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Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Shared Life: Fall In Chicago (September - November 2019)


Elphie and I returned from Alaska and arrived at home around 6am on Friday September 6th. I had hoped to go to work but I knew I wouldn't be able to stay awake so I used a sick day. We slept a little bit then we went to the Hollywood Amphitheater in Tinley Park to see Bush with LIVE and Our Lady Peace. I enjoyed it last time we got to see Bush. Once again Gavin ran around the crowd. This being a much larger venue with a lawn, he ended up running through the lawn as well extending the song quite a bit. I captured "Everything Zen." Elphie really likes LIVE and they put on a good show as well. I captured "When Dolphins Cry." I captured "Innocent" from Our Lady Peace.





Filmed LIVE at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Illinois on Friday September 6th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

While at the show, Elphie began not feeling well and we eventually had to go to the Emergency Room after the show where Elphie went into emergency surgery and had to stay in the hospital for a few days. I drove her home when she was discharged and as I returned to work on Tuesday, September 10th, I watched some guys skating in the skatepark in Uptown. On Wednesday, September 11th, Elphie's mom came to visit. We treated her to Falco's Pizza. I captured some shots of lightning. On Saturday, September 14th, we wanted to take her to the Shedd Aquarium but events in the area made for terrible traffic and no parking so we scrapped that and showed her the Bean instead then drove her around the city. The car didn't start at first either but somehow it did when I messed around with plugging things into the cigarette lighter adapter. I was a bit concerned about this so I left the car running at times while we stopped at places. on Sunday, September 15th, I went to see Nick Offerman at the Chicago Theater. I got tickets in the 2nd row! It was a fun experience! I dropped Elphie and her mom off at Midway Airport on Wednesday, September 18th before I went to work. After work, I went to Cobra Lounge and caught '68 playing. I captured the intro (which used Mr. Rogers theme music) and the first song that depending on the recording is known as "G (Track 3)" or "Third Time's A Charm." I really enjoy the performances of Josh Scogin no matter what band (or duo) he is part of.

Filmed LIVE at Cobra Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday September 18th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Thursday, September 19th, I went to Reggies for the Agnostic Front show. They had Prong with them as UglyBones opened the night. I captured "Gotta Go" from Agnostic Front.





Filmed LIVE at Reggies in Southside Chicago, Illinois on Thursday September 19th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday September 20th, I drove to South Bend to see The Homeless Gospel Choir at The Well. I missed this show in Chicago earlier in the week because it was the night before Elphie left to go to North Carolina. I figured I'd spend time with her then make the drive to South Bend. I made it just as Derek began his set. I captured a new song called "Blind Faith." which I would capture later with a full band at another show in November in Chicago. After the show, there were good hangs for a while.

Filmed LIVE at The Well in South Bend, Indiana on Friday September 20th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Thursday September 26th, Leper played at a punk house in our neighborhood called the Kombucha Club. It was a night with a lot of experimental noise artists. I captured "13 Silver Bullets."

Filmed LIVE at The Kombucha Club in Brighton Park Chicago, Illinois on Thursday September 26th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Monday September 30th, we went to the Aragon Ballroom to see Dropkick Murphys with Clutch, Hatebreed, and Amigo The Devil. I saw Amigo The Devil last year with Harley Poe and found it fun and interesting. I captured "Hungover in Jonestown" from Amigo The Devil. This was my first time seeing Hatebreed and enjoyed their set and I captured "Live For This" from their set. Clutch played next then Dropkick Murphys closed the night. It was different seeing them with Ken Casey not playing bass and only doing vocals. I captured "(F)lannigan's Ball."







