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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wilson Abbey Catacombs Show Featuring Leper, Desiring Dead Flesh, Parental Petulance, & The Magnifiers (10.29.2017)

This Wilson Abbey's Catacombs show was intended to be filmed in its entirety using my Canon Rebel T6 camera but I did not have adequate space on my memory cards so I also filmed it with my iPhone 8 and Elphie got some additional footage using her iPhone 6. I continue to have to break up my footage to some degree due to the "12 minute limit." I still have not yet figured out a way to bypass this inconvenience. The clips I filmed with my iPhone 8 had some adverse affects on the audio. This occurred because I left the plastic wrap intended to protect it in the packaging on the phone. I thought it would be good to leave it on until I received the case and screen protector in the mail but the plastic seems to have blocked the microphone adversely affecting the audio quality. I originally figured this out on some other footage that I edited a day or so after I had filmed this show. I have tried to remedy this the best that I could in the editing process.

This show was part of a regional tour featuring Desiring Dead Flesh, Parental Petulance, and The Magnifiers. Leper joined as local support and was given the headliner spot on the bill.

1. Watch What You Say (Ai Grija Ce Spui)
2. Jet Black Tears (Lacrime Nere)
3. I’m Not Afraid To Sleep Anymore (Non Ho Piu Paura Di Domire)
4. 13 Silver Bullets
5. Beneath The Sun
6. Playground (Spielplatz)
7. Photosensitive
8. Head-Case (Casca)
9. Do As Thou Wilt (Fai Come Vuoi)
10. Holy
11. Improv
12. Take What You Want From Me (Ia Ca Vrei)

I filmed the Leper set using my iPhone 8. There is a gap that I edited using a fade near the end because of the unexpected encore. Leper played a fairly long set which included some improvisation and an encore. I tried to make it sound the best that I could in the editing process.

1. Playground
2. Pass The Fist
3. Holidays
4. Feed Us Fetus
5. Heart Soul And Mind
6. Rainbow
7. Unappreciated
8. Unity Beyond
9. Chords
10. Born That Way
11. I AmA Race Traitor
12. God Bless Afghanistan
13. Chuck’s Lawn
14. KMart’s Parking Lot
15. My Dying Words
16. I’m A Hypocrite
17. Wedgie
18. Cold Frame
19. Blood Sweat And Circle Pits

I also filmed the entire set for Desiring Dead Flesh using my iPhone 8 so there were some problems with the audio which I tried to remedy in editing. I also included a clip from Elphie that she filmed using her iPhone 6 during "Holidays Suck."

1. I Don’t Care
2. Disobedience
3. Food Fight
4. Monsters
5. Sneaky Snake
6. MaMa Knows
7. Gibberish
8. Into The Loo
9. Not Listening
10. Poops In My Butt
11. Dinos In The Dishwasher

I used both my Canon Rebel T6 and iPhone 8 during the Parental Petulance set. I ran out of space on my memory card for my Canon Rebel T6 so I switched to my iPhone 8. There are some small gaps due to the "12 minute limit" again and there was a moment where my iPhone 8 stopped filming for some reason as well. I worked through the iPhone 8 audio issues the best that I could in editing. 

The Magnifiers opened and, for me, were a pleasant surprise. I was a bit skeptical based on some older clips I watched and samples of older audio I had heard. They put on a good show. This set was filmed entirely with the Canon Rebel T6 so there are some slight gaps due to that "12 minute limit" plague. I also had some difficulties getting good clear shots when zoomed it. I think that is due to a particular lens I've been using and may have to consider not using it anymore for this purpose at least. I had a few difficulties also with filming over and through the crowd the way folks positioned themselves so there are some shaky moments here and there while I tried to move the camera or lift it. It's all still part of the learning process.
There were a few other random clips so I decided to make a "shenanigans" video...it mostly consists of Elphie eating and sharing her Witch Poop. These clips were filmed using my iPhone 8.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago (July, August, September) 2017

This project ended up being a lot longer than I had anticipated. It didn't seem there was that much activity during these months but I guess a lot was crammed in the time between Audiofeed and the roadtrip my wife and I took through the Northeast states and eastern Canada. There were things that occurred during this time of my life that I do not want to expound upon here...but I am grateful that there has been the opportunity for forgiveness and redemption and a chance to rebuild.

The weekend following Audiofeed, I caught some Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. on Friday July 7th the Pirates lost 6-1. On Saturday July 8th, they won 4-2. I also captured the full moon that night. On Sunday July 9th, the Pirates won 14-3. I ran late to this game unfortunately...but the Pirates kept on scoring. I arrived as the bottom of the order was batting still in the first inning. That evening, Elphie and I decided to take a Funeral Flag that had been attached to a stop sign in the neighborhood. It had been hanging there for over a week at that point.

On Tuesday July 11th I captured some epic lightning around our house. I decided to make a separate video clip of this after slowing it down a considerable amount. I had also made screen shots of some of the best frames that I had posted to Instagram at the time that I decided to add into this footage.

On Saturday July 15th, I attended a Bachelor Party for Josh Robieson at Hooters and his brothers house while Elphie went on a weekend trip with Anastasia Bird for her Bachelorette Party. We both captured a little bit of it on video.
On Monday July 17th there was a punk show in the basement of JPUSA's Eastwood House that was to feature Easter Teeth, 2Minute Minor, and Anti-World System. 2Minute Minor opened with Easter Teeth following. Easter Teeth was on tour from California. They have an interesting sound. Anti-World System was scheduled to close the night but conflicts with one members work schedule caused it to be that they would not play this night.

Wednesday July 19th was National Hot Dog Day so I went to Sonic to get some dogs. It was great!

On Saturday July 22nd, Josh and Anastasia got married. The reception was a pool party. This was one of the more fun weddings I have attended.

On my morning commute on Tuesday July 25th, I encountered a man who decided to use the garbage can in the Roosevelt Red Line Station as a urinal. I felt "Territorial Pissings" by Nirvana was an appropriate soundtrack.

Friday evening on July 28th, Elphie and I went to a park to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It was pretty cool.

On Saturday afternoon, July 29th, Elphie and I attended Jennifer Buckley's Birthday Party

After Jennifer's birthday party, we went to Exodus Ink for the second installment of Promised Land Variety show. The playlist linked above has the performances from both events.

Sunday July 30th there was another pool party, this time it was sponsored by Tat2Church as well as Crossroads Church which happens to be next door to the pool. Skot and Rachel Shaw came out so they could waterslide.

On Thursday August 3rd, I was invited to help Chicago Chalk Champ, Shaun Hays do some 3D art at Lollapalooza. I got to hang out, enjoy some catering, and take in the fest for the day as I helped where and when needed with Shaun on his project. It was fun until the rainstorm caused an early end to the evening and me to get soaked. Elphie and I hung outside the fences during the rest of the festival to listen to some bands. On Saturday August 5th, we captured some pyrotechnics from Chance The Rapper's set as well as the Navy Pier Fireworks. We hung out at a skatepark that evening for a while as well.

On Tuesday August 8th, some of my favorite live bands came to town to play at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Lake Michigan. We missed the opener but got there in time for Bouncing Souls. Rancid played next which was my main reason for being there. I captured "Ruby Soho." Dropkick Murphys played the final spot and I captured "Shipping Off To Boston." Then Rancid and Dropkick Murphys played a few classic punk songs together. I wanted to get "When The Kids Are United" but didn't start my camera in time so instead I got "I Fought The Law And The Law Won." That night, after the show on our commute back home, we had a bus driver who was talking to himself.
On Thursday August 10th, Elphie and I were privileged with a guest list spot to see Aurelio Voltaire at Cobra Lounge thanks to one of Elphie's friends who works there. Bella Morte opened. Voltaire played a long set and spoke a lot about personal things throughout the set. I captured his song "Brains" from this performance.

On Saturday August 12th, Elphie and I played some board games while hanging out at home alone. I put on some records, one being a new Listener 7" which was mislabeled in regards to speed so I made a funny video out of it. We played Zombieopoly so naturally I needed brains.

On Sunday August 13th, Elphie and I invited Skot, Rachel, and Jen Mercy out for mini golf and go-karts at Haunted Trails. It was fun. I decided that "Everything Was Green" by Leper made for an appropriate soundtrack as well as FBS' song "Faster Than Before.
On Monday August 14th Leper got the opportunity to open for Ester Drang. Another local was on the bill as well called Oxi. It was good to hear Ester Drang again after so many years.

On Tuesday August 15th, Elphie hung out at McKinley Park with the ducks for a while.
On Wednesday August 16th, Elphie was invited to watch the Navy Pier Fireworks from a boat. She captured some great shots of the city as well as the fireworks.
On Friday August 18th, Elphie and I went down to Lansing, Illinois to Royal Skate Shop intending to see Desiring Dead Flesh and 2Minute Minor. We were quite late arriving I guess so we had just missed Desiring Dead Flesh and 2Minute Minor had begun playing. We did hang out with Desiring Dead Flesh for a while afterwards so that was good.

On Saturday, August 19th, we attended some of the Chicago Air and Water Show. We got quite a few clips from this. That night we went to the Wheaton All Night Flea Market and Eddie Munster was there to sign things for fans.

On Monday August 21st, there was a solar eclipse. At lunchtime, Skot, Rachel, and I went out to see what we could without the proper eye gear. I captured a couple clips during this. The cloud cover helped us to see some of the occurrence without going blind...maybe.

On Friday August 25th there was a JPUSA Garden Room show featuring Cousins, All Is Well, and QAJAQ. Elphie went to sit outside Wrigley Field to hear Lady GaGa while I was at this show.
On Saturday August 26th there was a show at Reggie's featuring Nonnie Parry, The Artist Formerly Known As Vince, and The Undead. I met Bobby Steele of The Undead a few years ago in San Antonio during Death Or Glory Fest. After the show I met up with Elphie at Nocturna.

On Monday August 28th I went to see the Pittsburgh Pirates lose to the Chicago Cubs 6-1 at Wrigley Field. I would not be able to attend the rest of the games of this series...turns out that was quite alright when I saw the outcomes of those games.
On Wednesday August 30th Elphie and I took our neighbor Lisa to see Warpaint and Depeche Mode at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. Warpaint was an all female group and they were really good. This was a first to see Depeche Mode and they were great. I captured "Enjoy The Silence." After the show, I witnessed a girl puke in the sewage drain as I waited for Elphie and Lisa to use the restroom.

I felt sick so I stayed home on Friday September 1st. That evening I felt somewhat better so I attended the Kilter Magazine release party at Bucket O' Blood and D-Men Tap.

I wrote a separate blog entry on LaLaJPUSA, held on September 2nd, when I uploaded that project back in September. It was a fun event held for the first time. Follow the link to read the rest of my thoughts about it here.
On Monday September 4th, which was Labor Day, another JPUSA Garden Room show was put on featuring Families, BHLNDr., Gaffer Project, and Christian Welch. It was an interesting mix of styles. I have come to really like what Gaffer Project is doing.

On Saturday September 9th, after dropping Elphie off to go on her road trip for Raye and Z's wedding, I decided to drive to Indiana to make a soda purchase...undermining the Cook County Soda Tax, using the song by 2Minute Minor as a soundtrack.
On Friday September 15th I drove to Metamora to see Insomniac Folklore since it appeared the Chicago date would not be happening. I got there just as they finished up their set so I got a clip of what I saw. Josh and Stasia Robieson collaborated to make some music...since they arrived not too much before I did, they played the last set of the night. I captured a song from them. I got to hang out for a while at the farm chatting with these friends. It was a good time.

Elphie attended Raye and Z's wedding in Texas and she asked me to make a video of the ceremony from the footage she captured. This is that project.
On Monday September 18th, I witnessed the eviction of homeless folks from under some bridges in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. This was done by the order of Alderman James Cappleman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Working with homeless folks, this is something that affects my daily life. There was no real plan for helping this folks...in the eyes of these politicians and their supporters, these homeless folks were not humans down on their luck but simply a nuisance...an inconvenience to their way of life. I documented a little of this as well as a protest vigil that occurred one week later outside the office of Alderman Cappleman during a time advertised as an "open house." I made a separate entry where I expressed some further thoughts on the matter and you can read that here.

I also happened to receive my new belt buckle in the mail on this day after my old one, a gift from Nate Ford, finally fell apart after something like 13 years.

On Tuesday September 19th, I took the day off from work to take our cat, Stein, to the vet. While we were in the waiting room, we found there was a special Lobster deal at Luke's Lobster's new location so naturally, with our upcoming trip to the Northeast, we had to indulge.

On my commute home on Friday September 22nd, I noticed a Gorilla riding on the Red Line. He got off at Jackson.

On Sunday, September 24th, I decided to purchase a ticket for a football game at Soldier Field between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. I paid a higher price than I had wanted but hoped I'd get a good game out of it...well the Steelers did not play well and lost in overtime 23-17. It was a very hot day in September. I got home and had to hydrate after the game.

Related to the eviction of the homeless a week earlier, there was a protest vigil held on the evening of Monday September 25th outside the office of Alderman Cappleman. Scroll back up slightly if you want to see the separate video I created regarding this. You can also read my other entry if you wish where I expressed my thoughts on the matter here.

I found out somewhere on the internet that the house used as the Winslow House in the "Family Matters" opening scene was scheduled for demolition so while we drove to pick up our friend Gale so he could watch Stein while we would be gone, I decided to take a little detour to see the house before its demolition. We were too late...we only saw the remnants and possibly Urkle's home.

After this, we hit the road for our road trip....

Soundtrack includes “Lightning Storm” by Flogging Molly, “No Pool Party Tonight” by The Huntingtons, “Territorial Pissings” by Nirvana, “If Everything Was Green” by Leper, “An Eclipsing” by Stavesacre, “Soda tax” by 2Minute Minor, “Cold Morning” by Everybody Out!, “Renegade” by Styx, the Oscar Mayer Weiner jingle, and theme songs from “The Munsters” and “Family Matters.”

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

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