WBEZ | Sound Opinions http://www.wbez.org/tags/sound-opinions Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Get set for the Summer Music Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/musicfestival.jpg" title="" /></div><p>If you, like me, prefer your rock &rsquo;n&rsquo; roll at night in cool, dark places free of the broiling sun, drenching rain, and oppressive obnoxiousness of the festival scene, you&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that <em>Sound Opinions </em>has once again partnered with the venerable Music Box Theatre on Southport to present the fourth annual Summer Music Film Festival, starting Friday with Jonathan Demme&rsquo;s timeless Talking Heads concert film <em>Stop Making Sense </em>(with Greg Kot and me kicking things off) and running through Tuesday, Aug. 19.</p><p>Among my personal picks this summer: Prince&rsquo;s enduringly campy <em>Purple Rain; </em>Richard Lester&rsquo;s groundbreaking and still hugely influential <em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s </em>Night; the new documentary about the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, <em>Finding Fela, </em>and <em>The 78 Project Movie, </em>a film with Chicago roots about the all-consuming search for rare old 78 rpm discs.</p><p>The full schedule follows below, and a portion of the proceeds from all screenings benefit WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio. A five-admission pass is $45, individual tickets are $9 to $12, and more info can be found at <a href="http://www.summermusicfilmfestival.com">summermusicfilmfestival.com</a>.</p><p><strong><u>Friday, August 15</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 3 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) and 9:30</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Saturday, August 16</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Finding Fela</em></strong><strong>, Chicago premier, 2:30 p.m. </strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (Midwest premier with director Alex Steyermark and producer Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Good Vibrations</em></strong><strong>, 9:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain, </em></strong><strong>midnight</strong></p><p><strong><em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Sunday, August 17</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 3 p.m. (with Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Rubber Soul</em></strong><strong>, 7:30 p.m. (Lennon interviews doc, with director Jon Lefkovitz)</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Monday, August 18th </u></strong></p><p><strong><em>God Help the Girl</em></strong><strong>, musical feature directed by Belle and Sebastian&rsquo;s Stuart Murdoch, 7:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night, </em></strong><strong>9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Tuesday, August 19</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong> and </strong></em><a href="http://jimcarmeltvdinner.libsyn.com/"><strong>Jim + Carmel&rsquo;s TV + Dinner</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 Wild Flag performs for 'Sound Opinions' at WBEZ studios http://www.wbez.org/content/wild-flag-performs-sound-opinions-wbez-studios <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/WildFlag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31875880?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Short Version" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p><p>Longtime rock music fans have a tendency toward jadedness. After ten or more years of record collecting, concert attending and fanzine reading new bands can start to all sound the same. In their hit song "Cut Your Hair" Pavement's Stephen Malkmus sang, "bands start up each and every day/I saw another one just the other day, a special new band...I don't remember a line, I don't remember a word," perfectly illustrating the creep of ennui so common in the music scene.</p><p>Malkmus' Portland, Ore. neighbors in Wild Flag break through this malaise with an infectious style and swagger that's hard to deny. Our resident music critic Jim DeRogatis gave their debut album <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-09-08/album-review-wild-flag-%E2%80%98wild-flag%E2%80%99-merge-91659">four out of four stars</a> calling it "not only one of the year’s strongest albums, but one of the strongest and most promising debuts in recent memory." The band builds up from '70s guitar rock like Television and adds elements of Motown girl groups, math rock and garage punk to build memorable pop songs.</p><p>Of course the music world had high expectations from the moment Wild Flag was announced due to its members' collective pedigree- Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders, Quasi, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are among their past musical projects. Add to that the unexpected success of Carrie Brownstein's sketch comedy IFC show, <em>Portlandia</em>, and there was a lot of anticipation around Wild Flag.</p><p>When the band stopped by WBEZ studios for a live <em>Sound Opinions</em> session, they delivered on the raw promise of their enthusiastic live shows. Each hook was crisply excecuted, each fill pounded with precision. Enjoy these videos of one of our most exciting sessions to date.