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Friday, February 2, 2018

Uptown Chicago Homeless Evicted by Alderman James Cappleman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

I really don't like to be "political" but this was something I witnessed and something I have to deal with daily at my job. The footage is going to be part of another project but while I was working on it, I felt it should be its own video for a couple of reasons:

1. I did not want it to be lost in the mix with all of the other footage that is included in that other project.

2. With it being an election year for both Alderman James Cappleman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and they are trying to present themselves in the best possible light including in how they treat homeless folks, I felt the truth should be seen and heard.

So with that said, here is one political post...it will be back to my usual very soon.

Uptown Chicago Homeless Evicted by Alderman James Cappleman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

On September 18th, 2017 a homeless population who had been evicted the previous night from under nearby viaducts were once again being evicted and having their belongings taken by Alderman James Cappleman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the city of Chicago. On September 25th, 2017 there was a Protest Vigil in front of Alderman James Cappleman's Uptown 46th Ward office to address his treatment and criminalization of the homeless population. While advertising this night as having an open house at his office for folks to come and address any issues or concerns, Alderman James Cappleman, instead of addressing the issue at hand, chose to lock his door, allowing only friends and supporters into his office during the protest. It is documented that Alderman James Cappleman stated the people lost their chance to speak with him because they were "shouting" at him.

Soundtrack includes "Cold Morning" by Everybody Out!

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Shared Life: Spring In Chicago (April, May, June 2017)

This project ended up being much longer than I anticipated it would be. There were a few events that we captured a lot of footage during that I didn't feel could be cut down much more than what I did. Perhaps it is times like these that having an editor would be a good idea.

Spring 2017 started out with the passing of my Gramma Sorensen so on March 31st, Elphie and I made a trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate her life with the family. We hung around through the weekend and returned on Monday, April 3rd after visiting my Grandpa in the nursing home. I ended up having to take another day off of work due to what we assume must have been food poisoning from our Taco Bell stop in Ohio while on the road back home...no footage included of this.

After recovering and returning to work, I decided to go see an old friend, Mike Mains, and his band (that used to be called The Branches) play with Motherfolk at the Beat Kitchen on Thursday April 6th. I ran into Daniel Chimuroso (Daniel In Stereo) as well as he happened to be running the merchandise for Motherfolk. It was good to catch the show and catch up with these guys.

By My Side by Mike Mains LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (04.06.17)

Motherfolk LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (04.06.17)

On April 8th, I drove down to Indianapolis to see ZAO play. I also decided it would be good to get some Primanti Bros. while there. Unfortunately, the downtown location did not seem to parking friendly so I drove to a more suburban location before the show...I missed most of the rest of the show. ZAO was great and it was definitely worth the trip to see them. They had a guest vocal on Five Year Winter. After I posted this video on my YouTube channel, they shared it. Thanks guys!

Five Year Winter by ZAO LIVE @ the Emerson Theater (04.08.17)

In an effort to avoid a bug infestation being in a basement apartment, we regularly spray our apartment. We took Stein to spend the day in the attic where he saw his reflection for the first time. He reacted to it more than the video ends up showing. On Wednesday April 12th, we got reservations to eat at Saved By The Max one last time before it closed in Chicago. There were no celebrities this time. Elphie flew away on vacation to spend time with her family as well as some friends while I stayed behind in Chicago for Easter weekend. I decided to take in some Wrigley Field baseball games featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs over the weekend which resulted in a sweep for the Pirates! Then the following weekend I went to Shedd Aquarium to hang with Chicago Chalk Champ Shaun Hays while he does an exhibit for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd.

On Sunday, April 23rd Il Neige and Erin. played at Wilson Abbey. Also, we were told on this day that Josh and Stasia would be getting married in the coming months.

Battle Cry by Erin. LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (04.23.17)

Il Neige LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (04.23.17)

On a warm Monday I decided to spend my lunch break outside enjoying the warmth in Uptown. Down at the Montrose Dog Beach, I witnessed some high waves at the beach. On Saturday April 29th, my birthday, I drove to Shaun Hays' house and road with him to the Kodesh Mishkan Ministry Group training. It was good to see some friends. My main goal in this was to get some  additional footage for a couple other projects I was working on:

While working on these videos, Stein came into the studio to pay me a visit.

On Wednesday, May 10th, 6'10 played a show at Wilson Abbey that also featured Bird And Herd, Kevin Schlereth, and Amessa. I attended this show while watching the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Washington Capitals to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship round!

