don't bother. Joe's a good guy , but he only seems to be open on Record Store Day.).

       

      Logan Hardware - Recently reopened , just West of Fullerton and Western. Lots of vinyl and free pinball.

       

      I CAN'T RECOMMEND K STARKE That HIGHLY , ONLY BECAUSE THE oWNER , who's a nice enough guy , only knows House Music , and nothing in his store is priced , so , if you bring something up , he WILL consult the eBay book. Granted , I have'nt been there in a long time , so , maybe he's getting hip to the fact that this policy is turning people off. BUT , if you go to a show at Empty Bottle , you might as well check it out.

       

      Permanent is more hipster - oriented , but they sometimes get some cool Garage 45 reissues (Not as many as Lauries) , nice people , tho', and they have a CAT!

       

      If your travels take you to Evanston , Squeezebox has a great supply of books , comics , DVDs and a small , but healthy , record selection. Lots of 45s.

       

      DO NOT , I repeat , DO NOT patronize Vintage Vinyl , unless you want to get reamed . Their prices have always been ridiculous , even on new , domestic releases. He's got the goods , or he did , some 20 years ago , before I was barred , because the owner's paranoid ass accused me of stealing from him , when I'd paid his exhorbitant prices for some seven years. I know , too much information. Sorry.

       

       

    • September 29, 2013 7:59 PM CDT
    • Permanent Records is pretty well curated for a small shop.

    • September 13, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
    • Always a good time at Arlene's!  Early show, Soraia plays at 8pm.  Arlene's located at 95 Stanton.  Be der!

    • September 2, 2013 10:10 PM CDT
    •  

      09/04 – Mary’s Place – Rockford, IL – w/ Michael Whyte & the Sunset Movies, Calico Flamingos
      09/05 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH – w/ TBA
      09/06 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN – w/ Brothers Gross, Melismatics
      09/07 – Brass Rail – Peoria, IL – w/ Black Roses
      09/08 – The Lift – Dubuque, IA – w/ TBA
      09/09 – The Bishop – Bloomington, IL – w/ TBA
      09/10 – Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL – w/ TBA
      09/11 – The Comet – Cincinnati, OH – w/ Pretty Pretty
      09/12 – Tip Top – Grand Rapids, MI – w/ The Campanellis
      09/13 – 411 Club – Kalamazoo, MI – w/ Black Roses
      09/14 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH – w/ TBA
      09/15 – Howler’s Coyote Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA – w/ Neighbours, Meeting of Important People
      09/18 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO – w/ Dead Girls, Rev Gusto
      09/19 – Octopus Bar – Cedar Falls, IA – w/ Twins
      09/20 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN – w/ Teenage Mods, Hot Rash
      09/21 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND – w/ TBA

      Bursting with tuneful vigor and rock & roll passion - AMG

      No one has more right to lay claim to the title of King of Power Pop than Paul Collins – POPMATTERS

      If ever an artist has fully embraced the spirit of power pop and evangelized the merits of the genre, it’s Paul Collins – POWERPOPAHOLIC

      Fans of ringing Rickenbacker guitars; crisp, pounding drums; and tight, explosive two-minute pop songs…will find everything they crave here – PRESS-TELEGRAM

    • August 30, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
    • For any of y'all in the DC/Baltimore area interested in indie comics and such, I'll have a table for Nix Comics at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda on the 14-15th of Sepetember.

       

      http://www.spxpo.com/

    • August 22, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
    • ooooo doggy! It's like an east bay travel guide - forwarding it now to my buddy that just relocated to Oakland last month. Love the food tips.