Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 7/30/11

Another fantastic fact: the Australian clothes line bug goes to great lengths to protect its young, eventually including the construction of hexagonal pillars in which the immature larvae are deposited for 21 years! The pillars, known as “churros,” are the final act of parental duty for these little beasts– in fact, it takes both parents to build a single pillar. Saliva and mucus secretions form the bulk of the churro, but it is given much of its strength through a sacrifice rarely encountered in the insect world!

In the final building stages, many days after the larvae has been safely encased, the parents “de-husk,” ripping their chitinous exoskeletons from each other and joining them at the thorax with dirt and dew. This last act seals their fate, attracting avian predators to the scene. Although the parents will die, it is with the knowledge that these same birds will commonly return to their nest with the churro, using it to construct their nest. In 21 years, the clothes line bug egg sac matures, with the newly-born insects often consuming the same family of birds that ate its parents!

Little Fyodor — All My Clothes Are Uncomfortable (from “Peace Is Boring,” on Public Eyesore)
George Korein — Rotodrone Encroaching (from “Another Corpse,” on BatHotAxe and Majuma)
George Korein –Squawking Corpse Rotodrone
Rafael Flores — 7 Minutillos (from “Nubes, cometas, rumores y orugas,” on Monochrome Vision)
Augment — Dilation (from “January 8th, 2008,” on Power Silence)
Merzbow — White Pea Fowl (from “Merzbird,” on Important)
Gil San Marcos — Smoke Film (from “Domes,” on Bombay Cove)
Gil San Marcos — Domes
Gil San Marcos — Triple Crown Parquet (live in New Orleans)
Jess Rowland — A Dragonfly Tries Vainly To Settle Onto A Leaf (from “The Shape of Poison,” on Edgetone)
Eloine — Feather-Woven Terrace (from “Simpler Machines,” on Darbolistic Rex)
DACM — Angel (from “Stereotypie,” on Asphodel)
DACM — Marie
DACM — Bassamico
DACM — Outparis Kiss
DACM — Latex
Margeret Noble — Safer Is Better (from “Frakture“)
Margaret Noble — Consistent
Margaret Noble — Drowning on Land
Margaret Noble — Crossing Over
Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power
Margaret Noble — Interlude Before the End
Margaret Noble — Distopia
Seeded Plain — Tarpaper Neutrality (from “Entry Codes,” on Creative Sources)
Seeded Plain — Vacuum Insert
Mari Kimura — Gemini for Solo Violin (from “The World Below G And Beyond,” on Mutable Music)
Mari Kimura — Vitessimo for Augmented Violin
Ken Gen Montgomery — Shower Music (from “Shower Music Born Again,” on Generator)
Zavolonka — Plavyna (from “Plavyna,” on Nexsound)
Zavolonka — Kosytsia
Zavolonka — Kolyskova
Zavolonka — Teche Voda Ledo
Zavolonka — Gora


InsomniROCK: Three Chord CPR

It’s been a while since InsomniROCK has Blogapussed. It’s been even longer since we’ve gone to see a show. Blame Midwest Warming. Blame monetary challenges. Blame Redtube. On the 27th, InsomniROCK went to The Gasthaus in downtown Elgin to see The Love Shots, who have been heard on the show, and had the pleasure of seeing two other great bands, brick mower and Black Wine. Besides from that night with the twins, this was the best ménage à trois of noise I’d ever heard. It definitely brought InsomniROCK back from the dead. So, I guess we are zombies now.

