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Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Shared Life: The Holidays 2018

This footage covers the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve in 2018 and all our travels to get where we needed to be for these holiday celebrations. Also included is the parts of November and December spent in Chicago between the holidays and those experiences.

A Shared Life: The Holidays - Thanksgiving 2018
We drove overnight as we usually do after work on Wednesday November 21st to Warren, PA arriving an hour or so before daybreak so we went to sleep for a few hours. Our usual Sorensen family gathering would not be happening due to a New York Championship High School football game the next day involving on of my cousins sons (which they won so congratulations Gerrit!) so we would be having Thanksgiving dinner with our immediate family. My aunt Rebecca with her kids, Erik and Jacob stopped by before dinner for a bit. After dinner, we went to see Doug, Justin, and Laura and played some card games to bring some level of normalcy to the holiday, Sorensen style.

After spending Friday getting some work done on the car in preparation for winter, we went to Pittsburgh on Saturday November 24th to see the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets as well as get ice cream at Klavon's and great food and hangs with Joe at Roland's. I documented the Apollo space capsule in front of the Dairy Queen in Franklin again as well from Atlas Obscura.

On Sunday, November 25th we returned to Chicago. We have come to realize due to this trip that Stein seems to get car sickness on the windy hilly Pennsylvania roads around Warren. As we drove back, Elphie saw that there was inclement weather forecasted. In Indiana we began to drive in rain that got worse and worse the closer we got to Chicago. Elphie had concerns about the reports in Chicago so I began to look up the possibility of a hotel through I really did not want to do this if I didn't have to. Eventually I paid $5 for an add-on to my GPS app that was to give warning, road conditions, and radar information. I did so to see how bad things were ahead of us and it appeared that the snow was not yet hitting where we needed to go in Chicago so we decided to finish our drive, slowly and cautiously into Chicago. As we arrived, so did the snow to the Southside.

A Shared Life" The Holidays - November/December in Chicago 2018
My morning commute on Monday, November 26th was snowy as it continued from the storm during our return home from Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, November 28th we went to the Chicago Theatre to see Conan O'Brien getting nearly front row seating on a side section for a bargain using Stubhub. It was a stand up show with some up and coming acts along with Conan. I snuck a little bit of video. As we left, it was snowing again...making it seem like this might be a very cold and snowy winter.

On Friday, November 30th Elphie came to Uptown during my lunch break. The Shaw's gave us some samples of Welsh chocolate and bread to taste. There appeared to be a lot of air holes in the chocolate but it was good. After work, I went to Lincoln Hall to see mewithoutYOU. It was the first time to see them since the new music has been released and I captured the first single "Julia (or Holy to the LORD on the Bells of Horses) on video. I also got a clip from The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die who played in my basement at 4114 Witler in Cincinnati in July of 2011 but it appears I do not have video evidence of that show for some reason...perhaps I had run out of storage with all the other shows I had put on that year...I don't know. I missed the first band and the place was packed and it seemed there were rules against filming so I was trying to do so covertly. Before mewithoutYOU started I moved to a spot where I felt I could see fairly well, get decent footage, and not be noticed if security were to enforce the no video rule. After the show I hung out with some Ollie Mob folks at a Mexican restaurant across the street where there was mariachi karaoke going on. It was cool to hang with some friends for a bit before heading home.


Julia (or Holy to the LORD on the Bells of Horses) by mewithoutYOU LIVE @ Lincoln Hall (11.30.2018)



On Saturday, December 1st Elphie and I were headed out to The Metro anyway for VNV Nation with Holygram and The Rain Within so we left a bit early so we could see the CTA Holiday Train as it passed through the 35th/Archer station. We got footage of the first one going through and as the second train pulled in but we boarded that train so we got some footage inside the train as well as experienced the riding of a Holiday Train. It worked out since the train was running a combination of the Orange Line and Brown Line so we were able to take it to Cheesies' for dinner before we went to the show.

Elphie was real excited to see VNV Nation so she had me purchase tickets well in advance...I believe it was the beginning of May before we left for Europe if not even in April. She was not disappointed by their set and I enjoyed it as well. I filmed "All Of Our Sins" which closed the night. I also got clips from Holygram and The Rain Within. The guy in The Rain Within had light up gloves that shot lasers out of the tips of the fingers.


All Of Our Sins by VNV Nation LIVE @ Metro (12.01.2018)


Holygram LIVE @ Metro (12.01.2018)


The Rain Within LIVE @ Metro (12.01.2018)

On Saturday, December 8th Elphie and I decided to go to a toy drive show put on by Sector Latino. Dissonance And Dissent was among the bands playing. Little Jessi Dills is in the band...a friend from the Ollie Mob as well as Cornerstone/Audiofeed world. It was a fun night of ska music...mostly in Spanish but still, a fun time!


