Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bill Murray Karaoke Night in Chicago?

Bill Murray is embarking on a very unique tour; Any house or location interested in allowing Murray to come crash your party this August better have karaoke, drinks, and a sign saying 'Bill Murray Can Crash Here' on your front lawn. For more information on this party crashing tour, call the 24 hour 'Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour' Hotline: (785) 273-0325. Just saying Chicago, we may have to plan something special for his hometown arrival on August 19th.

August 1 — Phoenix, AZ
August 2 — Scottsdale, AZ
August 4 — Las Vegas, NV
August 5 — San Diego, CA
August 6 — Los Angeles, CA
August 7 — San Jose, CA
August 8 — San Francisco, CA
August 10 — Portland, OR
August 12 — Seattle, WA
August 14 — Minneapolis, MN
August 15 — Milwaukee, WI
August 17 — Denver, CO
August 18 — Kansas City, MO
August 19 — Chicago, IL
August 20 — Indianapolis, IN
August 21 — Columbus, OH
August 22 — Charlotte, NC
August 24 — Philadelphia, PA
August 26 — Baltimore, MD
August 28 — Boston, MA
August 30 — Jacksonville, FL
August 31 — Miami, FL
September 2 — Memphis, TN
September 3 — Nashville, TN
September 5 — Houston, TX
September 8 — Forth Worth, TX
September 10 — Austin, TX

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Mixtape - Kankakee Mix

To help your travels to Kankakee today - I've made a mixtape to help the travels. See you at 6:30 on the main stage.

Track Listing: Saturday Mix 1
Hold On - Alabama Shakes
Summer Dress - A Lull
When The Movie's Over - Twin Shadow
Is This Your Love?- Innergaze
Wow - Laurel Halo
Poor Sweet Elizabeth -  Allout Shelter
Never To Part - Tennis
Eye Drops - Lemonade
Little By Little - Bailiff

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kankakee Feature - Tone Loc, JC Brooks, HIS EGO...

photography by Clayton Hauck
Today I wanted to feature the three groups who we're (HIS EGO) playing with tomorrow in Kankakee at The Merchant Street Music Fest and I've included our video with Project Runway's Kenley Collins. We're on the main stage at 6:30 and followed JC Brooks, Tone Loc, Unicycle Loves You, Rego, and Young MC. See you tomorrow in Kankakee!

Tone Loc - Ace Is In The House

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart {Wilco Cover}

Unicycle Loves You - Justine

Tom Schraeder and His Ego - Tomorrow We'll Know Why (Featuring Kenley Collins)

Rego - Northern Star

Young MC - Bust A Move

Cut of the Day - Depreciation Guild

Depreciation Guild - Dream About Me

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stimulus Package Recap w/ Quinnstorm and HearYa

poster design by Sam Rosen/Post Family

Tallest Man on Earth - I Won't Be Found

Red Cortez - All the Difference

Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health

BLK JKS - Molalatladi

Morning Benders - Excuses

Tigercity - Fake Gold

Gringo Star - Shadow

Motel Motel - Coffee

Justin Townes Earle - Look The Other Way (Live on Letterman)

Tom Schraeder - Tomorrow We'll Know Why

 Joe Pug - Hymn 101

The Deep Dark Woods - Hang me, oh Hang me.

The Henry Clay People - Famous Friends

Ferraby Lionheart - Small Planet

Danny Malone - Baby Blu

Stimulus Package was the only 15 Hour SxSW Day Party -
Hosted by HearYa.com, QuinnStorm.com and Tom Schraeder.
*Wednesday 3/18* to 3/19 2008 - Paradise, 401 E. 6th, Austin, TX

These DJs we're between all of the sets above: Bald Eagle - Cassette and Count RockuLA - Moneypenny

Morning Cut - Mucca Pazza

Mucca Pazza - Boss Taurus

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Listen in now!

