Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Incoming


Jack White will be performing at Empty Bottle at 9:00 pm tomorrow night, according to an Instagram post from the north side Chicago venue. “This is gonna be a real fun one and we’ll all very excited,” the post noted in a classic understatement. Tickets go on sale today at noon, and there will be a two-ticket limit per customer. Tickets are will call only, the doors will open at 7:30. I just heard WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer announce that the FM station will be giving tickets away to listeners. Be ready to call if you want one.


Blind Boys Of Alabama have a Christmas show this Wednesday at City Winery Chicago. A few days later on Sunday, singer-guitarist Phil Angotti will return to the venue for another Beatles Brunch. This one will focus on The Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack.


Give the Kinks fans what they want. Wicked Opossum Records, a Mishawaka, Indiana independent label, will release Starstruck: A Tribute To The Kinks this Friday on its Bandcamp page.


Alt rock/Americana band Dolly Varden will perform this Friday night at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights, with Emily Haden Lee as its opening act.


Big Brother’s Vinyl, a local covers band that specializes in classic rock tunes you don’t usually hear on the club scene, will return to Madcats in Palatine on this Friday.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Rocking Stuffers Part 3: Stickers

This series aims to showcase items that could fit inside a traditional holiday stocking and be presented as a fun, customized present. Along with candy and fruit, these stockings would be stuffed with entertainment-focused ‘toys.’ If someone on your gift list has a favorite band, movie, TV show, etc., a bit of online shopping can turn up t-shirts, mugs, buttons, pins, action figures, and other treasures.

Today’s focus is on stickers. Sure, kids love plastering them on everything within reach, but many adults have become serious collectors. Musicians, radio stations, record labels, and cafes, as well as major companies, recognize these miniature art pieces as a fun way to call attention to their brand. Artists selling their work at sci-fi events often include stickers as part of their wares. A U.K. artist known as Stuff By Mark on Instagram has over 500 rock and roll stickers for sale on the RedBubble website. 


But first, a quick shout out to some of my favorite artists on Instagram. Chsignor Art; Claudia Aguilera; Evan Art; Ray Kimura; and Reluctant Martyrs don’t offer their work in sticker form, but I always look forward to their posts. Stuff By Mark specializes in presenting punk and new wave acts in colorful comic art settings that mimic comic book or paperback covers; bubblegum packaging; Saturday morning cartoons; or cereal boxes. Even the ones rendered in square shapes are eye-catching. Most of the stickers are priced at $1.71, so you can go nuts on this site. After you’ve finished the Stuff By Mark Section (he also has t-shirts and posters for sale), check out the All Stickers page on RedBubble for other amazing and often funny options.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Slumgullion


The Don’t Lie To Me! - Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of Big Star’s #1 Record tour kicked off in Athens, GA this past Wednesday and will move on to dates in Memphis, Jersey City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Carrboro. The performers are Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, Mike Mills from R.E.M., Jon Auer from The Posies, Chris Stamey from The dB’s, and Pat Sansone from Wilco. The band will play the entire #1 Record album, plus songs from Big Star’s other two albums.


It’s not too soon for Chicago area rock fans to make their New Year’s Eve plans. Local H will be performing at The Bottom Lounge just west of downtown, with big bird as their opening act. EXPO ’76 is likely to be even more fun than usual as they ring in 2023 with an off-kilter selection of cover tunes at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights.


Beginning December 16, Canadian moviegoers will be able to watch Revival69: The Concert That Rocked The World—a new documentary directed by Ron Chapman—in several theaters around the country. The film explores the story behind a 1969 concert at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto that featured John Lennon With The Plastic Ono Band (Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and Alan White); Chuck Berry; Little Richard; Jerry Lee Lewis; Bo Diddley; Gene Vincent; The Doors; and Alice Cooper. At the time, the concert was called The Toronto Rock And Roll Revival. Hopefully, it will distributed in the U.S.A. at some point.


Blind Boys Of Alabama have a Christmas show coming up next Wednesday at City Winery Chicago, and a few days later on December 11, singer-guitarist Phil Angotti will return to the venue for another Beatles Brunch. This one will focus on The Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack.

 

Power pop legends The Spongetones have a gig coming up next spring in their hometown of Charlotte, NC. They’ll be performing at Smokey Joe’s on March 25. I was just listening to “Now You’re Gone” from their 1984 EP Torn Apart the other night on one of my mixed cassettes.