Filmed LIVE at Aragon Ballroom in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Monday September 30th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On my way to work on Wednesday, October 2nd, it appeared the local thrift store was having quite the busy morning. On my way home from work on Thursday October 3rd, a guy on the CTA walked through with his pants down. Lucky me. While I waited on the Orange Line at Roosevelt Station I captured a very colorful sunset which I guess makes up for the bare butt I had to see earlier. On Friday, October 4th, there was a JPUSA wedding as Dorena and Keyce got hitched. On Saturday October 5th, we went to Reggies to see Aesthetic Perfection with Empathy Test and LazerPunk. It was a cool show. I captured "AntiBody" from Aesthetic Perfection. They had an interesting appearance and stage presence.





Filmed LIVE at Reggies in Southside Chicago, Illinois on Saturday October 5th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Thursday, October 10th, we watched Joker at Music Box Theatre. It felt like an appropriate place to see this movie with its aesthetics. On Friday, October 11th, Elphie and I got to experience a new asian food at a place in Chinatown called Xi-ain with Christi and Mike as well as the Giles family. Afterwards they came by to visit for a bit at our house. On Monday, October 14th, while Elphie was hanging with friends, I decided to go on a mission to obtain poutine! It was Canada's Thanksgiving (while we celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous People's Day in the USA). I first stopped at The Bad Apple but it turned out that their fryer was down. I thought about going home in defeat but then decided to try to go to D-men Tap where I successfully obtained poutine and celebrated by watching hockey when I got home!

Throughout the end of summer and fall I started making clips where I would call CarShield due to their scam letters that they had sent me. I had a little fun with it and made a video playlist that I will probably eventually add more videos to. I wish I could capture every time I get scam calls but often the moment is inconvenient or I don't have another camera ready on hand when I get called on my cell phone.


This is a playlist of clips where I have a little fun by messing with scammers, cold callers, robo-callers, unsolicited mailers, etc.
The Intro was created using Soundtrack Pro on a Mac Mini with animations and titles created using Motion 4 on a Macbook.
Filmed using an iPhone 8.
Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.
Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson


On Friday, October 18th, we drove up to Howell, MI. We stayed at the Baymont Inn and Suites as we did on a previous trip we made to Hell, MI. I got us in a room with the jacuzzi only this time it was above the pool for some reason which ended up being a bit noisy. As we drove, after stopping for food, our GPS indicated a five hour delay. We kept driving but eventually decided to take the detour which probably still put us about an hour later than we had hoped to arrive...but definitely better than the five hour delay. We never were able to figure out quite what was going on to cause such a delay. On Saturday, October 19th, we drove to Fenton, MI for Jennifer and William getting hitched. It was a nice wedding. The Shaw's and Sheehy's were there as well. It led to some interesting discussions about other things going on in life. On Sunday, October 20th, Elphie and I returned to Hell, MI. We got some ice cream and hung around for a bit...listening to tunes from Creepy Clyde. As we drove back home, we stopped at Albanese Confectionary. Elphie got chocolates and various candies that she included in some Christmas gifts. I got a few bags of gummy goof-ups!

As I walked to work on Monday, October 21st, I saw some of the Chicago teachers on strike. On Saturday, October 26th, we went to The Forge in Joliet, IL for the Prison City Halloween Massacre 12. It featured some suspensions by Disgraceland Wasteland and music by BattleCross, Whut?, Villainous Grin, Extraction Point, Catapult The Propaganda, Another Misfits Cover Band, and a costume contest.





















Filmed LIVE during the Prison City Halloween Massacre 12 at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday October 26th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Wednesday, October 30th, we had our first snow of the season and it got worse the next day. We went just over six months without snow in Chicago. On Thursday, October 31st, it was a snowy Halloween. It was also our Halloweenaversary! Our relationship began officially on Halloween in 2013! We went to IHOP for dinner because of the Addam's Family themed foods and drinks. Elphie went all in on it whereas I got the milkshake but stuck to my standard French Toast with strawberries and bananas.