Straight outa New Jersey come brick mower and Black Wine touring together and sharing couches, saliva (what’s sixsome in French?) and a drum set. They’ve suffered through seven hour drives to rock sun-swept Buffalo, NY and dreamy Detroit, MI in a four-door and a mini-van. These bands have got rocks, too, ‘cause they don’t even have a spare tire (more room for the drugs). While playing in Buffalo they shared the stage with a band called The Butt Babies at Jumbo’s Place. Coincidentally, after learning this I had a great idea for a…movie.

brick mower is Eric (guitar and vocals), Kristin (bass) and Steve (drums). Steve hammers on the kit like John Henry on a railroad spike and Kristin has her bass up to 11 creating a great noise background for Eric to coat on some riffs and vocals. Kristin asserts that “nothing crazy” has happened on this tour so far but the fact that she is actually a Taliban agent and adhering to a severe allegiance of silence is undoubted. Eric cites Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr. as influences on the band’s sound. They also have free stickers. Which is pimp. Take a listen to brick mower and slap a sticker on the crotch of your pants like I did.

Black Wine is Jeff (guitar and vocals), Jay (bass and vocals) and Miranda (drums and vocals). Jeff lays down some great guitar work on top of the nice bass grooves by Jay and drumming from Miranda. What really caught my aural attention, though, was the use of three vocalists. At times it would be just one member, then another would join in and the other would drop out and then the other would join in. During one of their last songs all three came together and it really rocked. Jay says that all three write their lyrics and if someone sounds better singing a certain verse they’ll go ahead with that. Black Wine is influenced by early 90’s sub-pop and SST. Jeff used to play guitar for The Ergs! so, if you like them, check out Black Wine.

Both Brick Mower and Black Wine are looking for something to do for the next couple days so if you have an idea of a venue, let them know! And watch out Minnesota, Milwaukee and Iowa City, ‘cause you’re next.

The Love Shots are Danny (guitar and vocals), Rob (bass) and Johnny (Drums). They have been making Elgin shake and move for a while now and are getting some rave revues from a couple dudes face down at the bar. Rob says they are heavily influenced by the 50’s sound and bands such as The Shangri-Las, the Ramones and the Misfits (who The Love Shots opened for when they came to the Clearwater Theater). Their sound is refreshing, like a strawberry shake at the soda fountain with your favorite poodle-skirt wearing gal. The band incorporates medleys into their set, including a terrific melting together of The Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away” and Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss.” They’re also great at improvising when guitar strings snap. Currently the band is planning a tour and is in the market for a van. So, how ‘bout donating your mom’s mini-van when she’s not looking?

Thanks to all three bands for chatting with me and putting on a great show! If you see ’em out there, say “hi.” They’re good people.

I’d also like to give a big ups to Rich at Rediscover Records for getting me in touch with my vinyl side. InsomniROCK is now spinning records! Go check out his great collection of grooved vinyl.

Check out this link for a FREE download of Fest 10 Compilation #1. It ripped the flux capacitor straight outa my DeLorean. Thanks to Matt Danger! for the link.

If you know of any great shows coming up let us now on the comments section of this blog or email us toll-free at You can also like us on Facebook. Be sure to check out the other great bloggers on The Blogapus and thank the Spaghetti Monster for punk rock.

Your Community Spirit 2011 July 29

News includes conservative pundits denying existence of record-breaking heat wave; Norway terrorist is a climate change denier; climate change killing baby polar bears; Manchester turns a disused building into a vertical farm; paper antennae pull electricity from the air. Happenings include Rice and Spice; Friday Night Fair; Farmer’s Market; Vigil for Peace; Reptiles at Out of the Wild; Science Center benefit at Varsity Theatre featuring Nighty Night; solar energy classes taught by Aur ‘Da Energy Mon’ Beck.

Style City Sneek Peek!

Style City’s next tour is going to explore “Glitch”. Not the music itself in case you were wondering, but the part of town that no one goes to anymore…the abandoned place that the citizens of Style City forgot about long ago. Nobody lives there anymore. Nothing but rusted buildings and deserted shacks….but being the mayor and the tour guide of Style City you have to know about these sort of things! Over the week and weekend I am preparing a visit to Glitch with you. All you have to do on your part is listen to 91.1FM from 3:30 to 5pm on Sunday. It might be dangerous, and you might see creatures you have never seen before, but it has come time for Glitch to be revealed to the citizens of Style City.