Chicago Acoustic Underground (CAU) will present a Christmas edition of its Singing For Your Supper series on December 15 at Foundation Tavern. Presented by Michael Teach and Donna Adler, the event will offer performances by Mark Dvorak, Donna Adler, Chris Churchill, James Van Camp, Patty Peace, and Victor Canelas. Patrons can expect some traditional holiday music, along with several original songs. Foundation Tavern is located at 5007 W. Irving Park Road. 


The band members of U2 will be in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night to be honored at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. The other honorees for this year’s ceremony are Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, and composer Tania Leon.


There will be two days of ranking full stop when The English Beat perform shows tomorrow and Sunday at City Winery Chicago. 


The critically acclaimed alt rock/Americana band Dolly Varden will perform a week from tonight at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights, with Emily Haden Lee as its opening act. Tickets are now on sale for the Hey Nonny Women’s Jazz Festival coming up on the weekend of January 6 – 8.


Ringo Starr has created a colorful video for “Everyone And Everything” an uplifting new song written by Linda Perry. The clip’s imaginative mix of live action and animation touches on historic moments in Starr’s career. “Everyone And Everything” is on his latest release EP3, which is available on 10-inch vinyl, CD, cassette, and various streaming services.


The 21st annual One Of A Kind Holiday Show opened yesterday at Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago and will run through Sunday. The event features 500 artists, craft makers and designers. Tickets are $15 and are valid for entry all four days; kids under 12 get in free. Hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.


Vocalist-guitarist Steve Barton has released a two-sided Happy Holidays single with help from fellow Translator member Dave Scheff. They’re backed by an all-star lineup of Peter Buck from R.E.M., Scott McCaughey from Young Fresh Fellows, and Debbi Peterson from The Bangles on “Just Like Christmas” and “Happy New Year.”


An Acoustic Christmas, a special event performed by the critically acclaimed folk/alt rock band Over The Rhine will take place this Sunday at The Old Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago.


The CSNY - Love The One You’re With hardbound book coming next year from the U.K.-based Genesis Publications will be available in two versions. The Deluxe Copy has a £495 pre-order price tag, while The Collector Copy goes for £295 pounds. CSNY - Love The One You’re With features the amazing photography of Henry Diltz, along with copy from 20 contributors.


The Schubas music venue is having a Winter Market, featuring local artisans and merch sellers, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm this Sunday. Admission is free, Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Avenue on Chicago’s north side.


Fans of mystery author Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series will be glad to learn that Stevie Bell, the young and brilliant sleuth of those books, will return in a new novel titled Nine Liars. This time out, she’ll be investigating a murder in England. It’s due out on December 27.


Chicago-based rockers Kevin Lee And The Kings will hold their Annual Christmas Bash on December 10 at the Chicago Loop Sports Bar And Grill in Streamwood. 


Wicked Opossum Records, a Mishawaka, Indiana independent label, will release Starstruck: A Tribute To The Kinks on December 9 on its Bandcamp page. I can’t say I’m familiar with any of the artists involved, but those who pre-order the album now get a free download of The Fatal Flaw performing “Victoria,” and it’s a worthy effort. 


Big Brother’s Vinyl, a local covers band that specializes in classic rock tunes you don’t usually hear on the club scene, will return to Madcats in Palatine on December 9.

The Famous In The Future sketch comedy group will present the holiday-themed show A Judy Christmas, on the weekend of December 15 –17 at The Den Theatre. Located at 1331 N. Milwaukee, the venue offers shopping, cocktails, food, and music as part of The Den Theatre Marketplace every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

2022 Holiday Gift Guide


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Even if you’re not located in the U.S., it’s never a bad idea to take a few moments to consider the things you’re grateful for. It’s also that time of year when indie newspapers and major publications offer holiday gift guides for their readers. Their choices are usually aimed at those with special interests or hobbies. It’s a great way to discover items you won’t encounter in your local department store. With that goal in mind, here’s the somewhat annual and full week late Broken Hearted Toy Holiday Gift Guide.

Keep in mind that at this point, some gifts ordered from overseas might not reach the U.S. in time for a Christmas morning presentation. Also, while some items listed below are priced too high for the average budget, they’re still fun to look at. Just picture yourself as Tiny Tim gazing through the toy shop window in the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol. 


If you’re a Beatles fan who’s still debating whether to shell out over $100 for the Revolver 5 CD Special Edition for yourself or as a gift, there’s an article in the November issue of MOJO magazine that’ll convince you it’s worth the money. Writer Victoria Segal does an amazing job of taking us into Abbey Road Studios during the recording of the landmark album, and we’re overwhelmed by the sheer creative energy of the four band members. In addition to all that music, the Revolver 5 CD Special Edition has a 100-page book with a foreword by Paul McCartney.


The website umusic.co.uk has set up an online version of three very hip shops that cater to the same rock and roll oriented clientele. There are illustrated store fronts for uDiscover, Abbey Road Studios, and The Sound Of Vinyl, and a click will take visitors to each site. uDiscover offers CDs and vinyl while The Sound Of Vinyl lives up to its name, and Abbey Road Studios has art, books, homeware, clothing, and other items for sale.


The Legends series of mini guitars is offering a Dire Straits edition based on the band’s Brothers in Arms album. It’s a handcrafted 1:4 scale replica of Mark Knopfler’s distinctive guitar, and comes with a USB key featuring his favorite Dire Straits recordings.


The Fest For Beatles Fans online shop offers a massive selection of Beatles group and solo recordings, books, t-shirts, toys, and all kinds of other merchandise.


Paul McCartney’s ambitious collection The 7" Singles Box is now available via his website. It’s packed in a wooden crate and features 80 seven-inch vinyl records covering the former Beatle’s output from 1971 to 2022. That includes picture sleeve hit singles with their original b-sides, as well as songs that have never appeared in the seven-inch format before. There’s also a 146-page book. The 7" Singles Box is priced at $611.98


Brett Morgen’s critically acclaimed David Bowie film Moonage Daydream is now available in digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD formats. The official David Bowie website has t-shirts, CDs, stickers, and posters, and magnets for sale. A Divine Symmetry - An Alternative Journey Through Hunky Dory, which features 48 exclusive, previously unreleased tracks on vinyl or as a 4-CD/Blu-ray box set, can be also be purchased from the David Bowie website.


The Who might just have the best online store of any rock band. Check it out for concert posters, vinyl records, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, socks, baseball jerseys, and other merchandise. The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Zombies, The Kinks, and U2 also have lots of cool stuff for sale on their websites.


For people in the northwest suburbs, d’Vine Wine and Gifts has a good selection of spirits and accessories that go with them. For example, small figurines of sultry bar patrons that fit on shot glasses or cocktail glasses.


The 55th anniversary 4CD/1 seven-inch single boxset edition of The Monkees album Headquarters is now available exclusively from The Monkees official website. It features outtakes, demos, and newly mixed songs from the original Headquarters.


This holiday season has an impressive selection of new rock and roll books. I’m pretty sure all the ones shown below are now available in book stores and online.


SURRENDER: 40 Songs, One Story, the new memoir by U2 frontman Bono is filled with insightful and often funny reflections on his life from a childhood in Dublin to being an international rock star. All the dates on his book tour sold out, and SURRENDER was recently nominated for The Dubray Biography Of The Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards.


Shiny Happy People is a new children’s picture book that matches the lyrics from that peppy song by R.E.M. with illustrations by Paul Hoppe.


Shot! By Rock - The Photography Of Mick Rock is a hardcover book packed with portraits of musicians the late photographer took throughout his highly successful career.

 

The Who - Concert Memories from the Classic Years 1964 to 1976 by author Edoardo Genzolini, with help from editor and contributor Jeremy Goodwin, promises “untold stories, hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, and uncirculated recordings clarifying the misinformation, myths, and legends.” 


Fingers Crossed - How Music Saved Me From Success, the memoir from Miki Berenyi offers the Lush vocalist-guitarist’s reflections on being an international rock star in the 1980s and ‘90s.


Noted photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s latest book features portraits she took during a decade that still stands out for its vibrant music and culture. Titled Music In The ‘80s, the 352-page hard-cover book offers shots of The B-52’s, Bob Marley, Adam Ant, Bo Diddley, Bananarama, Bob Dylan, Susanna Hoffs, Aretha Franklin, Bono,, Debbie Harry, Ashford and Simpson, and other stars.