On Friday November 1st, we went to Dave Canfield's Horrible Halloween Party after a horrible commute home. We drove up to his house and hung around for a while. The party was cut a bit short due to people who had to work early in the morning but it was fun. We even had a viewing of a Carman video! Ha! We drove down to Metro for the All Hallow's Eve Nocturna event. We hung around for the whole night, saw some RAD costumes then decided to drive our friends Kate and Larry home. The car would not start. All power went off, similar to what happened in September but I could not get it to come back on and get the car running after trying various things that have worked before. We ended up taking the train home.

Clips from Dave's Horrible Halloween party in the Northside and Nocturna at Metro in Wrigleyville Chicago, Illinois including part of a performance by Sindy Vicious and the costume contest. Filmed using an iPhone 8 and edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

On Saturday, November 2nd, after sleeping, I tried to look up solutions for the car situation. I asked on facebook for any suggestions and rode the train back to the car. Thankfully it remained where I had left it. A suggestion was cleaning the battery terminals and connection cables. I used baby wipes because it was what I had available. I tried to start the car first...same thing as the night before. I disconnected the battery then wiped the connectors and the terminals with the baby wipes. I also pushed on the car a bit and heard a click. Last year at Audiofeed it was a suggested to roll the car back slightly when it wouldn't start and then it started. Something about the gear teeth might not be lining up right, I guess? Anyway between pushing on the car and wiping the battery connectors and terminals, the car started! Unfortunately, it was too late to go to The Uh-Ohs house show and party. I drove home, got some food, and we went to Hope House for a 6'10 show with Elle Michelle and Families. I captured a new song from 6'10 called "See You Down The Road." It was fun hanging out at that location again. We hadn't been there since it was Risen Savior. It was good to see some people we hadn't seen in a while and just overall a good hang out. The car started so we were able to go home afterwards.





Filmed LIVE at Hope House in Southside Chicago, Illinois on Saturday November 2nd, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday, November 8th, I drove back out to The Forge in Joliet, IL to see Flatfoot 56 play as part of T1 Fest. I arrived to find a rap concert going on and was taken down the street and around the corner to another entrance to where Flatfoot 56 would be playing in "The Sapphire Room" It was a speakeasy sort of feel, ha! It was in a room above the rest of the venue. I got there in time to see a couple other bands. I captured "Curtains" from their set. It may have been the first time I heard it played live. As I left, I decided to capture the sign indicating the historic intersection of Lincoln Highway Route 30 with Route 66.

Filmed LIVE during T1 Fest at The Forge’s Sapphire Room in Joliet, Illinois on Friday November 8th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Saturday, November 9th, we went to the Beat Kitchen to see Harley Poe with The Homeless Gospel Choir and Billy Liar. Billy Liar had played at the show I was at the night before but I missed his set. We got to chat with Derek for a bit before the show and he told us that the van his band was using broke down just outside Chicago today so it had been a stressful one for him. He was glad to be traveling with a band so he wasn't alone and had help from local friends as well who were able to give the band a place to stay. I captured "Blind Faith" again, this time with the band. I captured " I Still Struggle" from Billy Liar and "Suckers" from Harley Poe. It was a fun show!





Filmed LIVE at The Beat Kitchen in Northside Chicago, Illinois on Saturday November 9th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday, November 10th, on our grocery trip to Indiana and our usual Taco Bell stop, we put our order into the automated device which asks for a first name and last initial. I have been putting in Lt. Dan T because I think it will be funny to hear them call out for Lt. Dan. It would be even funnier at an ice cream shop so that we could hear "Ice Cream Lt. Dan...Lt. Dan! Ice Cream." So far, only once have they called out "Lt. Dan" but I wasn't able to get it on video. One time they did say "Lieutenant" but didn't finish. This time that was captured they called out "L.T. Dan" and it was funny enough to keep. But I will keep trying!

Additional soundtrack includes "Autumn People" by Timbre, "Hell's Ditch" by The Pogues, and "Bat Out Of Hell" by Meat Loaf.