Timothy by 6'10 LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (05.10.17)

Bird And Herd LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (05.10.17)

Kevin Schlereth LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (05.10.17)

Amessa LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (05.10.17)

The next day, Thursday, May 11th, Elphie returned from her trip to the south and I picked her up at the airport after a bit of a delay waiting on her luggage to arrive. On Friday, May 12th, some of the friends Elphie visited were in town and we all went to Dong KY for Pho as part of Elphie's birthday celebration which continued into Saturday, May 13th when we went to McKinley Park to hang out with wildlife, Cheesies for dinner, and then to Briar Street Theater to see The Blue Man Group.

On Monday, May 16th we had the opportunity to see Bush at the Riviera Theatre...so we did. The Kickback was opening and played pretty cool stuff. I captured MachineHead.

MachineHead by Bush LIVE @ Riviera Theatre (05.15.17)

The Kickback LIVE @ Riviera Theatre (05.15.17)

On Tuesday, May 16th, a Winchester was held back at the proper Denny's after the debacle at the other Denny's a few months back. Cindy was there this time which allowed for a discussion on possible room sharing for Audiofeed.

On Wednesday, May 17th, there was a show in JPUSA's Garden Room with NAAL, Every Day, and Qajaq. It was a good little show put on by Charity.

NAAL LIVE @ JPUSA’s Garden Room (05.17.17)

Every Day LIVE @ JPUSA’s Garden Room (05.17.17)

Qajaq LIVE @ JPUSA’s Garden Room (05.17.17)

After a free day, we had the opportunity to see Tape Face on Friday, May 19th, at Park West. It was a fun show. Afterwards we hung out with Moses and Mary trying to find a new sculpture but it was too dark. We got dinner then saw the alley where John Dillinger was killed across from the Biograph Theater. On Saturday, Elphie and I got to go to the Museum of Science and Industry with Josh and Stasia. It was a lot of fun hanging with them and experiencing this place. Afterwards, we were part of the first Promised Land Variety show at Exodus Ink.

Promised Land Open Mic @ Exodus Ink Tattoo Shop (05.20.2017)
*Included is footage from the July edition as well but I felt it was easier to just post the playlist in its entirety.*

On Monday, May 22nd, Elphie installed the bidet I got her for Christmas. It has revolutionized our bathroom experience.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, I went to the Chop Shop for the first time. October Bird of Death were playing with some other punk bands. I missed the opening band but saw Mystery Actions and Go Betty Go - both all girl punk bands that were great! October Bird of Death had some technical difficulties during their set unfortunately.

Go Betty Go LIVE @ Chop Shop (05.23.17)

Death Made Its Offer by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Chop Shop (05.23.17)

Mystery Actions LIVE @ Chop Shop (05.23.17)

On Wednesday, May 24th, was the “Dave Simon Is Broken” Benefit at Cobra Lounge headlined by Flatfoot 56. Dave Simon assisted during a a car jacking and was injured needing surgery thus left with a big bill to pay. This show was a lot of fun and it was nice to be part of a good cause. Fear City, Mexican Werewolf, and one of Dave's bands, The Crombies also played.

I Believe It by Flatfoot 56 LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (05.24.17)

Fear City LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (05.24.17)

The Crombies LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (05.24.17)

Mexican Werewolf LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (05.24.17)

The next night, May 25th, I watched the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Eastern Conference again and celebrated another chance to be part of the heritage of the city of Champions! On Saturday, May 27th Josh and Stasia had a wedding shower where a balloon escaped. On Memorial Day, May 29th, there was a party and bonfire with live performances. I also watched the Stanley Cup Final Game one during this party which in hindsight may have been in bad taste. The next week was Dave Canfield's two night birthday party movie marathon (June 2nd & 3rd) which was fun. We haven't hung out with Dave too much so it was good to get together with him.

On Sunday, June 4th, another show was put on by Charity in the JPUSA Garden Room. This one featured Kevin Schlereth, Qajaq, and Josh and Stasia with Ryan.

Kevin Schlereth LIVE @ JPUSA's Garden Room (06.04.17)

Qajaq LIVE @ JPUSA’s Garden Room (06.04.17)

Stasia, Josh, and Ryan LIVE @ JPUSA’s Garden Room (06.04.17)

After getting an almost impossibility to occur of getting a face value ticket by way of craigslist, Elphie went to see Tool at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Thursday, June 9th, while I stayed home hoping to see the Pittsburgh Penguins lift the Cup again...while that did not occur, Elphie and some of our Take Hold friends returned after the show and we hosted them for the night. It was good to hang with those guys and catch up a bit.

Friday June 9th, the Wilson Abbey hosted Desiring Dead Flesh, Self Proclaimed Narcissist, The Ghost Servant, and Endolphins. It was a fun Friday night punk show! It had been a while since seeing the Desiring Dead Flesh crew due to sickness stopping me from making it to the last show when they were in Chicago. Also, I hadn't seen Self Proclaimed Narcissist in a couple years either.

