a few post-show snaps from Big Art's House Show Sunday Jan 31 2010


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Steve Leaf and band (members from 'Go Long Mule'.)

Lots of videos to come in the next few days, but one more photo for now. What a great time.




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Twenty-Three live at The Foundry Hall South Haven MI Jan 30 2010 Saturday


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That's Damn Kid in the photo.

Here are a few mp3's from last night at The Foundry Hall in South Haven, MI. These songs feature Twenty-Three exclusively.

Twenty-Three live at the Foundry Hall South Haven MI Jan 30 2010 Saturday.mp3

Twenty-Three live at The Foundry audio from video 1 - Jan 30 2010 Sat.mp3

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Parting shots of South Haven MI Sunday Jan 31 2010


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Lots of sleep and a bowl of oatmeal with dried cranberries can start a day just right. I was hoping to get some of the fine artistic coffee over at Julia's Cafe in beautiful downtown South Haven MI, but I had a choice between shots of a frozen-over pier or Chicago-roasted Intelligentsia coffee at Julia's Cafe. Well, the shots of the nature won the competition. Coffee from The Flying J will have to do the trick.

Everyone should certainly check out the fine music that Andru Bemis crafts in his spare time when he isn't running the Foundry Hall.

The band Twenty-Three has been playing these parts for roughly 11 years, mostly around Niles, Michigan, I hear. Anyway, we'll put up some fantastic videos of them in just a short while. Stay tuned to this here blog for more.

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Tired and in need of sleep. South Haven, MI


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A nice cluster of photos from this evening's show at The Foundry in South Haven, Michigan.

The Foundry Hall run by Andru Bemis and his trusty crew, is a great place to play a show in western Michigan. Chris' voice tonight was booming and dynamic without any assistance from electronic technology.

This bluegrass band is from Niles, Michigan, they are called 'Twenty-Three'. They were some mighty fine pickers. It was a real good time. I think the bassist stole the show, but the whole band was virtuosic, not a weak link among them. I kept hearing that Twenty-Three recently opened up for The Goldmine Pickers at the Foundry last year.

So there you have a few photos from tonight. Now I am off to go under the covers for the evening to grab a few hours of sleep before picking up Julio in South Bend tomorrow from the South Shore Line. Julio's primary band, The Sometimes Family, had a show at Martyr's in Chicago, IL tonight. He took the Amtrak to Chicago this morning from St. Joseph, Michigan.


Twenty-Three apparently do not have a web presence at this time. One of the guitarists did indicate that they play a lot of the summer festivals in the area when things get warmer.


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Time off on Saturday at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan


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A couple of shots from St. Joseph, MI. The ice formations are much more expansive than I anticipated. Fun times. Slippery, too!


State Grounds CFHS - Weekend in Michigan w/ Them Damn Kids & Ty Maxon.


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The inimitable Bob Dickinson from State Grounds CFHS in Hastings, MI.

Too much coffee in the belly, but here are a few photos from the night's show.

Ty Maxon during his set.

The show just finished and we are already in the car headed off to Kalamazoo, then to southwestern Michigan. It is always a pleasant evening to be at State Grounds in Hastings, MI. Bob Dickinson is a rare venue owner and a tremendous supporter of original music. Them Damn Kids have played there since early 2004 and every time it has been a trip worth taking from Chicago to Hastings.

Another snap of Ty Maxon.

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On a short run with Them Damn Kids/Ty Maxon in Michigan


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A few photos from the southern rim of Lake Michigan

Somehow the traffic cooperated and allowed us to slip out of town right quick. The Damn Kids had an extra spot in the car for a silly blogger, so there might be a few updates this weekend of the various activities. Right now we just made it east of Interstate 65. Chris, from Them Damn Kids, popped in the latest Rob Reid album which features the song 'Engineer from Gary'. The song references a place Rob refers to as 'Gary City Church'. Chris did the math and convinced Julio and Ty Maxon that they could pay a quick visit to the church and still make it to the show on-time. An amazing structure it is, this church. The length of their visit inside was all of 9 minutes and 49 seconds while I waited with the gear in the car listening to the jazz station from the College of DuPage. The photos they brought back with them on the camera are remarkable. This place is a sight to behold, for certain.

But, onward we are. Eastbound on Interstate 94 toward Kalamazoo, then to Hastings to go see Bob Dickinson at State Grounds CFHS. The air crisp, lake-effect flurries. The whole bit. Should be a good night tonight.