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31921258?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Romance" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31868758?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Nothing" unreleased</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31875847?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Black Tiles" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/wild-flag-performs-sound-opinions-wbez-studios Cut Copy performs at WBEZ studios on 'Sound Opinions' http://www.wbez.org/story/cut-copy-performs-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-93332 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-20/cut copy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cut Copy's electronic pop music is at the top of the charts in its home country of Australia. They're not quite that well known in the U.S., but they do play their share of large headlining gigs. This summer the group had one of the top billings at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival. The next time they passed through town, <i>Sound Opinions</i>&nbsp;invited them to come to our studios to record a session.</p><p>Much of the band's sound comes from their complex electronic equipment, so for those of us videotaping the session, it was hard to get a complete idea of what the final product would be like let alone hear what was happening over drummer Mitchell Scott's powerful rhythm. But the magic of Cut Copy comes through in what you'll see and hear below.&nbsp;Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/audio.html" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a>&nbsp;this week to hear their interview; enjoy videos of their performance right now.</p><p style="text-align: center;">"Need You Now"&nbsp;<em>Zonoscope&nbsp;</em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863862?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">"Where I'm Going"&nbsp;<em>Zonoscope&nbsp;</em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863806?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" <em>Zonoscope </em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863836?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cut-copy-performs-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-93332 Daily Rehearsal: Seven Minutes in Heaven with Ellen (Degeneres) http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/seven minutes .jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/migdoll.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 223px;" title="Herbert Migdoll has one cool website, and cooler art"><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1. The Joffrey's<em> Don Quixote</em> opens tonight</span></span></strong>, but there's a more interesting person behind the scenes.&nbsp;Herbert Migdoll, the staff photographer for the Joffrey, has been working there longer than any other employee. "He is the last link between the company’s past and present,"<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/a-vibrant-career-at-the-ballet-without-dancing-a-step"> writes Meribah Knight</a>. In other ways, Migdoll might remind you of another famous photographer, <a href="http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/">Bill Cunningham</a>: "Outside his work, Migdoll’s life is one of austerity. He has never married. His rented room provides him a place to sleep but not much else. His real life exists where his work is — his studio and the Joffrey."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Last week, the man we'll now be calling Charles "old crank" Isherwood</strong></span></span> <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/theater-talkback-for-one-critic-its-a-rapp">declared he won't see another of Adam Rapp's plays</a>&nbsp;ever again. But he also wrote, "Contrary to popular myth, drama critics don’t salivate at the chance to savage a playwright’s work. It’s still less appealing to continue doing so, year in and year out. Who wants to be cast as the playground bully who won’t leave the poor kid alone?"&nbsp;Seriously, impressive work on Rapp's part, being so terrible as to inspire someone to never see your work again. Bravo.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/seven minutes .jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 164px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Here's everything you'd <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/mike-obrien,62835/">ever want to know about <em>Seven Minutes in Heaven</em></a></strong></span></span>. No, not the game you played in middle school, but the new web series by <em>SNL </em>writer Mike O'Brien. He's had on guests like Amy Poehler and Ellen Degeneres, but his less-than-auspicious beginning is far more interesting. <em>The A.V. Club</em> flashes back to a <em>Reader </em>review of one of O'Brien's first plays when he was still living in Chicago, written by Zac Thompson. Thompson <a href="http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mr-1000-miles-per-hour/Content?oid=925503">apparently thought</a> that the play, divided into two acts, was by two different people.