Friday, February 04, 2005

Wilco Countdown--4 Days



It's coming pretty fast. I just burned AGIB for one of my mates who is heading to the show on Tuesday with us. He has YHF, but didn't get 'Ghost' because it's not 'out on vinyl' yet. The good news about that is that it's coming March 8th with 'new cover (not the infamous egg)'.

In other Wilco-related news, 'Golden Smog' is set to record a new record.

Attention all drummers: Golden Smog is getting ready to make another album.

Actually, former ZuZu's Petals drummer Linda Pitmon -- who filled the Smog's ever-rotating drum slot at October's Rock for Karl show -- will likely play on the new CD alongside the usual suspects: Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) and Jayhawks past and present Gary Louris, Marc Perlman and Kraig Johnson.

Manager Jake Walesch, who is Soul Asylum's point man, says the Smog plans to record in Spain in March. The fact that the gang is going overseas to make the album suggests a record label is picking up the tab. Walesch said they will sign with Lost Highway, the Jayhawks' label. Rykodisc issued their last album, 1998's "Weird Tales." It has been too long in between.

If you haven't heard of 'em. Head on over to Itunes and download 'Pecan Pie' or 'Won't be coming Home'. They're too good to be missed.

Oh, yeah.....for those of you 'vinyl guys' out there....signing with 'Lost Highway' means that it'll get put out on wax. It will be hard to find, but doable--which is nice.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

FCC Hasn't Been Calling



For what it's worth...this is the 3rd straight day that I haven't been **asked** to take anything down from the blog or **modify** anything either.

That's got to be some kinda record.

I love these session days. The 'bigs' have better stuff to do than surf over here to check up on me...either that....or....my stuff has just been really bland. Not sure.

On most days if you get over here by like 8:30ish you can see all the 'entries' in their 'unedited' state. By like 9 or 9:30 someones figured out that we shouldn't be 'saying that' on the Tom Cross Blog.

Ever see 'Fight Club'?

Who knows? Maybe I'll start inserting a bit of somethin' every once in a while.

Gotta keep the 'bigs' on their toes!

**UPDATE** 10:19 a.m.
The streak is over

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Milorad Boozehoundavich



Talk about being 'late to the party'...
Andrew Ross, the governor's administrative spokesperson, said Blagojevich will dedicate September as Illinois Wine Month in an effort to create additional interest in the state's vineyards, which produce 720,000 gallons of wine per year.

"What Gov. Blagojevich wants to do is invest in companies that are investing in Illinois," Ross said. "With all the wineries in Southern Illinois these can be very important economic engines."

He said wineries contribute $60 million annually to the Illinois economy, $20 million of which is generated by tourism.

Our very own Leader Cross with Lance Stevens and Marc Camp make an annuall pilgrimage to those very vineyards.

Then again...if you never travel downstate, it's understandable to not know much about Illinois wine.

Milorad...when the lobbyists call...make sure you tell them the wrong cabin number.

2 Headed Dogs? That'll Make the 'kids' Watch!



MTV2 apparently has a new logo. Not to sure what to think....
What on Earth is the two-headed dog?

It's the new logo for MTV2 and the creature behind MTV's viral-marketing campaign to create all-important buzz for MTV2's new look and programming.

Yesterday, MTV plastered its headquarters in Times Square with the two-headed dog profile.

And for the past three weeks at New York's coolest concerts, rock-loving hipsters have been bombarded with T-shirts, hats and hoodies emblazoned with the silhouette of a two-headed dog.
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Hmmm....they're going to preview the 'new' 
MTV2 at halftime of the Superbowl on Sunday. (check out the site...it's pretty crazy)

I don't get MTV2, I don't think...but I did just get 
my tv all set up. My dad came over and assembled the stand and helped me lift the thing up onto it. Some rearranging of furniture happened too. I'll post some pics later tonight. Needless to say...my record collection does not have as prime a location as it used to have.

Too Much Bright Eyes?


I know...I know...Bright Eyes is all over the place today....I'm not totally digging it yet, but this showhelped push me into Connor's camp. It's a webcast from 'All things Considered'. 

Give him a try...you might like him. Besides...he's Winona Ryder's 
latest indie-rocker boyfriend.

(Hat Tip, 
Whitney Mateson via my sister Vic)

Super Bowl Chow


Lance...Are you gearing up for the Super Bowl? Is Mrs. Stevens going to be putting out a spread
"It's the day the whole nation goes into a frat mentality. It's a day devoted to gluttony, a day devoted to eating the worst foods possible under the guise it's an American tradition.

After a long day knocking on doors out in Aurora, I could use some chowder.

Still Not Sure About Blogs and Their Effectiveness?

Steve posts about the journalist's 'dirty little secret':
With the pro journos actively swimming around the blogosphere waters like sharks in search of dinner, there's absolutely no excuse not to at least monitor what people are writing on blogs.

**Waving hello at StateHouse Reporters**
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