Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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 …

You’re a Bad Man, Stagger Lee

Dec
04

stagger-lee

On Christmas Day, 1895, Billy Lyons took St. Louis pimp Lee Shelton’s Stetson hat. In return, Shelton shot Lyons, took his hat back and walked away. The event was commemorated in a popular murder ballad that took Shelton’s nickname, “Stagger …

Blue Krampusnacht

Nov
29

15137552_10211594946172357_2239622858681342244_o

The Blue Ribbon Glee Club’s monthly first Monday residency at Cafe Mustache falls on December 5, Krampusnacht 2016. It is the night that the Yuletide demon Krampus gathers up the bad kids in his basket and takes them away to …

Carnivale Delirium Spookshow Spectacular

Oct
18

spooktacular

Join us this October 18, 2016, at the Double Door, Chicago for a thrilling night of performance, freak & creep show, and Chicago’s premiere electoro swing dance party hosted by ROUGE! It’s the Spookshow Spectacular 2016, Brought to you by …

Dear Midnight of Love

Oct
11

dearmidnightoflove

Beneath the corrupt exterior of alderman “Bathhouse John” Coughlin beat the heart of a poet. On October 8, 1900, his sentimental ballad Dear Midnight of Love debuted at the Chicago Opera House, sung by thirteen-year-old May “The Silver-Tongued Nightingale” de …