Saturday, June 17, 2006

Headlights Album Release Date Announced

This just in from

"Headlights have released a preliminary schedule for their upcoming fall tour. The tour will follow the August 22nd release of their debut full length album “Kill Them With Kindness” which will be released on Polyvinyl Records. The band will celebrate their new album with a CD release show at the Canopy Club on August 26th with The Living Blue and Decibully. Immediately after the release show the band heads west on their 20+ date tour that takes them through the southwest, up the west coast and back through the midwest. Early 2007 sees the band on a potential European tour through Germany, Switerland, Austria, Sweden and the UK."

Great news for a great band. You can pick up "The Enemies EP" at Exile On Main St.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Obsessed With Clapton...

Clapton with Cream performing "Crossroads." Awesome.

Desperately Seeking C-U...

Today I'm looking at a few sites that are flying under the radar in regards to finding community resources for information and entertainment. Since I already have the Chambana Live Journal, Craigslist Chambana, and linked permanently here on the blog, I'll not waste time on them. They're great, and you should check them out and contribute. So, without further ado (or Freddy Adu, for that matter)...

Do you ever wonder just how many blogs are out there in Champaign-Urbana? Well, evidently, Jason Frye does, because he started in order to try and build a database for all of us in the local blogosphere. It's pretty under-represented at the moment in terms of submitted blogs, but I think a lot of people could benefit from using it. There are five categories to submit under, so it makes searching a little more refined, as well.

It also says they are supported by another local web site, The design is a little cheezy, but has some pretty decent information for people looking for nightlife in CU. It needs more contributors to truly be considered a viable resource, though. Google could probably give me more results in less clicks, but best of luck.

A more developed site for local search is They're backed by R.H. Donnelley, so it's definitely more thorough as far as results are concerned. There are apartment listings and local news nuggets, too. is a still-developing news and business site. It includes information about surrounding communities in addition to it's coverage of Chambana. It includes rather large sections on clubs, associations, and places of worship, which is a stand-out feature from other sites.

Another good place to check out is the CU Conventions And Visitors Bureau. Their site is fairly comprehensive, and includes a good selection of contacts for transportation in and out of town, in addition to local business selections broken down by category.

The University of Illinois at U-C also has a great portal for local business, services, government and education. It has all of the categories listed right on the front page, and links for them, as well. Definitely the most user-friendly info site for Chambana; great for locals and visitors alike.

If you're looking to lend a hand to a non-profit organization, here's a list for CU.

Do you have a favorite site for news and search for Champaign-Urbana? Feel free to post your suggestion in the comments.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Beck & Thom Yorke Cover The Velvet Underground

These two deliver a beautiful rendition of the classic VU track, "I'm Set Free."

Right click, "Save As."

Thanks to musicisart

Monday, June 12, 2006

Wearing A Coat In June... Talkin' Weeklies

What's with the cold snap? I could easily confuse this for a late September day, but not one in mid-June. Seriously, Mother Nature, I appreciate the help on AC, but it's time to crack the upper 70's already.

At any rate, Chuck Koplinski said twelve words to Jennifer Aniston and it makes the front page of The Hub. A little too much filler for my taste, especially considering we learn little about the actress in the process. I suppose this was a case where the journey was considered more interesting than the destination. Too bad for Ms. Aniston!

Chuck also gives kudos to the new Pixar flick, "Cars," which will almost certainly be Owen Wilson's (aka The Butterscotch Stallion) best starring role this summer. "You, Me, and Dupree" looks pretty insipid.

From the Hub's Community Calendar, we find a free demonstration on "How To Make A Duct Tape Wallet" on Tuesday, June 13 from 3:30-4:30PM at the Champaign Public Library. Good tips for people who find their money getting into sticky situations, I suppose.

The Buzz brings us a fluff piece on The Blind Pig Pub. Sorry, but I'll be skipping the Ploughman's Lunch, Mr. Knight. I can cut an apple, some cheese, and a French Loaf all on my own. The beer selection is solid, though, as is the atmosphere. I'll be interested in the new Radio Maria tapas bar across the street, with Tom Sheehan's beer knowledge in full effect.