Nahuales Underground LIVE @ Sector Latino (12.08.2018)




Malafacha LIVE @ Sector Latino (12.08.2018)



On Sunday, December 9th, we headed out to Brauerhouse for a Krampus Creepy Curiosities and Oddities Market. We didn't stay too long but some some interesting strange things while we were there. We then headed to Uptown to get dinner with friends at J.P.U.S.A. before visiting Simon's Tavern in Andersonville to taste Glögg for the first time. I enjoyed it but it was a bit strong for Elphie. It also came with a cookie. It was a nice little adventure and I began to make it at home now that I had gotten a taste of it.

On Monday, December 10th all of the gifts Elphie and I got for each other arrived so we decided to open them. She got me a new printer to hopefully end my frustrations that came with the other printer. I got her the woodchipper snow globe from the movie Fargo and "Eat the Elephant" by A Perfect Circle on vinyl. On Tuesday, December 11th there was a Christmas party for those of us who work at Cornerstone Community Outreach and no party is complete without some Stewart Brown antics and dancing. On Wednesday, December 12th I went to the United Center where I witness the Penguins lose to the Blackhawks. I got fairly reasonably priced tickets through Stubhub and happened to be in a section where Tommy Hawk and the in house entertainment do some of their antics. On Friday, December 14th we got dinner and walked through the ChristkindlMarket. I got some poutine and Christmas soda...I may have upset one of the vendors by getting some ketchup for my poutine since there was no ketchup near the spot where I purchased it. Oh well. Saturday, December 15th we drove around getting almost all the rest of our Christmas shopping done and saw a puppet show going on outside then on Sunday December 16th Elphie created her prank gifts she would be giving her nieces and nephews. On Tuesday, December 18th Elphie built and installed a home for our local stray cat in hopes to give it somewhere to be safe and warm during the winter. It has certainly been used but we're not sure if the intended cat has been the one using it. On Wednesday, December 19th I checked out the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. I went alone as Elphie was overwhelmed with all we had to do before leaving for the Christmas trips. I ended up with a lot of footage from this...seems more than usual. On Friday, December 21st we put on a Christmas party for the guys who are staying in the shelter at Cornerstone Community Outreach. It had to be delayed due to an unexpected to us but planned by Comed power outage. We were able to give the guys quite a bit of necessary clothing and toiletries for the shelter life and homelessness in Chicago as well as serve a decent meal. It was a good time.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - A Southern Family Christmas 2018
On Friday December 21st, after I got home from work, we departed for Cincinnati to stay with the Sheehy's for the night. We stopped near Indianapolis so I could get Primanti Brothers and as we approached the restaurant, Elphie saw a Krispy Kreme doughnuts truck and expressed her joy! We stopped at Meijer on our way into Cincinnati as well so I could replenish my Ale 8-1 stash and Elphie could get her last Christmas gifts. We got gas for under $2 at a Speedway then went to the Sheehy's house. I finally ate my Primanti Brothers sandwich as we hung out for a while. On Saturday, December 22nd we had breakfast at the Sheehy's and Lisa came by to visit. We exchanged some gifts before departing for North Carolina. We stopped at the Tennessee border but no Santa this year and stopped again near Asheville at Juicy Lucy's where we were able to visit with Brandon and Sarah Floyd and eat delicious burgers and get a good shake too. On Sunday, December 23rd we went to Tony's Ice Cream with Elphie's niece and nephew then went to pick up the hats she bought for them for Christmas. On the way back to her sister's we stopped at Krispy Kreme where a new batch was being made. Monday December 24th, we began having Christmas celebrations with the southern family which went through Christmas Day (where several folks did not get any sleep due to a certain young lady waking at 2:30am) as well as Wednesday December 26th. After all the celebrating was sufficiently had, we planned to go to South Carolina to get gas and stop at R.O.'s BBQ but warning lights came on the car and it shut down as we were driving down the road. It turned out that our alternator decided it was done working so we ended up with a project on our hands and an unexpected expense which put in doubt the chances of going to the Penguins game in Pittsburgh on our way though. Elphie's brother-in-law kindly helped pull the old one out and install the new one. This car isn't the easiest to get to things when you need to replace them but we finally got it done. On our way to get the part from O'Reilly's, he also kindly took me to R.O.'s so I could pick up some food. After we finished and got the car put back together, I gave it a quick test drive to charge up the battery hen drove to South Carolina to get gas for our journey north that would begin bright and early the next day.