Footage filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 and CrossTour CR900 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Titles created using Motion 4 on a Macbook by Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago (July - August 2019)



On Tuesday, July 9th, as I came home from work I noticed that there were a lot of emergency vehicles down the block from our home. I checked it out to see that a house had been on fire (inspiring part of the soundtrack for the project). I returned home, ate a quick meal then headed to the Beat Kitchen to see As Cities Burn. I captured a new song called "Live Convined" from their set.

Filmed LIVE at Beat Kitchen in Northside Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday July 9th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Thursday, July 11th, Elphie and I went to Kate's grand opening of her shop Outskirts with Skot and Rachel Shaw. It is a vintage shop full of interesting clothes. Afterwards, we got ice cream at Johnson's Ice Cream. On my way to work on Friday, July 12th, I noticed some interesting signs posted around my neighborhood regarding I.C.E. as the new gestapo. That evening I went to Reggies to see H.R. from Bad Brains perform. I captured "The Youth Are Getting Restless" from his set. Also playing were DownTown Brown (who played as the backing band for H.R. as well), Top Shelf Lickers, and OvejaNegra.

Filmed LIVE at Reggies in Southside Chicago, Illinois on Friday July 12th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Saturday, Jul 13th, between rain storms we went to a Goth yard sale. Later that evening, we went to Ashbary Coffee House in Willow Springs where Leper was playing as part of the Ashbary Family Values Festival. I captured "Where Is Thy Sting" from their set. On the way home we were detoured due to a fiery inferno on the highway.
Filmed LIVE at Ashbary Coffee House in Willow Springs, Illinois on Saturday July 13th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday July 14th, as I drove to church, I decided to take the highway and see the aftermath of this inferno. It appeared the northbound lanes were still closed so I drove Archer home and ended up following a disgruntled customer of Hawk Auto. Later that evening I went to Villa Park Punk Night to see Desiring Dead Flesh with Democide and American Slang. I captured "God Bless Afghanistan" from Desiring Dead Flesh.


Filmed LIVE at O’Neill’s Pub in Lombard, Illinois on Sunday July 14th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Tuesday,  July 16th, I went to Live Wire to see Leper as they performed with Seven Spires and The Mystical Hot Chocolate Endeavors. I captured "Cabaret Of Dreams" from Seven Spires and "13 Silver Bullets" from Leper. Leper really impressed one of the patrons that evening and was able to sell one of everything to the guy.


Filmed LIVE at LIveWire in Northside Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday July 16th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On my was home from work on the evening of Wednesday, July 17th, I was treated to some free entertainment on the CTA. A young man decided to play a tune on his violin (...or fiddle?) for those of us who happened to be on board at the time. On Thursday, July 18th, I celebrated National Hot Dog Day then went record shopping at Reckless Records, in part for Shawn Browning because he found that there were copies of Grave Robber on vinyl in Chicago so I picked them up for him. I also picked up some Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Rancid vinyls for myself. On Friday, July 26th, I witnessed a strange argument in the Roosevelt station of the CTA. I took note of when the next train would be coming in to go home then watched the argument for a few moments until it came to an end. Later that night, I went to Reggies to catch the Pilfers who were playing with The Prizefighters, J. Navarro and the Traitors, and Stop The Presses. I captured "Right Apart" by J. Navarro and the Traitors. I enjoyed all the bands and it was nice to have several ska/punk/reggae shows to go to over the summer.



Filmed LIVE at Reggies in Southside Chicago, Illinois on Friday July 26th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Saturday July 27th, I tried to go to Beat Kitchen during the day to catch a screening of the Ska documentary Pick It Up! but it had sold out. I found out at the door which was a bit annoying to make the trip all the way there only to find that out. It would have been nice to see it posted on the social media since it had apparently sold out earlier in the morning. Oh well...that night I went to Subterranean, which was also sold out but I had a ticket! I caught Hepcat with Deals Gone Bad. Both had played the night before during Wicker Park Fest which was continuing outside.

