Friday, March 30, 2012

Closed For Remodeling

The Reglar Wiglar blog will be closed for remodeling until further notice. Thank you for your patience and continued patronage.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

These men could use some jetpacks right about now.
We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins, New Cassettes @ Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St.

But the thing is, we were never promised jet packs. So stop bitchin'.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Vortis kicking it old school.
The Funs, Vortis, Lam! Lam! @ Ultra Lounge, 2169 N Milwaukee Ave.

Vortis kick it old school, new school, school's out forever!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Sünken Ships, Roach Beach, Textbook @ The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave.

Ironically, there was a Sunken Ship found off Roach Beach just the other day.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Lovely Little Girls, Cool Devices, Hot Garbage, @ The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave.

Cool devices, hot garbage and lovely little girls? Sounds more like Dunc the Punk's kinda party, but I can dig it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

This is Apteka.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Apteka, Big Sleep @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.

From Wikipedia: "Apteka is a Polish rock band, founded in 1983 in Gdynia. Their LP Narkotyki won "Płyta Roku" ("LP of the Year") of Gazeta Wyborcza in 1992."

This is not that Apteka.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Anti-Flag, Flatliners, Have Nots

I too am anti-flag. I'm also anti-pendant, anti-banner, anti-regalia, anti-badge, anti-emblem, -seal, -ensign, -cockade, -pin, -button and -lapel. I'm actually pretty hardcore when it comes to insignia.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Not pictured, Hüsker Düdes
Guns and Ammunition, Hüsker Düdes, Prichard @ Quenchers, 2400 W. Fullerton

You want somethin' to Hüsker tonight? Do the Dü, düde.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

Laura Gibson, photo by Steve Harmon
Laura Gibson, Honey & Buffalo @ The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

Honey Buffalo Wings are delicious! Just the best.

Comics Review: Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Harvey Pekar & Joseph Rembrandt (Top Shelf/Zip Comics)
Harvey Pekar was as much a part of the city of Cleveland as the city of Cleveland was a part of Harvey. Hardworking, loveable, irritable, almost at peace with failure, the man and the town seem interchangeable. Don’t take my word for it, I’ve never been to Cleveland. Not once. Take Harvey’s words. Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland is a posthumously published work of Pekar's writing, illustrated by Joseph Rembrandt. In the first part of his last graphic novel, Harvey tells the history of his city from its humble beginnings as a part of the Western Reserve up through its rise and fall as an important industrial and economic player. Cleveland’s is a history not dissimilar to many American urban centers: industrialization, segregation, immigration and white flight all leading to loss of industry, population, tax revenue and resulting in decay and decline—it’s all there in Cleveland, "the mistake by the lake".

The second part of the book is Harvey’s own history with Cleveland. From his childhood through his divorces, American Splendor readers will be familiar with many of the characters and situations. It is good to catch up with Harvey at the end of his life. He's still the same loveable curmudgeon—maybe a little less bitter, although he was always the first one to remind himself of how things weren’t all that bad after all. He was still sharp and full of observational humor and wit even at 70 which, let’s face it, isn’t that old these days. Harvey Pekar's Cleveland is a fitting recap of his American story. The story of Cleveland continuesChris Auman

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Music Review: White Hills

Frying on This Rock (Thrill Jockey)
Don’t know where the White Hills are (the moon?) but apparently they’re on a planet or satellite rock where dudes like to zone out on gnarly jams (Earth?)—a planet where it's customary to grow some hair, keep your head down and riff. White Hills like to lay into it and stay there for extended periods of time. From the opening of “Pads of Light” (an epic space rock jam) they just roll it on out into a “Robot Stomp" in which robots dish out a repetitive mechanical beat-down for nearly twelve minutes (that’s three days in robot time). “I Write a Thousand Letters (Pulp on the Bone)" one-ups that in reaching for the 14 minute mark and making it. If you're prospecting in the White Hills, you're likely to hit a heavy lode, so grab a pick ax and a bucket, Klondike, and start diggin'—Sam Clemens

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Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

The C.O.C.
Corrosion Of Conformity, Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm of Light @ Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Conformity didn't corrode like we were all hoping it would back in '85. Does that make me regret my home-made C.O.C. tat? Not a chance! Well, maybe just a little.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

The Blind Shake from Minneapolis
Chapter 24, The Blind Shake, The Larroquettes

Muggsy can really relate to handsome bald men of a certain age who know how to rock.

Comics Review: Damaged #4

Damaged 4 (Radical Publishing)
Damaged is a noir crime serial with bulging muscles, big guns, and Russian mobsters. The politicians come corrupt in San Francisco. Some of the cops do too. The good ones have their hands full chasing vigilantes bent on extra-judicial revenge. No need for a messy trial, better a messy crime scene.

Henry Lincoln (estranged brother to ex-Police Captain Frank Lincoln) has broken ex-cop Isaac Lordsman (it’s gonna get biblical) out of prison. Smarmy mayoral candidate Shane is in bed with new crime boss Oksana Oloaf, who tells a cute tale about her dead husband wrestling with his conscience, and his reluctance to rape her when she held out. Now that’s one tough broad!

Lots of blood, explosions and gnarled men at war with criminals, buddy cops and buddy ex-cops both out for justice—Manila Ice

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

The Kickback, Mutts, Psychic Twin, The Bears Of Blue River @ Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave.

Muggsy likes a Kickback as much as the next Grabowski. Speakin' of Grabowski's, Happy Pulaski Day!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Music Review: Rambos

Rock and Roll Monsters (Grape Juice)
Rambos reached back a couple of decades for inspiration when they were constructing their Frankenstein monster of rock and roll... and that's as far as I can go with that metaphor. It's a shame too 'cause I really wanted to build up from the Frankenstein bit, but Rambos stick to a straight ahead rock sound—a bit like X, but maybe not as dark or poetic. They’re a little more light-hearted, a lot less serious—like Rambo. (Rambo was a fun guy too in his down time, when he wasn’t doing things that would make a billy goat puke.) Rambos write songs about monsters and vampires, Chuck Taylors and livin’ in the U.S.A. They lay those songs out with reverb, male/female vocals, rousing choruses and pun-based word play like in the tune “Poet Murder” (and I said they weren’t poetical, well shame on me. Shame on Muggsy)—Muggsy "McMonster" McMurphy [Rambos]

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Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

FRIDAY, 3/2/12Baby Teeth, Bobby Conn, Outer Minds @ Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport Ave.

I'm always down for the Bobby con.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Muggsy McMurphy's Rock Pick

THURSDAY, 3/1/12
Glen Matlock, Hugh Cornwell, Clem Burke @ Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St.

Just what these geezers think they're gonna prove at Reggie's tonight is beyond the grasp of my sodden brain. I would love to find out, however.