Sunday, November 2, 2014
October 31, 2014. Live music on Halloween is often a set of covers, where bands become other bands. Liar's Club held a mash-up event, where each of four bands performed the music of two bands. My band, Squared Off became Stiff Cocks, playing the songs of Stiff Little Fingers and Cock Sparrer. Balls Aldrin became NOFun, covering NOFx and The Stooges. Chicago Thrash Ensemble were Hate Breeders, playing Hatebreed and Misfits songs. The headliners were KISSfits, costumed equally as members of KISS and the Misfits, and performing a set of both bands' songs, complete with blood spewing and fire-breathing. It was loud, chaotic, and fun, except for women continually trying to fight. I didn't see any punching, pushing, or shoving from men, but women were bonkers. In all fairness, though, half of those (or more) involved Dolly Parton, imagining affronts and assaults from bystanders and going on the attack. I think Dolly had too much to drink before the night was half over.
October 29, 2014. Heading into one of the many tight squeezes heading up Milwaukee Avenue, where many cars apparently don't want to be near the center line in the street, preferring to choose an undefined safe distance from the cars parked on the right. You know, that three-foot wide area marked for bikes.