A Shared Life: The Holidays - A Northern Family Christmas 2018
On Thursday, December 27th we began our journey from Gastonia, NC to Warren, PA with a planned stop in Pittsburgh. The chances of going to the Penguins game were very slim after the unexpected expense of the alternator replacement and the apparent high demand thus high cost of the tickets but we would still be stopping at Gavino's to get the Seafood Calzone. As we made our way through West Virginia and took a restroom pit stop, Elphie looked up where one of her friends lived and it seemed it might be close. As it turned out, we would be passing within a few minutes of his town so we stopped by for a quick visit along the way. I'm sure it was good for Elphie to see her old friend and he seemed happy that we stopped. We still made it to Pittsburgh around the approximate time we planned to in case any of our Pittsburgh area friends could come out to hang for a bit. We did not end up going to the game, unfortunately. We were intending to see Joe but he was still in Warren so I figured we might stop by his family's home as we entered Warren. After we ate, we continued north...we made it into Titusville, PA in time to drive through a holiday display in a park before continuing to Warren. Joe was free for us to stop by so we hung out with him for a while as he and some of his brothers played video games. It was a good visit. We got to my family's house, I finished what was left of my portion of the calzone and played with Mu a bit before going to bed. On Friday, December 28th we celebrated Christmas with my family opening gifts and eating pizza. There was a Garth Brooks concert on television throughout the opening of gifts. My brother bought my parents a Roomba and was chasing Mu with it. He also had quite the Christmas sweater. On Saturday, December 29th we went to the Rouse Home to visit with Grandpa for a little while. It was good to see him though it would be nice if he were able to still be at home. On Sunday December 30th we returned to Chicago. We installed a DashCam so I took the video clips I saved using the lock option as we crossed state lines. I liked how it turned out and will be easier in that aspect of documentation than doing it while driving with my cell phone or getting Elphie to do so. The trip though was a bit hectic. After the alternator problems in North Carolina, it seems that the battery was now going bad. We stopped at a rest area and I left everything plugged in and on but when I turned the ignition everything went off instead of the car starting. A nice, neighborly person gave us a jump start and we made it all the way to the Meijer in Highland, IN before we turned the car off again but this power situation seemed to be causing other issues like running our music through the radio adapter being staticy and the volume going in and out as I turned the steering wheel. In turn it was a stressful final couple of hours on the road. When we got to Meijer, Elphie went in and I got gas but I left the car running...which you aren't supposed to do. When I shut it off at Meijer, the battery was dead again so I bought a new battery and installed it. We got home quite late after all this. Elphie cuddled Stein while I unloaded the car. Stein also got to play with his new laser pointer for a bit. We stayed up a while...I was going to try to watch a movie on Netflix but it wasn't working either. When we went to bed we slept in quite late...it was great!
A Shared Life: The Holidays - New Year's Eve 2018
On Monday, December 31st we celebrated New Year's Eve at home in the quiet until the fireworks began. Well, not really quiet because Elphie bought a noisemaker and hat. Stein was not amused by this at all. We grilled venison steaks thanks to my uncle Steve and I made some Glögg to drink...and learned in the process that our microwave was no longer working right (remedied this about a week later. I rried to watch all the Sharknados but only got through three. Elphie watched the various network television broadcasts of the New Year and excitedly danced to New Kids On The Block while I was working on the dinner...she also excitedly celebrated the New York New Year. When the Chicago New Year kicked off, so did the fireworks in our neighborhood. We went outside to watch some of them but I think we missed most of it. It was a nice way to end the holiday season...the drive back was hectic with the car problems and exhaustion so sleeping in both on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day was niee before returning to the day to day life.

Additional soundtrack includes "Gloria" by the Psalters, "Stilla Natt" by Dark Valentine, "Still Still Still" Pers-Anders Kurenbach, "Weihnachtsfrieden" by Schattenspiel, "Oh Komm Oh Komm, Emanuel" by Verney 1826, "Chorus Noel" by Said Fantasy, "Christmas Unicorn" by Sufjan Stevens, "The Drummer Boy" by X1Stance, "Blood On The Banjo" by Destroy Nate Allen.

Filmed using iPhone 6 and 8 as well as Crosstour CR 900 dashcam by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Shared Life: Fall In Chicago (September - November 2018)

This project is comprised of footage starting after we returned from our upper Midwest road trip until we left for Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving during the months of September through November 2018.