Here's a Rob Reid cut from his latest album 'The Principles of Crop Rotation'.

Rob Reid - Engineer from Gary.mp3

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Chris Darby & Friends and A Wu Li Conspiracy at Uncommon Ground


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Damn Chris took the stage, but this time it wasn't with Them Damn Kids. Low-frequency fanatics in the audience may have been bitterly disappointed by the absence of regular sideman Roland "El Conejo" Gairroes on bass, but Julio (Them Damn Kids, Sometimes Family) was there on lead guitar. Another front man - Justin Birchard of Facing Winter, and a front woman- Erin FrisbeeTM of In Miniature- were on stage, but they were sitting in back of Chris. This is how actual, factual, derelict folk supergroups are constructed.

Chris gently hushed into Keep Fighting for a minute or so before being joined by the subtle julionations of the lead guitar, along with Justin's gentle smacking of a hickory box (cajon) and Erin's soaring vocal harmonies.

It was then that I realized that Chris was wearing the same sweater he wore at a party two days earlier- but like a tree which continually grows new rings, the sweater was now the inner ring covered by a clean outer ring of flannel. You see, Chris is both a thrifty man and a focused musician. All that time and money you and I spend washing our clothes and saving up for dinner at 4-star restaurants? Chris spends this time polishing his craft.
Damn Chris Supergroup

It should be noted that Chris is a man whose role in the Chicago music scene extends beyond his own work. Aside from hosting local and touring acts at his songwriter showcases, he regularly pays tribute to under-recognized troubadours. Within this short seven song set, he paid tribute to both Arkansas' William Blackart (some song about cigarette smoke) and Facing Winter (Bad Ideas).

Erin Frisbee and Her Harmonium

Some TDK standards were played (Muse, the Day Has Just Begun, Road Song), and well before the set's twilight, Erin had switched to harmonium and the vocalists dueled to work the folk songs to a frenzied pitch. And then the set ghosted out much the same way it came in- Chris' fingers barely touching the guitar strings on the melancholy "Thoughts and Reflections from the Middle of the Night"- "it's not like us to leave/it's just like us to be," he sang.

After Damn Chris Supergroup left the stage, a poet took his place. We need more poets. There are so few poets in this age (and, my memory for details such as names is so weak) that I'll just refer to him as Poet. Poet noted that Chris' Road Song "builds and builds until you can't take it anymore." Poet's poem ended, "...I bite my nails until they bleed."


A Wu Li Conspiracy took the stage, closing out their month-long residency as the regular Tuesday night band at Uncommon Ground. This is one of the most textured bands I've heard, featuring Jeff Breakey on guitar, John Elstad on electric lead, Ryan Suzuka on harp, and Raul Callejero Cotaquispe on percussion. All of these rascals are songwriters in their own right, but Ryan Suzuka left his ukulele at home and Raul sacrificed his fluid guitar playing for the greater good... what we have here is a true collaboration, with each member reserving the extremes of their individual talents to make a coherent whole through tasteful vocal harmonies and melodic textures. Amongst folk percussionists, Raul is certainly one of the most unique and inventive anywhere; his "kit" features a bass drum, a tambourine, and an egg shaker which he employed to a full range of dynamics including what might be a trademark bass drum rim shot. During one song he experimented with circuit bending on an old electronic radio.

Uh Woo Lee Kahn Sphere, Ah See
The band worked through just a fraction of their repertoire, including Looks Like I'm Back, Ocean Song, Green Dress, Bury My Heart, and something about a porn star amongst others, as well as a cover of Daniel Johnson's True Love Will Find You in the End. The band claims to have no albums "that they know of," but it's high time they captured their unique work on record, don't you think?

The Zuke's Box of 'Monicas

view from the corner of the room



Here's a snap from last night's band practice on the west side.


The willow by the woods


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  Rachel Ries has a way of writing that makes one long for the distant prairies and rural templates of yesteryear. Coming from humble beginnings in South Dakota, she has been gracing venues in Chicago and the Midwest for the last several years. Since the first time I heard her play, at that little bar on Division street, so many years ago, I have been floored by her voice and ability to sing her sad songs of yearning with absolute conviction. This is truly a rare talent.
  I happened upon this song recently, that to me, highlights all the things I love about Rachel's music. Have a listen...

for grandma, untitled

See her play this Thursday night, at the Whistler, in Chicago. Every time I have seen her play, the show has been significantly wonderful. I am certain that this one will be no different.

