Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sonar Chicago

So you're going to Chicago next weekend for Sonar? You know, that Barcelona festival that is implanting onto Chicago this year. I just saw that Ron Trent is giving a lecture at 4pm Saturday, September 11. And Appleblim is lecturing the day before. So reading about this makes me actually regret not going to the festival. But I've got some Indiana brews that are just waiting anxiously in my basement to be enjoyed by some friends. I'm trying to make up some weirdo "bros before hoes" rhyme but with "brews." ... Brews before Sonar ... nope, not effective ...

And here's another great reason to be in Chicago looking for tunes:

Sonar Club Night by Red Bull Music Academy

Black Devil Disco Club (Rephlex)
Appleblim (Apple Pips)
Cosmin TRG (Tempa)
Space Dimension Controller (R&S)
Todd Osborn (Spectral)

10 September 2010
From 10pm until 4am

Smart Bar

3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Ticket info
$5 all night

The festival actually seems more interesting than I originally thought a few weeks ago. The Ron Trent lecture totally seals the deal! You might want to take a look at this article by Terry Matthew about electronic music in Chicago:

Sonar Is Coming To Chicago. This is Not Necessarily A Good Thing.

I was just in Chicago last weekend and had such a great time, I wanted to share some places with you so that you can go and experience them for yourself.

Coffeeshop #1 Fifteen Stars 110% Excellent !!!!One!!!!:
The Wormhole in Wicker Park
1462 N. Milwaukee

Metropolis and Intelligentsia are both good too. I'm becoming an espresso head, so that's why these places are good. Don't worry, just order whatever you want, and if you get lip, give them sass.

If you're looking for records, Chicago is good for that. But if you're reading this, then maybe you already know about Chicago vinyl spots.

Groove Distribution
KStarke Records
(Thanks to Gridface/Jacob Arnold for the heads up on those two.)

Two other spots: Gramaphone Records and Reckless Records

We ate at this great restaurant on the south side called Amelia's. It's BYOB and you can swing by the grocery and liquor store right down the block on your way. Yes, it's on the south side. Don't be scared. It's perfectly reasonable to go down around 47th street in Chicago, even if you're a big gleaming whitey like me. Just keep your wits, like you would in ANY part of ANY city, and don't go much further south alone after dark. See, here's me perfectly safe and delighted after a fabulous meal at Amelia's.

And if you need anything else, just consult the Chicago Reader.


Anonymous said...

Oh you mean somewhere REALLY dangerous, like the University of Chicago 10 streets South?

Denise said...

Yeah, that's exactly what I mean. 10 blocks south and almost 2 miles east on the other side of the freeway. Please pick your battles. I'm not the person you need to be expressing this sentiment to. I'm not going to waltz around Mack & Beawick on the east side of Detroit by myself at night. I'm not going to prance up and down 14th Street north of Wayne State in Detroit alone at night. The key phrase is alone at night. But I will spend plenty of time all over Detroit during the day, and I know where it is wise for me to be alone at night in Detroit. Clearly I devote lots of energy to promoting positive views of diverse city life. I fucking love Detroit and Chicago, although I know Detroit better.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous again - I was re-reading my comment, and I apologize for what reads like really annoying troll bait. Agreed, I am a follower of your posts, and it's good to have you over for the visit, I just had some snark in me this AM.

Denise said...

Thank you for that reply. I sincerely appreciate it. AM snark is totally understandable.

charles said...

On espère que tu nous raconteras, Denise
(something like: we hope you'll tell us who it was, that S in C)

Denise said...

Thanks for reading and commenting. I don't know who it was. But I don't need to. All is good, I love my readers. And even though I was born in Canada, I do not speak French (sadly). Try Portuguese, maybe I could wrap myself around that.

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