The next weekend after we returned from our road trip, the weather was nice on Saturday, September 15th so we decided to go downtown to hang out for a while. While hanging in Millenium Park near the Bean, someone put their drone to flight only to be reprimanded by park security. While sitting there, I began seeking out things on Atlas Obscura that we could potentially check out in nearby spots downtown. One that showed up and appeared to be very close was a Tiffany Dome that is in the Chicago Cultural Center which was closed to the public at the time. We ate some dinner then walked to Couch Place also known as the Alley of Death due to a tragic fire at the Iroquois Theatre that once stood where the Oriental Theater stands now. We happened to come across a tour so we listened for a bit to the tour guide. I don't think he was particularly happy with our eavesdropping on his paid tour, so here's a shout out to Chicago Ghost Tours (with apologies for eavesdropping). Once we came out of the alley we noticed some interesting architecture on the side of one of the buildings then walked toward Daley Plaza to get a view of the Chicago Temple, the tallest church building. It is a relatively normal looking downtown building except with a steeple on top as well as the "Sky Chapel" apparently. We returned to Millenium Park to the Crown Fountain which is where faces are broadcast on towers with water falling down them and then they spray water from the mouths. We've visited this spot many times before but decided to make it "Atlas Obscura official" with video documentation as well. After this, we walked north for a while through the Magnificent Mile to get ice cream and frozen yogurt. I had hoped to find another couple Atlas Obscura spots but didn't get to them or passed them by without realizing it.

I went to Liar's Club on Wednesday September 19th to see 2Minute Minor and there was a guy trying to run for mayor at the show. He danced some strange "River Dance" kinda thing to the last band of the night and tried to get the word out about his campaign. I don't recall his name. I captured "Keep Your Guard" from 2Minute Minor.


Keep Your Guard by 2Minute Minor LIVE @ Liar’s Club (09.19.18)

On Friday September 21st I went to Naperville for another show at The Waiting Room. I wasn't sure if I would go because of how long it takes to get there and it being a weekday so I had work to get home from first but decided to go ahead and go...and I'm glad I did as it would be the last time for this year that I would get to catch Desiring Dead Flesh. It was the only set I got footage from...I filmed "Punk Today."


Punk Today by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ The Waiting Room (09.21.18)

On Monday, September 24th there was a bonfire at the Robieson's home with some good hangs with friends.

On Friday, September 28th I went to The Wire in Berwyn to see Zao. There was an unfortunate conflict in that a few bands I would have loved to see in a setting like The Waiting Room, October Bird of Death and Flatfoot 56, were doing just that. But, I had bought tickets to see Zao a few months before and it's not every day that Zao comes to town any more than its everyday to see Flatfoot 56 play a house show. I ended up capturing "The Ghost Psalm" by Zao. Throughout the Zao set, there was a screeching sound that I eventually figured out to be coming from Russ apparently screaming along with Dan. It occurred during the video as well.


The Ghost Psalm by Zao LIVE @ The Wire (09.28.18)

On Wednesday, October 3rd I went to Reggies to see the Pilfers on an unseasonably warm day...much like the beginning of October last year. I caught Pilfers a couple years ago at a Five Iron Frenzy show at Reggies and really enjoyed them so having the opportunity to see them again was pretty cool. They had a local ska band, the Jacob Horn Trio open and Rehasher were the headliner doing pop punk...featuring a member of Less Than Jake. I enjoyed seeing Pilfers again though the video footage turned out a bit dark.


Rehasher LIVE @ Reggies (10.03.18)


Pilfers LIVE @ Reggies (10.03.18)


Jacob Horn Trio LIVE @ Reggies (10.03.18)

On Friday, October 5th we held our annual Halloween house party...and it rained again as it has the last few years. We had a few friends end up coming over to play games and enjoy snacks and drinks and good times.

On Saturday, October 6th after a late wake up, I drove to Tinley Park for 350 Brewing Company's Punktober Fest. I got there at the end of the Flatfoot 56 set. I filmed "We Grow Stronger." I stayed for the rest of the show which featured Mike Herrera of MxPx playing solo acoustic. I filmed "Heard That Sound" that he did with Josh Caterer of The Smoking Popes. The Mad Caddies were the headliner. Somehow I had missed out on this band over the years and liked what I heard...I wish I had caught on sooner.


Mad Caddies LIVE during Punktober Fest @ 350 Brewing Company (10.06.18)


Heard That Sound by Mike Herrera (MxPx) w/ Josh Caterer (The Smoking Popes) LIVE during Punktober Fest @ 350 Brewing Company (10.06.18)


We Grow Stronger by Flatfoot 56 LIVE during Punktober Fest @ 350 Brewing Company (10.06.18)

On Sunday, October 7th, we went to Northwestern Indiana for some Halloween shopping and dinner with the Shaws. I found an interesting hillbilly decoration.

On Thursday, October 11th, Elphie flew south...for her cousin's wedding and to spend some time with her family.