January 28th
9:30 PM
The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL

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Not typically a 'Garage Band', but on Wed. night they were.



Damn Kid, Julio, and myself ended up practicing in the garage of a residence in the Old Irving Park neighborhood on Wednesday. While it is still winter, it hasn't been as cold as it was 3 weeks ago, but these mild temps did eventually get to us in the garage.

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Steve Leaf releases his debut cd


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  I first met Steve Leaf at Uncommon Ground, in Chicago, one cold day in February, 2009. It was the first show of a three-week tour I was on, and Steve was running sound for the venue. After the show, he casually slipped me his email address, for inclusion on our mailing list. Over the next couple months of writing him occasional emails about the happenings of my band, I learned that Steve also played music. I invited him to come play my bi-monthly songwriter night at Phyllis' Musical Inn, on Division Street. I didn't have any idea what to expect from his music, really. I had heard a sample that he had sent, but I still wasn't sure exactly what I was in for.
  That twenty-five minute performance absolutely floored me. It's hard to say exactly what it is about Steve's songs that I love. I have a feeling that the thing that draws me to his music has a great deal to do with the way he writes his melodies. They are always perfect, or as near as one could get. And always just what the song needs.
  Steve is putting out his first solo album soon. He sent me a digitized copy recently, for review in this blog. After seeing him play three or four times over the last year, I knew it would be good, and that i would like it. What I didn't know was that I wouldn't be able to stop listening to it. This is helpful in the writing of a good review- that one actually listens to the songs a number of times, to see how they strike upon first, second, and seventeenth listen. I think I listened to this album twenty times before I sat down to write the first draft of the review.
  The album begins on a somber note, with a tale of disillusionment of established religion and established ways of thinking. When Steve sings 'I believed all this, until my family fell apart', there is that spark of raw emotional honesty one rarely hears these days. That one spark takes off like wildfire through the rest of the song, and the remainder of the album, consuming everything in its path. There are occasional moments, allowing the listener to breathe, but these breaths only add more oxygen to the fire. This collection of songs is a wildfire worth watching.
  For this album, Steve has drawn upon the vast pool of talent of friends between Chicago and his homeland of Michigan. The eleven tracks feature absolutely incredible players, with a vast range of instruments- from guitars and drums to cellos, dulcimers, and saxophone. Despite this diverse instrumentation, this does not sound like the work of an amateur indie-art band, using a plethora of instruments in order to seemingly make the statement that the wider variety of things you play, the better your band is. Every instrument here is placed with precise knowledge, and vast use of restraint. Steve knows when to stay quiet, and when to let loose. This is a rare talent to find in music, and life in general, one could surmise.
  From my understanding, the album was built over the span of seven months, in two states, and six different studios. It's always fascinating to me when I hear these sorts of stories, because the thing just sounds so together. Technological wonders never cease to amaze me. From so many different areas comes one unified collection.
  I feel that I must share a portion of a q and a session I held recently with Steve via email. I asked him a bit about his musical background, to better understand the making of this album, and he shared this answer with me: "My musical background is checkered to say the least. It's a bit schizophrenic to be honest. Did I want to play Dave Matthews covers? Yes. Did I want to be the next Thom Yorke? Yes. Do I enjoy asking questions and then quickly answering them? Yes. Cutting my teeth musically had a lot to do with figuring out what kind of music I want to play and for what reasons. With the release of this album, I feel like am finally in a place where I am incredibly comfortable playing the music I make. I am proud of that. Playing music to me is about being honest with yourself and those around you and hoping those intentions transcend the song and transmit out to somebody."
  I love the honesty and good humor in this response. I'm calling it now. Steve Leaf is a name to know in coming years. It is interesting to note, this sense of comfort. When you see Steve perform, there is a sense of absolute comfort, not only with the songs, but also with life, and all those engaged in the living of it. While the subjects of these songs deal with a lot of uncomfortable issues, one ultimately gets the sense that here is an artist who knows exactly what he is doing, and where he wants to be at this moment musically. This is a refreshing thing to hear, because in the spots when one could draw a quick parallel to Dave Matthews, there is also a sense that this is not someone trying to be someone else. This is an artist who is uniquely comfortable with his own work, and the songs he has written.
  The standout track on the album is a song called 'Recruits', which is an unashamed criticism of the middle class suburban lifestyle. I can't help but feel chills when I hear this song. The saxophone is perfect here, a hint of hopelessness and longing. It's nothing short of awesome.
  All in all, in this reviewer's opinion, the album suffers only one slight misstep. The closing track, (an instrumental which makes prominent use of whistling) while interesting as an idea, does not hold up to the high standard set by the remainder of the album.
  I cannot stress enough how good this album is. Listen to it on headphones late at night. Listen to it on Sunday drives in the country. Listen to it wherever you are. This album is waiting for you. While it wont get as much press as the new Cold War Kids, or Alkaline Trio albums, I can assure you with unwavering conviction, that this is better than the both of them. I know that I will still be listening to this cd in ten years. It has all the markings of a classic. But don't take my word for it. Have a listen yourself.