Chuck's Lawn Is A Mullet by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (06.09.17)

The Ghost Servant LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (06.09.17)

Endolphins LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (06.09.17)

On Saturday, June 10th, there was a Hardcore Hearse Club Show at Brauerhouse in Lombard, Illinois where we ran into Andrew Tromaton. On Sunday, June 11th, we had a backyard barbecue with the rest of the tenants of our house. I listened to the Xenophobe 7" vinyl from ZAO prior to watching the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup. I shot off a few fireworks in celebration. At work, I watched the Stanley Cup return to Pittsburgh on June 12th then I watched the Stanley Cup Parade during my lunch break on June 13th. That evening, Elphie and I celebrated our anniversary by getting dinner at Brie Thai then we hosted some more friends who were passing through for the evening. On my walk home from work, I saw a rainbow and decided to capture a clip of it on Thursday June 19th. 

On Saturday, June 17th, my friend Derek Zanetti came to town to play as The Homeless Gospel Choir at Subterranean. It was good to hear some of the new tunes and also a lot of fun to hang out with Derek afterwards.

Elphie and I had some fun with Siri on our way to Bat Night at the Wehr Nature Center in Wisconsin on Friday June 23rd. Saturday June 24th was supposed to be another Promised Land Variety show but there was confusion so it didn't happen. On Sunday June 25th, we experienced a wedding at Tattoo Church.

The day before we left for Audiofeeed, we went to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois to see Rammstein and 3Teeth. It was my first time seeing either of these bands and I enjoyed the show. I'm glad Elphie wanted to go so I could experience this.

3Teeth LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (06.27.17)

The following morning, we left for Audiofeed. You can find the video and blogs regarding that here.

Additional soundtrack includes "1 Corinthians 15:55" by Johnny Cash, "Saved By The Bell Theme," "Leave Here A Stranger" by Starflyer 59, some Pittsburgh Pirates highlights audio used in a Benstonium clip, "Hello Mannequin Part 2" and "Nikola Tesla" by Joy Electric, "Party Hard" by Andrew WK, "Black Heart Hearse" by White Collar Sideshow, and "The Bat Storm" by The Blamed.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Shared Life: Winter In Chicago (January, February, March 2017)

This footage was compiled throughout the winter months, January, February, and March 2017. Elphie and I did not return to Chicago from our holiday trip until about a week into January due to attending to family matters over that break.

Feeling confident in the Pittsburgh Steelers chances, I filmed reaction to their victories over Miami and Kansas City on January 8th and 15th. I did not film reaction to what happened against New England. While I was gone, we lost some folks at work so some added responsibility was added to my plate which included working early hours on a few Saturdays. I filmed the early morning drive along Lake Shore Drive one of those mornings on January 14th. On January 20th, I was watching a video of my friend Spike doing a duck call. It intrigued Stein so we captured video of this moment. On January 23rd, I went to Burlington Bar to see October Bird of Death. I captured a newer song called "Shadows Like Teeth."

Shadows Like Teeth by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Burlington Bar (01.23.17)

Again, on February 8th, i went to Burlington Bar to see October Bird of Death and hang with the guys. I captured "Goons."

Goons by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Burlington Bar (02.08.17)

February brought the goodness of Shamrock Shake Season! So I went to McDonald's to get myself a Shamrock Shake during lunch break. On February 11th, I decided to go to a sold out show at the Riviera Theatre to see mewithoutYOU. They were playing with Circa Survive who had an interesting stage design with hot air balloons with projectors showing images on them. There was also a lot of confetti. While I had hoped to get a newer song during mewithoutYOU's set, I missed my opportunity so I got January 1979 which ended the set.

Circa Survive LIVE @ Riviera Theatre (02.11.17)

January 1979 by mewithoutYOU LIVE @ Riviera Theatre (02.11.17)

While I was at this show, Elphie got video of Stein while he watched videos of other cats on YouTube. On February 17th, Elphie decided to serenade her friend for her birthday. A heatwave hit Chicago so we spent the day on February 18th hanging out in McKinley Park feeding squirrels, ducks, and geese. that night we went to Nocturna at the Metro. With the warm weather continuing into the next week, I walked around Uptown on lunch breaks getting some footage for another project idea I have. Elphie got more footage of Stein watching YouTube videos and me playing with him. On February 25th, I decided I wanted to go to the Stadium Series game being held in Pittsburgh that night at Heinz Field between the Penguins and Flyers. Since it had been warm for a week, I hoped the weather would be alright to do this so I made the long drive out to Pittsburgh. I got a lower level ticket through StubHub while making the drive and while it definitely was cold, I persevered and the experience was a lot of fun. The Penguins won too! I started to drive home that night and got through most of Ohio before pulling over at a rest area to nap. I continued the journey and made it back around noon after passing what appeared to be a pretty nasty wreck.

On March 1st, the Penguins made their way to Chicago so I bought a ticket on StubHub again to see them play the Blackhawks on the day of the trade deadline. Josh Yohe of DK Pittsburgh Sports did a subscriber meetup but unfortunately the Penguins lost. Elphie got a clip of Stein hitching a ride on my back. We caught Il Neige playing at an art gallery in Berwyn called OuttaSpace on March 3rd. It was a good set and the place had some cool art too.

Il Neige LIVE @ OuttaSpace (03.03.17)

On March 4th, Flatfoot 56 officially released their album Odd Boat at Reggies. I captured the opening song of the set with a little help from Elphie from her perch in the balcony. Also playing that night were The Crombies, Mickey Rickshaw, and Turnspit. 6'10 had a pre-show in the restaurant next door with Greg Rekus opening.

Stutter by Flatfoot 56 LIVE during the Odd Boat Album Release @ Reggies (03.04.17)

The Crombies LIVE @ Reggies (03.04.17)

Mickey Rickshaw LIVE @ Reggies (03.04.17)

Turnspit LIVE @ Reggies (03.04.17)

Someday Hun by 6'10 LIVE @ Reggies (03.04.17)

Greg Rekus LIVE @ Reggies (03.04.17)

On March 7th, while eating lunch at JPUSA, Stasia and Stewart decided to sing a duet together. Our friend Barb got married to Roy in a Steampunk themed wedding so we made a trip down to Cincinnati leaving on March 10th. We stayed with The Humans who made us a welcome sign. We also got to hang out with several friends during the visit including Josiah, Aaron, and Lisa. We went over to The 86 for the evening on March 11th then the morning of March 12th we visited University Church with the Humans and got Pho before heading for home. We also made a stop at a candy shop in Cincinnati as well as at Albanese Candy Factory on the trip back to Chicago. We made it back to Chicago in time to catch The Crossing play at Wilson Abbey for their annual seasonal show on March 12th.

Home by The Crossing LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (03.12.17)

On March 14th, Elphie brought some snow in for Stein to play in and filmed this. While I was working, I was tipped off to a last minute free Flatfoot 56 show to be held on March 16th, at Henry's in Chicago. It turned out to be some sort of party for Tullamore Dew and the venue was downtown Chicago...it was a slightly unusual place for this kind of show but it was fun nonetheless. The drink perks were great too!

Odd Boat by Flatfoot 56 LIVE @ Henry’s (03.16.17)

On Saint Patrick's Day, Elphie and I went to Aurora for the annual Flatfoot 56 show at Ballydoyle Pub where they play two sets with a set from 6'10 as intermission. I decided to capture the medley of "You Are My Sunshine," "This Land Is Your Land...," and "Dirty Old Town" from the first set and "Penny" from the second set with Vanessa doing a guest vocal. I captured 6'10 doing "Hurricane." It is always a fun show on Saint Patrick's Day...it's a perk of living in the Chicago area to see these guys do these shows each year.

Penny by Flatfoot 56 featuring Vanessa LIVE on Saint Patrick’s Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.17)

Hurricane by 6'10 LIVE on Saint Patrick’s Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.17)

You Are My Sunshine/This Land Is Your Land.../Dirty Old Town Medley by Flatfoot 56 LIVE on Saint Patrick’s Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.17)

On March 19th, there was a suspension event at Disgraceland Wasteland that we attended. On March 23rd, we went to a Winchester with Josh, Andy, James, Helen and some others but the Denny's chosen for this particular Winchester was not up to par. Josh forgot his bag so we added a few items for his troubles. On March 25th, Andy invited us to spend the day for his birthday at Galloping Ghost Arcade. It was fun playing PacMan, Q*Bert, and other games. I set a few high scores as well...at least for that day. On March 30th we got dinner at Cheesies then went over to The Vic for Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.

Additional soundtrack includes “Renegade” by Styx (Steelers and Penguins versions), “Winter” by Il Neige, “Winter” by Travelogue, “2000 Winters” by All the Day Holiday, and “Penny” by Flatfoot 56.

Filmed using an iPhone 6 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro by Joel A. Swanson.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A TigerRAWknRoll Summer 2017: Audiofeed, a Post Fest Show, Aurora's World Record Headbang & Fireworks

This year, my RAWknRoll summer project covers only one week. We had one festival - Audiofeed - this year. It was followed up by a house show at JPUSA featuring a number of bands that I missed during the festival this year. On the 4th of July, we went to Aurora to see the world record headbang set to "Bohemian Rhapsody" as part of the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World then the fireworks afterwards.

This was a year of experimentation for me with the camera. It was the most extensive use of my new Canon Rebel T6. There are times that the footage is shaky or badly focused. I am still trying to figure out the use of the wide angle lens as it continues to have a hazy or fuzzy effect on the video when I zoom in. I was pleased with the audio quality overall. The tripod I purchased right before Audiofeed also was very sturdy which was helpful for the long sets that I filmed. While I still have yet to figure out how to work around the "12 minute limit" I made things work for the longer clips by stopping and restarting the recordings during down times in the sets.

I've been working on the editing of this footage throughout parts of September, October, and November 2017. I had hoped to have all the band footage uploaded before the vacation Elphie and I had planned for the first weeks of October but I fell short by one video. That video was the full set of Flatfoot 56. It was finished in October and uploaded. I used some of Elphie's footage and had a little fun with layering. Other full sets I captured at Audiofeed this year were Spirit and the Bride and Boy Band. I am working on organizing the footage for DvDs (which are available as always for donation in that format).

I waited until I had that done to upload the footage from JPUSA's (Clint) Eastwood post fest house show. That footage was all shot in the iPhone 6 due to limited space on my Canon Rebel T6.

All the band footage including from the (Clint) Eastwood House Show have been uploaded to youtube and linked on the TigerRAWk facebook page. It can all be found in the Audiofeed 2017 playlist also. It is organized in order of performance:

I also created a playlist for a TigerRAWknRoll Summer 2017:

In November, I began to organize the rest of the footage I captured during Audiofeed and the days afterwards at the house show and in Aurora to finish the project. My goal was to have it all completed and uploaded before tickets go on sale during Thanksgiving weekend for Audiofeed 2018. It appears this time, I accomplished the goal.

The first part of the project includes footage from 06.28.2017 and 06.29.2017 of the packing process and the drive to Audiofeed. I wanted to use something recently purchased for the soundtrack so I went through my collection a bit and found "Off The Rails" by The Fast Feeling. It seems to fit well so I used it for the intro soundtrack as well as with the footage of the packing driving, and arrival at Audiofeed and the Lincoln Lodge hotel. I decided to keep the title simple this time around. The first part also includes clips of live footage from Harry Gore ( #HarryGore ), Insomniac Folklore, and Rabbi Rock. These were all part of the Asylum's holiday celebration. Simon from Rabbi Rock also gave a message on this night which I included a clip of it in the project. There was quite the rainstorm that came in as the evening began. I got footage of the sky afterwards. We hung out for a bit with folks in Mama Linda's Road Dog Cafe hospitality area, watching the lightning and the fight against the bugs by the hospitality staff before going to the hotel to get some sleep.

The next part of the project was filmed on 06.30.2017. I drove back to Audiofeed from the hotel. I got some coffee then went to see Anti-World System to get the day started. From there I caught parts of sets by Kevin Schlereth, Parental Petulance, Bird and Herd, and Desiring Dead Flesh. I took a break from the music to listen to Tobin Bawinkel speak on being creative before seeing KeYoung, Insomniac Folklore, Destroy Nate Allen, and Brother Red Squirrel. Elphie arrived at this point and I made us some steaks on the grill. We also hung out a bit with Guy and returned his pants then hung out with Nate Allen for a bit and gave him a PacMan hat which he seemed to love. The evening started with some sets at the Asylum featuring Until We Have Faces and Leper. I ran to the Sanctuary to see Broken Flesh then to Radon to catch a bit of Derek Webb. The rest of the evening I alternated between Sanctuary and Black Sheep for Bub Walker and the TombsTones, My Epic, Grave Robber and Impending Doom. We hung out a bit near the food court with friends and encountered a guy who was intensely working out spurring me to include "Macho Man" by Village People in this part of the soundtrack.

The third part of the project, filmed on 07.01.17 starts out with getting some breakfast and coffee after I drove from the hotel back to Audiofeed before catching Heartside Hooligans then the full set from Spirit and the Bride. It was the first time seeing these guys since they put out their new record. Next up were October Bird of Death, Exegesis, and a storyteller type stripped down set from Death Therapy. While getting video of this, Elphie decided to take a picture of me and make a post to the Audiofeed event page on facebook which resulted in "boob grabs" throughout the day. Bird and Herd played next followed by Once Were Serpents, the debut of Good Saint Nathanael, and the new Insomniac Folklore set. All of these were at the Asylum and I had some dinner cooking on a grill nearby so we ate it during this time. We hung out at the food court a bit later then watched Living Sacrifice where we also saw the Larsen's skanking. Il Neige played at the Asylum and Vanessa announced a desire to try to raise some funds for mama Linda to purchase a new trailer. After this, I caught David Bazan, and John Mark McMillan at the Arkansas Stage with Grave Robber at Black Sheep in between. After the shows came one last "boob grab" by Sean then hanging out at the Asylum for a while. Cindy had arrived so I spent the night in my tent on the festival grounds.