On Friday, October 12th I went to House of Blues to see Thrice. It seems that the crowd at these shows are the type I like the least of any shows I go to. It was a sold out show (and I got my ticket through Stubhub for about half the price) which could account for the conditions. Fortunately, I was able to secure a spot where I could get a decent video of "Image of the Invisible" without a very tall person getting in my direct line of sight or having someone leaning on or pushing into me.


Image Of The Invisible by Thrice LIVE @ House Of Blues (10.12.2018)

On Saturday, October 13th, I went to Brauerhouse in Lombard to see Agnostic Front. The show was in the new larger venue space. I noticed a lot of gimpy dudes at this show...not sure if they were getting themselves hurt in the pit or if it accrued over the years of going into the pit at hardcore shows or completely unrrelated situations. It appeared there was only one skirmish that resulted in someone being thrown out of the show. I captured "Police Violence" by Agnostic Front. 2Minute Minor opened and I captured "Tried and True" from their set. The Beer Nuts also played...that was an interesting set.


Police Violence by Agnostic Front LIVE @ Brauerhouse (10.13.2018)


The Beer Nuts LIVE @ Brauerhouse (10.13.2018)


Tried And True by 2Minute Minor LIVE @ Brauerhouse (10.13.2018)

On Thursday, October 18th I attended Everybody Coffee's Last Hour. It features bands during the shop's last hour of operation for the day. This night featured Dead Birds and The Uh-Oh's.





I got up early on Saturday morning, October 20th to pick Elphie up from the airport as she returned from her trip south. We went back to bed for a while then got up to go to the Haunted Flea Market in Wheaton, Illinois. It was quite cold so I don't think we stayed as long as we usually do. When we got home Elphie wanted to do a taste test that involved cow tails, a potato chip, and beef jerky. It was interesting.

On Friday, October 26th we went to the annual Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball at Metro and saw lots of cool costumes. The sound on this night was off...it seemed very "bassy" in the house speakers and the mic kept feeding back on stage during the costume contest. We ended up leaving a bit early because of the sound issues.

On Saturday, October 27th we had our friends in Grave Robber coming to town to play at Division Street Tap along with Leper. This would be a new venue for us. We found the venue and went inside and it was about what I expected anyway in that it was small but it appeared to be missing something important for putting on a show...the sound system. It turned out my powers of observation were correct...there was no sound system and the owner of the bar was trying to call in someone with a sound system so that the show could go on. We hung out with our friends in the bands as sports were shown on the televisions (so I got to see a World Series game, ha). Some members of Leper left as well as friends who came for the show and then the rest of Leper left and Grave Robber was getting ready to leave when we were told that a sound system was on its way to the bar. Grave Robber loaded up and Leper returned and the show went on about three hours after it was intended to start. There was also supposed to be a costume contest and Elphie thought she might win being about the only person in costume left at the end of the night but then a few other people showed up and had louder friends...but Elphie did get a gift card for enduring until the end! I captured "Zombieland" by Grave Robber and "Where Is Thy Sting" by Leper on video.


Where Is Thy Sting by Leper LIVE @ Division Street Tap (10.27.2018)


Zombieland by Grave Robber LIVE @ Division Street Tap (10.27.2018)

On Sunday, October 28th we visited a Spirit of Halloween store then we went to Asian Buffet as an early celebration of our Halloweeniversary. After filling ourselves to the gills, I decided to go to Subterranean to see Il Neige and Sound of Ceres but I got there too late to see Il Neige. Sound of Ceres was quite an interesting live performance and featured Jacob Graham who is involved with Pastiq Musiq and was in bands I had filmed quite often in the past: The Promise Book and Flashlight Party. It was good to catch up a bit with him.


Sound Of Ceres LIVE @ Subterranean (10.28.2018)

On Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween day I noticed a helicopter hovering over my neighborhood on my way to work. I got some clips of costumes as I walked home then we went to Bree Thai to celebrate our Halloweeniversary where the employees were in costume.

On Friday, November 2nd there was a show at Beat Kitchen featuring Harley Poe. When I went to buy tickets, I found out it was sold out so I floated out a request for anyone selling tickets. On Friday morning on my way into work I saw someone posted on the Facebook event page that they had four tickets they would sell so I figured I'd give it a shot. I was only trying to buy two and made an offer comparable to face value plus fees and an extra dollar or so for two tickets and the person sold me all four tickets. So then Elphie and I went about seeing if anyone else was interested in going to the show and gave those extra tickets away to our friends. I had multiple people ask for the extra tickets but we gave them to friends. It worked out to have a fun evening with Sid which was needed. Harley Poe played my house in Cincinnati in March of 2012. Though the turnout that night was not great, I really enjoyed their set and this was the first chance I had to see Harley Poe again so I was glad it could work out. I wanted to get "Ima Killer" so I'm glad that worked out as well. Amigo the Devil was the headliner and the show was opened by Woodrow Hart and the Haymaker who was really good too.


