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Weekend Whirlwind

Pete may have lost his job on Friday, but we still had a great weekend!

Hit the Wallperformed by The Inconvenience at Steppenwolf’s Garage Theater, was loud, intense, emotional, and SOLD OUT. We were lucky to have scored tickets for Friday night’s show.

Saturday was spent record store hopping. We began with our traditional tacos at Big Star.

Then headed into Logan Square to check out Cains & Abels at Saki. Saki featured an amazing in-store performance line-up, sponsored by CHIRP and BrooklynVegan Chicago.

I was also looking for a few RSD exclusives. No luck with the Feist/Mastodon collab. But we did score The Numero Group’s yacht rock compilation, The Flaming Lips/Mastodon joint, Cains & Abels’ very exclusive cover of Harry Nilsson’s  “Turn on your Radio” put out by Whistler Records, and the talented and prolific Ryan Duggan’s cute Saki RSD poster.

The good ol’ Fullerton bus took us to Logan Hardware, where I leapt across the store when I spotted the “Tebowie” 7″. YES!!!!! Pete picked up Patterson Hood’s 7″ release of “After it’s Gone” and some words of encouragement from a former co-worker. We also enjoyed a few games of Mario Bros. and Frogger in the arcade and got a kick out of the “record butcher” wrapping up pounds of sound in the back room. After a stop at our beloved Quenchers for two pints, a perfect baseball game, and a photobooth session, we jumped back on the bus back to Saki to enjoy The Hollows‘ performance.

Pete and I rounded off the night with a couple more pints at Cleo’s and a stroll through Permanent Records. Five bus rides and three train rides. Quite a day!

Sunday began with our weekly stroll with the Sociabulls. Stickers braved the wind, waves, and geese with her buddies Mia and Tiger. I’m not gonna lie…it was really cold and windy. I think I just finally warmed up.

Our friend Linda kindly gave us her Cubs tickets for the day, and we met our wonderful pals Stephanie and Mary at “The Friendly Confines”. Yes. It was cold. But sunny! We made it through five innings and finished out the game at a nearby bar. It was so great to finish the weekend with those lovely ladies!


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Cains & Abels “Stay Home Tonight” Video

I’ve been a fan of Cains & Abels since 2009 when I first heard the excellent “Call Me Up, Pt. 2” from their debut album Call Me Up. The Chicago band has a new record out called My Life is Easy and I have been listening to it virtually nonstop since I played “Stay Home Tonight” on my CHIRP Radio show a few weeks ago. And even though I considered myself a fan, I had not seen the band perform live until I saw their performance at The Hideout for the SXSW send off party about a month ago. There were a ton of great bands on the bill that afternoon and night (Outer Minds!), but I felt that Cains & Abels were head and shoulders above the rest. If you want to check them out for yourself, head on over to Saki tomorrow afternoon for a show they will be doing for Record Store Day and check out the video for “Stay Home Tonight” below. LoudLoopPress has a comprehensive guide to all the events taking place in Chicago so make sure to map out a plan to hit all of your favorite stores.

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