Cosign Presents- Eric Mayer
May 13, 2008, 11:06 am
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Welcome to Cosign Presents– a new performance video series featuring some talented and independent musicians.

First up is Chicago’s own Eric Mayer. Eric’s folk ukulele shines with honesty and heartbreak but his kind energy still makes the kiddos smile. Watch us roam downtown Chicago for Cosign’s very first video presentation.

Film and Words by Justin Staple

“Empty Pocket”


“Blue and Grey” off Excuses with a Stuffy Nose

Be sure to catch Eric around Chicago and pick up any of his releases off his myspace.

Chan Marshall and the Dirty Delta Blues hit the Vic
February 11, 2008, 12:14 pm
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Rolling through Chicago last night, Chan Marshall sang us a ditty that seemed to pretty much capture the atmosphere: “In Chi-Town, it’s a cold town”. She then went on to put on one of the warmest sets of this touring season yet. Playing songs from The Greatest, Jukebox and even What Would the Community Think, Cat Power tore up the vic with only one downside: the 10 pm limit on all ages shows prevented her from roling back on stage for an encore. She did, however, take the time to toss out some t-shirts, for which fans fought like bachlorettes for a wedding bouquet.

Check this video out for her band introdution from last night’s show:

madly and desperately in love with this woman,

Daniel Johnston at the Metro
February 10, 2008, 3:41 pm
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picture thanks to Enrique.

Daniel Johnston
is back. Seemingly healthy, intelligible and with a pretty ambitious tour. Chicago’s Metro was packed last Wednesday for the proclaimed “best song-writer of all time”. Openers Office gushed at even being on the same stage with the man and the idiom “we love you Daniel” rang as a heartfelt chorus from the crowd of cultish fans the entire night.

Johnston started the set with his four string guitar crooning the classics off “Hi How Are You?” and “Songs of Pain”. Soon, he was accompanied by “a friend from college” and played crowd favorites off the reissue of “The Late Great Daniel Johnston” and a cover of the Beetle’s “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (see video). The crowd went nuts as Daniel recounted a dream in which he was on trial for his own suicide. He explained, “I was in the back of the courtroom saying ‘No!, no!’ ……okay”. I guess…?

Members from Office and some other dudes came out after a brief seemingly unplanned intermission and jammed for a little bit while Daniel walked around showing his excitement.

Despite the love, Johnston cut his set short and left the stage in his typical overwhelmed fashion. With still about 4o minutes left for the set, the crowd started an encore chant that resulted in an emotional and shaky rendition of “True Love Will Find You In The End” (see video).

The short set left no one disappointed (accept the bored and confused girlfriends dragged out by their comic book fan-boy counterparts) and the aura of bizarre excellence that is Daniel Johnston lingered in the air with the same power that its had since 1988.

Check more pictures here.

Also some free shows in chicago
February 5, 2008, 9:50 am
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On top of the list below there are a bunch of free shows coming up in the next few months at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  They’re mostly avant-garde instrumental stuff and should be interesting.  Plus, they’re free.

Heres the list thanks to Transmission:

– Tuesday, February 19: Daniel Levin’s Black Bear, featuring ‘cellist Levin in a quartet with bassist Nate McBride, drummer Frank Rosaly, and saxophonist Greg Ward.

– Wednesday, February 20: Pandelis Karayorgis (piano) & Ken Vandermark (reeds)

– Thursday, March 13: Bassist Ben Allison with his quintet, Man Size Safe

– Saturday, March 22 (1 p.m.): Performance of 2007 composition In Pursuit by Latin American-themed saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his group

– Tuesday, March 25: A jazz/poetry/hip-hop/jazz bouillabaisse from Dapp Theory

– Thursday, March 27: Bassist Drew Gress, member of many a top-flight Tim Berne ensemble, here features Berne in his own group 7 Black Butterflies, along with trumpeter Frank Alessi and Berne regulars Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey

– Tuesday, April 8: Chicago’s own Michael Hartman and TV Pow, long-time purveyors of multi-laptop dronescapes

– Tuesday, April 22: Afro-cuban free jazz from the Sonic Liberation Front

– Wednesday, April 30: Chicagoan Jason Stein (bass clarinet) fronts trio Locksmith Isidore, with fellow Chicagoan Jason Roebke on bass and New York drummer Mike Pride on drums

– Monday, May 5: Trombonist Steve Swell (if you followed underground jazz in the ’80s and ’90s, probably at least 1/5th of your collection features this guy) and saxophonist Gebhard Ullman (no stranger himself to the recorded medium, having laid down 20 albums) team up with drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Hill Greene as the Ullman/Swell 4Tet

– Wednesday, May 21: Coin Coin, a multi-ensemble work by saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts, pays tribute to 10 generations of great African (and African American) music

For more info, contact the Cultural Center at (312) 744-6630, or check out

Girl Talk/Dan Deacon at The Metro
January 29, 2008, 3:52 pm
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Closing the late set (ostensibly the 11 o’clock 18+ show), Gregg Gillis gave us all a shout out: “The late show is the motherfucking late show!” With about half the audience rolling or otherwise fucked up since Dan Deacon’s tripped out (and middle of the floor) set, Girl Talk kept the energy up, playing mash-ups of mash-ups (which was essentially a remixed Night Ripper) and keeping the dancing going until early in the morning. Pitchfork was onhand for the early show, catching some great photos and capturing at least a moderate amount of the crowd’s energy.

Gregg Gillis gets NAKED

Dan Deacon’s Table of Love

Still loving,

Illinois, Chicago
January 14, 2008, 8:23 pm
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On rest from apparently playing baseball with Craig Finn and the rest of the Hold Steady’s crew, Chris Archibald’s little outfit, Illinois, is on its way here to Schuba’s in Chicago to grace us with some stomp rock. Bon Iver and Wax Fang will accompany the band this Friday (1/18/08) for what should be a promising show.*

In the meantime, checkout their Daytrotter sessions (particularly “Alone Again) for some sick recordings

* This is assuming that Chris Archibald and co. aren’t too shell-shocked from chilling/touring (read: drinking) with the Hold Steady. This is Archibald’s post-tour debriefing: “I’ve never vomited (consecutively) this much in my whole life!! It’s now a routine, I wake up, vomit, have a smoke, vomit, get in the shower and vomit. And that’s normal!”

Fuckers are drunk,

Kid Sister ft. Kanye West- Pro Nails
December 4, 2007, 2:02 am
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Not really feelings this but might as well: