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Hollus Joins The Pad And Kicks Off “The Living Room Sessions”

Posted in band performance, Interviews, Music, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by C54

Jamison and Michael, founding members and principal songwriters of Chicago’s own Hollus, stopped by Sunday (Sept 19, 2010) on The Pad, my little music show podcast that I’ve been known to stream beginning back in 2008.

This is their stripped back, acoustic version of Songs That You Love performed live here at the ranch. You might recall my flogging of their official music video release for this song a while ago? We had a good time chatting about all things Hollus, Mike’s fondness for “cannonball-ing” (it’s a musical thing, honest!), Jamison’s new HD camera and other matters of music, art and politics.

For more info about the band, their website is HOLLUS.NET


So You Want To Be A Musician, Huh? [Video]

Posted in Band Biz, Interviews with tags on August 7, 2010 by C54

Found this via Hypebot. It’s too long, maybe a little tedious, but if you’ve ever gigged professionally or wondered what it’s like, this not-so subtle advertisement for Xtra Normal, a text-to-video company that uses a day-in-a-life approach to depict a musician discussing his compensation with the “talent” (and person conducting the job interview).

I want my per diem now, thank you.

Lilypad At Soundcloud

Posted in band performance, Interviews, Music, Padcasts with tags , , , , on July 17, 2009 by C54
Soundclouds home page

Soundcloud's home page

I wanted to let you know we are moving ahead with our Soundcloud account now that MySpace has officially ceased to be anything more than annoying.

Twitter and Soundcloud work very well together and couple that with our Facebook (Cath’s FB here) and our own websites/blogs, well, you get the idea, this is simply better.

And, we get to be LILYPAD! No records or hyphens, dots or… clutter! Nice.

At Soundcloud, you’ll also find tracks from all of the Lilypad roster, friends and our podcast, The Pad.

In the not-so-distant future, I hope to launch Cath’s “It All Looks Good On You” which is currently in the studio. Pretty excited about this one. OK, I’m biased. But just ask Cath, that doesn’t happen very often.

Hope summer is treating you right. That is, if it’s summer where you are?

Heavy Rotation In Stores And In The Airwaves

Posted in Interviews, Music with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by C54

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Peter Terzian’s book is available right now.

Chapter 19: Nine Lives discusses Miaow’s Priceless Innuendo. Lilypad will be releasing the Factory Records’ demo-collection of the album that never-was this year after all restorations are completed and final selections are made. Cath is curating the collection and contributing liner notes.

In the meantime, please check out Peter’s book. Listen to the podcast with Peter and two other contributors on Leonard Lopate’s WNYC 93.9 FM show at the Lilypad News page. Thanks.

WHY The Music Biz Sucks… One Theory

Posted in Band Biz, Interviews, Music with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2009 by C54

Frank Zappa opens this vid from YouTube and makes an observation or two that might be worth thinking about. Thanks to Hypebot for the heads up.


Posted in Interviews, Music, Padcasts on April 18, 2009 by C54

Join us as we listen to a variety of songs from Lilypad’s friends and family, and Cath rambles on about counter terror at old record shops of the North. We establish Lilypad’s Atomic Theory of The Record Store (with thanks to Flann O’Brien), in order to justify why an online indie label is gate crashing this bricks & mortar event. We are Record Store.  The Padcast intro features ‘Dag Juhlin Symphony Extravaganza’, a tribute to the Man of a Thousand Bands, performed by the UK’s Monty.

Part 1

First is Miaow’s ‘Angel Spit’, from the original 8-track demo for the never-was Factory album “Priceless Innuendo”. See Padcast #9 for more details. Recorded in Joe Korner’s front room at the Elephant & Castle in late 1987. Song two is ‘March to the Mental House’ by Morris, IL’s rockingest duo, WorldWideRiot. Performed by Eric Enger and Sean Blythe, and recorded and mixed by Kerry Kelekovich. Eric Enger’s lyrical genius tends to get overlooked cos these fellas get so darned crazy sometimes. He says what he sees.

