Footage was filmed in October and November 2015. The Autumn season began with a visit to the Field Museum to see the Viking exhibit before it closed on October 4th. It was cool to see & we checked out some other areas of the museum before the afternoon ended. We got back to the house then prepared for a party. We had some interesting people show up but I think it went well overall. October 6th I went to see the Norma Jean "O' God The Aftermath" Tour (more on that below) then on October 7th I went to Durkin's to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates lose the Wild Card game 4-0 to the Chicago Cubs. That was disappointing. There was a Worship Night & Bonfire at the Hays home in Yorkville on October 11th which included a train rolling through the yard. October 12th we went to Cones & Bones at Township before heading to a show at The Workshop (more on that below) where we got to see Nate Allen & hang for a bit. On October 17th we went to Pennsylvania for the Sorensen's to celebrate Elphie & I's wedding. We also visited both my grandmas. We returned to Chicago then on Monday October 19th I went to see He Is Legend (more on that below). Lisa visited us the following weekend then we did some Halloween celebrations in Uptown on October 30th including a show & going away party for Kenneth (more on that below) and Nocturna at Metro. We celebrated our second anniversary of commitment with a visit to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium on Halloween then closed the night out with a noise show at JPUSA (more on that below). After eating the heart of a deer, we returned to JPUSA the next night, November 1st, for Anti-World System's first show (more on that below). Emery came to Chicago on November 4th on their "The Question" Tour (more on that below). Grave Robber played November 7th then Tmbre played on November 8th in Chicago (more on those below). There are clips from Bunny Sitting Oliver in November & Chicago's first snow of the season fell on November 20th. Guy came to visit on November 21st & attended the mewithoutYou show with me (more on that below).
Soundtrack includes "Autumn" & "In Love With The Fall" by Leper
Show Footage From October 2015:
Filmed LIVE at Double Door in Wicker Park Chicago, Illinois Tuesday, October 6th, 2015.
Disconnecktie by Norma Jean LIVE @ Double Door (10.06.15)
"G" (Track 3) by '68 LIVE @ Double Door (10.06.15)
SleepWave LIVE @ Double Door (10.06.15)
This was the first chance I've had to see SleepWave. It was alright & I'm glad I made it in time to see them. '68 played next & I was able to film a different song than I had done previously. Norma Jean closed the night. Though my battery was nearly dead, I was still able to film most of Disconnecktie as I intended. I missed the last 30 seconds or so.
Filmed LIVE at The Workshop in Logan Square Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 6th, 2015.
Endolphins LIVE @ The Workshop (10.11.15)
Self-Proclaimed Narcissist LIVE @ The Workshop (10.11.15)
Open To Everything by Nate Allen LIVE @ The Workshop (10.11.15)
A Protest For Now by Common Fox Weeping LIVE @ The Workshop (10.11.15)
This was the second show I attended at The Workshop & Common Fox Weeping was on the bill again. I picked this song because it was very different from the previous song I had filmed in September. I wanted to get something new from Nate Allen & accomplished that. This was my first experience with Self Proclaimed Narcissist & it was cool. Endolphins closed the night & this was the first time seeing them as well.
Filmed LIVE at Subterranean in Wicker Park Chicago, Illinois on Monday, October 19th, 2015.
Ccclouds / I Am Hollywood by He Is Legend LIVE @ Subterranean (10.19.15)
Must Be The Holy Ghost LIVE @ Subterranean (10.19.15)
I saw Must Be The Holy Ghost with He Is Legend in the spring & found it to be very interesting as well as enjoyable. I was glad to see this on the bill again. I filmed the end of the He Is Legend set which ended up being a medley of sorts.
Filmed LIVE at Wilson Abbey in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Friday, October 30th, 2015.
Desert Lady Shanty by Common Fox Weeping LIVE during Kenneth's last show @ Wilson Abbey (10.30.15)
Max Simmons LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (10.30.15)
This was our friend Kenneth's last show before moving away. It was also the first time I watched a Max Simmons set. It was a good start to a very long night.
Filmed LIVE at Bowels of JPUSA in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, October 31st, 2015.
Justin Filizola LIVE @ Bowels of JPUSA (10.31.15)
Lies that Bind by Ball-Peen Hammer (a side project of Leper) LIVE @ Bowels of JPUSA (10.31.15)
It was very dark in the Bowels of JPUSA on this night so getting a good quality video wasn't easy for either performance but it was a fun way to close out Halloween nonetheless. It has been a while since I saw a noise performance such as this.
Show Footage From November 2015:
Filmed LIVE at JPUSA’s Eastwood Basement in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, November 1st, 2015.
Anti-World System LIVE @ JPUSA’s Eastwood Basement (11.01.15)
This was Anti-World System's first show. It was fun!
Filmed LIVE at Bottom Lounge in Near West Side Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015.
Studying Politics by Emery LIVE @ Bottom Lounge (11.04.15)
I missed that this show was going on until just a day or so before but I got in & I filmed the song I most wanted to film but I cut it off earlier than I would have liked due to forgetting that the electro song that is playing at the end would continue a bit longer. This was the first time seeing Emery in a long time.
Filmed LIVE at BrauerHouse in Lombard, Illinois on Saturday, November 7th, 2015.
Grave Robber did a cover set after they played their originals with a cover or two sprinkled into the set as well. It was Chris' last show that I would get to see with Grave Robber.
Filmed LIVE at Wilson Abbey in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, November 7th, 2015.
Singing & Singing by Timbre LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (11.08.15)
Timbre is awesome! I actually intended to film a different song, but this one was RAD too.
Filmed LIVE at Metro in Wrigleyville Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, November 21st, 2015.
Mexican War Streets by mewithoutYOU LIVE @ Metro (11.21.15)
mewithoutYou is one of my favorite LIVE bands. Guy came to hang out & went to the show with me. I filmed my favorite new song.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - Thanksgiving 2015
Footage filmed from November 26th through November 30th, 2015. Due to my insistence of uploading videos until way too late the night before, Elphie made the decision I needed to sleep before driving east so we made a very early drive to Clymer, NY on Thanksgiving day to spend it with the Sorensen family. There was great food of course! The next day we visited my grandma. On Saturday morning I went squirrel hunting but didn't see anything. I also scouted some areas for hunting deer. That evening we went to Pittsburgh to watch the Penguins vs Oilers. Evgeni Malkin scored a highlight reel goal right in front of us but the Penguins lost. I hunted deer on Monday before returning empty-handed to Chicago.
Soundtrack includes “Feast Or Fallow” by Sandra McCracken
A Shared Life: The Holidays - December In Chicago 2015
Footage filmed from December 1st through 23rd, 2015. On December 4th, Elphie & I hit some of Chicago's Christmas attractions. On the way, she saw the Holiday bus. We visited ChristKindl Market where I found a Christmas gift & enjoyed some Swedish Christmas Soda. We went to the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights afterwards then caught a movie at the Roosevelt Collection. On December 5th, friends gathered at our place for a party for Laura & Jason. December 10th we went to "Your Friendly Christmas Tour" (more on that below) & December 11th we caught a show with Flatfoot 56 (more on that below as well). December 12th we went to the Risen Savior Talent Show then to Nocturna at Metro. December 13th we went to Krampus Mart & The Apprentice Improv Show at Under The Gun Theater to see Helen. We were planning to go to a show in the south suburbs but we were put way behind schedule after eating at a restaurant that didn't seem to want to let us pay & leave. Anyway, we brought Stewart to the comedy show too. Cornerstone Community Outreach had a staff Christmas Party where a "letter" from Trump regarding Santa Claus & the elves was read & after work we saw the Holiday train. On December 19th there was a gathering once again at our place with our neighbors for games. Moses got stuck on a chair. Nick Offerman was present at both gatherings.
Soundtrack includes “Holidays” by Dear Ephesus & “Silent Night” by Anemia
Show Footage From December 2015:
Filmed LIVE during Your Friendly Christmas Tour at Beat Kitchen in Northside Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, December 10th, 2015.
Jingle Bells - Caroling during Your Friendly Christmas Tour LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (12.10.15)
Love Means Coming Home by Red Sweater Lullaby during Your Friendly Christmas Tour LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (12.10.15)
Christmas Unicorn by Levi The Poet LIVE during Your Friendly Christmas Tour @ Beat Kitchen (12.10.15)
Thanksgiving 1987 by Dan Smith LIVE during Your Friendly Christmas Tour @ Beat Kitchen (12.10.15)
"Your Friendly Christmas Tour" was held in an upper room of the Beat Kitchen. It was a fun little show & good to catch up with Dan, Kris, & Levi. They played some originals & some covers. They provided cookies, candy, & coffee. They made us sing Christmas Carols at the end. The Christmas Carol clip I used some transparent effects to merge some of Elphie's footage with mine for some added fun & experimentation.
Filmed LIVE at BrauerHouse in Lombard, Illinois on Friday, December 11th, 2015.
Work For Them by Flatfoot 56 LIVE @ BrauerHouse (12.11.15)
Still Alive LIVE @ BrauerHouse (12.11.15)
The Capones LIVE @ BrauerHouse (12.11.15)
Besides being married & living together with Elphie, it's been a lot of fun getting to know the guys in Flatfoot 56 better while living in Chicago. They are really good dudes. I enjoy their shows so when the time comes for them to play, I try to be there. This would be their last show of the year & it was a great one & I was able to capture one of my favorite new(er) tunes of theirs. Still Alive is one of my favorite discoveries in moving to Chicago. I love their style. The Capones were fun as well.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - Christmas 2015
Footage filmed from December 23rd through 230th, 2015. We left Chicago on the afternoon of December 23rd, 2015 after I worked half the day. We hoped to beat the traffic but since it's Chicago, we were still moving slowly in our attempt to leave. The forecast called for strong storms along the route but we were fortunate to miss most of it. We encountered some cool lightning as we followed the storm toward Cincinnati. We stopped for the night in Fort Wright, KY after an attempt to get Ale 8-One at a Meijer. Before we slept we visited with our hosts, The Sheehy's & Lisa.
We left early on Christmas Eve toward Charlotte, NC encountering some more rain in the mountains. We took a pitstop at a Taco Bell to visit with The Floyd's before continuing on our way to spend the holiday with Elphie's family. While in the Charlotte area, besides the family visits on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, we went to a restaurant an old friend of Elphie had opened called Grits N Greens. Afterwards, we walked in a nature preserve, visited some farm animals, visited more family, at at R.O's Bar-B-Cue, & visited some friends. The next day we attended church at Bethel Baptist where a friend of Elphie's is the pastor. We got gas in South Carolina then picked up some Japanese food before watching the Steelers play the Ravens. After that awful football game, we went to Tony's Ice Cream, hoping to see more friends but there was a scheduling mishap. We then rested for the night to travel north to Pennsylvania.
Before we left, Elphie had a silly string war. It was another damp trip heading north but we avoided flooding in North Carolina & ice as we made our way through the Pennsylvania hills. We made a stop at Gavino's in Pittsburgh for a seafood calzone before arriving in Warren to visit with my family. We celebrated Christmas that night then visited with my grandma the next day. We left on December 30th, 2015 to get back to Chicago.
Soundtrack includes “A Holiday Song (Happy Holidays)” by Starflyer 59, “Christmas” by A Wayward Heart, and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Folk Angel.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - New Year’s Eve 2015/2016
Footage filmed from December 31st, 2015 and January 1st, 2016. There was a punk show at JPUSA featuring The Ghost Servant, Anti-World System, and Leper (more information on that below the LIVE clips). We hung out with friends playing board games after the show was over until the New Year came to pass. Oliver the Bunny made an appearance & someone shot off some fireworks. As the night came to a close the elevator did something strange. We decided to stay the night at JPUSA & I worked the next day then enjoyed a dinner with our friends before returning home.
Soundtrack includes “Auld Lang Syne” by David Galas
New Year's Eve LIVE Music Clips:
Filmed LIVE at JPUSA's Friendly Basement in Uptown Chicago, Illinois on New Year’s Eve - Thursday, December 31st, 2015.
Leper LIVE on New Year's Eve @ Friendly Basement (12.31.15)
Plague by Anti-World System LIVE on New Year's Eve @ Friendly Basement (12.31.15)
The Ghost Servant LIVE on New Year's Eve @ Friendly Basement (12.31.15)
This show made for a great way to ring in the New Year with friends. The audio from the LIVE clip of The Ghost Servant was submitted to a compilation album to be released later in the year. Anti-Word System shared the clip on their page & all over social media. This may be the only footage to feature Jim Judge in Leper. It was a different sort of set for them but I enjoyed it.
Filmed using an iPhone 6, & Sony HD Bloggie by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson.
Edited by Joel A. Swanson using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.