Amigo The Devil LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (11.02.2018)


Ima Killer by Harley Poe LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (11.02.2018)



On Saturday, November 3rd F.B.S. played their final show as a memorial for Jay Phillips in Dayton, Ohio at Oscar's Bar. Some of us made the road trip from Chicago for it. A playlist for the show is linked below and a blog regarding that event is linked here.




Bundy And The Spins LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)


Betty Machete And The Angry Cougars LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)


F.B.S.: The Final Show LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)


I Fought The Law by VoltageHawk w/ F.B.S. LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)


Viceroy Kings LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)


Dreadful Rumor LIVE During Jay Phillips' Memorial @ Oscar’s Bar (11.03.2018)

On Sunday November 18th we attended the annual Disgracegiving put on by Disgraceland Wasteland Suspensions at Wasted Youth Tattoo and Piercing in Romeoville, Illinois. I got short clips of most of the suspensions we saw during the night. There was good food and good community.

Additional soundtrack is "Church Bells" by Low And Behold and "The Swarm" by Grave Robber.

Filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago (June - August 2018)



This project includes footage of life in between travelling to Europe and the upper Midwest States and Manitoba Canada except for Audiofeed. That will be a separate project and I will get it finished and posted here at a later date. This ended up being a much longer project with lots of show footage links included from the months of June through August of 2018.

My summer footage started out with my work commute on Friday June 1st which turned out to be quite the foggy morning. On Sunday June 3rd we attended the Uptown Covenant Church BBQ on Montrose Beach then hiked around for a while. It was quite windy with higher than normal waves. As we left we heard a drum circle in the distance so I tried to capture it on video as well. We stopped by a frozen yogurt place later in the Skokie area which was not captured on video.

On Saturday June 9th, we attended the 30th Anniversary of Nocturna at Metro. Aurelio Voltaire did a special show as part of the event. I captured the song "When You're Evil" which featured the "Chicago Chapter of the Beelzebub Choir" and I included other footage of the revelry from throughout the night.


When You're Evil by Aurelio Voltaire LIVE During Nocturna’s 30 Anniversary @ Metro (06.09.18)

On Tuesday June 12th we were able to snag last minute tickets to see Rag-N-Bone Man at Park West. We got some of the last seats available along a back wall. While we sort of felt out of place in that venue and amongst that crowd, it was a good show. I captured "Human" which included a re-mix version.


Human by Rag-N-Bone Man LIVE @ Park West (06.12.18)

On Wednesday evening, June 13th we celebrated our third anniversary of our marriage by playing mini golf at Haunted Trails then getting frozen custard at Andy's down the street. This is a pretty fun mini golf course.

On Thursday night, June 14th I caught October Bird Of Death at Burlington Bar. I captured one of the newer songs, "Vices" and enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with the guys for a while that evening.


Vices by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Burlington Bar (06.14.18)

On Saturday June 14th I was able to see The Radiations for the first time at a bowling alley - Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove, IL. I captured the full set for the band but I used only this song for my personal documentation purposes. They were pretty good...and the Furries came out that night as well.


The Radiations LIVE @ Tivoli Bowl (06.16.18)

The next week I waited last minute and got resell tickets for face value to see my old pal, Derek Zanetti doing his Homeless Gospel Choir music at Aragon Ballroom opening for Frank Turner And the Sleeping Souls on the Be More Kind Tour. I didn't get to see Derek to hang out, unfortunately, but I captured the song "Crazy" from the set. I also captured "Thick as Thieves" by The Menzingers and a song by Lucero as well as "Be More Kind" by Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls. On my way home, I also saw some folks who clearly were just coming out of the Kenny Chesney concert at Soldier Field.


Be More Kind by Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)


Lucero LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)


Thick As Thieves by The Menzingers LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)


Crazy by The Homeless Gospel Choir LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)

On Sunday, June 24th, Elphie got up early to go to McKinley Park to see Japanese drumming. The event was called Tsukasa Taiko. I included the clip she captured here.

That night, I went to House of Blues to catch the last of the three nights that Social Distortion was playing. I captured the end of the set with some banter and "Ring Of Fire." It was a good set.


Ring Of Fire by Social Distortion LIVE @ House Of Blues (06.24.18)

On Wednesday June 27th, we went to the Full Moon Fire Jam at Foster Beach. There was an acrobatic group performing during the earlier part of the evening. We went to the lake to see the moon coming up as teh sun set behind us then returned to see some of the fire acts before going home.

