Thursday, March 27, 2008

bob dylan - maggie's farm (1965 newport)

Bloomfield plays raw blues at Newport. I don't hear any booing, but maybe its all drowned out by the fenders

Gold Star

Some haunts feel more like second homes, as comfortable and familiar as that tattered Ramones tee it took three years to break in. Gold Star Bar fits the bill, situated on a strip of Division where blue-collar bars and liquor stores meld with breezy bistros and boutiques. Open since the Prohibition and an ill-reputed house in the swinging sixties, it now caters to area musicians, writers, artists, punks, bike messengers and working-class stiffs who always have an interesting story to tell.

The Star's simple red and white walls and neon signs aren't much to look at; it's mercifully short on gimmicks, pomp or pretensions. But true believers gather to gab at the long bar, in lawn chairs next to '50s era Formica tables or on the ratty couch where pool sharks relax and wait their turn to shoot some stick. Complimentary popcorn keeps the kids thirsty while the finest jukebox in Wicker Park spins classics by The Clash, Johnny Cash, John Coltrane, Slayer and Tom Waits, with some Iron Maiden mixed in for the hair farmer in us all.

Gold Star
Gold Star, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

on 1755 Division St., been there since Prohibition, or earlier

Line Rider - Transcendental™ by TechDawg

way too much time on the creators hands....

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sculpture of Silence Cross Processed

Found at Lower Yurtistan

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Sandinista has long been one of my favorite albums, Mikey Dread played a prominent role on it.

Mikey Dread, who has died aged 54, was a revolutionary force in Jamaican popular music and became known in Britain as a producer of the Clash; he produced the band's single Bankrobber and contributed to several songs on their album Sandinista! (both 1980).

Immensely popular with the Jamaican public, and a source of fascination for overseas listeners who obtained copies on audio cassette, the show was eventually deemed too wild by the station management. Dread resigned in 1979, by which time he had already assembled his debut album, Dread At The Controls, which was licensed to Trojan Records in Britain. A second disc, called African Anthem, was a dub album mixed to mirror the style of his radio broadcasts and proved highly popular with punk audiences in Britain.

A major turning point came in 1980 after Dread was approached by the Clash, with whom he subsequently toured and recorded, helping reggae to penetrate a wider international audience. He was involved in the band's recordings for the Epic label, and, following his involvement in the group's experimental album, Sandinista!, he attended the National Broadcasting School in Britain; this led to his narration of Deep Roots Music, a six-part reggae documentary aired on Channel 4 in 1982, and his subsequent hosting of the television series Rockers Roadshow.

A later link with UB40 resulted in extensive European tours and the laid-back album Pave The Way, but by the mid-1980s Dread was spending more of his time in the United States. In the early 1990s he moved to Miami, where he became programme director of the Caribbean Satellite Network. He continued to deliver exciting live performances until he became ill with a brain tumour last summer, resulting in a move to North Carolina for medical treatment. [From Mikey Dread]

"Fucking hell, Mikey"

Monday, March 17, 2008

Reader and audience

March can be warm in the Big Spud

Reader and audience
Reader and audience, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Lapdog and reader sit near Lake Michigan.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Theremin Killed the Radio Star

Not the best rendition (actually sounds a bit like Santa Claus is coming to town in parts), but still funny

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Yearning for Completion

Yearning for Completion
Yearning for Completion, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

flipped upside down for no real reason

Winter Waits for No One


Winter Waits for No One
Winter Waits for No One, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Randolph St.

discarded artichoke leaves

discarded artichoke leaves
discarded artichoke leaves, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

probably could have done something with these, but I was on a mission

Friday, March 14, 2008

Box of Cherries

can't wait for this years market to open

Box of Cherries
Box of Cherries, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

At the Farmer's Market

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chicago River Scene Velvia

Chicago River Scene Velvia
Chicago River Scene Velvia, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

From the Washington Avenue bridge.

Monday, March 03, 2008