Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chicago F'In Rocks: Chic-a-go-go!

(Drawing taken from Chi-A-Go-Go! Cyber Gallery)

Download: The 1900s - "Bring The Good Boys Home"
Download: The 1900s - "A Coming Age"
Download: The 1900s - "When I Say Go"

Originally, this post was to be about The 1900s playing on Chic-A-Go-Go! on Tuesday. But alas, I could not find any footage of said performance (the mp3s posted above are compensation for that lack of footage). However, I figured this would be a good opportunity to write about Chic-A-Go-Go! itself. The cable access program, hosted by Miss Mia and her puppet friend Ratso, started in 1996 as a self-described "dance show for kids of all ages" and has continued ever since. Basically, it's a kids show done by, and for, hipsters, and not in a satirical "Wonder Showzen" way. Rather, the show has the same kind of morals as a kids show ("stay in school," etc) as a typical kids show, but instead of that message being delivered by Mr. Rogers, it's given by Sleater-Kinney. See how much cooler that is? No matter how old you are, Chic-A-Go-Go! will make you feel like this:

(Photo taken from Chic-A-Go-Go! gallery)

You can read a more detailed biography of the show here
and watch past episodes of the program here. To give you a sampling of what Chic-A-Go-Go! is all about, I've posted some clips of the program I found on YouTube. In order, they are clips of Bobby Conn performing a song about Passover, Neko Case performing "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man," and interviews with Sleater-Kinney and TV on the Radio. Enjoy, and let your inner child get its indie-rock on.


(Bobby Conn)

(Neko Case)


(TV on The Radio)

(Jonathan Graef)

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Anonymous Autumn said...

Awesome post! Chicago does fucking rock!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Brad K said...

Yes, Chicago does rock...and we owe it all to a puppetronic rat named Ratso.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Thanks for the comment! Glad you like the post.

Brad K-
Indeed. All must praise Ratso. Just wanted to say I dig your blog! Keep up the great work.

4:20 PM  

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