 

Don’t forget to support your local bands. There are a lot of options for live entertainment and if you discover a new favorite, be sure to check their website to see if they have music you can download or order through the mail. Buying one of the band’s t-shirts is another option. The Bandcamp website is another great way to discover and support independent musicians. 


Indie record label websites such as Bloodshot, Pravda, Yep Roc, Mega Dodo, American Laundromat, Kool Kat Musik; and Fruits de Mer are always worth shopping, and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame website has lots of inductee and exhibit memorabilia. Indiegogo and other crowd funding sites are a good way to support your favorite artists and pick up autographed items. And you never know what rare treasures you’ll discover on eBay and Etsy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Incoming


The Chicago Reader
will celebrate five decades of being the city’s best-known free paper with a 50ish UnGala at The Museum Of Contemporary Art tomorrow night. The event will take place on three floors, with four stages of live entertainment, food and beverages from the museum’s own catering service, and raffles. General tickets are still available for $20, and check-in starts at 7:00 pm. I’ve been picking up copies of The Chicago Reader (or subscribing to it) since I worked on the loading dock at Montgomery Ward back in the 1970s. So good to see that it’s still around. Congratulations and have a blast celebrating.

The New Cue, a popular U.K. online newsletter, is holding a Read This And Party - A Celebration Of 2022’s Best Music Books event this Thursday at The Social venue in London. Lush guitarist-vocalist Miki Berenyi will be among the writers on hand, and will be signing copies of her recently released memoir Fingers Crossed - How Music Saved Me From Success. A post on the official Lush Facebook page promises DJs, reading, signing, and dancing.


Joel Paterson’s Hi-Fi Christmas takes place tomorrow night, November 30 at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights. The critically acclaimed guitarist will be performing songs from his Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar instrumental album (available on green vinyl) as well as covers of The Beatles and other artists. The music starts at 7:30.


Congratulations to U2 on being chosen by the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts as one of the five honorees for its annual ceremony on December 4 in Washington, D.C. Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, and composer Tania Leon are the Center’s other selections. I’ve been reading Bono’s memoir SURRENDER: 40 Songs, 1 Story and thoroughly enjoying it. I never knew he could beat adults at chess when he was a lad.


Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde were each half of popular British Invasion duos (Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy respectively), so it’s only natural they would be compatible as yet another duo. They've done shows in the past and will be together again at the The Old Town School Of Folk Music this Thursday, December 1.


Madness, Noel Gallagher, Roger Daltry, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, and Baxter Dury will celebrate Sir Peter Blake’s 90th Birthday with a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 2. Tickets are already sold out for the event, which in addition to honoring the noted British artist Blake, is a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


There will be two days of ranking full stop when The English Beat performs shows this Saturday and Sunday at City Winery Chicago. 


The 21st annual One Of A Kind Holiday Show will be held Dec 1 – 4 at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The event will feature 500 artists, craft makers and designers. Tickets are $15 and are valid for entry all four days; kids under 12 get in free. Hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.


An Acoustic Christmas, a special event performed by the critically acclaimed folk/alt rock band Over The Rhine will take place this Sunday at The Old Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago.


The Schubas music venue is having a Winter Market, featuring local artisans and merch sellers, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm this Sunday. Admission is free, Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Avenue on Chicago’s north side.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Dinner


Looking ahead to tomorrow’s busy schedule, it doesn’t seem likely I’d be able to prepare a proper serving of Slumgullion, so here’s a Thanksgiving Dinner post instead. Feel free to read some now and save the rest for leftovers.

There aren’t nearly as many Thanksgiving rock songs as Christmas rock songs but here’s a brand new, if not at all traditional, one from a band dubbed The Bad Ends. They’re an Athens, GA quintet that includes Bill Berry from R.E.M., and have created a video for “Thanksgiving 1915.”  It’s from their upcoming album The Power And The Glory.


Another Thanksgiving tradition for many of us is to rise early the next morning and head out to a record store to participate in the annual Black Friday Record Store Day. The list of this year’s limited-edition vinyl treasures can be found on the official RSD website. As usual, there’s something to please fans of just about every genre. Releases that caught my eye include the 2 LP 40th Anniversary Edition of Marshall Crenshaw’s self-titled debut; the 2 LP 30th Anniversary of The Cure’s Wish album; the seven-inch single “21st Century” by Dave Davies; the LP Traffic And Weather by Fountains Of Wayne; the “Lotta Love/“Give Me Strength” Juliana Hatfield/Emma Swift seven-inch split single of Neil Young covers; the LP Jefferson Airplane Live At The International Monterey Pop Festival; the LP 55th Anniversary Mono Edition More Of The Monkees; and the LP self-titled debut from Salvation Army (precursor of The Three O’Clock).