Your Tour Guide, Emma


Style City 7/24/11

Morpion – Incidents
Morpion – Small Wifely Discord
Morpion – The Alchemist’s Dream
Morpion – Night of The Wolf Fish
Tuneboxii – Many A Melodic
Tuneboxii – Melancholy Static
Tuneboxxi – Momentum
Tuneboxii – Switch Glitch
Tuneboxii – Twoside
Don Rainwater –
Mark Hadley – 100plus
Antarktika – A Safe Place
Silent Strangers – Staybill Choke
Silent Strangers – Pulsrec
Silent Strangers – Left Cold
Silent Strangers – Parallel Being

Scratchy Vinyl, July 23 2011

It’s hot outside today in SoIL!

I Got Sun in the Morning,  Doris Day
Oh Lady Be Good,  Benny Goodman Sextet Live
Life is Just A Bowl of Cherries,  Pennies from Heaven Soundtrack
Let’s Misbehave, Pennies from Heaven Soundtrack
Love is in Bloom, Spike Jones and his City Slickers
Buckets Got A Hole in it, The Birth of Jazz (Folkways recording of the Music of New Orleans)
Shango (Chant to the God of Thunder), Michael Olantunji
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday, Stevie Wonder
Freight Train, Peter Paul and Mary
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and Marrakesh Express, Crosby Stills and Nash
Dear Landlord, Joe Cocker!
Maggie’s Farm, Bob Dylan
My Bonnie Lass she Smelleth, The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach
White Winter Hymnal and Ragged Wound, Fleet Foxes
Stepping on the Clouds, Reflection
Freight Train Blues, Tennessee Ernie Ford
Black Cloud, Leroy Van Dyke
Dueling Banjo’s, Roy Clark with Buck Trent
I’ll Be Alright Tomorrow, The Osborne Brothers
When I Wake Up to Sleep No More,  The Sonshine Quartet
The Rackett, Levee Syncopaters
Big Butter and Egg Man from the West, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
St. Louis Blues,  Nashville Jazzers
Trombone Cholly, The Red Onion Jazzband with Natalie Lamb
That’s Where You’re Wrong, Pletcher’s Eli Prom Trotters
Confessin’, Jonah Jones
Miss Golden Brown, Dixie Devils
Adios,  Rosemary Clooney with Perez Prado

“It’s Too Damn Early,” 7/23/11

Fascinating fact: the modern telephone was first invented in 1669! Using discarded animal tissue from the local tannery, a Dutch clergyman first conceived of sending coded electrical impulses– in this case, cleverly generated via copper and zinc electrodes inserted into a field of serially-connected potatoes. Though originally conceived as a method of “burying prayer,” (a misunderstood notion in the religious community of the time, carried back via trade routes with Japan) the “spreken aardappel” was quickly adopted throughout The Netherlands, most famously being used to transmit word of Van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopic discoveries. Unfortunately, knowledge of this revolutionary technology was lost during a period of drought, which placed a more immediate need on the potato fields used by the device!

Bruce Haack, Sound Capsule — I.F.O. (from “IFO/Electric Lucifer Book III“)
Bruce Haack, Sound Capsule — Jesus Man
Bruce Haack, Sound Capsule — Journey Song
Margaret Noble — Safer Is Better (from “Frakture“)
Margaret Noble — Watched
Margaret Noble — Consistent
Margaret Noble — Drowning on Land
Margaret Noble — Crossing Over
Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power
Margaret Noble — Interlude Before the End
Margaret Noble — Distopia
Bruce Haack, Sound Capsule — When A Man Becomes Electric
Fonogram — Cruz Del Sur (from “Fonogram,” on The Land Of)
Fonogram — Victory Days
Fonogram — 5×5 (One Second Bridge Reprise)
Fonogram — Nubes 1 & 2
Michael Byron — Music of Nights Without Moon or Pearl (from album of the same name, on Cold Blue Music)
Michael Byron — Invisible Seeds For James Tenney