Filmed LIVE at Subterranean in Wicker Park Chicago, Illinois on Saturday July 27th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday, August 2nd, I caught 2Minute Minor and Some Kind Of Nightmare with Turbo Vamps, El Escapado, and Take The Reins at Liar's Club. I captured "Corruption Runs Deep" from 2Minute Minor's set. It was my first time seeing them with the entire newer lineup on stage.




Filmed LIVE at Liar’s Club in Lincoln Park Chicago, Illinois on Friday August 2nd, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

While shopping for groceries at Meijer on Saturday August 3rd, I went to get corn and found empty husks. I managed to find some corn that had corn in it but the empty husks were pretty funny. On Monday, August 12th, Elphie and I were invited to celebrate Kori turning 50. There was good food and good hangs in general. On Friday, August, 16th, my parents came to visit. We took them to Huck Finn's for dinner. Elphie had strong feelings in regards to the donuts that they serve. On Saturday, August 17th, we took my parents to Tio Luis for dinner then to the Wheaton All Night Flea Market. On Sunday, August 18th, I took my parents to see the Chicago Air and Water Show. I also took them downtown to Millennium Park to see the Bean up close as well as the Crown Fountain and its faces while it spits water. My mom had an issue with her iPhone and set up an appointment at Best Buy so I took them there, then took CTA home to get the car and come back to pick them up. We got Chop Suey City for dinner. On Monday, August 19th, we took my parents to Tre Kronor and to the Sweden Shop. On Tuesday, August 20th, we took my parents to the Field Museum. We didn't get a lot in at the museum but saw some interesting specimens in the nature walk area. We got Falco's for dinner. On Wednesday, August 21st, I decided to go see the Navy Pier Fireworks. I wanted to film them using my Canon Rebel T6. I was not able to get set up quite quick enough to use my tripod while I used my larger lens so the footage was quite shaky. I also captured the Bean and Crown Fountain faces in Millennium Park before going home.
Filmed along Lake Shore Drive and in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago on Wednesday August 21st, 2019 using a Canon Rebel T6. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday, August 23rd, there was a cookout celebration at Cornerstone Community Outreach. I captured a short clip of that along with the new murals that had been painted in the alley. On Saturday, August 24th, Elphie wanted to get rid of things so she had a yard sale. I captured some clips of a butterfly while we were out doing the yard sale. That evening, opening up a night of Nocturna there were performances by Autumn and The Bellwether Syndicate at Metro. I left early to go to Liar's Club to see Good Saint Nathanael and Black Swift. I captured "White Flag" as done by Good Saint Nathanael as well as "Better" with the songs going into each other. I was glad to have been able to see Nate Allen, I wasn't sure if it would happen with Nocturna going on. Earlier in the month, Burt from Black Swift stayed with me for a couple of nights. I had heard of Black Swift due to a few interviews Sally Grayson had done on the "Urban Achiever" and "Never Was" podcasts so I was very interested in seeing them as well. It worked out! I also was able to purchase some Black Swift albums on vinyl. I captured "Bang Bang" from Black Swift's set. As I was returning to Metro for more Nocturna, Elphie texted that she was ready to go. I picked her up and we returned to Liar's Club to wait for Nate to be ready to go. We had Nate stay at our house then I drove him to the airport the next morning. We had some good hangs and good talk. It was an unusual but fun night. It also got quite cold that night for a summer night.

Filmed LIVE during Nocturna at Metro in Wrigleyville Chicago, Illinois on Saturday August 24th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.


Filmed LIVE at Liar’s Club in Lincoln Park Chicago, Illinois on Saturday August 24th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Monday, August 26th, Elphie captured a guy making his own smoking section on the CTA between the cars. On Thursday, August 29th, I went to Cobra Lounge for Brick Assassin's last show. I captured the full set. I used my Canon Rebel T6 for this show and was able to set up in a little spot isolated from the crowd and elevated slightly above them. It worked out fairly well and though I was side stage near the speakers, it wasn't overbearing for the camera's microphone. I was pretty happy with how the footage turned out overall. Also performing were Frueza Bruta, Victory, Law/Less, and Udusic. At home, a fan fell out of the window causing Stein to get very scared and panicky. He ended up peeing on our bed. Elphie didn't have the best evening.






