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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Shared Life: Summer In Chicago (June - August 2018)

This project includes footage of life in between travelling to Europe and the upper Midwest States and Manitoba Canada except for Audiofeed. That will be a separate project and I will get it finished and posted here at a later date. This ended up being a much longer project with lots of show footage links included from the months of June through August of 2018.

My summer footage started out with my work commute on Friday June 1st which turned out to be quite the foggy morning. On Sunday June 3rd we attended the Uptown Covenant Church BBQ on Montrose Beach then hiked around for a while. It was quite windy with higher than normal waves. As we left we heard a drum circle in the distance so I tried to capture it on video as well. We stopped by a frozen yogurt place later in the Skokie area which was not captured on video.

On Saturday June 9th, we attended the 30th Anniversary of Nocturna at Metro. Aurelio Voltaire did a special show as part of the event. I captured the song "When You're Evil" which featured the "Chicago Chapter of the Beelzebub Choir" and I included other footage of the revelry from throughout the night.

When You're Evil by Aurelio Voltaire LIVE During Nocturna’s 30 Anniversary @ Metro (06.09.18)

On Tuesday June 12th we were able to snag last minute tickets to see Rag-N-Bone Man at Park West. We got some of the last seats available along a back wall. While we sort of felt out of place in that venue and amongst that crowd, it was a good show. I captured "Human" which included a re-mix version.

Human by Rag-N-Bone Man LIVE @ Park West (06.12.18)

On Wednesday evening, June 13th we celebrated our third anniversary of our marriage by playing mini golf at Haunted Trails then getting frozen custard at Andy's down the street. This is a pretty fun mini golf course.

On Thursday night, June 14th I caught October Bird Of Death at Burlington Bar. I captured one of the newer songs, "Vices" and enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with the guys for a while that evening.

Vices by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Burlington Bar (06.14.18)

On Saturday June 16th I was able to see The Radiations for the first time at a bowling alley - Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove, IL. I captured the full set for the band but I used only this song for my personal documentation purposes. They were pretty good...and the Furries came out that night as well.

The Radiations LIVE @ Tivoli Bowl (06.16.18)

The next week I waited last minute and got resell tickets for face value to see my old pal, Derek Zanetti doing his Homeless Gospel Choir music at Aragon Ballroom opening for Frank Turner And the Sleeping Souls on the Be More Kind Tour. I didn't get to see Derek to hang out, unfortunately, but I captured the song "Crazy" from the set. I also captured "Thick as Thieves" by The Menzingers and a song by Lucero as well as "Be More Kind" by Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls. On my way home, I also saw some folks who clearly were just coming out of the Kenny Chesney concert at Soldier Field.

Be More Kind by Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)

Lucero LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)

Thick As Thieves by The Menzingers LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)

Crazy by The Homeless Gospel Choir LIVE @ Aragon Ballroom (06.23.18)

On Sunday, June 24th, Elphie got up early to go to McKinley Park to see Japanese drumming. The event was called Tsukasa Taiko. I included the clip she captured here.

That night, I went to House of Blues to catch the last of the three nights that Social Distortion was playing. I captured the end of the set with some banter and "Ring Of Fire." It was a good set.

Ring Of Fire by Social Distortion LIVE @ House Of Blues (06.24.18)

On Wednesday June 27th, we went to the Full Moon Fire Jam at Foster Beach. There was an acrobatic group performing during the earlier part of the evening. We went to the lake to see the moon coming up as teh sun set behind us then returned to see some of the fire acts before going home.

On Saturday June 30th I went to a house show out in Naperville, IL. The space is called The Waiting Room and it's run by the members of The Magnifiers. Desiring Dead Flesh was playing and I captured "D.I.Y. 'Til I Die" from their set. Also what ended up being a surprise was that KillCult was playing which featured some friends. I captured their song "Provoke" as well as clips from The Magnifiers, Bad Jokes, Feedback Fiends, and CherryHead. It was cool going to a basement/house punk show...especially cool to see the kids doing this thing.

Bad Jokes LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

D.I.Y. Til I Die by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

Provoke by KillCult LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

The Magnifiers LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

Cherry Head LIVE @ The Waiting Room (06.30.18)

On Sunday, July 1st we celebrated Canada Day by getting Poutine at Bad Apple. It was good Poutine. Before we left, Elphie decided to play in the rain in the yard for a few moments.

We left for Audiofeed on the Fourth of July and stayed through the eighth. You can find that footage and the blog here.

After returning from Audiofeed, Elphie wanted to go to listen to a show from outside of Huntington Bank Pavilion on Wednesday July 11th. I hung out as well but I left for a little bit to see the Navy Pier Fireworks from near the Alder Planetarium.

Navy Pier Fireworks (07.11.18)

On Thursday July 12th I went to the Beat Kitchen to see Silent Planet and My Epic. I ran a bit late so I missed Comrades. I captured the opening to the new album by Silent Planet in the songs "Thus Spoke/The New Eternity" and finally captured "Lower Still" by My Epic and with Micah Boyce from So Long Forgotten doing his guest vocals. I've wanted to get this song filmed for quite some time so I am thankful I was able to on this night.

Thus Spoke / The New Eternity by Silent Planet LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (07.12.18)

Lower Still by My Epic w/ Micah Boyce from So Long Forgotten LIVE @ Beat Kitchen (07.12.18)

On Friday July 13th I went to Wilson Abbey for the show with Tobin Bawinkel playing solo and telling some stories about the songs of 6'10 and Flatfoot 56. I captured this version of "Cain." Good Saint Nathanael played as well. They had been doing a short tour over the last week. I captured "Everything That's Lost." The Uh-Ohs opened the show and I captured some footage of them as well. We hung out for a while after the show too which was good.

Cain by Tobin Bawinkel LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)

Everything That's Lost by Good Saint Nathanael LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)

The Uh-Ohs LIVE @ Wilson Abbey (07.13.18)

On Saturday, July 14th Elphie and I hung out outside of Wrigley for Journey and Def Leppard but I didn't get any footage from that apparently. Sunday July 15th ended a busy week of shows by going to Tinley Park at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson's Twins of Evil Tour. Opening was a band called Deadly Apples and I captured their song "Further" along with "Sweet Dreams" by Marilyn Manson and "Dragula" by Rob Zombie. It was a very hot day ha...and some of the crowd wasn't so pleasant to deal with but it was cool to see these bands at least once in my lifetime. For all the scare he has caused a certain type of people, Marilyn Manson put on a fairly boring show...I've seen things that ought to bring much more concern to those people within their own culture than Manson's antics.

Dragula by Rob Zombie LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)

Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)

Further by Deadly Apples LIVE @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (07.15.18)

On Wednesday July 18th I partook of National Hot Dog Day at the Sonic in Uptown. On Saturday July 21st I also partook of National Hot Dog Week at Portillo's in Villa Park after attending the Curiosities and Oddities Expo that took place down the road.

The following Saturday, July 28th we attended my cousin Justin's wedding in Wheaton, IL to Laura. We had some issues getting there due to traffic but we did make it. The footage I captured was the reception dinner afterwards as well as decorating the car. My family came to visit for the wedding then hung around for a few days after.

On Sunday July 29th we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see more Japanese drumming and traditional dance by Ginkenshibu. We walked from there to Navy Pier and hung out for the remainder of the evening.

On Monday July 30th we visited the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville. It was interesting and informative. We also visiting Woolly Mammoth and had lunch at Tre Kronor and visited the Sweden Shop across the street. Not captured in video was driving to see the Baha'i Temple which was designed by a Swedish architect nor our dinner at Bad Apple.

On Tuesday July 31st we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo where we witnessed a gorilla wrestling match with a few karate kicks. Later, we got Chicago pizza at Falco's.

Leaving work on Thursday August 2nd there was a  helicopter over Uptown. That night we went to Liar's Club to see 2Minute Minor with Some Kind Of Nightmare as well as Mystery Actions and HotLips Messiah. I captured "Goon Crew" from 2Minute Minor and clips from the rest of the bands as well. Elphie came along due to my previous experience of seeing a drunk old man expose himself but she was disappointed that it did not happen again on this night.

HotLips Messiah LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)

Mystery Actions LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)

Goon Crew by 2Minute Minor LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.02.18)

On Saturday August 4th, I went back out to Naperville for a show at The Waiting Room with Desirind Dead Flesh. I captured "Lap of Poverty" as well as "Knuckle Sandwich" by The Magnifiers and clips from Bad Planning, The Scants, and Bad Jokes.

Lap Of Poverty by Desiring Dead Flesh LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

Bad Planning LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

The Scants LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

Bad Jokes LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

Knuckle Sandwich by The Magnifiers LIVE @ The Waiting Room (08.04.18)

On Sunday August 5th we went to the Tattoo Church pool party again but unfortunately there were no water slides due to issues with an inspection. Hopefully they will return in the future!

On Wednesday August 8th, Levi The Poet played what seemed like a very early show at Cobra Lounge.

Levi The Poet LIVE @ Cobra Lounge (08.08.18)

On Thursday August 9th, we returned to Liar's Club to see October Bird of Death with Mikey Classic and His Lonesome Spur with Fishgutzzz And His Stinkin' Orchestra and Old Grand Dad. It was good to see Mikey Classic again and the first time seeing his band mate in the God Damn Gallows, Fishgutzzz which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed Old Grand Dad as well. I captured "Splintered Bones" by October Bird of Death. After the show, I was waiting on the bus Forrest Gump style so Elphie decided to film it.

Old Grand Dad LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.09.18)

Splintered Bones by October Bird Of Death LIVE @ Liar’s Club (08.09.18)

On Friday August 10th I went to a free show at Buckledown Brewing featuring The Radiations opening for 80 Proof Preacher and The Usuals. I ran a bit late but it was a fun show.

The Usuals LIVE @ BuckleDown Brewing (08.10.18)

The Radiations LIVE @ BuckleDown Brewing (08.10.18)

On my way home from work on Monday August 13th, something reminded me that The Smashing Pumpkins were playing at the United Center. I checked Stubhub and found some very low priced tickets in a very good location it would appear. After trying to print the tickets at home to no avail, we went to the United Center where they were able to print the tickets for us so we could go in after getting a bit of a run around as to where we were supposed to go to print the tickets. We missed the opening act and first few songs but we did get in, found our seats on the front row right above the Zamboni tunnel and a direct view of the stage over the floor crowd. It was a long show so I guess missing a little bit of it didn't matter too much. I captured footage of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and I used some of Elphie's footage from a slightly different angle and zoom in the editing.

Bullet With Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins LIVE @ United Center (08.13.18)

On Saturday, August 18th we went to the Wheaton All Night Flea Market where I found and purchased Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as well as Celebrity Death Match video games! We didn't arrive as late nor did we stay as late as we did last year. On Sunday, August 19th I went to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show from the North Avenue Beach. I ended up getting a sunburn through a hole in my shorts and the mark on my skin still remains! On Monday, August 20th, Elphie wanted to listen to Pearl Jam outside of Wrigley. Around the time that the show was scheduled to start a storm rolled in. I captured some lightning from the storm as well as some shenanigans on Waveland Avenue as the show was going on with Mark who apparently loves to play hacky sack.

On Friday August 24th, Flatfoot 56 played at Brauerhouse with Skapone opening. It was good to see some ska music and I captured "Courage" on film from Flatfoot 56. Also happening in another part of the building was a ladies night complete with male dancers. I'm sure that was quite exciting as well.

Courage by Flatfoot 56 LIVE @ Brauerhouse (08.24.18)

Skapone LIVE @ Brauerhouse (08.24.18)

On Saturday August 25th, Brien Cron asked me to film the Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser. Linked below is the playlist with all the videos from that event and here is the link to the blog with a lot of information regarding that event.

Chicago Tiny House Fundraiser (08.25.2018)

Later Saturday evening, after the Chicago Tiny House fundraiser we went to Haunted Trails with Skot and Rachel Shaw and Jennifer Mercy. We weren't informed that the mini golf closed early so we were somewhat rushed through our game unfortunately. We got frozen custard at Andy's afterwards.

On Wednesday August 28th I captured some lightning as a storm rolled through the city from our backyard and out front as well. On Friday morning, August 30th, I experienced some transit trouble as the CTA Orange Line only went as far north as the Halsted station. I was one of the lucky people to rush out to the Archer bus and get on the first one to come by before the large crowd. The footage shows some of the remaining confused people on the platform as another train drops off another crowd. I was late for work but expected it to be much later than I ended up but it was frustrating as we were leaving that night for our fall road trip to the upper midwest and Manitoba, Canada.

Additional soundtrack includes "Everyone Needs A Lovesong…Right?" by Dark Valentine, "Our Love Saves Us" by Blindside, "She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy" by Kenny Chesney, "Pretend You’re Alive" and "Summer Life" by Lovedrug, "Gump" by Weird Al, and "Last Day Of Summer" by The Cure.

Filmed 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

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