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Tonight&nbsp;at 7 pm, the Goodman's Education Department</strong></span></span> will be visited by WBEZ's <em>Sound Opinions</em> crew (Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) to discuss the <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org//Season/production.aspx?tess=4882">price of fame</a> in today's performance industry. They'll be joined by iO's Charna Halpern, and there will be an interactive game hosted by Collaboraction; "The atmosphere will be that of a red-carpet event, in which each attendee is essentially fulfilling the role of a celebrity—forced to make their way past a throng of paparazzi just to get in." Sounds...rough. It's all part of the Goodman's CONTEXT series, and is inspired by <em>Red</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203388804576614920005071348.html">takes on Chicago theatre</a></strong></span></span>; this time 'round, it's Tom Stoppard's <em>The Real Thing</em> at Writers' Theatre. Terry Teachout says that he doubts "that <em>The Real Thing</em> will soon receive a better production than the one now playing at Chicago's Writers' Theatre." (Also, he "strongly suggest[s] that you leave this one alone", when referring to Adam Rapp's&nbsp;<em>Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling</em>, so maybe he and Charles Isherwood should form a club.<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004 Vortis: Taking the system down…3 chords at a time http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/vortis (Tonee Vortis Louie Vortis).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jim DeRogatis isn't just WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">music critic</a> and co-host of<em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org" target="_blank"> Sound Opinions</a></em>; he's also the drummer for punk rockers Vortis. For those who like their music loud, fast and in their face then, Vortis could be the ticket. The punk rockers have performed what they call "agi-tainment" since the early 2000s, and on Friday, Vortis will attempt to move the masses at Chicago’s<a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/1044085" target="_blank"> Live Wire Lounge</a>. DeRogatis has also been chronicling the life of the band in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/67001">"The Vortis Diaries"</a></p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>Alison Cuddy recently spoke with the band, who performed a number of tracks in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. Special thanks to Mary Gaffney for audio and Andrew Gill for video production.</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29693347">"Bigger Tragedy"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29693347?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29691846">"Walking Down Lincoln"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29691846?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29690884">"Black Block" </a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29690884?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time Video: Titus Andronicus performs live on Sound Opinions http://www.wbez.org/content/video-titus-andronicus-performs-live-sound-opinions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/titus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23285605?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Titus Andronicus is an indie rock band from New Jersey. Of course that hardly scratches the surface with a group that named itself after one of Shakespeare's minor works and its first album after a Seinfeld joke. In a recent interview with Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis mentions this complex juxtaposition only to be shrugged off by frontman Patrick Stickles. To him it's perfectly natural to write 8 minute long rock songs about the civil war.</p><p>In the same session the band performed two songs from their second album, <em><a href="http://www.titusandronicus.net/">The Monitor</a></em>. Above they perform "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future." Below is "A More Perfect Union." At the time of this taping guitarist Amy Klein was ill, prompting Stickles to pay tribute to her in electrical tape on his shirt.</p><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23276915?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-live-music-thursday/id385754389">The video of "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future" is part of the Live Music Thursday podcast</a>.</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 18:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/video-titus-andronicus-performs-live-sound-opinions Remembering singer-songwriter Diane Izzo http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-01/remembering-singer-songwriter-diane-izzo-83172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Diane Izzo 2 - Jim Newberry.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On&nbsp;Feb. 25, cancer claimed the life of Chicago native <a href="http://www.myspace.com/dianeizzo" target="_blank">Diane Izzo</a>. She was 43. In 1999, musician Diane Izzo won big praise with her debut album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/One-Diane-Izzo/dp/B00000I0KE" target="_blank"><em>One</em></a>. It was a trifecta of elegant and emotive music, lyrics and voice. That album was 10 years in the making. And although Izzo never released another album, her creative voice was hardly silent.