Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chicago, I love you 2013 // Announcement Party // $0

Chicago, I love you...2013 // FREE SHOW // 2.1 (TOMORROW)

"The Kickback" photography by Ross Bacon
Chicago, I love you...2012 was a 30-day festival featuring over 300 artists all united to strengthen the local arts community within Chicago. Today we celebrate the festival continuing into 2013 with a free show featuring Chicago, I love you performers The Kickback, Tom Schraeder, Gabe Liebowitz (Dastardly), and Lydia Pallazallo. This will be the only place to find out what the exact plan is for 2013 until this Spring. Along with the performances, We'll be listening to local music all night to celebrate all that is in store this coming fall. Chicago, I still love you...most of the time.

11:00 // The Kickback

10:15 // Tom Schraeder

9:30 // Gabe Liebowitz (Dastardly) 

9:00 // Lydia Palazzolo


Monday, January 28, 2013



photo by Isidro Hurtado

Thursday, January 17, 2013


'Dear Brooklyn,  I'm Sorry...'

photography by Heather Parkin

In the thick of the season of stillness and confined anxieties Tom Schraeder has taken a turn in his career that explores the isolation felt from the lack of motivation and communication. Winter depression can be debilitating, stifling the works of even the greatest artists, but rather than succumb to this suppression Schraeder has sought to capture it and have the work itself embody the solitude and separation. Dear Brooklyn, I’m Sorry…, the title of his latest collection of songs, is an exploration for Schraeder away from his more familiar terrain of acoustic based Americana. Previously compared by some to Gram Parsons Schraeder knew that his embrace of seasonal depression and grey ambiance was something he should explore. He has a need to continually improve and improvise the direction of his work. With an almost manic desperation, Schraeder aims to distill his feelings, even when these feelings contradict his manic motivation, producing languid melodies of sadness and quiet contemplation. Once, after playing the Chicago Country Festival, he was approached by a few fans who were a little surprised by the direction of his latest songs. The prospect of catching his fans off guard and producing music that, in the minds of some, radically departed from expected norms greatly intrigued Schraeder.


released 17 January 2010 
artwork by Heather Parkin
More recent versions of these tracks can be purchased at Township Records on vinyl, digital dl, and more...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Watch This Record...

Watch Music for 92 Days // '92 TALES' 

In celebration of our finished directors cut and webisodes -- we've decided to show the original '92 Tales' for 92 days. '92 Tales' is a head trip visual album Tom Schraeder / BAILOUT Pictures collaboration featuring some of Chicago's finest artists and performers including Dan Moulder, Mandy Modic, Sylar Brodie, Jeremy Scheuch, Phoenix Askani, Eric Quinlan, Mark The Knife Faje, Matthew Nurse, Maya Sinstress, Scott Schaffer, and the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team.

Tom Schraeder in '92 Tales. Township Records ©

Produced by BAILOUT Pictures © 2011

Directed by Felix Pineiro
Cinematography by Herman Asph
Magic by Alex Bonner

Special thanks to Ramiro Castro from Big Dog Eat Child © 

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Audiences @ Metro // Full Set

One of my favorite Chicago groups, Audiences just released a video of their entire performance at The Metro from this last October. Be sure to watch the video and catch their next show. They are truly impressive.