O&B Guestcast vol. 2 – chicagocast


The second installment of the Owl and Bear Guestcast was compiled by Chicago’s Dave Hall.

It’s like this in most cities: a musical community evolves from playing together, going to shows and meeting new people, etc. Before you know it, a band is formed, then another, and another. Many of the musicians are multi-instrumentalists, so in one band they may play the drums, while in another strum a banjo. Most also have regular jobs; music doesn’t pay the bills — at least not all of ’em. Some are lucky enough to record albums that sell, along with touring, to allow them to focus only on their music. Many times, they play for less than a couple of hundred people, and it’s usually the same people. A lot of those people are friends.

But what you will see and hear, if you take the time to do a little leg-work, is some of the most inventive, compelling music out there today. You won’t hear much of it on the radio. Yet these players are out there in places like The Hideout, Quenchers, The Whistler, the Empty Bottle, and Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. Great places to see bands like this, but the kind of places most people don’t even notice as they drive by.

Seemingly without worry as to whether or not they’ll “make it” in the business, these 30, 40, and even 50-somethings keep writing, playing, recording, working, and living regular lives like the rest of us. Right now, in Chicago, there are thousands of bands slugging it out for a $100 a night; here are just a few that make it all worthwhile. — Dave

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The Baker – Gillian Lisee
Snow Globe – Roommate
The Love Letter – The Bitter Tears
Kicks – The Judy Green
No Earth – Jim Becker/Reid Coker
Smother You In Hugs – Roommate
Lightning Hitting You In the Face – The Bitter Tears
Do You Dream? – Purple Hank
January- Purple Hank
War – The Nurse Novels
Make Me Cry- The Nurse Novels
Red Ants – Sonoi
Bomb City Bones – The Judy Green
Drunk Girl – Purple Hank
Clouds – Sonoi
Sea Day – The Nurse Novels
The Bachelor’s Say – The Bitter Tears
Sherry Fall – Sonoi
Virginia – Purple Hank
Fool For You – Joe Swank & The Zen Pirates
Just Tell Her I Loved Her – Joe Swank & The Zen Pirates
Too Beautiful for You – Softcheque
Be Alright Master – The Judy Green



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3 Responses to “O&B Guestcast vol. 2 – chicagocast”


  1. aj says:

    I like cheese. And these tunes. Music and cheese good. Mmmm. Good stuff Daaaaaave!

  2. braindead says:

    Very cool, great tunes!


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