The fourth part of the project is the last day of Audiofeed on 07.02.17. This was my only morning waking up in a tent... it was quite hot. I got myself some water to drink then took a shower and had some coffee before venturing out to see some bands. The day started with The Festal Shout, then a Front Porch performance of Desiring Dead Flesh. I caught Natures next then The Blamed acoustic set at the Kids Zone. Next I saw F.B.S. then hung with some friends in the hospitality area before going to watch Knotts and Death Therapy. I got a clip in the merch area of a dunk tank before catching another Insomniac Folklore set and Hushpad. After some more food court hangs I took some photos Elphie got of Josh and Stasia and added "My Bike" by Ghoti Hook as a soundtrack. I made some purchases at the merch area before watching William Ashton Knight play at the Asylum. I got some footage of the sky prior to the White Collar Sideshow set and nearby fireworks during the set. Afterwards, I went to the Asylum to see the start of the Leper acoustic set then went to the Black Sheep for the Flatfoot 56 Arcade Rampage set. Tobin came out before things got going to remind folks to donate to help mama Linda get a new trailer and then all the video game oriented fun began including special appearances by Nate and Tessa Allen. After the set was over, Josh played bagpipes to lead the crowd to the special Boy Band set late that night at the Asylum. Afterwards, while I packed up camp, Elphie had late night hangs and laughs with Marnee and Ramona.

The fifth part of the project is the after Audiofeed drive back to Chicago on 07.03.17. I decided at this point to include the song "The Absence on the Homestretch" by Seaside Holiday over the drive and put the credits in here too. Then, I added the remainder of the project footage starting with the drive to JPUSA's (Clint) Eastwood House for the Post Fest show, passing Insomniac Folklore on Lake Shore Drive. I included clips from each band that played: Gaffer Project, Death Breaker, Norelle K, Every Day, Tigerwine, Insomniac Folklore, Comrades, and Fomerly Bodies. When we left we found that a local uptown taxi driver parked on top of my rear bumper...how nice.

The sixth and final part of the project was filmed on 07.04.17. It was the first part I edited once I finished the LIVE performance footage in early November. It is the footage from our visit to Aurora's Riveredge Park for the Wayne's World celebration and world record head bang to "Bohemian Rhapsody." I also included the performance of "Stairway To Heaven" with the footage leading up to the world record attempt. We originally considered participating but instead we just documented the event. Again, I had footage from Elphie so I played around a bit with layering...I did the same thing with the fireworks. After we returned home, we decided to shoot off some of our own along with the rest of the neighborhood. They weren't kidding when it was told to us that it is like a war zone in our neighborhood during the fourth of July.

All footage filmed using an iPhone 6 and Canon Rebel T6 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. All editing was done using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

Saturday, September 23, 2017

LaLaJPUSA 2017

LaLaJPUSA was a communal music and art festival held for the first time this year at JPUSA in Uptown Chicago over the Labor Day weekend. I attended on Saturday September 2nd, 2017 to see the bands. I was a little late due in part to public transit so I missed Bird and Herd unfortunately so when I created an intro video, I decided to go to Stasia's bandcamp page to find some music to use. I also used the song in the video where the art exhibition was displayed that I put in the playlist in place of a dinner break. I decided to utilize my Canon Rebel T6 for the third time on this day. I did not use a tripod so there are points where the video footage is a bit shaky.

I used the show flyer and the posted schedule as an intro for each band instead of using text in the "music video" formatting style. This also is how the DvD version is opened up and used as a menu. This was the first time seeing and in some cases even hearing about a number of the bands on the lineup for this event. My plan was to film a song from every band and I decided that I would get the full set performed by Leper.

The artists performed in the JPUSA sideyard in the basketball court throughout the afternoon until the dinner break. Those bands were Bird and Herd (which I missed), Discoverer, Qajaq, NAAL, Christian Welch, Katamalinga, Endolphins, The Ghost Servant, and Families.

After dinner, Parental Petulance kicked off the evening in the sideyard. They would be the last outdoor set due to some unforecasted rain that arrived when Leper was scheduled to start. Folks who had a hand in making this event happen as well as others who were just there worked together to rearrange to make the rest of the evening work while Teel Short finished his set in the Garden Room. It was decided to have The Psalmist play next in the Garden Room as folks set up the dining room (which is currently being renovated) so that some of the bands could play in there. Christina Sawyer played in the Garden Room as this was going on as well.

Leper played the first set of the night in the Dining Room. This was the set that I filmed in its entirety other than a few quick stops due to that dang "12 minute limit" I still have yet to figure a bypass for. The set was a shorter one to fit with the rest of the days event. The songs that were played were Beneath The Sun, Gathering Darkness, and Take What You Want From Me. I put the Leper set last in the playlist because I included in the video file my "credits" clip so I figured it made sense to close the playlist with that.

