Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Watch List

1. Realistic - Brooklyn's James Towning (a.k.a Realistic) is a masterful sampler, and a cure for your Perpetual Memory Loss. He is continuously mixing little pieces of life and song that you had thought lost and forgotten. Perpetual Memory Loss (released 10/23/07) is Realistic third full length album, but you can download his Photorealistic EP (released 10/8/07) here for free. Listen to: Interrupted Panting State (mp3) and Snowday Plaything (mp3)
2. Heloise & the Savior Faire - New York's electro-rock outfit Heloise & the Savior Faire are gearing up to release their new album Trash, Rats and Microphones this spring. Encapsulating all 80's pop fetishes, the band is fronted by the charismatic Heloise Williams and backed by two electrifying dancers (Joe Shepard and Sara Sweet Rabidoux) as well as a full band (James Bellizia on guitar, Luke Hughett on drums and Jason Diamond on bass). Download their Odyle Ep here for free.
3. To Bad Catholics - Currently on tour with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, these Vancouver residents bring the lazy, slightly off-beat folk music to masses. Their latest album "Mallorytown" is finished and will be available at all of their concerts. They will be at The Hideout here in Chicago with CFTPA of 11/12.

1. "The Torturer's Apprentice" and other poems by Kristy Bowen - Over the last week, I had been thinking to myself about my lack of appreciation for the Chicago poet. Maybe it was more lack of awareness, but regardless I felt I had been missing something. The problem was I had no idea what or who I had been missing. Then I found the work of Kristy Bowen, and all of her various creative outlets. She alone has restored my faith in the Chicago poet.
2. "SLIP" by Charles Blackstone - A story about a single moment of verbal indiscretion and the drama that follows. This story left me want more, so I went and read more of his work, and then I contacted him. Watch for his interview this Thursday.
3. "The Large Minnow" by Ellen Kennedy and Tao Lin - A heart-warming story about a 35 ton minnow.
4. "Metalhead" by Michael Lars - This one is for all the heavy metal fans out there. (Yes, that's you Jason.)
5. "If We Only Lived in Manhattan" by Nick Ostdick - Worried, at first, about a Chicago writer wanting to live in Manhattan, but once you read this compelling tale of a young man's day spent with his father's ex, you will understand the title.

1. Next Exit: Five by Christopher Cunningham - Released just a week ago, and selling like nobodies business. Get your copy today before they are gone by sending $4 to Bill Shute
8200 Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas 78233
2. The GPP Reader - A beast of a compilation, perfect bound, slick glossy cover with a letterpress dust-jacket title band, 144 pages, edited by Ed Kauffman--LIMITED TO 200 COPIES! 29 copies left, get it before it is history. $15
3. Words for Songs Never Written by William Taylor Jr. - Are you brave enough to believe? $13.95

1. "Electrosyzin" by Shakeyface - This is a free 52 minute mix from one of my favorite DJ's/producers, Shakeyface.
2. Five to Nine Issue #6 - Taking a look at the everyday, Sing Us A Song (Five to Nine's sixth issue) brings together a diverse group of designers & artists together and explores what happens when letters are combined and form those things we call words. Get it here for free!

1. "Roots on Sidewalks" by Inlets - The latest installment of La Blogotheque features Sebastian Krueger (a.k.a. Inlets), who also plays guitar from My Brightest Diamond. Inlets beautiful ep Vestibule can still be downloaded for free from Luv Sounds.
2. "A day in the life with Lucky Man author Ben Tanzer" - Many people have asked Lucky Man author and TBWCYL, Inc. (formerly Lucky Man, Inc.) spokesperson Ben Tanzer what its like to be the author of an obscure novel that few people have read. Here is his answer in the form a travelogue to a recent reading. See if you can spot the reference to the Office.
3. Chicago Artist Coalition Paint-a-Thon took place back in June, and here are four 9 minute videos worth of interviews. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part4) Part 3 features Orange Alert friend, Kim Frieders!

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