If you like great dance music, I'd recommend listening into a live ustream dj set with our friends from skeyelab. Check it here Www.radio.skeyelab.com - let's dance awkwardly together or sit and enjoy. Big announcements later in the week. Chicagce, I love you...

Wednesday Cuts featuring...

Grimes, Tammar, NEU! and more...

COTD - Grimes - Nightmusic ft. Majical Cloudz

COTE - Tammar - The Last Line

ATC - Blaze Foley - Clay Pigeons

ATR - NEU! - NEU! (Full Album)

GPC - Cardigans - Lovefool

BC - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Badlands

Monday, July 23, 2012

Oucho Sparks LIVE @ Portage Theater

"Freeze, Frozen, or History" // Act 1, Sc. 1

"Grey" // Act 1, Sc. 2

"Why I Like the Alien" // Act 1, Sc. 3

"Mercedes 300d // Act 1, Sc. 4

"A Contest" // Act 1, Sc. 5

"For Proceeds" // Act 1, Sc. 6

"In Tribute to the Crown" // Act 2, Sc. 1

"SFTS" // Act 2, Sc. 2

"People, I love" // Act 2, Sc. 3

"Banter and The Electric Catfish" // Act 2, Sc. 4

"Is This My New Career" // Act 2, Sc. 5

"Hearts and Hips the Puppeteer is Breaking" // Act 2, Sc. 6

"Grey ~ Reprise" // Act 2, Sc. 7

"Lunar Flags" // Act 2, Sc. 8

Cut of the Day - Shit Robot

Photography by Sean Dack
COTD - Shit Robot Take 'Em Up

Top Austin Cuts

Dana Falconberry - Possum Song

Jesse Woods - Ugly Dress

Sound Team - Life is Rad

Leatherbag - On Down The Line

Danny Malone - Song of the Year

Belaire - You Really Got Me Going

Explosions in the Sky - First Breath After Coma

Graham Weber - Marie

Holiday - We Don't Sleep


Echotone, a documentary from filmmaker Nathan Christ about music culture in Austin, can best be described as a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.  With artists like Dana Falconberry, Bill Baird, Sunset and many more artists who I greatly respect. Echotone is everything that I hoped it would be and in honor of this film, I'm going to pay homage to one of my favorite cities in the world, Austin, Tx.

Echotone IMDB

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quarter Mile Thunder on 'The Late Live Show'

'The Late Live Show' just had Quarter Mile Thunder on their show this past May and I highly recommend watching this performance.



Sunday Cuts - Katy Perry?

Sunday Cuts featuring Summer Girlfriends, Neu, Kraftwerk, Gin Blossoms and more...

COTD2 -- Neu - Hallogallo  (1972)

COTE -- Summer Girlfriends - Shockwaves (2012) - 

ATC -- Love Positions - Into Your Arms (1990)

ATR -- Kraftwerk - Autobahn (1974)

GPC -- Gin Blossoms - Allison Road (1990 DEMO)

BC -- Bruce Springsteen - Sad eyes (1990)

WC -- Katy Perry - Firework 
No further information will be provided on this artist other than a lyric from my "worst cut of the day" selection "baby, you're a firework -- make them go up, up, up.  Boom, Boom, Boom, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon. Boom Boom Boom." - the depth of a 27 year-old pop star

Your Sunday Cure - Todd Terje

Todd Terje is a prolific Scandinavian DJ who has been on repeat this afternoon and I'm still finding it difficult to switch it to anything else. To help cure your hangover -- I recommend you do the same.

