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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Shared Life: Winter In Chicago & Show Footage (January - March 2016)


Another season of life has come & gone. Additions were made & some loss was encountered in this Shared Life during Winter 2016 in Chicago. The new year started for me with friends at JPUSA with a show in the basement & fun, games, & hanging out until the clock struck midnight...and beyond. Elphie & I stayed the night there the morning commute to work was a nice, brisk walk down the block instead of the usual hour on public transit. This was documented in the "Holidays" video & post.

The following week I went the the United Center for the first time for a hockey game between the Pittsburgh PenguinsChicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, the Penguins lost on this night but I saw statutes of Michael Jordan, some Blackhawks greats, & the Bulls championship trophies from the 90s when I enjoyed basketball. I added some audio of "Party Hard" by Andrew WK which is the goal song of the Penguins along with some audio from a Benstonium.com clip.

I had the opportunity to see Narrow/Arrow for the first show of 2016 at Subterranean. I worked with members of this band when living in Cincinnati doing Covenant Shows. I've been friends with Jonathan Hape for a long time & have been fortunate to see him perform his various music acts in every town I've lived in since meeting him in my Mansfield days.

Narrow/Arrow LIVE @ Subterranean (01.05.16)

In January, we brought home a bunny we eventually named "Frank" & in February we brought home a kitten we named "Stein." There is a lot of footage of these two guys throughout this project. After picking up the bunny who would become known as "Frank," Elphie & I went to a show to see our friends in 6'10 & Von Strantz. Families opened this show up.

Families LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)

The Travelers by 6'10 LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)

Von Strantz LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)

After the show, we went an Epiphany Party & then later in January we attended KC's birthday bash at Emporium Arcade & Stewart was Clownin' at Cornerstone Community Outreach.

A large snowstorm hit the east which caused for some bands who were to play Chicago not to make it. Instead, a free show was set up at An Seanachi featuring Brick Assassin & others. It was a good time.

The Islanders LIVE @ An Seanachi (01.23.16)

Miracle Drug LIVE @ An Seanachi (01.23.16)

Poison by Brick Assassin LIVE @ An Seanachi (01.23.16)

January came to a close with a meeting for repentance & prayer at Mama Linda's House.

February started out with an early morning neutering for "Frank" in hopes he wouldn't be territorial when "Stein" would be coming into the house. We had intended on getting "Stein" the very next day but some sort of sickness plagued us that day so it had to wait until the weekend...Super Bowl Sunday in fact.

6'10 had a headlining show at the Beat Kitchen so Elphie & I went to it. Opening acts were Davey Dynamite & Mikey Classic & His Lonesome Spur - a new favorite of ours.

Davey Dynamite LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (02.05.16)

Peach Farmer by 6'10 LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (02.05.16)

We had a busy weekend in the middle of February where we saw Henry Rollins, attended Nocturna, then experienced Stewart & Meghan's dinner staredown at JPUSA before going to see Dropkick Murphys.

I went to see Dropkick Murphys while visiting Chicago back in the winter of 2014 at a venue nearby to this one. Naturally, we decided to see them again since the opportunity was there. The Aragon is an interesting venue. After the excessive pat down, the decor was pretty cool. It took forever to get out of the place though. The Dark New Buster & Tiger Army opened the show. I filmed Dirty Glass because a local girl took the mic for parts of the song.

Tiger Army LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (02.19.16)

Dirty Glass by Dropkick Murphys LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (02.19.16)

My friend Joe liked the Smoking Popes so we decided to go check out one of their members play a show with 6'10. It was a good night.

Someday Hun by 6'10 LIVE @ Brauerhouse (02.20.16)

Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes LIVE @ Brauerhouse (02.20.16)

We returned to Brauerhouse a few days later to see Grave Robber with Argyle Goolsby & The Roving Midnight. It was a cool show. I filmed the set in hopes to one day work out a music video for Grave Robber. That has taken a back seat for now until I can hopefully finish up a few other projects. I posted this one song from the set.

Last Man On Earth by Grave Robber LIVE @ Brauerhouse (02.25.16)

Argyle Goolsby & The Roving Midnight LIVE @ Brauerhouse (02.25.16)

March started with an unexpected trip to North Carolina for a funeral. We stopped in Cincinnati along the way to & from North Carolina. After the long trip to North Carolina & back, we arrived in time to see The Crossing playing their local St. Patrick's show at Wilson Abbey.

The Crossing LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (03.13.16)


Though we had to miss the annual Flatfoot 56 show at Reggie's, we were able to be back in town to go to Aurora to see the Saint Patrick's show at Ballydoyle Pub & see several friends.

Jungle of the Midwest Sea by Flatfoot 56 LIVE on St. Patrick's Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.16)

Where Did You Go by 6'10 LIVE on St. Patrick's Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.16)

Brotherhood by Flatfoot 56 LIVE on St. Patrick's Day @ Ballydoyle (03.17.16)

We went to a suspension event at Disgraceland Wasteland. Also included is Stewart performing a birthday song & dance for Jeremy. March & the winter project ended with a trip to Pennsylvania for Easter with my family where a few other things were taken care of as well regarding my car.

Right after returning from the trip to Pennsylvania for Easter, I went to the Beat Kitchen for some southern metal from He Is Legend & Norma Jean. He Is Legend puts on a great show. Norma Jean did a good show as well…I just haven't been as into their music overall.

The Widow Of Magnolia by He Is Legend LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (03.28.16)

Leaderless & Self Enlisted by Norma Jean LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (03.28.16)

Soundtrack includes “Winter” by The Crossing, “Party Hard” by Andrew WK, & “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole.

Filmed using an iPhone 6 & Sony HD Bloggie by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Death Made Its Offer" Promotional Video For The Upcoming EP Release by October Bird Of Death


My friends in October Bird of Death asked me to make them a promotional music video for their upcoming EP release through ZAP Records using the LIVE footage of the song "Death Made Its Offer." The EP will also be called "Death Made Its Offer."

The footage was originally filmed at the first Catacombs show in Wilson Abbey. I was asked to pull the footage of this song & add information to promote the upcoming release to come out in summer 2016. I used the black & white effect I always liked in Rancid & other punk videos & art.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The First Catacombs Show @ Wilson Abbey featuring Desiring Dead Flesh, October Bird Of Death, & Leper (04.17.16)

I had the privilege of booking the first Catacombs show at the Wilson Abbey - a venue that is part of JPUSA.

Bryan from Desiring Dead Flesh contacted me in November asking if I could help the band get a show in Chicago. Original thought was to do a house show but then I recalled another location where it seemed there was a desire to do shows. Ultimately, with the information I had & the advice I was given, I contacted the folks at JPUSA about trying to make this show happen there in hopes of the best possible outcome for all involved. In the midst of trying to organize this, Kos from Anti-World System posted on their page that they were going to start hosting shows at JPUSA for the underground Christian bands. These shows would be called The Catacombs. I contacted Kos a couple days after contact was made with the others at JPUSA & within a week this show was booked.

Even prior to my contacts with JPUSA, I had asked October Bird of DeathLeper if they wanted to be on board. Another band was originally going to be on the bill as well but unfortunately they could not play & some others I hoped could never responded so we did this show with three bands.

The turnout was good & the sound was awesome! We were able to take good care of Desiring Dead Flesh while on their tour & hope the rest of their travels go well too.

The night was opened up by October Bird of Death. This is a relatively new band. This was their third show so far. They have a good melodic punk sound.

I sandwiched Desiring Dead Flesh between the locals so they played second. The crowd seemed to respond well to their brand of punk music.

Leper closed the night with their goth music. Most folks sat for this set but were attentive.

After the bands were loading out & as we closed it down for the night, shenanigans occurred with Josh Robieson & the remaining members of the bands.

The experience was good overall...I hope to bring other friends from other places to play a Catacombs show at Wilson Abbey in the future.

Thanks to all who came out!

This show will be available on DVD for anyone who is interested. Contact me - TigerRAWkShows@gmail.com. Donations are welcome to cover cost of DVDs & postage. Thanks!