After Leper, MC Foucault did some hip hop in the Garden Room then Jazz Robots played the Dining Room. Aracely played the Garden Room next followed by Sam Arias in the Dining Room. The night was closed out by the Brittany Briggs Band.

LaLaJPUSA was a cool event. Brien Cron, Charity Taylor, and Justin and Meghan Filizola put it together and seemed to roll with the punches as needed to pull it off. Other folks seemed to enjoy it and gave positive feedback. So thank you guys for putting on a good day of music as well as the rest of the event!
Filmed during LaLaJPUSA 2017 at JPUSA in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Saturday September 2nd, 2017 using a Canon Rebel T6. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.
Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wilson Abbey Punk Show (12.09.16)


This Wilson Abbey show, featuring 2Minute Minor, The Festal Shout, FBS, and October Bird Of Death, was the first show where I attempted to use my newly acquired Canon Rebel T6. I had also purchased a tripod to  help hold the camera steady. I learned a couple things. First thing was that the tripod was not strong enough to handle the camera, even though the box indicated that it could handle the weight. The other thing I learned was that the Canon Rebel T6 has a feature where it stops recording at about 12 minutes. I brought along the old JVC HDD Everio which I was replacing because the view finder was no longer functional when flipped out the normal way. Elphie ended up manning that camera the rest of the night once I found out about the "12 minute limit" but I had just hoped to have different angles to use when editing.

While it was filmed in December, I was very frustrated by these technical difficulties and I may have somewhat subliminally put it on the back burner. I also had gotten quite behind in the editing of video footage due to various reasons so here it is, the middle of September 2017 and I am now finally finished working on all the video footage from the year 2016.

Another thing I learned is that the technical difficulties of the JVC HDD Everio camera also affected moving the footage from the camera to the computer for editing. The very same part that is damaged that screwed up using the viewfinder also screwed up the "laser touch operation" which is necessary for the operation of transferring the video from the camera to the computer. Somehow, getting this footage (as well footage for other projects) worked out on my work computer so I have been able to finish off these projects finally.

So now on to blog about the actual show!

This show was part of the (semi)annual Christmas Toy Drive tour that FBS has been doing. This show didn't end up having a Christmas Toy Drive for some reason but it was a fun show. I always enjoy seeing the guys in FBS and The Festal Shout as well as the other folks who will come out for one of these shows.

1. Change My Life
2. One Step At A Time
3. Stand Firm
4. It’s A Disease
5. Prime!
6. What's The Use!?!
7. Follow Your Own Path
8. Unwritten War
9. Smash The Discos
10. We’ve Had Enough
11. We Will Prevail
12. Goon Crew

2Minute Minor opened the night. It was their second show ever! They had a camera crew out to get decent pictures and video for promotion.

1. If The Kids Are United
2. Power In The Blood
3. Incredible
4. Victory
5. Pounding Waves
6. Rot-N-Rock-N-Roll

The Festal Shout was next. they opened with a Sham 69 cover then closed with a cover of The Last Hope which was Justun's former band. The Festal Shout was an idea Justun had to do a form of worship music that he could enjoy. The rest of the songs in the set were those songs that came from that idea. the guys from FBS joined Justun to be his band.

1. Faster Than Before
2. Black Leather Jacket
3. Hammerfist RocknRoll
4. You Can’t Hide
5. Consumed
6. All I Wanna Do Is RocknRoll
7. In Your Blood
8. Out Of Control
9. Ace Of Spades

FBS followed naturally since the band members and equipment with The Festal Shout. It was a fast, loud set like they've been doing for years with a couple of Motorhead covers.

1. This Is Our Lives
2. Goons
3. Uproar
4. Fire In Those Eyes
5. Shed The Grave
6. Art Deco Skull Fracture
7. Shadows Like Teeth
8. Hell To Pay
9. Sid Closing & Prayer

October Bird Of Death closed out the night. Wiley Willis had issues with an ulcer and while playing "Hell To Pay" he had to leave the stage to deal with that. Sid closed out the night leading a prayer for Wiley.

Elphie ran around with the JVC HDD Everio running after the show was over. She got a bit of silly footage of hanging out and shenanigans before we left for the night.

