Re: Why destroy your Cell Phone?
posted at 6/20/2013 11:27 PM EDT
In response to NedBraden's comment:
In response to chrisakawoody's comment:
Yes. Framingham. Or Taunton. No offense to good folks in those cities, but it is true.
All those great free concerts in Grant Park are just starting up. XRT has to be one of the 10 best radio stations in the country. One thing Aurora does right is those free summer concerts they have downtown. I'd seen Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Buddy Guy, Roomful of Blues, the late Guitar Slim (if I recollect correctly), Los Lobos, The Outlaws (who, like Sheppard, blew my under-estimating mind), and others. Besides that and a mess of great houses (Frank Lloyd Wright's and such), the town was a real downer with a lot of petty, mean people. Complete opposite of the North Side and downtown Chicago.
Yes, trolls and angry people here are what drove me away. Plus I got married to a swell gal who deserved more of my time for legally commiting to me (something for her troubles), so it was a one-two punch.
Hey, one last mind-blower that must have been a hot topic here for a while: I met the young bomber about six weeks before the marathon. Very distinct, with a sharp chin, good looks and his backwards hat. He was exceptionally polite to me on one of my cold-call sales calls. I walked out of there and said to myself, "Why can't more people be like that guy - nice." I believe it was in New Bedford and he was helping out at a friend's biz - maybe a car-related biz. I pride myself on being pretty good at reading people for sales, but he had me totally fooled.
Okay, wife just got home. Thanks all. Have a great season.
Congrats on the new life! That;s great. You're a good poster and fan and should stick around.
XRT is one of the last true radio stations. I don't think Clear Channel owns them because they could care less. It's great. They'd broadcast live shows from the Vic and stuff like that all the time. Very cool. I am not a big radio guy at all, but they are great and the one I'd lean on when I lived there.
Grant Park is just a fun place to be about now, minus the Taste of Chicago. Overrated and overcrowded. Kingston Mines was always the place for good blues and the Double Door over there on Milwaukee and 64 there coming out of downtown. Love that city. Arguably the best city in the country. Puts NY to shame. SF, Boston or Chicago are my faves. Each is unique, but have similar vibes.
I always thought Sheperd was a poseur type like John Mayer, but I did get that first album with Blue on Black on it, like what 15 years ago now? My, time flies.
Weird story about you contacting the loser bomber kid. Wild.
Just quickly, I know just what you mean about Sheppard. My cousin forced me to see him at Lupo's when he first broke out and I thought he was awful, derivative and cliche'd. That's why that Aurora show years later shocked me. He was legit, which I never thought he would be. And I think he still had the same band, which is respectable. The Outlaws were perfecto. And a month later, one of the guitarists died and I think that ended them.
I should have seen more shows in Chicago, but I did see:
Richard Thompson, at several venues, and who is one of my favs;
Terrence Trent D'Arby & Dicky Betts at the H.O.B., both top-notch (skip the Allman's, see Betts);
Duke Robillard and Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy's;
Super Furry Animals (amazing), Gomez (amazing), Adrian Belew (amazing), T.V. On The Radio (they were not so hot), Interpol (good, not great), Black Rebel Motorcycle Gang (great), Paul Geremia (very good), The Beta Band (power failed and they played six songs unplugged and then split, but I could tell they would have been epic), Gruff Rhys (excellent), Robert Randolph Band (OK) and some others at various places like The Vic, Shuba's, Double Door, Evanston Space, etc.
If you ever get a chance, Ike Reilly and the Assassintation is one of the best rock bands since 2001, IMO, and only about 10,000 have ever heard of them it seems. Every record is five stars. Charisma on stage of Springsteen (and I don''t even dig Springsteen, but props where due, right?), wit of Dylan and straight rock melodical genius of The Kinks. They play at the Abbey Pub and others. Sometimes tour internationally. On YouTube. Again, all of you are strongly recommended to check out that band if you like any of the acts I liked here.