Pictures from the Bachelaserette party

Here are photos from the Bachelaserette party last Saurday thrown by Dan Turek over at Whirlyball Back row L-R: Leonard, Brandt, Jeff, Bhakti, Reanne, Melissa Front L-R: Andrew, Liz, Dan

"Tactical Retreat" on the Promoter's Ordinance

The Promoter’s Ordinance has been tabled, but Ben Joravsky at the Chicago Reader warns that it’s a tactical retreat, not a victory (Keep up the fight–or watch out at the Chicago Reader). Daley had Schulter defer action on the bill to buy the time he needs to figure out how he has to rewrite it in order to pass something, if only to save face. Remember this is the mayor who forced the council to defer enacting the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars for two years to make sure it wouldn’t look as though he was compromising on his opposition to smoking bans. Best bet for what gets changed? Look for Daley and company to cut the promoters’ fee. He’ll probably reword the language governing not-for-profits … Read More

Save Chicago Culture: Oppose the Chicago Promoters Ordinance

Photo by Ghindo This Wednesday the Chicago City Council will vote on an ordinance that will effectively shut down smaller live events, such as the ones I promote and play at. The “Event Promoters” ordinance requires any event promoter to have a license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000, but that’s just the start: * The definition of “event promoter” is so loosely defined it could apply to a band that books its own shows or a theater company that’s in town for a one-week run. * “Event Promoter” must be licensed and will pay $500 – $2000 depending on expected audience size. * To get the license, applicant must be over 21, get fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and jump over several … Read More

Win a Tenori-On: Enter the Futuristic Music Design Challenge

During Yuri’s Night in San Francisco you will have the opportunity to win a Tenori-On if you can create the most futuristic digital music interface / instrument (PS: The lineup is a veritable who’s who of contemporary, forward thinking electronic musicians: Amon Tobin, Tipper, John Tejada, Lusine, Scuba, Digitonal vs. Posthuman, [a]pendics.shuffle, Deru, Tycho, Mr. Projectile, Dr. Toast and Ganucheau). Musicians have led many of the most innovative digital technological breakthroughs — the first digital synthesizer (at Bell Labs in the 50s), breakthroughs in modular electronic systems (modular synthesizers of the 60s), pioneering advances in digital storage and processing, unusual wireless interfaces and gestural controls decades ahead of the Nintendo Wii, and touch- and multi-touch tools years before the iPhone and Microsoft Surface. But that’s all in the … Read More

Speedy J, Scott Pagano, Frankie Vega, Sassmouth, Sevron

What better way to celebrate my birthday than with dancing all night to Speedy J? Dutch experimental techno producer Speedy J hits Smart Bar with live visuals from video artist Scott Pagano, who’s worked with everyone from BT to the Kronos Quartet. Locals Frankie Vega, Sassmouth and Sevron join them. Speedy j, aka Jochem Paap, is a cantankerous type. Always shifting the boundaries, forever questioning the norm, this Rotterdam producer has for over a decade now produced some of the most startling electronic music to be recorded in the last ten years. He was initially lauded as a technocrat extrordinaire courtesy of his debut album releases G Spot and Ginger, both lessons in fluid, functional techno. However, he quickly established a reputation as the enfant terrible of the … Read More

Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum), Tycho, and Ramp Chicago Residents (Emulsion and Liz Revision)

Electronic and acoustic musicians and related visuals are projected on he Ice Max Theater. Tonight, Jonah Sharp and Ramp Chicago DJ residents Liz Revision and Emulsion perform with visuals provided by Video Janitor. Recording extensively as Spacetime Continuum, Edinburgh, Scotland native Jonah Sharp is an ambient music innovator. He helped define the ’90s with his soon to be revived Reflective Records imprint and its original sound of global experimental ambient and techno scene fusion. Sharp has also worked ith many artists including writer and philosopher Terence McKenna, Pete Namlook, Ursula Rucker and Bill Laswell. At the ice bar, Chicago mixologists Adam Seger and Bridget Albert offer samples of their creation, an alcohol-free Blood Orange-Honey Caipirinha cocktail. Admission: FREE. Reservations required. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497). Starting at about 6:30 they … Read More

Most unfortunate domain names

Nextwebgen posted their 10 Worst Company Domains, which are apparently the result of people registering their domain names without running it through their public relations department, branding / identity / in-house graphic designers or at least one other literate human being who speaks English. Gems: The Italian Power Generator company… www.powergenitalia.com Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at www.penisland.net Let that be a lesson to anyone starting up a company and thinking about names and domains… run it past a few people first. 🙂 Top 10 Worst Company URLs

Hero medals for gamers: Console Wars Veteran Medal

For a gamer, battle injuries are pretty minor–blistered fingers, numb butt, sore neck–but victories are still a cause for celebration. And now, those victories can be commended with a Console Wars Veteran medal. These limited edition enameled metal badges from Supermandolini are just the thing to commemorate level clearage and high scorage. They’re only about 18 bucks USD and would make a great gift for a gamer with skillz. [via RetrotoGo.com]