"Snooze 4 Love"


COTD - Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss

Willis Earl Beal 

While gearing up to track at Pieholden Studios in Chicago - I heard about a new prodigy artist who legendary Chicago producer Matt Dewyne was working with. Later that night, randomly,  I went with Billeh Ocean of "The Minimal Beat" and Casey Meehan of "Chicago Mixtape" to see Willis Earl Beal at Cole's and left thoroughly impressed. "Acousmatic Sorcery" (XL Recordings/Hot Charity) offers a youthful honesty with a knack for twisted word play. Tracked by Willis himself, there's a bedroom comfort/honesty to each track of alleyway bedroom soul. With my anticipation being too great for his follow up record -- Dewyne and company kept details quite close to their chest but 4 months later and "Evening's Kiss" is still my "cut of the day' -- it shows he's definitely more than a blog band. 

photo Michael Boyd

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Natureal (Featuring His Ego)

Natureal (featuring His Ego)

The Minimal Beat

The best of new local and national music here with Billeh Ocean at The Minimal Beat on 88.7fm -

Cut of the Day

Ezra Furman and The Harpoons - Take Off Your Sunglasses

Thursday, July 19, 2012

COTD - The Bears of Blue River

Cut of the Day (COTD)
Boy Toy - The Bears of Blue River

Eiffel Tower

Umm, I don't know if I like this band more for their infectious melodies or for this near perfect biography - either way I highly anticipate what else Eiffel Tower does next. Here's that perfect bio -
Eiffel Tower was born at a psychiatric hospital in the Chicagoland area where Alex (bass), Matt (handclaps) and Pete (bells) were working as orderlies. The three were in a seclusion room holding an aggressive patient who, in a last-ditch retaliatory effort, took the liberty of urinating on the floor. With the patient somewhat subdued, the three made a gallant dash to exit the room before the patient, hot on their heels, could egress. Things only went further awry when Alex lost his footing and slipped three feet across the slick, linoleum floor through the puddle of tepid urine. Matt and Pete instantly tumbled over Alex and found themselves equally soaked. The three spent the rest of the shift donning patient pajamas and questioning their chosen career path. 

The three bonded over their work with psychotic patients and obsessively collecting their clients’ personal narratives. They found the coping mechanisms of the patients not far removed from many of their own misguided efforts to make sense of the world around them. They came to treasure these stories as the stuff of myth and legend. As the band began to write music, they focused on how alienation often leads to obsessive or delusional thinking. Musically, the band’s exultant energy was been characterized as “Frank Sinatra meets Bad Brains,” and as “marr[ying] the jangle-pop of Feelies with the playful self-loathing of Stephin Merritt.”

The trio quickly settled on the name Eiffel Tower, after the French monument. Upon its completion, the tower had widely been considered as a mistake and an eyesore. Guy de Maupassant, who reportedly hated the tower, was known to have lunched in it daily. When asked why, he remarked that it was the only place in all of Paris where he could not see the awful structure. The band Eiffel Tower celebrates the grandiose courage necessary to pursue seemingly foolhardy ambitions. 
Sinners in the hands of an angry GOD.
Band Interests
Delusional thinking

