These were made at Young Camelot’s last party. That DIY concept is going to evolve into something legendary, and MG is gonna be a part of it. Eventually. If we all keep arting and stay friends, but y’know.
Check out more pictures Nathan Bobinchak and I made in 1,000 Years of Young Camelot
Peter Johnson, Animal Kingdom. 2014
Joe Montanaro kisses Bobby Burg.
After this photo was made, Joe’s band The Rubs played a set in the basement of Double Door. Fortunately, I had ear plugs. I stood right in front of the stage until something hard and full of alcohol flew out of Joe’s hand and hit my left eye.
It might have been a beer can, or a shot glass, or who knows what else, so I rubbed my eye and tried to wince out the sudden sting. Then Joe walked up and started hugging me, all the while singing through whatever song The Rubs were playing. Might have been Judy.
New Orleans was a warm, wet, romantic place full of magic, culture, and wonder. I’d like to return sometime with a lover.
Didn’t much care for Bourbon Street, but found an incredible dive in the 7th Ward called Siberia that felt a lot like Chicago’s Empty Bottle.
I will fondly remember the young woman who meditated with me in a rainy graveyard.
Times are a-changing in the DIY scene. The Young Camelot crew is being evicted from their current space, along with the folks at Animal Kingdom. Plus, rumor has it Multi Kulti got shut down, as well. So it goes — nothing lasts forever except for diamonds.
Fortunately, Wally World and The Observatory are still kickin’ with some great events in the works for the summer, so expect to see more MG coverage coming out of those haunts in the coming months. For starters, The Lemons are taking their tour van through Wally next week. Message me if you’d like the address of that space (it’s typically kept private to avoid lowly crowds).
To honor our beloved comrades Ding it Yselves, MG Facebook’s latest mixtape DIY or DIE is live now.
Pictured above: Space Blood (an official MG Band to See in 2014), The Hecks, and The Crow Quill Night Owls.
I filmed the latest episode of Bobby’s Hobbies, and it went relatively well!
Distractions Distortions 2014 was Medium Gallery’s most exciting project to date and the best party I’ve ever been to. There were 30 bands in 2 nights, indoor smoking, and I glued together a makeshift photo booth the morning of the fest.
Shoutout to she speaks in tongues, who played their second-to-last set before the band’s oncoming hiatus. And big ups to Space Blood, who played their first show ever and destroyed every brain in the room.
Special thanks to Rob and Matt, for organizing the incredible weekend and letting me do whatever I want. And happy birthday Mike (homeboy hired Ghostbusters to party with us).
Distractions Distortions (stages)
Distractions Distortions (photo booth)
I have written about Rob from The Peekaboos before. They’re one of my favorite bands in town, and the first few minutes of the podcast is just Rob and I gushing over each other. Then we get super drunk and talk about the first time we were in a fist fight, what it takes to be a valuable member of the art world, and the importance of family.
The band recently filmed a video for ‘Heaven’s Gate’, which will premiere at Emporium Arcade in Wicker Park on April 8. I’m in the video. I will be at the show. You should come too. Peekaboos gigs get kind of intense, and you might get shoved. If that happens, shove back.
Hey, I found your site through Cold Country's page, who my band (Cougar Island) is playing with tonight at Lincoln Hall. I really enjoy your photographs. Keep up the great work! -Gavin
I filmed this video with Mr. Bones and friends over a weekend in April, in southern Illinois. One of the coolest projects I’ve been a part of. Special thanks to Matt Maher for editing this beautifully.
I recently recorded an episode of Suburban Secrets with Brandon from Mr. Bones, where we discuss the production of their first album (it’s a masterpiece, which I will share once it is online). The podcast will be out soon.