  The album comes out tomorrow. This is a must purchase for anyone who likes well crafted songs.

  For more info on Steve, and where to find his music, please follow these links. Steve's website or on Myspace, or Facebook

Steve Leaf
We Are Ghosts

1. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
2. We Are Ghosts
3. Searching
4. Banjo Diddlies
5. Wait, no, GO!
6. India Pale Ale
7. Sunday Procession
8. Rob the Baptist
9. Recruits
10. Chicago
11. I Would Love to Stay

Steven Leaf- Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Kevin Gibbons- Vocal, Saxaphone
Kristen Holtschlag- Violin, Viola
Chris Dorman- Dulcimer
Brandon Foote- Electric Guitar
Kate Wakefield- Vocals, Cello
Patricia Smyka- Vocals
Pee Wee- Drums, Bass, Piano

with backing band- guitarist Ryan Anderson and drummer Mark Zoller, from Go Long Mule

Monday, January 25th 8:30PM
The Root Note
155 4th St. South
La Crosse, WI 54601

Tuesday, January 26th 10PM
Up Front and Company
102 E. Main St.
Marquette, MI 49855

Wednesday, January 27th 8PM
Bridge House
100 E. Montezuma Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931
w/ This Is Deer Country

Thursday, January 28th 8PM
Higher Grounds
806 Red Dr. Suite 150
Traverse City, MI 49684
w/ Chris Dorman

Friday, January 29th 8PM
(SCENE) Metrospace
110 Charles St.
East Lansing, MI
w/ Seth Bernard, Chris Dorman, Gifts or Creatures

Saturday, January 30th
Elbow Room
6 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI
w/ Chris Bathgate, Alex Hug

Sunday, January 31st 4PM
Art's Big House Show
6273 W. Reynolds
Haslett, MI 48840
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Interview with Justin Birchard of Facing Winter


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photo by Jeff Goluszka

Here, today, we have the great fortune of putting up a nice little give and take between one of our contributors, Chris Darby, as he recently had a moment to submit a list of questions to Justin Birchard of Facing Winter, a local Chicago band from the western suburbs. Chris and Justin have known each other for the better part of 6 years now. Recently Justin took part in a singer-songwriter night at Phyllis' Musical Inn at 1800 W Division St. in Upper Wicker Park Heights, as Jeremy Raskin used to call it. Chris submitted some questions to Justin over e-mail and Justin sent these questions back. There is also a very small snippet of a longer interview from that songwriter night at Phyllis' that will be at the end of this interview.

A few notes about Facing Winter, certainly not comprehensive, but sincere. This band is a remarkable unit (Current line-up consists of Justin Birchard, Jeff Goluszka, and Drew DeWaard). They have a sound that is many things, and the two songs that will be provided as samples at the end of this post won't be entirely representative as most of their music is quite dynamic, but I often feel as though a loaded freight train is roaring past when this band kicks it into high gear during a set. I can't sing their praises enough on a personal level and with respect to their craft. I hope to do, as do many others also, as much as within my means to see that these guys get the recognition that they deserve because their music deserves to be heard. Their fans are rabid and it is infectious to be around this band's whole community. We'll certainly be writing more about these great men in the future. For now, we'll focus on the interview.

Great photo of the band in late 2008 at Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL. Liam Doyle on bass, Liam was the original bassist for the band. photo by Chad Headley

Please enjoy, and thanks for stopping by the blog for a look!


begin the Interview with Justin Birchard of Facing Winter

1) you have a new cd on the horizon. tell me about that. what was the process like?

