Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Happy Krampusnacht!

Dec
05

Happy Krampusnacht, on behalf of the White City Rippers!

Thank you Cafe Mustache and the Blue Ribbon Glee Club for hosting the 12/4/2017 celebration!…

The Sportsball Song

Oct
17

Being neither a patriot nor a sports fan, I’ve always wondered why people sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game. As it turns out, they just like it.

The story has it that the melody for “The Star-Spangled Banner” came …

Rouge Year 4 Re-Launch

Sep
19

Early

In 2017 ROUGE Electro Swing & Cabaret unfortunately had it’s long running venue – Door No. 3 – closed, literally, overnight. They tried out a number of spots – a ton of appreciation to Beauty Bar Chicago for hosting

The Great Midwestern Ballyhoo of 2017

Sep
12

Roll up on September 23rd, 2017 for The Annual Great Midwestern Ballyhoo, celebrating it’s 4th year in historical downtown Lockport, IL along the I & M Canal!

General Admission Includes:

Musical performers: Eli August, Le Percolateur, Mr.

Eli August’s Cinematic Love

Jun
06

In my head, there is a successful marriage of classical music and rock. It’s not the frippery of Emerson, Lake and Plamer’s take on Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” I’m thinking about Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with a …

A Pox on Tom Dooley

Mar
28

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Hang down your head and cry

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley

Poor boy, you’re bound to die

In the American murder ballad “Tom Dooley,” Tom’s hanging head takes on a different connotation when …

Build a Washtub Bass

Mar
14

It’s not difficult to build a washtub bass. I was able to pick up all the parts in one trip to the hardware store.

Here are the materials:

1 galvanized steel utility tub

2 eyebolts

3 nuts

2 flat washers, …

Build a Diddley Bow

Feb
28

It’s not difficult to build a diddley bow, or one-stringed guitar. I saw a video of Jack Black making and playing one and thought, “I want to do that!”

Here are the materials, most of which I picked up at …

Candy Town Does Digital

Dec
27

candy-lizard

The following is an email exchange between the writer of the article and the ringleader of Candy Town

Hidey-ho, Sean. I’ve been enjoying a playlist of Candy Town‘s Lizard in the Wings and Letters from Candy Town during my …

Eli August: Is This Darkness

Dec
13

darkness

Sometimes production and arrangements go hand in hand. Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings’ Is This Darkness knows which instruments to use for a song and how to record them for the right effect. In this case, there’s just the …