Then there’s some chitchat in which Cath asks Kerry about his favourite record stores of yesteryear. There’s some talk about Tempo Records, now sadly demolished, of southwest Chicago suburb, Oak Lawn, It was located on 95th Street, between Central and Cicero, near the railroad tracks, map fans. Tempo was later bought by Steve Wind and survived as Wind Records into the late 1990s. Cut out (never interview the tape op) were Kerry’s reminiscences of the possibly nameless basement record store in Archer Heights on 50th Street near Archer and Albany. This curious little haunt disappeared with the 1970’s. It was not the better-known Kroozin’ Music at Archer & California. If anyone remembers the place or better still, has a picture, step forward, you can remain anonymous.

Next up, The Greenwood’s very wonderful ‘How We Get There’, misidentified by Cath as a solo Dag Juhlin piece. That is he singing, though. One of several mixes, vocal recorded by Kerry.  Following, from Cath Carroll’s 2003 album “The Gondoliers of Ghost Lake” is an alternative version of ‘In Your Own Way’, written and recorded by Kerry Kelekovich. Fast on its heels, a writhing mess of hot rock recorded Live! At Lilypad,  from Morris/Chicago quartet Hollus. ‘Steal Away’ features Jamison Acker on vocal, Sean Blythe (now of WorldWideRiot) on bass, Michael Sauer on guitar, and Matthew Perryman, drums.

Finally some more blab from Cath about Manchester record shops of old- who knew record shopping could be so miserable? It seems this should also be Record Stall day in tribute to the outdoor second hand record stalls everywhere, especially the one that stood amongst the greengrocers’ barrows at the corner of Church Street and Cross Street. Cath calls it the Tib Street stall since it was on a personal record-hunting path that began on that street. Don’t ask. . And to restore us all to a feeling of something like Zen, Lilypad’s Young Jackies, salute another ‘Cool Non Rhythmic Summer’. LISTEN TO PART ONE (29:45) 27.3 MB / 128 MP3


Some years ago Kerry had worked with the Chicago band New Hi Lo, whose guitarist was Mark Bachara and drummer Tom Des Enfants. Mark and Tom now play in the featured band Blueblood, along with vocalist Mike Des Enfants and bassist Shaun Paul Jones. This is their splendidly titled ‘Goodnight Nurse’.

We’ve raised the tone of Part 2 by adding snippets from interviews with the very late and lamented Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. See if you can spot them! For more, listen to Padcasts #4 and #5 (and read Cath Carroll’s notes, too).

Dag Juhlin’s up next with his very own ‘Blue Diver’. Find more Dag on Facebook, you’ll be so glad you did.

Next from Lilypad’s Capo5Four is a very enigmatic piece of work “From Your Lips’. It is followed by a very welcome inclusion of Johnnie Warmer’s ‘It’s Just The First Step’. Johnny Warmer is/was John Carpenter and Kerry Kelekovich. This is one of an unreleased album of songs “A Month of Tuesdays” written by John and Kerry and recorded in 1993 at Thunderclap Studios in Hammond, IN.

Newest Lilypad outfit Dirty Chinchilla offer up a work in progress, ‘I’m On Your Side’, and Miaow close this segment with a tribute to Manchester, Dusty Springfield, and the drag queens who loved her, ‘Marry Me Dusty Springfield’. Although grouped with the ‘Priceless Innuendo’ demos, this is an earlier recording featuring Cath, Ron and Chris.

In the interlude, Cath finds time to remember imaginary slights at record stores in Liverpool too- oh, happy days interrupting Pete Burn’s sewing circle at the Probe Records counter, a refreshing oasis of indifference in that city where the cheerfulness bylaws are zealously enforced by its upbeat citizenry. Rescuing us from all this, The Slugs. These longtime Chicago favourites bring us ‘Sending Out A Line’ from their 2000 CD, Junior.

Last song on this Padcast is Cath Carroll’s ‘Snobears’, an online-only special from the turn of this year.

Thanks for listening everyone, stop by soon, and now go record shopping. LISTEN TO PART TWO (33:16) 30.6 MB / 128 MP3


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Celebrating RSD09: We’re Crashing Your Party

Posted in Interviews, Music, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by C54
Independents everywhere celebrate RSD09 by making special releases available and holding live performances in their stores and on their websites. Our RSD Lilypad Sampler podcast offers something from our label family & friends. Cath Carroll hosts and also discusses independent record shops and the spirit of indie music. Thanks to ALL of our friends and music mates that contributed their music and time. And thanks to all of our new internet friends, listeners and supporters on MySpace, Twitter, ReverbNation, Facebook, Last FM and all the rest!  THIS is for YOU.

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