<br /><br />At the time of her death, Diane Izzo was living in New Mexico with her partner, Marco Zas where they were working on a <a href="http://blackandgoldfilm.com/" target="_blank">movie project</a> together. Izzo herself had dozens of unreleased songs, and was reportedly making plans to head back into the studio before she died. Izzo&rsquo;s brain tumor was first discovered in 2008. Though she&rsquo;d moved from Chicago, support poured forth from the city during her illness. Her friends and brethren from Chicago&rsquo;s music community organized a benefit concert to help with her medical expenses.</p><p>But more than two years later &ndash; before she could give the world just a few final creative offerings &ndash; she succumbed to cancer. Izzo&rsquo;s partner, Marco Zas, <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2011/02/diane-izzo-dead-at-age-43-songwriter-extraordinaire.html" target="_blank">told Greg Kot </a>of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> and WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/" target="_blank"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a>, that he&rsquo;s working on staging a memorial concert in Chicago. Musician Diane Izzo passed away last Friday reportedly surrounded by friends and family. 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mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>Songs featured:</b><br />Diane Izzo, &quot;Freight Train&quot; (demo), unreleased<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;Horse of Diana&quot; One (Sugar Free Records)<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;The Real One&quot; One (Sugar Free Records)<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;Faker&quot; One (Sugar Free Records)<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;Everywhere&quot; One (Sugar Free Records)<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;Black &amp; Gold&quot;, unreleased<br />-from the forthcoming film by Diane Izzo and Marco Zas, <i>Black &amp; Gold</i><br />Diane Izzo, &quot;One&quot; One (Sugar Free Records)<br />Diane Izzo, &quot;White Bee&quot; (demo), unreleased</p></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-01/remembering-singer-songwriter-diane-izzo-83172 Terry Mazany come on down! You're the next contestant to "FIX OUR SCHOOLS!!!!" http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/terry-mazany-come-down-youre-next-contestant-fix-our-schools <p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: Terry Mazany, you are the next contestant to &quot;FIX&nbsp;THESE&nbsp;SCHOOLS!!!!&quot;&nbsp;(audience applause, soft rock plays, Mazany pumps fists).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/mazany-priceisright.jpg" style="width: 451px; height: 554px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><sup>(Photoshop wizard/Anthony Abraham) </sup></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief">Terry Mazany will take over for Ron Huberman as the interim CEO&nbsp;of the Chicago Public Schools</a>. Mazany is the head of the Chicago Community Trust, which is a foundation that gives support to non-profits (including WBEZ). The Trust spent a lot of time and resources on education initiatives, so Mazany is already ahead of his predecessor, who's only experience in education was knowing how to fire bus drivers. Mazany took a salary of $1 from the city while retaining his Chicago Community Trust job. Terry, please tell me you at least got points on the back-end for merch. Or at least rights to the script. Terry, tell me you didn't just give it all away??!!!!</p><p>I&nbsp;don't want to rub it in, but I could have got you six figures, plus your old salary, and 20%&nbsp;off on all pencils/paper purchases. But what's done is done. Good luck Terry. Did you know <a href="http://www.cct.org/about/our-staff/terry-mazany">Mazany is trained in counting rings on trees</a>? CPS&nbsp;is going to kill at the science fairs!&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>:&nbsp;Did you know that the controversial <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/four-loko-drink-remove-caffeine">energy-alcohol drink company Four Loko is based out of Chicago</a>?&nbsp;I&nbsp;wonder why it didn't make the articles and talking points about our awesome list of bourgeoning, young hot-shot companies. Will the new press release read:&nbsp;&quot;Chicago is home to great start-ups like Threadless, Group-On,Vosge chocolates, Four Loko...&quot;</p><p>Four Loko is infamous for the energy drink that has alcohol levels that equal three beers and energy levels that equal two cups of coffee. It sent a bunch of kids to the hospital and the FDA&nbsp;is going to ban it. Four Loko responded with the &quot;we are altering the ingredients to make it more safe.&quot; Bull@$#. I would go with the &quot;Hell yeah it's not safe. As a matter of fact, we're uppin it to six beers and four coffees. Why?&nbsp;Cause someone told us we couldn't. EXTREME!!!!! &quot; Then I&nbsp;would break a window with my forehead and jump out of it and wrestle some snakes.</p><p>You're welcome for that idea, Four Loko. Chicagoans have to stick together.