On Saturday June 30th I went to a house show out in Naperville, IL. The space is called The Waiting Room and it's run by the members of The Magnifiers. Desiring Dead Flesh was playing and I captured "D.I.Y. 'Til I Die" from their set. Also what ended up being a surprise was that KillCult was playing which featured some friends. I captured their song "Provoke" as well as clips from The Magnifiers, Bad Jokes, Feedback Fiends, and CherryHead. It was cool going to a basement/house punk show...especially cool to see the kids doing this thing.


Bad Jokes LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)


D.I.Y. Til I Die by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)


Provoke by KillCult LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)


The Magnifiers LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)




Cherry Head LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

On Sunday, July 1st we celebrated Canada Day by getting Poutine at Bad Apple. It was good Poutine. Before we left, Elphie decided to play in the rain in the yard for a few moments.

We left for Audiofeed on the Fourth of July and stayed through the eighth. You can find that footage and the blog here.

After returning from Audiofeed, Elphie wanted to go to listen to a show from outside of Huntington Bank Pavilion on Wednesday July 11th. I hung out as well but I left for a little bit to see the Navy Pier Fireworks from near the Alder Planetarium.


Navy Pier Fireworks (07.11.18)

On Thursday July 12th I went to the Beat Kitchen to see Silent Planet and My Epic. I ran a bit late so I missed Comrades. I captured the opening to the new album by Silent Planet in the songs "Thus Spoke/The New Eternity" and finally captured "Lower Still" by My Epic and with Micah Boyce from So Long Forgotten doing his guest vocals. I've wanted to get this song filmed for quite some time so I am thankful I was able to on this night.


Thus Spoke / The New Eternity by Silent Planet LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (07.12.18)


Lower Still by My Epic w/ Micah Boyce from So Long Forgotten LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (07.12.18)

On Friday July 13th I went to Wilson Abbey for the show with Tobin Bawinkel playing solo and telling some stories about the songs of 6'10 and Flatfoot 56. I captured this version of "Cain." Good Saint Nathanael played as well. They had been doing a short tour over the last week. I captured "Everything That's Lost." The Uh-Ohs opened the show and I captured some footage of them as well. We hung out for a while after the show too which was good.


Cain by Tobin Bawinkel LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)


Everything That's Lost by Good Saint Nathanael LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)


The Uh-Ohs LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)

On Saturday, July 14th Elphie and I hung out outside of Wrigley for Journey and Def Leppard but I didn't get any footage from that apparently. Sunday July 15th ended a busy week of shows by going to Tinley Park at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson's Twins of Evil Tour. Opening was a band called Deadly Apples and I captured their song "Further" along with "Sweet Dreams" by Marilyn Manson and "Dragula" by Rob Zombie. It was a very hot day ha...and some of the crowd wasn't so pleasant to deal with but it was cool to see these bands at least once in my lifetime. For all the scare he has caused a certain type of people, Marilyn Manson put on a fairly boring show...I've seen things that ought to bring much more concern to those people within their own culture than Manson's antics.


Dragula by Rob Zombie LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)


Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)


Further by Deadly Apples LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)

On Wednesday July 18th I partook of National Hot Dog Day at the Sonic in Uptown. On Saturday July 21st I also partook of National Hot Dog Week at Portillo's in Villa Park after attending the Curiosities and Oddities Expo that took place down the road.

The following Saturday, July 28th we attended my cousin Justin's wedding in Wheaton, IL to Laura. We had some issues getting there due to traffic but we did make it. The footage I captured was the reception dinner afterwards as well as decorating the car. My family came to visit for the wedding then hung around for a few days after.

On Sunday July 29th we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see more Japanese drumming and traditional dance by Ginkenshibu. We walked from there to Navy Pier and hung out for the remainder of the evening.

On Monday July 30th we visited the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville. It was interesting and informative. We also visiting Woolly Mammoth and had lunch at Tre Kronor and visited the Sweden Shop across the street. Not captured in video was driving to see the Baha'i Temple which was designed by a Swedish architect nor our dinner at Bad Apple.

On Tuesday July 31st we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo where we witnessed a gorilla wrestling match with a few karate kicks. Later, we got Chicago pizza at Falco's.

Leaving work on Thursday August 2nd there was a  helicopter over Uptown. That night we went to Liar's Club to see 2Minute Minor with Some Kind Of Nightmare as well as Mystery Actions and HotLips Messiah. I captured "Goon Crew" from 2Minute Minor and clips from the rest of the bands as well. Elphie came along due to my previous experience of seeing a drunk old man expose himself but she was disappointed that it did not happen again on this night.


