Yes, the most expensive movie in Bollywood history is about to be released and it was filmed in… Chicago. It’s the long-awaited third installment of the Dhoom series, which is set to be released on 12/20/13. If this video is any indication, the movie is going to be sexier and more Śānadāra (spectacular) than . . . → Read More: Dhoom Machale Dhoom – Song – DHOOM:3 – Aamir Khan | Abhishek Bachchan | Katrina Kaif | Uday Chopra
A treestone at Bohemian National Cemetery.
During one furlough day I had to break from my massive deck project to rest my bones from all the bending, lifting, and stooping. I choose to do something I had never done in my 25 years of living in Chicago: I toured the Bohemian National Cemetery located . . . → Read More: Touring Chicago’s Bohemian National Cemetery, by Mark Erickson
Rock and roll. Every time I’ve seen Cheap Trick, they played as if they invented it. Most exciting band in the world.
– Steve Stav
When the audience for Chicago blues shifted in the 1960′s from working class black to college age white, a good bit of strange and sometimes wonderful music resulted. Electric Mud certainly makes the first category. The second? Well…
Leonard and Phil Chess had already tried to market Muddy Waters to suit the folk craze . . . → Read More: Muddy Waters – The Electric Mud Catastrophe, By John Siscoe
I had the honor to go see Buddy Guy play at his own club recently. I am ashamed to say that I hadn’t ever done this before. Here are some random thoughts.
Scott Holt, who used to play guitar with Buddy warmed up. He led a very tight three piece group through blues originals . . . → Read More: Buddy Guy – Hoochie Coochie Man – Fever – Damn Right, By Ron Swanson
Before his appalling murder on December 4th, 1969, Fred Hampton, head of the Chicago Panthers, formed an alliance with the Puerto Rican Young Lords and the Patriot Party (consisting of impoverished Chicago whites). Hampton announced this multiracial banding as “a Rainbow Coalition,” years before Jesse Jackson co-opted the term for his own political . . . → Read More: Fred Hampton – Iam a Revolutionary, By Pat Thomas
Wild Belle is a sibling duo from Chicago which produces timeless psychedelic-pop with hints of jazz, reggae, and R&B. They recently embarked on their first North American tour and lead singer Natalie Bergman captured images from the band’s life on the road and cobbled those images together into the following retro-coolish video:
. . . → Read More: Wild Belle – POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD N°1
At Western Recorders in Hollywood on July 25, 1966, The Monkees recorded Mike Nesmith’s song “Mary, Mary” – meanwhile at nearly the same time, at Chess Studios on 2120 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the Paul Butterfield band with Mike Bloomfield was recording it as well. I’ve always loved it when doped up, kick . . . → Read More: The Monkees, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Each Have Take on Mike Nesmith’s “Mary, Mary,” By Pat Thomas
Otis Rush has been acknowledged as one of the greats of Chicago Blues for so long that his reputation is almost taken for granted. This performance, and the five others from the same session, is a breathtaking demonstration of how great he truly was when he was young and in his prime. This set, . . . → Read More: Otis Rush, Just the Real Stuff, Straight No Chaser, By John Siscoe
Swedish born, New Orleans based soul singer Theresa Andersson is back with a new record, Street Parade: a lush, joyful and sometimes melancholy ode to they city she has called “home” for nearly 20 years. A stunning vocalist and a talented multi-instrumentalist, Theresa is best known for her technologically superlative live shows, where . . . → Read More: Theresa Andersson – Street Parade – Swedish Via New Orleans Singer to Perform at Portland’s Mission Theater 6/2, Seattle’s Triple Door 5/31 and Chicago’s Schuba’s 6/19
Muddy Waters‘ gravestone is in the Restvale cemetery in Alsip, Illinois, a small suburb just south of Chicago. (I believe there are more dead residents than live ones, based on the number of cemeteries in that town). I happened to be there last year for a gravestone ceremony for Joe and Charlie McCoy, . . . → Read More: Gravestone of McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters, By Michelle Weinberg
I suppose we humans like our numbers rounded. There’s a reason there’s no 49 dollar bill. But when it comes to age, it seems rather pointless to place emphasis on an event simply because it ends in a zero. But society has protocols with which we must comply, so I shall do my best . . . → Read More: On 50: A Partial Self-Obituary, By Mitch Hurst
I wrote this song because I love Chicago. Casimir Pulaski Day has always been a great Illinois holiday. When we were growing up we got a day off from school. Now we get a day off from work which turns into a great 3 day weekend which reminds us that summer is just around . . . → Read More: Kidd Russell – Pulaski Day
I love old postcards. They seem to capture history, the way it was really lived by ordinary people, in ways textbooks cannot.
Here is a scan of the picture side of a postcard I found yesterday at a collectible store in town. It’s a scene of Chicagoans riding on horse-drawn carriages along Lake . . . → Read More: Lincoln Park Postcard Captures Real Life History, By Bob Kazel
Kidd Russell has two new videos. He describes She Feels Like Home in this way, “We Shot this video on the last day of summer in Wisconsin. We had no plans, a bootleg camera, our ladies and a few cases of beer so we decided to have fun and shoot something authentic and fun. . . . → Read More: Kidd Russell – She Feels Like Home – Could it be the Juice?
Broke DJ Kidd Russell ft. DJ John Blaze aka the homeless DJ beat: sleigh bells -infinite guitars off the new mixtape: RUDY RUETTIGER MUSIC
Free download: http://hulkshare.com/cponzmu79u06
Here’s a message from Kidd Russell:
If you’ve been to our live shows you know this song well and it is a fan favorite. We . . . → Read More: Broke DJ – Kidd Russell ft. DJ John Blaze aka the Homeless DJ
So there was a guy in a wheelchair on the corner of Belmont and Broadway in Chicago. He had a paper cup and was shaking coins. I grabbed about 50 cents and tried to throw it in his cup. He stared at me, and smiled a bit, and drank from the cup. The “coins” . . . → Read More: Always Look Before You Toss, By Bob Kazel
"Turn the car off, we’re here"
I can’t come up with a Pop Culture Top 10 of 2011. I paid no attention this year, due to extenuating circumstances.
My most memorable pop music experience occurred in April as I drove around my home town (Rochester, NY) the week of my mother’s funeral while the . . . → Read More: Distraction 2011 – By LT Woodward
What is UP wit’ our ol’ friends at Rhino, anyway?
Just seeing the be-candy caned logo below (still avec restricted trademark, natch) unleashed a rather severe Tremor in The Force, at least where I live and breathe.
Can you IMAGINE—“An Evening with….”, playing in multiplexes nationwide for two . . . → Read More: Tremor in the Force – Chicago Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits! By Tom Kipp