📰 Hours in the archives at HWL

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Yesterday afternoon I swung by Harold Washington Library to reorient myself with the music-publication archives on the eighth floor.

(Have you gone through the eighth floor’s hardbound copies of the Illinois Entertainer?) I relish the chance to spend a couple hours immersed in archives I can’t find online, to see what details catch my eye regardless of if the information can give a story I’m working on a little more context or simply capture my attention. 

I also appreciate the opportunity to distance myself from my computer in the middle of the day, and to break up my workday routines. I love this work in part because the stories I write give me the opportunity to pursue something different; every week I’m usually calling a source I’ve never spoken to before to get a clearer picture of a story about a subject I’ve never written about. Since the pandemic started, I have done more of this labor in the same physical space; when a story idea affords me the opportunity to move around town more, I’ll jump to it. I’m not sure what will come of yesterday’s brief archival search, but I’ll keep digging.


 “Lydia Lunch is Not Easy,” by Yasi Salek (Metrograph)
“2023 is the magic number,” by Matthew Ritchie (NPR)
“On Whirr and Navigating Canceled Bands in Canon,” by Eli Enis (Eli Enis’s website)
“SPOT (1951-2023),” by Tim Stegall (The Tim “Napalm” Stegall Substack)

 Balkanist Discourse, Last Dance
 Djunah, Femina Furens
 Serengeti, Ajai II

☁️ Leor’s “stupid smarch weather” playlist

Heather Gabel, collage artist and singer of Hide
“I think part of why I make art is not having the words. I need other ways to communicate how I’m experiencing and processing things.”
Micco Caporale
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Chicago-born underground MC Skech185 returns to town behind the new He Left Nothing for the Swim Back
by Leor Galil | Read more

Avant-garde cellist Lia Kohl builds resplendence with radio static on The Ceiling Reposes
by Leor Galil Read more

Chicago psychedelic metal band Rezn reach new highs on Solace
by Jamie Ludwig Read more

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Feb. 23 – Mar. 8, 2023
Vol. 52, No. 10

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