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Rumor has it <a href="http://www.soundopinions.com">Sound Opinions</a> is going to talk about the new Kanye West record for this week's episode. I've heard a few tunes and I&nbsp;am just blown away by the musical creativity. Kanye is this generation's John&nbsp;Lennon. Discuss. That's one of the perks of working here - I&nbsp;might sneak into the control room and listen to the Kanye review...</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Now this is good weather. It's supposed to get colder tomorrow. To quote my 3 year old:&nbsp;Darnit!&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;The Bulls and Blackhawks have embarked on their crazy annual road-trips. Why do they do this? Because the circus is in town.&nbsp;Literally - they have to leave for two weeks while Barnum &amp;&nbsp;Bailey sets up at the United Center. We just take that as part of the story when talking about the dreaded &quot;west-coast road trip&quot; but someone should investigate how the circus has so much clout it can displace two professional sports franchises from their home stadium during a regular season. I'm all about one-offs and scheduling around the games, but full weeks?</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: You want to make your own ginger-bread house and candy driveway for the holidays? <a href="http://www.bakerella.com/candyland/">Try and beat this woman</a>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="333" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/ginger-bread.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/terry-mazany-come-down-youre-next-contestant-fix-our-schools Video: The Swell Season cover Bob Dylan http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/video-the-swell-season-cover-bob-dylan/35038 <p><p><img height="389" width="500" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//once_press3.jpg" alt="" title="once_press3" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-35058" /> </p><p>A couple weeks ago Sound Opinions hosted another one of their movie nights at Lincoln Hall. They screened the film <em>Once</em> and in an awesome twist the stars of the film Glen Hansard and Mark&fnof;&copy;ta Irglov&fnof;&iexcl; (aka The Swell Season) performed a mini-concert afterward. The event sold out in less than a day, but <a href="http://music.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/video-the-swell-season-perform-lies-at-lincoln-hall/27354">we captured the entire performance on video</a>. <!--break-->Here's the final song of the night, a cover of Bob Dylan's &quot;You Ain't Goin' Nowhere.&quot; For the rest of the songs, <a href="http://music.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/video-the-swell-season-perform-lies-at-lincoln-hall/27354">visit WBEZ Music</a>. <iframe height="281" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14269410?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/video-the-swell-season-cover-bob-dylan/35038 Sound Opinions at the movies http://www.wbez.org/donhall/2010/07/sound-opinions-at-the-movies/30465 <p><a rel="attachment wp-att-30466" href="/donhall/2010/07/sound-opinions-at-the-movies/30465 /attachment/24952"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-30466" title="24952" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//24952.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a> <code><div></div></code> 1976.‚  The Bicentennial. Led Zeppelin. Deep Purple. Alice Cooper.‚  Aerosmith (before they became grandparents...) Although I went to high school in rural Kansas, I have a ridiculous sense of nostalgia when I watch this movie.‚  The hazing of the incoming freshmen that was more fun than terror.‚  The strange political landscape after Nixon resigned and a post Vietnam society.‚  The part of the country that didn't disco. And the music.‚  Man, the music. I'll see you there Wednesday.<!--break--> <blockquote>Pink: It was vicious. Had some pretty cool seniors though. Like, they'd beat the hell out of you and then get you drunk, that sort of thing. Mitch: Cool. ______ Shavonne Wright: What the hell are you talking about girl? Kaye Faulkner: Didn't even think about it did you? Shavonne Wright: Gilligan's Island? Kaye Faulkner: It's what is called a male pornographic fantasy. Shavonne Wright: [laughs] Oh my haha Kaye Faulkner: Think about it! You're basically alone on a deserted island with 2 readily available women. One, a seductive sex goddess type. The other... a healthy girl-next-door-type with a nice butt. So the men have it all, the Madonna and the whore. Women get nothing! We get a geek, an overweight middle-age guy, and a nerdy scientific type. Jodi: [interrupts] The professor... is sexy. ______ Wooderson: The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin', man. L-I-V-I-N.</blockquote> <strong>Wednesday, July 21 Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music Box Theatre - 3733 North Southport Ave. Chicago, IL</strong> <strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/600078495?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=12261&amp;store_id=5821">Advance tickets are $9</a>. WBEZ members enter discount code "SLOWRIDE" at checkout. </strong> <strong>Tickets will be on sale for $10 at the theater starting at 6:30 p.m. Cash only please. Please note this movie is Rated R.</strong></p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/donhall/2010/07/sound-opinions-at-the-movies/30465