The new album will be called 'Gifts from Gravity'. We do all the recording and mixing ourselves at our studio in West Chicago. We have a pretty simple setup and do all of the tracking onto a PC.
When I was younger I used to wonder why it sometimes took bands a full year (or more) to release new albums. I definitely don't wonder about that anymore.
I think the process could be equated to running a marathon. It's painful, monotonous, and time consuming. But at the same time it's peaceful, exhilarating, and empowering.

2) this being your second album, what similarities and differences do you find between the two? what can fans expect from this new material?

Strangely enough, I think GfG ('Gifts from Gravity' - forthcoming Facing Winter album) will be both heavier, and more mellow than SDIS (previous Facing Winter EP 'Seas Drain Into Space'). A lot of the key elements that we are known for will still be there... but the surroundings and atmosphere will have changed a bit. The drums and bass are more explosive, and there's a lot more vocal experimentation. There will also be new instruments... like accordion, xylophone, mandolin, and piano.

3) does the album have a theme? are there certain subjects that come into play more than others? how would you describe the mood/feel of the whole record?

A lot of these songs made me feel really uncomfortable. Especially at first. There is still penty of optimism... but as a whole, it might be the darkest collection of songs I've written. I was forced to see a different side of myself this year. Once I saw it, it changed me. And it changed my outlook on life. It helped me understand things I had no concept of before. I think the album definitely reflects that.

photo by Jeff Goluszka

4) what things shape your songwriting? do you gather ideas from the world surrounding, or the world inside yourself? maybe a mix of the two?

I try to mix the two... but overall I get very distracted with what is going on in my own head.

5) If you could name any artist, past or current, that is influencing you at the moment, who would it be? What about their music or their work that is speaking to you?

This is a really tough one because there are so many... but for the last month I feel I have been very influenced by the Shins, Cake, Ben Folds, and Sunny Day Real Estate.

6) are there any other musicians out there right now, that are unsigned or unnoticed by the masses, that you feel deserve a second or better glance because of their great songs and/or consistently great live shows/performances?

Another tough one because there are just so many... Nathan Kalish and the Wildfire, Them Damn Kids, Algernon, Dan and Leland, and Rachel Reis.

7) Any advice that has been helpful or insightful for you, that you might offer to aspiring musicians?

This is my personal advice: Sing and play everday... even if it's just for 15 minutes. Perform something somewhere for someone everyweek. Stay away from the opposite sex. Stay away from drugs. And when you can't do it anymore, keep doing it anyway.

photo by Chad Headley

8) you recently made a pretty drastic change in personnel. would you care to comment on this, and how the 'new guy' is filling out your sound?

Liam did a really great job for us for 5 years. It's really hard to see him go... both personally and musically. But I fully support his decision to move on and pursue other things with his life.
Liam will always be around. And he'll continue to be a direct influence on the music.
In fact, Liam helped us teach Drew how to play the songs... which is neat because it has made the transition much easier.
Just like Liam, Drew is a very special type of musician. But I'm not going to spoil it... I'll let Drew's bass playing speak for itself.

9) What does the near and distant future hold for Facing Winter? What are some goals you would like to accomplish by the end of both 2010, and 2050?

If I can give back what others have given to me through music... and if I can continue to understand myself and the world around me better by writing, recording, and performing... then it will all be worth it. No matter what year it is!

10) What are you reading these days?

The last two books I read were "Born on a Blue Day" and the "Celestine Prophecies". They were both pretty interesting.

A photo from a recent FW show (Thurs Dec 10 2009) at Mad Maggie's in Elgin, IL with new bassist Drew DeWaard. photo by Chad Headley

The next Facing Winter shows are:

Saturday Jan 23 2010 at Galvin's Public House in Chicago, IL
Sunday Jan 31 2010 at The Oasis Cafe in West Chicago, IL


A few songs to get new fans started, both of which feature Liam Doyle on bass. Justin is always writing new material. It won't be long before new Facing Winter tracks with Drew DeWaard on bass are unveiled for the world to hear.

Facing Winter - Colorful

Facing Winter - Killshot

A brief video interview with Justin can be found at: Derelict Songs on Youtube

Note: Justin braved 12 degree weather to chat with Derelict Songs for a time after his set at the mentioned Phyllis' show on Wed Dec 9 2009. Half of the interview was lost due to a technical snag, but this is a nice segment that still remains on tape. ShareThis

Nathaniel Seer audio interview


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Nathaniel Seer recently sat down with us after a show in Madison, Wisconsin, during the last week of his most recent tour (Nov 2009) to do an interview for audio posting within the blog. This guy has some remarkable songs to his credit and is just fantastic at playing the guitar and singing, as well as an all-around good guy.