The Bad Examples will be performing a multitude of catchy and clever songs when they return to Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights tomorrow night. My brothers and sister always celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday, so unfortunately I’ll be over the river and through the woods in a south suburb tomorrow night. Fiona Grey will be opening act for The Bad Examples, performing at 7:30.


The 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival wraps up its 2022 run this Sunday at The Gene Siskel Film Center. 


Comic artists around the United States will honor what would be the 100th birthday of Charles M. Schulz this Saturday by adding references to the Peanuts creator in their strips. Be sure to check your daily newspaper.


A Divine Symmetry - An Alternative Journey Through Hunky Dory, which features 48 exclusive, previously unreleased tracks, on vinyl or as a 4-CD/Blu-ray box set is due out this Saturday. It can be purchased from the David Bowie Official Online Store.


Blue Heaven, a tribute to blues artists such as B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, and Muddy Waters, will finish its run at The Black Ensemble Theatre this Sunday. Tickets range from $50 to $55; Black Ensemble Theatre is located at 4450 N. Clark.


The Concert For George documentary featuring major rock stars honoring George Harrison will return to theaters for one night only next Tuesday, November 29. That date marks the 20th anniversary of when the original event took place.


Tickets are now on sale for The English Beat on December 3 and 4 at City Winery Chicago; Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew on February 25 at The Vic; Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 25 at The Old Town School Of Folk Music; Local H on December 31 at Bottom Lounge; Dave Mason on February 20 and 21 at City Winery Chicago; NRBQ on March 16 at FitzGerald’s; Tedeschi Trucks Band’s four gigs (starting March 17) at The Chicago Theatre; and Yo Lo Tengo on March 24 at at Metro.


The above listings are taken from the Early Warnings page of  a recent issue of The Chicago Reader. The free paper will celebrate its five-decade history with a 50ish UnGala at Museum Of Contemporary Art next Wednesday, November 30. The event will take place on three floors, with four stages of live entertainment, food and beverages from the museum’s own catering service, and raffles.


Congratulations to Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer on the 50th Anniversary of his Chicago-based blues label Alligator Records. Lynn Sweet, one of the best political analysts in journalism, took a swing at entertainment writing yesterday with an informative piece on Iglauer in the Chicago Sun-Times. I have a vague memory of meeting (or just seeing) Iglauer at a NARAS (the Grammy Awards) meeting in Chicago way back in the early 1980s. 


Madness, Noel Gallagher, Roger Daltry, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, and Baxter Dury will celebrate Sir Peter Blake’s 90th Birthday with a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 2. Tickets are already sold out for the event, which in addition to honoring the noted British artist Blake, is a benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


A big welcome back to WXRT radio personality Lin Brehmer, who will return to the airwaves on Monday, November 28. Brehmer has been on leave since mid-July while undergoing chemotherapy. The treatment is still in progress, but according to WXRT, he feels well enough to do a 10:00 am to 1:00 pm weekday shift.


Congratulations to U2 on being chosen by the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts as one of the five honorees for its annual ceremony on December 4 in Washington, D.C. Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, and composer Tania Leon are the Center’s other selections.


An Acoustic Christmas by the critically acclaimed folk/alt rock band Over The Rhine takes place at The Old Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago on December 4.


The CSNY - Love The One You’re With hardbound book coming next year from the U.K.-based Genesis Publications will be available in two versions. The Deluxe Copy has a £495 pre-order price tag, while The Collector Copy goes for £295 pounds. CSNY - Love The One You’re With features the amazing photography of Henry Diltz, along with copy from 20 contributors.


Tickets are now on sale for the Hey Nonny Women’s Jazz Festival coming to the Arlington Heights venue on the weekend of January 6 – 8.


The Facebook page for The Old 97’s recently featured a photo of the band dressed in space alien costumes for their role in The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s creator James Gunn enlisted vocalist Rhett Butler from his favorite rock group The Old 97’s to help write a song called “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here).” The partnership worked so well, Gunn suggested the entire band playing a small role in the special. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special premieres tomorrow on Disney+. 


The interactive attraction Harry Potter: Magic At Play is now open at Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue and will run through May 14, 2023. 


Ringo Starr has created a colorful video for “Everyone And Everything” an uplifting new song written by Linda Perry. The clip’s imaginative mix of live action and animation touches on historic moments in Starr’s career. “Everyone And Everything” is on his latest release EP3, which is available on 10 inch vinyl, CD, cassette, and various streaming services.


Chicago-based indie rock band The Webstirs are looking to fund a vinyl release of their latest, self-titled effort via an Indiegogo campaign.


The 55th anniversary 4CD/1 seven-inch single boxset edition of The Monkees album Headquarters is now available exclusively from The Monkees official website. It features outtakes, demos, and newly mixed songs from the original Headquarters.


The Dungeons And Dragons inspired play The Twenty-Sided Tavern is now running at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place just north of downtown, and will be there through January15. The show has previously sold out previous engagements in Edinburgh, Pittsburg, and New York.


Brett Morgen’s critically acclaimed David Bowie film Moonage Daydream is now available in digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD formats.


Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde were each half of popular British Invasion duos (Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy respectively), so it’s only natural they would be compatible as yet another duo. They done shows in the past and will be together again at the The Old Town School Of Folk Music next Thursday, December 1.


Paul McCartney’s ambitious collection The 7" Singles Box is due out December 2. It’s packed in a wooden crate and features 80 seven-inch vinyl records covering the former Beatle’s output from 1971 to 2022. That includes picture sleeve hit singles with their original b-sides, as well as songs that have never appeared in the seven-inch format before. There’s also a 146-page book. The 7" Singles Box is priced at $611.98 and will be limited to 3,000 copies available on McCartney’s website.


Those Pretty Wrongs, the duo of Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and guitarist Luther Russell, has just released a video of the melodic pop song “Paper Cup.” The song is from the album Holiday Camp, which is due out soon on Curation Records.


Women Sing The Who, the Bandcamp page that features women artists covering songs originally done by the iconic English rockers, recently posted another intriguing entry. Actress/singer-songwriter Mare Winningham brings an easygoing, tuneful approach to “Let My Love Open The Door.” It only costs $1 to download “Let My Love Open The Door,” and all proceeds benefit The Who’s charitable organization Teen Cancer America.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Incoming


Hey La, Hey La, Our Best Friend’s Back. WXRT radio personality Lin Brehmer will return to the airwaves next Monday, November 28, according to an announcement made this morning by the station’s morning DJ Marty Lennartz. The good news was also shared on WXRT’s social media. Brehmer, who aspires to be every listener’s “Best Friend In The Whole World,” has developed a loyal following over several years in Chicago. He’s been on leave since mid-July while undergoing chemotherapy. The treatment is still in progress, but according to WXRT, Brehmer feels well enough to do a 10:00 am to 1:00 pm weekday shift.


Following up on last Friday’s post about CSNY - Love The One You’re With, the 272-page hardbound book coming next year from the U.K.-based Genesis Publications, there are now two versions to choose from. The Deluxe Copy has a £495 pre-order price tag, while The Collector Copy goes for £295 pounds. Both versions feature the amazing photography of Henry Diltz, and are available now for pre-order.


Shiny Happy People, a new children’s picture book that matches the lyrics from that peppy R.E.M. song with illustrations by Paul Hoppe, is now available online and in bookstores.


The Bad Examples will be performing a multitude of catchy and clever songs when they return to Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights this Friday night. I doubt I’m the only one who’s reminded of Squeeze when I hear lead vocalist/chief songwriter Ralph Covert’s well-crafted material. My family always celebrates Thanksgiving on Friday, so unfortunately I’ll be over the river and through the woods in a south suburb that night. Fiona Grey will be opening act, performing at 7:30.


The Facebook page for The Old 97’s recently featured a photo of the band dressed in space alien costumes for their role in The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special. The post has a link to journalist Brian Davids’ interview with Guardians filmmaker James Gunn in The Hollywood Reporter. Gunn described enlisting vocalist Rhett Butler from his favorite rock group The Old 97’s to help write a song called “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here).” The partnership worked so well, Gunn suggested the entire band play a small role in the special. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special premieres Nov. 25th, on Disney+. 

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