Willow Folk Festival 2006 - Fireside

Round 2 here of the Willow 2006 recordings. i transferred these recordings a few years back, but upon recent listens i feel like i probably have more recordings from that year somewhere. There's a lot of the Chris Bathgate/Michigan crew on this one here. These takes are all after hours campfire jams from Saturday night. Throw another log on the fire.

Willow Folk Festival 2006 - Stage Performances

I'm getting kind of hooked on this whole blogging thing over the last couple of days. This is something that I've wanted to post up here for a long time. The Willow Folk Festival is a down home cornfield music festival that takes place near Stockton, Illinois every August. I grew up in nearby Freeport and have been going every year since my senior year of high school. I hold this festival as a pretty special tradition as it is just a beautiful commencement of amazing people and amazing music. If it weren't for this festival I would never have met anyone affiliated with the Dekalb S&S crew. I saw Little Headhunter play there in '05 maybe, and I was pleasantly moved by the music. I introduced myself to Tom Cober later that night and we hit it off pretty well. He told me about shows at the attic and 7th Street Space and I decided to check it out a month or so later. The rest is history I guess. A lot of great friendships I've made with people (especially Scratch and Sniff folks) are ultimately rooted at Willow. In 2006, I started bringing my tape recorder everywhere I went at Willow due to my documentarian/preservationist leanings. I have countless tapes from the past 4 years (except from '08 when my tape recorder was rained on) that I've been slowly digitizing and planning to put out in some format to sort of showcase the array of talent and great music that happens there. Well, here's batch number one of numerous volumes to come. These recordings are solely from the "stage" performances (open to anyone that signs up) from Saturday and Sunday. This is in contrast to the campfire recordings of the evening jams that happen after the stage performances finish, soon to come. It is by no means ALL of the performers, but I feel that it's a pretty good cross section of the talent there. I don't know the names of all the performers and songs so everything is just listed as "various artists." - matt - Willow


Icarus Syndrome-Live @ The Attic 5/6/06

Hey all. So Mark invited me to contribute to YSOI after a long discussion about blogging last weekend. I'm honored to have the opportunity to help out with this here nugget of internetted goodness and it seems this will be a neat segue to start posting on my own brand-spankin-new blog, titled Fabled Farm. Anyways, I thought I'd post this rip of an Icarus Syndrome show from the good ol' attic days that I recorded on a handheld cassette recorder around the time of his Pie Rhymes album. I ended up cutting out a lot of the banter and talk between songs but am kind of regretting it nowadays. Oh well. Hope this finds you well.

1. Donut Shop
2.Iceland Town
3.Soap Opera Lament
4.Eartha Kitt
5.Hear The Old Dishwasher Sing
6.Waitin' For The Sunfish


New blog of occasional vinyl rips

Not that the world necessarily needed another irregularly updated music blog, but I've been having fun lately ripping some records to ye olde storage device, and you know, it was just inevitable really. It's mostly gonna be a hodgepodge of 7 inches and ep's for now(aka easy to scan) but I'll get some long players up there before long.

Sorry 'bout the name, it was just one of those juvenile whims...

Any would-be contributors/collaborators out there? Let me know!


Pregnant Cheerleaders EP

I'm sure anyone who even knows about this already has a copy, thanks to Joe Robinson's ever-present free CD tray, but figured that number of people is relatively small, er, cosmically. And besides I've always been fond of this rockin' one-off. Love the good cop-bad cop guitars and slip n' slide drums.

impregnate yourself


Bicycle Day & Friends - DEstructoKALB: August 10, 2002

Sorry for the wait on this one, which I've been promising to get up here for ages. I know I had some weird technical reason for stalling but don't remember what that would be as it was 99% ready to post the whole time. My apologies! Especially to Gabe.

Anyway here we have a cassette documenting frenzied communal extrapolation upon Bicycle Day's song "Destructo Ray" from the end of a show on August 10, 2002 at the Brain Basement (variously known as Seventh Heaven Sky Lounge, Seven Dead Arson, The Rodeo, Studio B, and lord knows what else throughout the epochs). Friends of the band were encouraged to set up their amps & guitars all over the place and wail away, instruments were swapped from band to audience members mid-song, and general insanity prevailed for about 30 minutes of proto-Slutwashian ear-mangling bliss.

In addition to the tape rip, as a bonus I've also posted a separate file with Bob Aspatore's original digital recording of the complete Bicycle Day set from that evening, up to and including "Destructo Ray" without the track separation of the cassette, naturally. Thanks Bob!

DEstructoKALB cassette rip

Bicycle Day Live August 10, 2002 complete live recording


*e* - Zipidee!

From zee liners:

Hi Everyone!

This album is a diary of parties, loud noises, songs and samplings from 2004-2006 all stemming from many great years in DeKalb, IL & whereabouts.

Emily's fantastic organ, I must say, played a large role. Thanks to all!



Scrambler 2004

Jeezus, sorry for the million year delay between posts, if you're actually still checking in. I've been lazy (of course) but have also had difficulties in the form of crappy sound input devices, making it hard to rip anything but cd's at the moment. Anyway i haven't forgotten about this blog and here's a bootleg of performances from the 3rd Scratch & Sniff Records Scrambler, recorded by Andy Herald on November 6, 2004. This was the first one to feature all cover bands. Please correct the erroneous/missing song titles if you know 'em, and enjoy.