Songological Order

Act Naturally - Act Super Naturally (2014)
All Because of You - The Door, The Gutter, The Grave
Back to Your Old self - Mas (Unreleased)
Be Well - Egoiste
Black Nighty - Unreleased (Live at Hotel Cafe)
Burn that Baby - Death of St.Thomas/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Back Screen Rain Delay - Unreleased (Live at Grant park 05)
Carry On - Once Lace, Now Cotton
Celestine - Pieces of Flair (Unreleased: Live at Grant Park 05)
Chicago, I love you... - His Ego / Gush
Cocaine Cold - All The Hype/Allout Shelter
Daddy Don't Tell It All - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry...
Death of a Carnival - 92 Tales
Death of St. Thomas - Death of St.Thomas
Don't Look Back - Lying Through Dinner 
Don't Wake My Woman - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Duct Tape Ladder - Death of St.Thomas - His Ego / Gush
Easy Way To Cry - The Door, The Gutter, The Grave
Edith James and Buttermaid Bob - 92 Tales
Even Sparrows - Clava Demos (Unreleased)
For All That I've Done Wrong - 92 Tales 
Free Your Minds - All The Hype/Allout Shelter and Natureal
Friend like Neil - Unreleased
Fuck Me Up - Unreleased (Live at Beat Kitchen 06)
Goodnight Jennifer -The Door, The Gutter, The Grave
Gone For Good - Pieces of Flair Ep
Guadalupe Cries - Lying Through Dinner
Gush - Gush
Home - Allout Shelter
Honest Man - His Ego / Gush B-Sides
I Believe - Unreleased 
Jesus vs. Santa - Gush / Jesus vs. Santa
Jenkins Last Dance - Pieces of Flair EP
Josie - Death of St.Thomas / Pat Baby Cassette Single
Last Man of Riverview - Death of St.Thomas / 92 Tales
Letters to Douglaston - Death of St.Thomas 
Little Things - Mas Demos (Unreleased)
Lonely Holiday - All The Hype/Allout Shelter
Looking Back - Mas Demos (Unreleased)
Mas (Garden of Stone) - Mas Demos
My Drug Friends - Unreleased
Needle Will Bite - Lying Through Dinner
Never Gonna Walk Away (1.17 Revisited) - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry...
One Man Symphony - Act Super Naturally Soundtrack (Unreleased 2014)
Panic Disorder - 92 Tales B-side
Parasites of Time - Act Super Naturally Soundtrack
Pat Baby (An Ode To) - Death of St.Thomas/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Paying With Kisses - Unreleased (Live at Hideout 2010)
Porcelain Doll - The Door, The Gutter, The Grave
Poor Sweet April - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry...
Poor Sweet Elizabeth - All The Hype/Allout Shelter single

Red Dawn Crime - Unreleased
Red Leggings Aside - Death of St.Thomas 

Roebling to 9th - Egoiste
Room of Pale Colors - Death of St.Thomas
Regret in Another TenseHis Ego / Gush
Ruff Meow - Unreleased (Live at Schubas 07)

Safety Over Sound - All The Hype/Allout Shelter
Surprise, Surprise - Unreleased 
Scum Like Me - Sleep Well Queens

Silence Will Follow - His Ego / Gush 
Shot to the Groin - Clava Demos (Unreleased)

Should've Stuck With Cotton - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Searched the Wagon - Death of St.Thomas/Once Lace, Now Cotton

Song for Ruthie - Live in Lake Forest 03
Sorry My Dear - Lying Through Dinner
Tricks on the Wall - Huston Demos
Things (You Don't Know About) - All The Hype - Allout Shelter
Thrown Back HairHis Ego / Gush
Tied to the Bedpost - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry/Egoiste
Tongue Tied WhispersSleep Well Queens
To You, Franki Elliot92 Tales

To You, My Friend... - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Tomorrow We'll Know Why - Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry/Once Lace, Now Cotton

Waiting Around...(An Ode to Townes) - Secret Art Society w/ Edgars
Wearing on Strangers -  Gush / Wearing on Strangers
West Chicago - Sleep Well Queens
Weeping Willow - POF/The Door, The Gutter, The Grave
When Language Deafened Tone - Egoiste

When Echo Marked Her Prints - Death of St.Thomas/Dear Brooklyn, I'm Sorry

When Did Voice Become A Crime - His Ego / Gush B-Side

When You Close Your Eyes - Unreleased (Live at Darkroom: Lollapalooza kick-off 07
When You're Not Around (I'd Rather) - Lying Through Dinner
When You Were Young - His Ego / Gush
Which Excludes You - The Door, The Gutter, The Grave

While Escanaba Rests - Death of St.Thomas/Once Lace, Now Cotton
Whiskey Song (Accessory to the Crime) - The Door, The Gutter, The Grave

Worlds Not Over - Natureal and His Ego EP
World While NumbMas Demos (Unreleased)
Youthful ThinkingMas Demos (Unreleased)

Young in Mind - MAS (Unreleased)
You Can't Deny It - Pieces of Flair Ep

Young, Not Rotten - His Ego / Gush