Nathaniel Seer Interview - 60MB

This is the blog's first audio interview posting. What comes with that is the real possibility that fades are getting worked out and levels are getting figured out and I am gaining a better understanding of how audio editing software works and how I can possibly get better with it over time. The interview with Nathaniel is a very good one, and quite lengthy. I do hope you enjoy. Please forgive any amateur mistakes with the editing. For a first attempt, I think the trimming and general editing didn't turn out all that bad after all, but it is clear I have some areas to improve upon with subsequent audio interviews.

You can learn more about Nathaniel Seer and his record label at the following:

I look forward to doing this more with other musicians as each one has a fascinating story to tell and expand upon.

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The Madness


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cover art for latest Rob Reid album 'The Principles of Crop Rotation'

I thought I would post this little bit from a few weeks ago. This is a photo taken at the Rob Reid/ Them Damn Kids show at Uncommon Ground on Tues Dec 29 2009. Rob Reid officially released his latest record on that night 'The Principles of Crop Rotation'. The photos of the cables and the gear always pique my attention. Along those lines, here are the instruments of choice for Rob Reid. Every musician is a chemist.

Rob's album, and music, in generally, is fantastic. Try to catch his next show at Phyllis' Musical Inn on Tues Feb 10 2010. The address is: 1800 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622. Rob will be taking part in a night showcasing a few local singer-songwriters. This particular night, I believe, will involve each of the writers playing one another's songs. The night will be hosted by Chris Darby.

I am a fan of live recordings. I love seeing the myriad of possibilities in live performance, and then being able to capture that one moment, whether the medium be an audio recorder or a video camera. The live recording listed below is actually the audio feed from a video of Rob performing a few weeks ago. The reason I didn't post the video is because there is a non-verbal interaction between Rob and the audience that is actually quite priceless, but on video (upon further review) I determined it would be a bit distracting, were I to go on with posting it. Rob did a really nice job of this track that night, it's a pretty fine performance, and so I thought listing it might be an alright course of action.


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Matthew Davies at recent house show in Madison WI Sunday January 3 2010


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Hello everyone. Please meet Mr. Matthew Davies. Many met him in Chicago a few years back, but he has since returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Steph Davies. They both are involved in some very exciting activity creating original music and original works of art.

Here are a few videos of Matthew playing a house show (The House That Willi Built) in Madison, WI in early 2010.


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Bile Greene in late October 2008 in Skokie, IL


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The promised Bile Greene video. I am not responsible for the audio quality of this video, but I also think there is a nice glimpse of the mighty Mr. Greene in action.

On a day when I, once again, repaired my car, I dedicate this little post to Bile Greene. I think he'll laugh when he learns that my car went under the knife today, as he is all too familiar with the sound of grinding wheel bearings on my car, and the need to repair them in order to make it back home to Chicago after playing an out of town show.


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The Sometimes Family @ House Cafe --Dekalb, Illinois


Interview with Rebecca Sometimes @ House Cafe, Dekalb, IL from Rebecca Gurga on Vimeo.

on-&-on from Rebecca Gurga on Vimeo.


Continued updates re: Them Damn Kids and Rob Reid travels from the past week


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Here are a few videos of El-Tin Fun from Sunday's show in Madison, WI at The House That Willi Built. Super fun times. Other videos are in-process. I am trying to figure out how to cut out banter on some pieces throughout the past few days. Videos will go up when they are ready.

All of the following were involved in the house show from Madison, WI.
www.myspace.com/versionsoftruth (Steph Davies presented some lovely pieces of art for the evening, as well.)
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The House that Willi Built - Madison WI Jan 3 2010 Sunday w/ Them Damn Kids, El-Tin Fun, Matthew Davies, and Coney Island


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Alright folks. This is a set of photos from tonight's show in Madison, WI. Just popped these up on the blog. It was a fabulous night and a great community of friends listening. What a wonderful night for good songs and great music. As the monks say, "Sleep comes at once.".

Thank you for reading, following, and supporting this endeavor! That's a bit of touring with Them Damn Kids. Enjoy!

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