Monday, March 29, 2010

The Radiators @ Fitzgerald's Berwyn, IL 3/27/10 (Videos)

The Radiators were doin' it Fri. and Sat. night at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn on Chicago's west side. Really these guys have been Doin' It for 32 years. This was my first Rads show. Better late than never right?...and a nice warm-up for the New Orleans trip in a few weeks.

A few video clips from Fitzgerald's below. Check 'em out.

"Long Way Down"


I'm sure somebody has a setlist out there, but I couldn't find it. Anybody want to share?

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Vampire Weekend @ The Riviera, Chicago, IL 3/25/2010 (SETLIST)

Vampire Weekend @ The Riviera, Chicago, IL 3/25/2010 Setlist:

White Sky
Cape Cod Kwassa
I Stand Corrected
California English
Taxi Cab
One (Blake's Got A New Face)
Diplomats Son
Giving Up The Gun
Oxford Comma

Mansard Roof

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Monday, March 22, 2010

White Stripes New DVD Release, Under Great White Northern Lights

I just got back from a long trip outside the country. I brought some music, but not much. One thing I did bring was a recording of a White Stripes concert from 2007 that I didn't have a chance to get to in person. I found myself on buses and ferries in South America absolutely rocking out to this show. It reminded me of how much I enjoy the band's music and that while I enjoy The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, neither can replace the simplicity of the two piece Jack and Meg.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this new DVD that was recently released, Under Great White Northern Lights.

First premiering last summer/fall this production has gained momentum as being a rock documentary of the 'can't miss' variety. Filmed on the band's Canadian 2007 tour this is really the last we've heard from the band since the 'break' that the White Stripes have been on ever since. They popped their heads up for Conan and there was talk of a new album, but for fans looking for something, anything even kinda fresh, there is this...and it's supposed to be good. How different will it be from their previously released, Under Blackpool Lights? I dunno, but I'm gonna watch it to find out.

In the spirit of 2007 White Stripes. Here are the first 4 songs they performed at their July 24th, 2007 show at Madison Square Garden.

1. Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground
2. When I Hear My Name
3. Jolene
4. Hotel Yorba

If you want the whole set, leave a comment or drop a note. We can work something out.

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MGMT New Album 'Congratulations' Leaks

MGMT's latest effort, Congratulations, has been leaked. The album was scheduled for release April 13th, but the interwebs couldn't wait. You can hear the album in its entirety at MGMT's website. A little searching and you could probably find the download as well (not that we condone that sort of thing).

After the '07 release of Oracular Spectacular and the subsequent 3 years that MGMT has spent to, "...make some music, make some money, find some models for wives," I wonder how sick of those tunes the band has become. Band member Ben Goldwasser assured us "There definitely isn't a 'Time To Pretend' or a 'Kids' on the album," in a Jan. interview w/ NME. Is that a good thing? Those WERE jams. Albeit entirely worn out these days, but we could use some replacements. Maybe it's too much to hope for a new summer anthem on this album, but can we agree that we don't fill that void with MGMT's summer anthems from '08? (yes, released in '07, but seems that it took 'til '08 to be impossible to avoid)

Have a listen. Let us know what you think. And if no '10 summer jams here, where are we looking for one (or more)?


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Friday, March 19, 2010

Flogging Molly @ The Aragon 3/13 (setlist) / Back From South America / Late St. Patrick's Day Ramblings

I'm kinda rusty at this blogging thing. I just returned from 10 weeks in Chile. Sorry for the slowdown in the action at HGH. Anybody's that's still around, we appreciate you hanging in. Lots to look forward to this spring. Riley has been getting things firing again. I have been a little gun shy since getting back, but I think I'm ready to go.

First concert back from 2+ months off...the obligatory St. Patrick's season Flogging Molly concert. Last year in New York. This year; Chicago style.

It always seems like a good way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day season; bounce around to some of Dave King and Co.'s jams. The problem this year was that I'd burnt my candle to just about its limit prior to this show getting underway. It was a late night Friday out getting reacquainted with the goodness that is the J&M Tap and its jukebox. Then was awake way too early Saturday with way too many people in green shirts. Maybe I'm getting too old for this sh!te, but I had to bail early on this show. I made it through about 90 minutes and at that point decided my hurt was outweighing my fun. I had to leave after "Rebels Of The Sacred Heart".