Setlist:
1. Intro
2. C.B.C. (Chicago Brick Crew)
3. Ruled By You
4. Today Your Love Tomorrow The World
5. Bonehead Dicks
6. Poison
7. Colossal Man
8. R.T.R. (Stomp The Nazis
9. LEt Me Bleed
10. All The Lessons
11. Entitlement Generation
12. New Age



Filmed LIVE at Cobra Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Thursday August 29th, 2019 using an iPhone 8 and Canon Rebel T6. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday August 30th, we flew to Alaska. That project and blog will follow at a later date.

The soundtrack for the project is "You Were A House On Fire" by Listener, "Turntable" by Rancid, and "American War Machine" by The Huntingtons.

Filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8, Canon Rebel T6, and CrossTour CR900 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Titles created using Motion 4 on a Macbook by Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Shared Life: Spring In Chicago (April - June 2019)


I started the footage for this project on the day we returned from the "West by Southwest Trip" that Elphie and I took at the end of March and beginning of April. Usually I take public transit to work but on Wednesday April 10th, I drove because we would need to pick up Stein after work. Elphie rode with me and I dropped her off with her friend Kathleen where Stein was staying. When I approached my car after work, I noticed big and angry waves on Lake Michigan so I got some clips of that.

On Saturday, April 13th, Leper had a show in Joliet at the Drunken Donut. I got a clip of something improvised due to equipment issues. Also on the show were Paper Ducks and Eve Black.


Filmed LIVE at The Drunken Donut in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday April 13th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday, April 14 Chicago had another snowstorm. This was the last one I specifically documented as it came down pretty good for a bit and winter held on well into spring again. It was still somewhat cold in June.

Leper had another show in Joliet on Thursday, April 18th. This one was at The Forge with The 69 Eyes, MXMS, and The Nocturnal Affair. I captured "Where Is Thy Sting?" from Leper's set and "Salvation Huts" from the MXMS set.



Filmed LIVE at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois on Thursday April 18th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday, April 19th, we left Chicago to drive to Warren, PA for Easter. We stopped at Albanese where I picked up a couple of bags of Gummy Goof-ups. As we entered Warren, we could see some of the tornado damage from a recent storm that destroyed some of the Carter Lumber buildings. On Saturday, April 20th, I took a little drive around other areas damaged by the storms. On Sunday, April 21st, I weighed the bags of gummy goof-ups and found them to be about four and five pounds. We had Easter dinner then visited with my Grandpa on our way out of town. We also were able to see the tornado damage in the daylight as we left town to return to Chicago.

on Saturday April 27th, I went to the AllState Arena to see the Misfits. I captured "London Dungeon" but it was removed from Youtube due to Glenn Danzig apparently finding and reporting it. It was the first time getting a copyright strike so I was forced to watch a video about copyrights and pass a test before I was allowed to post videos on my Youtube channel again. I wrote a blog on my thoughts on that situation that you can read here if you want to. I also saw Fear, Venom, Inc., and Power Trip that evening. I bought tickets to another show as well thinking it was the previous night. It was Death. I thought it would be interesting to see them, not realizing it was the same day. In fact, I went to the venue on Friday and that is how I found out that I had bought tickets for two shows on Saturday. I tried to see if anyone wanted to buy the tickets but had no takers and apparently my attempt on Facebook was seen as "spam" so it was removed. After leaving the Misfits show, I figured I'd try to see if the Death show was still going on. It wasn't so then I went home having wasted a few bucks. After the video situation, I somewhat wish I had decided to go to the Death show instead. I don't figure that they would have hit me with a copyright strike. Oh well.



Filmed LIVE at All State Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday April 27th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday, April 28th, I went to the Empty Bottle for the first time. It was the first Brick Assassin show in quite some time and it would be one of their last ever so I wanted to see it. I wasn't sure if I'd get to attend any of the other shows coming up. I captured "Ruled By You" from their set. They played with The Evictions and Bad Sons.


Filmed LIVE at Empty Bottle in Ukrainian Village Chicago, Illinois on Sunday April 28th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Monday, April 29th, Elphie and I went to Luke's Lobster for my birthday. At home we had a battle of the Peeps in the microwave. It was a pretty low key celebration...it was a Monday, after all.

On Thursday, May 2nd, we went to Brauerhouse in Lombard to see the Nekromantix with Rezurex, The Brainiax, and Mikey Classic and His Lonesome Spur. It was also a Hardcore Hearse Club gathering so we saw a few hearses on our way in. It was a fun show and the first time I got to see the Nekromantix.



Filmed LIVE at BrauerHouse in Lombard, Illinois on Thursday May 2nd, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Saturday, May 4th, I went to Cobra Lounge to see Listener. I got to hang out and talk with the guys a bit after. It was good to catch up since they were not scheduled for Audiofeed this year.
Filmed LIVE at Cobra Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Saturday May 4th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday, May 5th, as we made our usual grocery trip to Highland, Indiana, we also went to Taco Bell so I figured it to be a celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Afterwards I went to a special show featuring mewithoutYOU and The Appleseed Cast at Sleeping Village. I captured "Winter Solstice" by mewithoutYOU.

Filmed LIVE at Sleeping Village in Northside Chicago, Illinois on Sunday May 5th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Wednesday May 8th, I saw mewithoutYOU and The Appleseed Cast again, this time at Bottom Lounge with Cursive. I captured "Rainbow Signs / 9:27 a.m. 7/29" by mewithoutYOU.


Filmed LIVE at Bottom Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday May 8th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Friday May 10th, I returned to Bottom Lounge for the LIVE From The Rock Room Fest featuring The Smoking Popes with Flatfoot 56, The Sidekicks, and Sincere Engineer. I captured "Melting America" by The Smoking Popes featuring Tobin Bawinkel (of Flatfoot 56) and "Loaded Gun" by Flatfoot 56. There is a video series from the entire "LIVE From The Rock Room" event available for viewing professionally shot and edited. On my trip home, I encountered what I assume to be a strange love affair between a man and his mannequin.



Filmed LIVE during Live From The Rock Room Fest at Bottom Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Friday May 10th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and Edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Sunday May 12th, we went to Bottom Lounge one more time to see P.O.D. Elphie got another angle as we captured "Southtown." On our way to Bottom Lounge a guy who was rollerblading with cross country ski polls passed us on Lake Street.
Filmed LIVE at Bottom Lounge in Near Westside Chicago, Illinois on Sunday May 12th, 2019 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.

On Monday, May 13th, we celebrated Elphie's birthday with the Asian Buffet. It was also a low key celebration on a Monday. On Tuesday, May 14th, we went to Denny's in Oakbrook Terrace for a Winchester. As we were driving home we hit a big bump that was inadequately marked. It apparently jostled the blower for the heat and air conditioning somewhat. There were some weird noises as we continued home and it got worse the next time I turned it on...eventually it stopped blowing. I would attempt to fix it prior to our Audiofeed trip and eventually found a blown fuse was the problem after taking everything apart. On Thursday May 16th, I noticed art on a garbage truck and captured it. I had noticed it at least one other time but was more prepared to capture it this time!

On Sunday, May 19th, we went to the SeatGeek Stadium to see Tool with some other metal bands as part of Chicago Open Air Festival. It had rained earlier in the day as well as during the day before which caused some bands to get cut or delayed. Guy and Krista were able to come as well and though the had seats across the field from us, the stadium was empty enough that we figured they could get away sitting with us...and they did. Tool is one of Elphie's favorite bands. They put on a great show and I captured "Invicible" which is a new song from their upcoming album. When we returned to our cars we found $50 parking tickets for parking on municipal streets during an event. There was no signs so we took pictures, included screenshots from Google Maps and Streetview, and video (included in this project) attempting to fight the tickets but ultimately, we had to pay the tickets. We were given no further explanation nor did they acknowledge the lack of signs where we had parked to indicate the law we had violated. I'm not sure how we were supposed to know, but thanks Bridgeview for your hospitality.
Filmed LIVE during Chicago Open Air Festival at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday May 19th, 2019 using an iPhone 8. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini. Filmed and edited by Joel A. Swanson.

On Saturday June 1st, we went to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL to see Adam Sandler. Rob Schnieder opened for him. This event was delayed by storms as well. Though I did not get a lot of footage from storms, there were quite a number of potentially dangerous storms during the spring, summer, and fall of 2019. I also did not get footage of our attendance at this event though it was a good time. On Thursday, June 6th, our upstairs neighbor had a casualty with her hatchlings so we gave a fiery funeral to the deceased chick. I shot off a few bottle rockets as well. On Friday June 7th, Elphie and I went to Kyle Bawinkel's house to hang out on his deck. He was cooking some food and watching the NBA Finals. We ended up playing a cool board game for a bit.

On Saturday, June 8th, we drove to Joliet to the Theisen's house for an Ollie Mob Meetup to build props that would get used during the Flatfoot 56 theme show at Audiofeed (a blog for Audiofeed 2019 is here). The theme ended up being A Clash Of Titans: Big Foot's Birthday Bash. Atta Grrl got baptized during the meetup. I made a slightly modified clip of the meetup than is included in the full project.
Soundtrack is "Ollie Ollie" by Flatfoot 56. Filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Additional video from Tobin Bawinkel's Facebook Live broadcast hosted by Bob Flynn. Once again apologies for the audio quality as I could not figure out how to download the broadcast so I recorded off the screen with my phone. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

On Thursday, June 13th, we celebrated our 4th anniversary with Bree Thai and spending the evening together. I captured a cloudy commute into work on Monday, June 17th then on Tuesday, June 18th, it was even cloudier and I also captured a lie on a billboard in regards to coconut. On Saturday June 22nd, Elphie and I went to see Little Shop of Horrors again after getting dinner at Cheesie's. I met Elphie at Cheesie's after she hung around and observed the shenanigans and protests surrounding the Pride Festival. It is a fun musical to attend. This time we saw it at the Mercury Theater. We ended up in the second row. We also got ice cream after at Oberwies. On Thursday, June 27th I captured and edited into slow motion one of the few lightning shots I was able to capture this year. On my commute home on Friday June 28th, I captured the storm coming in around Uptown and a rainbow after it passed on the Southside. On Saturday June 29th, I captured a party going on as we left our neighborhood to go to Nocturna. I also captured some fireworks. I got some footage at Nocturna as well. On Sunday June 30th, after having breakfast with our house neighbors, Elphie and I decided to go north to observe the chaos of the Pride Parade and surrounding festivities. It was interesting to watch the people as well as the attempts of crowd control. I eventually headed home due to unexplainable but uncomfortable back pain while Elphie hung around for some more. She ended up reconnecting with a friend.

June ended up being the first month that I can recall in recent memory that I did not go to a single show. It feels a bit strange to lack any show footage from an entire month.

Additional soundtrack includes "The Isle" by 6'10, "Rites of Spring" by The Bravery, "Strange Love" by Depeche Mode, "Garden In Spring" by Hushpad, and "Ollie Ollie" by Flatfoot 56.

Footage filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 and CrossTour CR 900 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Also included is a Facebook Live Broadcast by Tobin Bawinkel. Titles created using Motion 4 on a Macbook by Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson