Recent Posts in books
January 25, 2013
Demetri Martin is gearing up for the release of his second book, Point Your Face at This, which is due out on March 19. Unlike 2011's This Is a Book, Point Your Face at This is "devoted entirely to his trademark one-liners and drawings, as well as short prose and poetry, leaving the longer-form material for his next hardcover." You can preorder the book via his website.
All Demetri Martin tour dates and a few videos are below...
August 30, 2012
How Music Works is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot and Thrill Jockey Records founder Bettina Richards will talk with David Byrne about his new book, How Music Works, at The Music Box Theatre on September 17. Tickets are on sale now.
Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns--and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).
Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.
August 17, 2012
Bettye LaVette @ Highline Ballroom in 2010 (NYC) (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
As seen on BrooklynVegan, Bettye LaVette is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her music career with a new LP, called Thankful N' Thoughtful, due out on September 25 via Anti-, and an autobiography, A Woman Like Me, co-written by famed music biographer David Ritz due to hit stores on September 27 via Blue Rider Press/Penguin. The album was produced by Craig Street and features songs written and/or performed by Tom Waits, Neil Young, The Black Keys, The Pogues, and others. Check out LaVette's version of The Black Keys' "I'm Not The One," which appears on Thankful N' Thoughtful, at the bottom of this post. Thankful N' Thoughtful's tracklist and an album trailer are also below.
In celebration of her 50th anniversary and in support of her new LP and autobiography, Bettye LaVette will be heading out on a fall US tour. That tour begins in September and visits City Winery for a two-night stand on November 9 & 10 with Eilen Jewell. Advance tickets for both shows are on sale.
All dates, album info, and a stream of LaVette's Black Keys cover are below...
July 2, 2012
Saul Williams @ Afro Punk Fest in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
As seen on BrooklynVegan, Saul Williams will be heading out on a spoken word tour later this summer, which he's calling the Chorus tour. It hasn't been announced in full yet, but there is a Chicago stop at Schubas on September 12. Doomtree's Dessa will act as main support and advance tickets are on sale.
All Saul Williams tour dates are listed below, along with some videos.
June 6, 2012
Ray Douglas Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Ill., to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and the former Esther Marie Moberg. As a child he soaked up the ambiance of small-town life -- wraparound porches, fireflies and the soft, golden light of late afternoon -- that would later become a hallmark of much of his fiction...To point out that Ray Bradbury was one of Illnois's favorite literary sons is definitely a moot. Bradbury not only wrote classics like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, but was also responsible for writing children's literature, nonfiction, screenplays (Something Wicked This Way Comes), television (like Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock) and much more.
[Bradbury's] books took readers on imaginary journeys to the outermost edges of the galaxy without leaving their own back yards, has died at age 91, according to published reports. The author of classic books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" was born in Waukegan, Ill, on Aug. 22, 1920, the son of a utility lineman. He was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death, his home for the past several decades.
Bradbury's daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California. -[Chicago Tribune]
RIP to a science fiction giant.
June 5, 2012
Wilco @ Civic Opera House in December (more by Matt Ziegler)
You might remember what we called "Wilco week" in December, the band's five-night run of hometown shows ordered by decreasing venue size (Civic Opera House, the Riv, the Vic, Metro, and Lincoln Hall). Today (6/5) Wilco released a FREE iPad book dubbed The Incredible Shrinking Tour of Chicago, which includes photos, setlists, posters, backstage videos, and more from the week of local shows.
Wilco have also recorded a Spanish-language version of The Whole Love track "Dawned on Me," titled "Me Avivé," to thank Spanish-speaking Wilco fans for coming to their headlining set at the Primavera Sounds Festival. Take a listen to the song at the bottom of this post and purchase it via iTunes. The band's Popeye the Sailor-themed video for "Dawned on Me" is also below.
Stream of "Me Avivé" and video for "Dawned on Me" below.
April 10, 2012
an Easter message from Sam McPheeters
American journalist, artist, and former frontman of Born Against, Sam McPheeters has a new book out, titled, The Loom of Ruin. McPheeters, also previously involved with the bands Wrangler Brutes and Men's Recovery Project, has written for Vice, the Village Voice, the Huffington Post, and his own blog.
On McPheeters site, he offers a summary of the novel, released April 1, via Mugger Books.
"The book concerns Trang Yang, the angriest man in the world, and could be described as "satire", or "a dark comedy", or "a story in which lots of terrible things happen to a lot of good people."He also published a three-chapter excerpt on Vice if you're interested in previewing more. You can buy at Amazon.
Sam is now on the road, touring in support of this book (his first novel), with two scheduled stops in Chicago. His tour is split between spoken word events, and book readings, and while in Chicago he'll be doing one of each. On April 12, he'll be reading excerpts from The Loom of Ruin at Columbia College Chicago at 2:30 p.m, followed by a spoken word performance at Permanent Records at 6 p.m.
All tour dates are listed below...
February 27, 2012
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, a national, nonprofit literary organization for teachers and writers, will kick off the 2012 edition of their annual Chicago conference on Wednesday, February 29.
Presentations, readings, lectures, panel discussions, forums, and more will take place at both The Hilton and Palmer House hotels. Registration is officially sold out.
There are also a number of off-site, open to the public events happening at places like the Empty Bottle, The Hideout, Lincoln Hall, the Stop Smiling storefront, and the Double Door.
The Empty Bottle have FREE (with RSVP) events on both Wednesday and Thursday night. One in particular we'd like to highlight is the venue's Wednesday night late show, which features a reading and musical performance by James Greer (ex-Guided By Voices) and a set by the Mutts.What are you going to check out?
The Hideout have both an early and late reading on Friday night.
The Double Door have a reading on Friday night.
Stop Smiling and Melville House Publishing are having a party at the Stop Smiling storefront (1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Friday night. The event boasts a number of readings and will also have music from The-Drum (who just played our Vita Hill show), Supreme Cuts, and DJ Pariguayo.
February 13, 2012
Our rollout: We officially launch on 2/20 at 50 stores near you, tho primarily throughout the city. Our website launches the same day.Time Out Chicago adds:
Our newsstand: Getting old school, we built a collection of 1920s pop-up newsstands that will appear throughout the city starting next week.
Our cause: To look at the national zeitgeist thru a Midwestern prism via long-form storytelling.
Next week marks the public launch of The Chicagoan, a sumptuous 194-page magazine that carries a dazzling array of articles, artwork and photographs, zero advertising and a cover price of $19.95. A line beneath the nameplate describes its mission as nothing less than "documenting the arts, culture, innovators and history of Chicago and the Greater Midwest."Check out some classic Chicagoan covers at Vol.1 Brooklyn.
Finding a copy of the limited-edition prototype won't be easy. Initial distribution is planned for only about 50 retail locations in Chicago -- mainly boutiques, salons and restaurants -- with sales out of custom-designed 1920s-style pop-up newsstands. Don't even bother looking for it in most bookstores or anywhere in the suburbs.
Watch a video about the magazine posted by The University of Chicago, below..
December 30, 2011
Shel Silverstein (who originally hailed from Chicago) may be known best for his children's books, but there's a lot that is overlooked about the writer. He briefly studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, leaving to pursue songwriting and performing arts at Roosevelt University. Silverstein went on to write hits for Johnny Cash ("A Boy Named Sue," "25 Minutes to Go"), Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show ("The Cover of the Rolling Stone," "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball"), Loretta Lynn ("One's on the Way"), and more.
On January 15th, The Hideout will host Freakers Ball: A Tribute To Shel Silverstein, as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows 2012 festival. Jon Langford (who recently opened for Wilco with his Skull Orchestra) will lead a band of special guests performing Shel's music and reading from his more adult novels and poetry. Tickets are on sale now and this event is also included in the TNK 5-day pass.