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Konrad Bauer

KONRAD BAUER A mainstay on the East German improv and rock scenes in the late 70s, German trombonist Konrad Bauer is the closest thing there is to a complete experimentalist. He’s absorbed the complex multiphonics perfected by Albert Mangelsdorff, he can spit out deft melodies like George Lewis, and he has the improvisational wherewithal of […]

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Three Points

chukman.qxd To the editors: Ted Cox’s rundown on the NBA finals (June 26) was incisive enough as sports analysis, but he deserves a chiding. I had always heard that Chicago’s sports teams were losers for years on end not from idealism or fastidiousness but from miserliness: talented players were sold or traded away before they […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/10 – Thursday 7/16 JULY By Cara Jepsen 10 FRIDAY Besides his Rogers Park eatery, Heartland Cafe owner Michael James is known for a famous photo of him and some other longhaired protesters pushing over a paddy wagon at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Six years earlier he was behind the camera, taking photos […]

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Lecture Notes: how clothes made the women

Everybody knows how excited Amelia Bloomer got when she saw her neighbor Elizabeth Cady Stanton wearing an outfit she’d copied from a cousin–a knee-length skirt with Turkish-style pants underneath. The clothing allowed more freedom of movement than the residents of Seneca Falls in the 1850s were accustomed to, and it came to symbolize the suffragette […]

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Grittier Than Thou

legler.qxd To the editor: Ted Kleine’s entertaining factoids about Michigan (“Native Tongues: Turning Yoopanese,” Reader, June19) contained a historical error worth correcting. The members of the MC5 were all from Detroit and indeed got their start in Detroit. The MC5, along with John Sinclair’s Trans-Love Energies, relocated to Ann Arbor in June 1968, three years […]

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Gourds

GOURDS Stadium Blitzer (Watermelon), the second album by Austin’s Gourds, is one of the most maddening records I’ve heard this year. You’d probably call it country–it is dominated by wheezing accordions, sturdy acoustic guitar strumming, palsied banjo plucking, and the baying-at-the-moon vocals of Claude Bernard and Kevin Russell–but the Gourds rarely limit themselves to a […]

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Right-Hand Man

shrader.qxd Re: J.R. Jones’s review of X at Guinness Fleadh festival [June 26]: As is evidenced by your review’s accompanying photo, Billy Zoom has always stood stage right, NOT stage left, and has always played a late 1950s Gretsch Silver Jet, NOT a Gibson Les Paul, with X. Reg Shrader W. Huron J.R. Jones replies: […]

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Loud Family

LOUD FAMILY In the late 80s Scott Miller’s band Game Theory threatened to surface in the mainstream with its dreamy Big Star-inspired pop, but personnel instability and Miller’s penchant for throwing songs out of whack with blasts of noise kept it underground. Game Theory made its last album in 1988, and Miller didn’t show up […]

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Billy Childish & Thee Headcoats

BILLY CHILDISH & THEE HEADCOATS “Half the songs I steal ideas direct, the other half indirect,” head Headcoat Billy Childish once said. “Sometimes I have an idea of my own.” Since he’s released more than 70 records with Thee Headcoats, Thee Headcoatees, Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, and others, it’s no surprise that most of […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Michael Anthony Horne filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio in May for wrongful arrest last year. He had pulled off the road to nap, attracting the attention of a passing patrolman who searched Horne’s car and found a container holding Horne’s grandmother’s ashes. A field test on the ashes indicated […]

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Inside Education: girls on the air

Darlene Gonzalez and Lydia Arce huddled over a mixing board in an editing suite in Loyola University’s communications department. The girls, students at Antonia Pantoja High School in Bucktown, were listening to an interview they had recorded the day before, trying to decide what to include in their radio documentary about the political future of […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: My problem is real and I hope you will treat it that way. I am 28 years old, a Libra, and gay, and I have been living in West Hollywood for the last eight years. Lately, when I am having relations with another man, I feel that I am being watched and judged. […]