The Arts of Life Band PODCAST #5!!! - features music, notices of upcoming events in the Arts of Life community, music from Bauhaus, The Wipers, Michael Jackson, some Arts of Life Band, and talked with artist Jean Wilson. Your hosts this time are Anthony Cozzi and R.k. Shuquem.
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upcoming events in our community
Introducing Jean Wilson
Arts of Life Band - Get This Band Going
The Wipers - Return of the Rat
Tra La La Blip - Ice Cream Van
Bill - The Redbirds
Jean, Anthony, and Ryan discuss Jean’s artwork, Arts of Life Band songs, Vampires, Monster themed music among other things.
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Bobby Pickett - The Monster Mash
Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Cemetery - State Ward
E+ - NME
Bare Mutants - Without You
THANKS FOR LISTENING!!!!!!!
Here’s a song from our new/first 7” on Hozac Records:
You might recognize the low register howl of Jered Gummere from his previous band The Ponys. Bare Mutants shows the group exploring more space and drone a la Spacemen 3. “Inside My Head” is the B-side to the band’s first 7” vinyl release, “Without You”, and you can get it soon through Hozac.
The other song off the single, from our NYE show at the Empty Bottle:
Friends, handsome dudes, and captivating musicians, Magical Beautiful, just released their first LP, “Here Come The Wild Waves”. It’s chock full of dark, dreamy, and bright pop songs that’ll quench your thirst all Summer long. It’s seriously a beautiful piece of work!
So, you’ve probably noticed me talking a lot about this record, but I would be a fool not to - I spent much time and money making it, and now that it’s out, who else is going to promote it? Who’s got money for that sort of thing these days? I’ll tell you who doesn’t - this guy. (I’m pointing at…
Have you seen Truck Farm Chicago cruising the streets yet this summer? It’s a farm on wheels!
Truck Farm Chicago is a mini-farm planted in the back of a biodiesel pickup truck. It is a traveling, edible exhibit to engage youth in the topic of food.
Educational programming, including gardening + cooking parties, makes learning about food systems fun + accessible.
- Show that good food can be grown anywhere there’s sun, space, and creativity
- Engage community in exploring where food comes from and how it impacts our bodies
- Empower young people to lead active lifestyles, grow food locally, cook and eat well.
The amazing non-profit, Reason to Give, (and I’m not just saying that because I’m on their Board) is joining Lafayette Elementary School for Striding for Strings on April 30th. Striding for Strings is a 5k walk in Humboldt Park to raise money for the Merit Music program. We need to reach our…
If you’ve got a little money, space, time, and aren’t afraid of tools then this is an awesome project!
Above: video for Can’t Let Go. Another favorite E.L. tune. circa 2008
I’m a sucker for a well written and produced pop song, and Emily Long not only brings it, but has stepped up her game on the new release! Based in Brooklyn, Emily is one of the hardest working, nicest, and talented individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She radiates star power and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for she and her band.
Please check her out and download the single, Dirty Face, for free here!
Click HERE for the deets!
For other AIGA job postings go here.
I hope everyone has survived the great blizzard of 2011!
* Thanks to Caitlin Kerr for the info!
Times are tough. I know many people, including myself, who struggle with injuries or illness because of their lack of insurance. And as for musicians, most jobs that are flexible enough to allow touring, recording, etc. don’t offer benefits.
Eventually the healthcare system will provide decent affordable insurance to all, but until then here are a few resources specifically for the musically inclined. Keep in mind that some of these plans are just as expensive as other providers. I recommend looking into the Future of Music Coalition, listed below, for assistance in finding what’s right for you:
- Insurance through MusicPro, offered by ASCAP, NARAS, and other groups- Get a quick quote HERE:
The Future of Music Coalition: TFMC offers advice as to what company might have a plan that works in your best interest. You can call to set up a confidential appointment. Pretty rad, if you ask me.
MusiCares - Created by the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares is the Emergency Financial Assistance Program that provides critical funds for musicians struggling with medical, financial or personal crises.
Music Cares has regional offices in Nashville, New York (serving Chicago), and LA which provide services to music professionals across the country. Applicants should contact the nearest regional office by calling toll-free (800.687.4227 -West Coast, 877.626.2748 - Central and 877.303.6962 Northeast.) to inquire about possible assistance and start the intake process.
“This program is available to music people who have experienced an unavoidable emergency. Eligibility consists of documented employment in the music industry for at least five years or credited contribution to six commercially released recordings or videos. Documentation can be provided in a variety of ways including liner note credits, copies of contracts, check stubs, brochures, flyers and newspaper articles”
Click here to read more.
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Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout-out to two incredible ladies in the Chicago area. Jill Coyne (Certified Rolfer) and Claire Mooney (Acupuncturist/Herbalist). Years of musical training, head-banging, and carrying amps often affect more than your muscle memory. Arthritis, poor posture, aches & pains, etc, are common problems that musicians feel they are stuck with. But check it - you don’t have to live this way! Seriously consider the benefits of rolfing and acupuncture. These forms of therapy actually help people work out their pains as opposed to just medicating and living with them. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful this stuff really is!! If you’re not in the Chicago area I’m sure you can find someone just as righteous to fix you up. If you are in the Chicago area and are interested in learning more about rolfing and acupuncture there’s an upcoming lecture on December 9th, from 7-9:00 where Jill & Claire will fill you in. Event details here.
** A big thank you to Brett Bryngelson for helping me gather needed information on the Musicares program!**
If you have some insight to other providers/organizations/options then please let me know! Your wealth of knowledge is valuable.
You may have seen this all over Facebook, but American Express is offering a credit of $25 when you use your card at a small business this coming Saturday (November 27th)! Just a little cherry on the “I would rather give my money to independent businesses” pie. Thanks for the sweentess, AMEX!
- You must already have an AMEX card, and register it here. Hurry, because they claim enrollment is limited.
- Then shop away at any independently owned business that accepts American Express. Call ahead if you’re unsure. This offer is not valid on online purchases. You must also spend a minimum of $25 to receive the statement credit.
* Permanent Records (Chicago), and Landlocked Music (Bloomington IN) are two of my favorite stores to hit up around the holidays. They both give great, unpretentious, recommendations if you’re looking to surprise someone with a little something they don’t already have.
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