Saturday, October 01, 2005

Perusing The Weeklies And Other Observations

- The Hub continues to change its stripes, and now has an attractive streamlined approach. It seems a bit more compartmentalized than its recent issues, and for the average reader, that's probably a good thing.

- And it appears The Hub's website is going to be a week off of the current issue, which I can only guess they are doing in
order to maintain circulation and advertising efforts. However, a website with a "yesterday's news" approach for an entertainment zine is hardly a good idea, IMO. Sell ads on the website and offer exclusive content that will drive people to both. Just an idea... Eventually you guys should just hire me so I don't beg for money in front of your office. ;-)

- The Buzz has added a sex column, entitled Doin' It Well, and while this week's topics tend toward qualifying the authors as to their expertise for writing the column, they manage to make an effort of saying that 3% of men 20-44 who haven't had sex is a big deal. "That's thousands and thousands of men." Come on. In the grand-scheme, how many of those have chosen willingly to be abstinent until marriage/"true love" or are too shy to make the first move? And thousands is hardly high considering that there are evidently 97% of young men getting action in
America. I'm still interested in seeing how this one develops over the next few weeks.

- One Buzz column that made a welcome return is Sarah Michelson's Plain Sense. In her second column, she nails the differences of the
Midwest in contrast to the hipper-than-thou communities of the coastal states. She ties these broader concepts to the local development of downtown Champaign and her distrust of establishments that employ an image of exclusivity, when the majority of local patrons are an "all for one" sort of crowd. She thinks that these places will find themselves becoming permeated by the "big-hearted" locals eventually. I am not as enthusiastic in that regard. I feel that there are crowds that can run parallel to each other and pursue the same goals in different ways and never meet. The Esquire crowd and the Soma crowd both want to meet friends, drink, and have fun. Just different drinks and different music. The end of her article speaks volumes for why many come and stay here in CU. Check it out.

- The Living Blue get a double dose of exposure from The Buzz, with an album review for their soon to be released Fire, Blood, Water LP on Minty Fresh and an interview with lead singer/guitarist/all-around nice guy Steve Ucherek. The Minty Fresh website offers an album track that I enjoy, Tell Me Leza, for download. Right Click, Save As, then go buy their record on October 11th at Exile On Main Street.

- So you had other plans on the first give-away for tickets to the Rock Fest out behind The Highdive on Oct. 15th... it's all good. On Sunday, October 2nd, The Rock 93.5/95.3 will be broadcasting live from The Highdive between 9PM and 11PM. The Fullgirls Vaudeville Roadshow will be going on that night, too, so get a bag of peanuts, a bottle of Bud, and watch the parade of delusion. ;-)

- There's a bit of a dilemma for your's truly tonight... do I go see The Beauty Shop, Winter Blanket, and Darling Disarm for $5 at Cowboy Monkey or do I go see Daniel Lanois for free in the lobby of Krannert? Hmm... I think this is a good dilemma to have.

- 311 is coming to town on November 5th to the Assembly Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Illini Union or call (217) 333-5000. The only thing 311 reminds me of is two guys who lived in my dorm hall freshman year who referred to every thing as "tiiiiiiight." Yeah... rap rock is so over. Carpenter jeans and cargo pants were big that year, too.

- I saw Broken Flowers at The Art the other night. Definitely enjoyed it, but I disagree with the woman in the lobby who was trying to convince me that it was Murray's best performance. It was, however, better than his appearance in Space Jam. While it's nearly finished its run here in CU, it's just started at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL.

- No responses so far on the second CU Blogger Get-Together. Any interest?

Friday, September 30, 2005

Thank You! Champaign Of Blogs Hits 3K Visits

I know this week has been unusually light, and I'll work on amending that later today, but I just wanted to thank all the visitors to the site who stop in for their CU fix. I've been ardently pursuing work opportunities (yes, I'm still open to suggestions) and have been essentially not wanted to write junk for the sake of having a new post the past few days.

Fill your time with the new Ryan Adams album, "Jacksonville City Nights," or if alt-country's not your thing, Friday's always a good time to "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out," with the Rolling Stones.

I hope Four hours of sleep is enough...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Pygmalion Fest - Just A Day Away

The veritable musical overload that will be Champaign-Urbana this weekend kicks off tomorrow night with the first show of the Pygmalion Music Festival taking place at the Canopy Club at 8PM

The line-up for the gig is as follows:

Headlights (Headliners)


The Elanors


Mike Ingram (Opening Act)

The cost is $7 dollars at the door, but you can buy a festival pass for $25.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Easy Way To Get HUM Tix For Oct. 15th Show

Straight from the man himself, Ward Gollings, here's the scoop on tix for the HUM show:

OK... here's the (current) skinny that i just found out about today. there will be a live remote broadcast at cowboy monkey on Thursday september 29th from 7-9pm. All you hafta do is....
show up, and you will get free tickets for "Rockfest" with Hum. Very simple! silly? Yes, but it's part of the whole big promotion thang.

So... your night is planned. go to Cowboy Monkey ~8pm and get your free Hum tix. Have a beer (or two or three), maybe even eat dinner, then head up to Highdive for the cool ass rock show with The Living Blue, The M's, and The Chemicals.

That pretty much sums it up! Oh, and here's the line-up for the aforementioned RockFest:

The gates will open at 1PM at the lot behind The Highdive.

HUM 10:15-11:45pm
Shooter Jennings 8:30-9:45pm
American Minor 7:00-8:00pm
Liquid Soul 5:15-6:30pm
Whiskey Daredevils 3:45-4:45pm
The Boat Drunks 2:00-3:15pm

Props to OpeningBands

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