Still got to see some of the Flogging Molly classics and personal favorite "The Worst Day Since Yesterday." Check the full setlist from the night below.

Flogging Molly @ The Aragon, Chicago, IL 3/13/2010

# (No More) Paddy's Lament
# The Likes of You Again
# Swagger
# Requiem for a Dying Song
# Every Dog Has Its Day
# The Worst Day Since Yesterday
# Drunken Lullabies Play Video
# You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me
# Man With No Country
# The Wanderlust (Acoustic)
# Us of Lesser Gods
# Factory Girls
# Float
# Punch Drunk Grinning Soul
# Tobacco Island
# Rebels of the Sacred Heart
# Devil's Dance Floor
# If I Ever Leave This World Alive
# Salty Dog
# The Lightning Storm
# What's Left of the Flag
# The Wrong Company
# Black Friday Rule
# Seven Deadly Sins

Want a real review with PICTURES and everything? Go to Gapers Block. They've got their ducks in a row. Us? We're posting 5 days after the fact.

However, if you made it this far you should be rewarded. SO have yourself a listen to some good Irish music for St. Patrick's Day...a little late.

This track is from Bohola, a band named for a small town in County Mayo. My boys at Wikipedia tell me this town consists of a post office, two pubs and a Catholic church. What else do you need really? I could even lose the church.

Well the band Bohola is made up of Jimmy Keane and Pat Borders, two of the best in Chicago Irish Music. Enough talk. Have a listen.

Bohola - The Bushes of Jerusalem / Over By Midways / Across The Ocean / Mister McLeod / Drunken Traveller / Rourke

Go listen to more Bohola at their website.

...and a little Flogging Molly while we're here...

Flogging Molly - The Worst Day Since Yesterday


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rocker Hottie of the Week - Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

Started listening to this song last week.
Phantogram - When I'm Small
I wasn't sure but my suspicions were that the girl behind the voice was cute...anyone disagree?

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Monday, March 15, 2010


Lots of drinking goin' on these days...felt this song appropriate. Here's to all our readers/friends/family/lovers we've been neglecting... Just remember I'm drinking to you...

Drinking to You - Red Stick Ramblers

and we will be some more @ Jazz Fest next month!


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Albums

Lots of things to look forward to... keep an eye out for all of these albums:

4/6 Slash — Slash
4/13 MGMT — Congratulations
4/13 Coheed and Cambria — Year of the Black Rainbow
4/20 Merle Haggard — I Am What I Am
4/20 Willie Nelson — Country Music
5/4 Broken Social Scene — Forgiveness Rock Record
5/4 Court Yard Hounds — Court Yard Hounds
5/4 The Hold Steady — Heaven is Whenever
5/11 The National — High Violet
5/18 The Black Keys — Brothers
TBD Band of Horses — Infinite Arms
TBD Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — Mojo
6/1 Jack Johnson — To The Sea
6/8 Blitzen Trapper — Title TBD
July Jamey Johnson — The Guitar Song
Summer Arcade Fire — Title TBD
Summer Ra Ra Riot — Title TBD
Summer The Walkmen — Title TBD

(thanks Rolling Stone for reporting)

Ive also listened to the new Gorillaz, Plastic doesn't disappoint.


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Jackie Greene @ S.P.A.C.E 3/7/10 (Pictures)

Very cool show in our hometown of Evanston...its shaping up to be a good spring concert season...

Jackie Greene - Gone Wanderin' (Live 2-1-10 @ Fox Theater

Jackie Greene - So Hard To Find My Way

A few weeks ago I started listening to Jackie Greene and have totally fallen in love with the guys sound. I was initially drawn in the song Gone Wanderin' and his cover of Scarlet Begonias, but since I've acquired a couple studio albums and a few bootleg live recordings and the hits keep coming. All I can say is get involved, the kids go talent. More pics below...


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