Buzz Editor Todd Swiss obviously doesn't know Central Illinois very well. While Boardman's Art Theatre is a great place to see international and art films, if were to not exist, the Normal Theater in Normal, IL and the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL are but a 45 minute drive away. A little closer than Chicagoland, that's for sure. And since when did Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery reign supreme in CU? The last time I checked, Labamba's (with two locations in CU) and Jarling's Custard cup have a vastly larger following than either of those two establishments. Not to mention the fact that there are more than enough local pizza establishments to satiate any local citizen; Papa Del's, Garcia's, Zelma's... and a host of others. Local tastes "reign supreme" in CU, from fine to casual dining, Todd. Silver Creek, Kennedy's, Great Impasta, Bacaro, Jim Gould, Ko-Fusion, Jupiters, Farren's, Cowboy Monkey, Guido's, Esquire, Tracks, The Original House of Pancakes (not to be confused with the International one in Campustown), Miko, Dos Reales, Great Harvest Bread Company, Hickory River Smokehouse, Peking Garden, Margarita's, and many more are here on top of the few places you mentioned in your column. I rest my case.

Fortunately for Mr. Swiss, Mike Coulter comes in to save the day with a breezy column about "the summer trifecta" of music, drinking, and baseball. Regular readers of his column probably could have predicted those three without a prompt, but Coulter gives us some of the subtle nuances of those three relating to the all to fleeting season of summer here in the Midwest. While he reccomends Rhett Miller's fine solo album,"Instigator," I'll up the ante and offer the Old 97's "Too Far To Care." The Champaign Of Blogs prefers margaritas to mojitos, and anyone but the Cardinals or the Yankees in baseball. I think there is actually one more summer piece that he's missing; grilling out! While it can technically be done any time of year, no time is more prevalent for doing it than the summer.

Seth Fein starts a three part series on hating Champaign-Urbana. His first target? The U of I. From the seemingly self-absorbed students, the state of Campustown hang-outs, the Chief issue, and the lack of student leadership in the U of I's entertainment committee, Star Course, Seth finds his Alma Mater in a sad state. Let's play devil's advocate for a minute. It truly is depressing that the Red Lion and Mabel's are gone, but would they still be supported in the same way if they were here? It's hard to predict. Bar owners have a need to skew their establishments towards the desires of their customers and the ability to pad their bottom line. If they're already filling the coffers without paying a band, then what's their incentive? Joe's Brewery and The White Horse do well with live acts, however, but don't really have the space to pull off the bigger acts. Star Course having a consultant isn't such a strange occurance. The fact that they have a budget and are limited to that amount (plus whatever profits they make from shows) to book bands with the whole year could be a bit daunting to students with little to no experience in the music business. This is their learning ground, not the offices of Jam Productions. Also, don't forget that the U of I's student-run booking of the Courtyard Cafe has had some great shows over the years on a smaller budget. I'm not sure why there aren't more war protests on campuses like the U of I. I'd also expect some of the nation's best and brightest to stand up and say something about their peers who are putting their lives on the line in Iraq. That truly is upsetting, and there's really no defending it. However, why aren't more people protesting in general? The most I see is the group each Saturday afternoon by the One Main building in Champaign. If you're going ask for people to raise their voices, be willing to be there to lead the chants. The difference begins with the person you see in the mirror. What will you do? Rants can help raise awareness, but words don't have the same power without actions backing them up.

Kim Rice and Kate Ruin grace us with a Doin' It Well column discussing online dating. They introduce a good overview of the topic, but this is a subject worthy of further investigation. Perhaps a three-parter about the different sites and ways people use them; from Craigslist and Hot or Not, to E-Harmony and Match, and so on. Just a suggestion.

There's gonna be a celebration of mid 20th century American culture known as Atomic Frolic. Essentially, some rockabilly and lounge bands and DJ's will be performing at the Highdive on July 2nd at 6pm. You can buy tickets online at the Highdive's website or from a number of locations in Champaign, including Exile On Main St.

Finally, following up on the Taste Of Champaign reminder from last week, there are no dogs allowed at this years event. Fido will have to make due with scraps from Famous Dave's when you get home.

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