Filmed LIVE at Wilson Abbey in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Friday, December 9th, 2016 using a Canon Rebel T6 and JVC HDD Everio by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A TigerRAWk Film Equipment Update (2016)

I think it was late in 2010 or early 2011 that I made my last camera purchase. At that time I acquired a JVC HDD Everio and you can see my thoughts if at that time if you're so inclined here. In the time I had that camera, I ran into issues of the camera shutting off in loud environments. The error message (that I can't quite recall the exact words) led me to believe that a built in "drop protection" was triggered by the vibrations of the loud music. When most of what you film is LIVE concert footage, this feature can come to be a disservice to what you are doing. At the time though, I spent my money on the camera so I would have to just deal with it. Sometime that spring, the camera was stolen during a basement show at the house I where I lived...I ended up replacing it. I lost whatever show footage that I had between the end of 2010 and first half of 2011 to whoever stole that camera. I don't know if this was a problem across the board with the JVC HDD Everio but I learned, after filling the hard drive at Cornerstone 2011, that there seemed to be bad spots on the drive which made it difficult to move some of the footage to my computer for the purpose of editing. I persisted in using this camera for the next five years in spite of these technical difficulties, again because I made the purchase. I don't have a lot of expendable income to buy things then not use them so I tried to make the best of it but all these things would frustrate me.

During Take Hold Fest 2016, which was the most recent video project that I was able to complete, the view screen stopped working. This of course made things difficult to film but I would learn just recently, it also made it almost impossible to get footage off that camera due to the "laser touch operation" buttons. I wish this wasn't the case because I would like to still use that camera as a secondary option on occasion. Perhaps I will look into the fixes I found online recently.

Anyway, with the issues explained above all piling up, I decided that it was time to look for a new camera. For some years, some of my camera enthusiast friends would insist that I should get a DSLR camera. The reasoning was picture quality and that they all pretty much do video these days. I started taking this advice into my search this time around. I asked some of my professional friends as well. It seemed that Canon was a brand that was well respected. As I looked for what would seem to fit my needs for this hobby, I was realizing this would likely be an expensive purchase. I talked to my wife about the possibility of using Christmas present money to cover some of the cost since we do buy each other stuff...from there a discussion was also had with my mother to maybe chip some money in as well. This all was in discussion as Thanksgiving came up on the calendar. We usually travel to Pennsylvania for the holiday but Black Friday shopping isn't our usual thing to do. Nonetheless, we ended up in the local Warren, PA Walmart where one of the big deals of the day happened to be the Canon Rebel T6 DSLR camera with bag, memory card and 2 lenses included. The price was lower than usual. I messaged a few of those whose brains I had been picking...ultimately, we made the purchase.

In this video, I demonstrated the difference in video quality between the Canon Rebel T6 and the JVC HDD Everio. Also included is a live clip from a Wilson Abbey show featuring 2Minute Minor as I put this new camera in action along with the old camera, again to show any differences in video quality.

I decided to purchase a few things that I thought would be helpful for making the best possible video projects that I could. One purchase was a microphone. There is no micophone input on this camera but I thought maybe the "hot shoe" would make it work. I searched for microphones that were listed as compatible. The one I purchased came with a cord and was not compatible so I had to return it. I also purchased some memory cards, a wide angle lens and a few cleaning items that came in a bundle with a flimsy tripod. I purchased a more sturdy tripod from Target the night before going to a show. On the night of the Wilson Abbey show (12.09.2016) where the footage used in the demonstration was captured, I learned a few things about the Canon Rebel T6. First, when built out with the lenses, it is heavy...too heavy in fact for the tripod I purchased at Target. The camera did fall to the ground but seems to still be in working order. I was able to use it the rest of the night. The lenses did not break. I am thankful for that. I also learned about what is apparently known as the "12 minute limit" which I hoped to figure out how to override. It seems I need to learn some coding and download something called "Magic Lantern" from what I am told. At this point I am apprehensive about doing this having no experience doing this of this nature before.

The first project using the Canon Rebel T6 will hopefully be finished up in the next week then I hope to move into 2017 footage...mostly working backwards through the "festival" footage I have waiting to be edited, processed, and uploaded. I hope an improvement will be seen in my ability to use the Canon Rebel T6 over the course of my usage of it so far. In writing this, I think I will look to see if any microphone might be available that can be used with this camera again. I also welcome anyone with any skills at using "Magic Lantern" (or anything else that could work) to break me free of the "12 minute limit" and improve my filming skills. I have purchased a much sturdier tripod that has been helpful.

The plan moving forward was to hopefully continue to use the JVC HDD Everio but as I learned (and documented above) that is likely not going to happen until I make repairs. Also, the plan was to move forward with the Sony HD Bloggie that's taken a beating over the years but I still was able to use occasionally. Unfortunately, during the return trip from Audiofeed 2017 (to be edited and posted eventually), I believe the Sony HD Bloggie was mistakenly dropped in a parking lot and lost forever...maybe even run over. So, moving forward, I still do have my iPhone 6 that will be utilized.

Soundtrack includes “Information Architect” by Norway³ and “Follow Your Own Path” (LIVE) by 2Minute Minor.

Footage filmed using an iPhone 6, JVC HDD Everio, and Canon Rebel T6 & edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed & edited by Joel A. Swanson