HotLips Messiah LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)




Mystery Actions LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)


Goon Crew by 2Minute Minor LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)

On Saturday August 4th, I went back out to Naperville for a show at The Waiting Room with Desirind Dead Flesh. I captured "Lap of Poverty" as well as "Knuckle Sandwich" by The Magnifiers and clips from Bad Planning, The Scants, and Bad Jokes.


Lap Of Poverty by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)


Bad Planning LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)


The Scants LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)


Bad Jokes LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)


Knuckle Sandwich by The Magnifiers LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

On Sunday August 5th we went to the Tattoo Church pool party again but unfortunately there were no water slides due to issues with an inspection. Hopefully they will return in the future!

On Wednesday August 8th, Levi The Poet played what seemed like a very early show at Cobra Lounge.


Levi The Poet LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (08.08.18)

On Thursday August 9th, we returned to Liar's Club to see October Bird of Death with Mikey Classic and His Lonesome Spur with Fishgutzzz And His Stinkin' Orchestra and Old Grand Dad. It was good to see Mikey Classic again and the first time seeing his band mate in the God Damn Gallows, Fishgutzzz which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed Old Grand Dad as well. I captured "Splintered Bones" by October Bird of Death. After the show, I was waiting on the bus Forrest Gump style so Elphie decided to film it.




Old Grand Dad LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.09.18)




Splintered Bones by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.09.18)

On Friday August 10th I went to a free show at Buckledown Brewing featuring The Radiations opening for 80 Proof Preacher and The Usuals. I ran a bit late but it was a fun show.


The Usuals LIVE @ BuckleDown Brewing (08.10.18)




The Radiations LIVE @ BuckleDown Brewing (08.10.18)

On my way home from work on Monday August 13th, something reminded me that The Smashing Pumpkins were playing at the United Center. I checked Stubhub and found some very low priced tickets in a very good location it would appear. After trying to print the tickets at home to no avail, we went to the United Center where they were able to print the tickets for us so we could go in after getting a bit of a run around as to where we were supposed to go to print the tickets. We missed the opening act and first few songs but we did get in, found our seats on the front row right above the Zamboni tunnel and a direct view of the stage over the floor crowd. It was a long show so I guess missing a little bit of it didn't matter too much. I captured footage of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and I used some of Elphie's footage from a slightly different angle and zoom in the editing.


Bullet With Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins LIVE @ United Center (08.13.18)

On Saturday, August 18th we went to the Wheaton All Night Flea Market where I found and purchased Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as well as Celebrity Death Match video games! We didn't arrive as late nor did we stay as late as we did last year. On Sunday, August 19th I went to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show from the North Avenue Beach. I ended up getting a sunburn through a hole in my shorts and the mark on my skin still remains! On Monday, August 20th, Elphie wanted to listen to Pearl Jam outside of Wrigley. Around the time that the show was scheduled to start a storm rolled in. I captured some lightning from the storm as well as some shenanigans on Waveland Avenue as the show was going on with Mark who apparently loves to play hacky sack.

On Friday August 24th, Flatfoot 56 played at Brauerhouse with Skapone opening. It was good to see some ska music and I captured "Courage" on film from Flatfoot 56. Also happening in another part of the building was a ladies night complete with male dancers. I'm sure that was quite exciting as well.


Courage by Flatfoot 56 LIVE @ Brauerhouse (08.24.18)


Skapone LIVE @ Brauerhouse (08.24.18)

On Saturday August 25th, Brien Cron asked me to film the Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser. Linked below is the playlist with all the videos from that event and here is the link to the blog with a lot of information regarding that event.


Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser (08.25.2018)

Later Saturday evening, after the Chicago Tiny House fundraiser we went to Haunted Trails with Skot and Rachel Shaw and Jennifer Mercy. We weren't informed that the mini golf closed early so we were somewhat rushed through our game unfortunately. We got frozen custard at Andy's afterwards.

On Wednesday August 28th I captured some lightning as a storm rolled through the city from our backyard and out front as well. On Friday morning, August 30th, I experienced some transit trouble as the CTA Orange Line only went as far north as the Halsted station. I was one of the lucky people to rush out to the Archer bus and get on the first one to come by before the large crowd. The footage shows some of the remaining confused people on the platform as another train drops off another crowd. I was late for work but expected it to be much later than I ended up but it was frustrating as we were leaving that night for our fall road trip to the upper midwest and Manitoba, Canada.

Additional soundtrack includes "Everyone Needs A Lovesong…Right?" by Dark Valentine, "Our Love Saves Us" by Blindside, "She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy" by Kenny Chesney, "Pretend You’re Alive" and "Summer Life" by Lovedrug, "Gump" by Weird Al, and "Last Day Of Summer" by The Cure.

Filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson