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.