Monday, January 24, 2011

Band Interviews Update

Human Tim + Robot Tim at Schubas
photo by ChiIL Mama, 2011

2011's off to a great start and ChiIL Mama's got some editing to do!   We have ELEVEN exclusive, never before seen, band interviews to start the year off right, and more lined up.   We'll be parceling them out for months to come, and pairing 'em up with free show tickets and CDs, disc reviews, and features.   Enjoy!

We've now interviewed 3 bands with both Mom and Dad in them, 3 bands full of just the kids 13-16 (oh yeah.......and a 25 year old babysitter).    And a number of kids punk and indie (kindie) bands.   It's been so much fun getting to know everyone better and hearing everyone's take on topics like music, life, the environment, how creatives parent, and how parents create.

Here's what you can look forward to:

We're All Punk Parents:   Interview with members of

WALLY DOGGER (Record Release!!)--You can check out their whole CD for FREE on their site--fun stuff!

We talked to a mix of parents who incestuously overlapped in many of the 5 bands above.   Our interview includes a couple dads and 1 kick ass punk mama, Ellen, who sings, plays a wicked bass, and can still spout a plume of Pabst Blue Ribbon on stage, with the best of 'em.   Hear them expound on how parenting littles has changed their writing tempo and their lives, what the kids think of The Sex Pistols, and Ellen's brilliantly snarky, kittencentric rant about parenting philosophy, full of chunks of wisdom like "we're all assholes and little Buddhas at the same time."   

One of the dads we interviewed from The Noses is award winning playwright, Brett Neveu, who has two world premiers in Chicago right now.   Odradek is playing at The House Theatre in Wicker Park and Do The Hustle is playing at Writers' Theatre in Glencoe.   Check out our past coverage on these guys HERE and HERE.

How Far To Austin:   Interview with Tate and Katie, band mates and life mates who walk together, rock together, and have a four year old daughter, Grace.   Check out their interview for insight on children as music critics.   If their daughter runs down the hall naked, humming the melody, they know they might have something there, and it's likely to make the cut.

These guys are talented and genuinely nice.   I was relieved to make it through the interview without calling' em Kate and Tatie or inverting the locations on their band name and new release--respectively How Far To Austin and Goodnight Madison.   We also had a fun, chat with their drummer, who is a proud father to 6 year old son and potential future drummer, Tyson.   We'll be featuring ticket give aways to all their upcoming shows and have 4 copies of Goodnight Madison for upcoming Win A Disc Wednesdays.

Kindie Rock Scene--Interviews With:
The Verve Pipe-playing dual tours for kids by day, adults by night
Candy Band
Mr. Singer and The Sharp Cookies
Human Tim & Robot Tim
The Poochamungas

**We have loads of CDs from many of these bands, for lucky weekly winners

Coming soon--Interviews With:

Keller Williams *(Enter NOW--free family 4 pack to his upcoming Park West Kids' Show at 3:30pm on Feb 5th--enter through midnight 1/31.   We're also giving away 3 copies of his new kids CD, aptly named Keller Williams KIDS).   Keller's also playing a dual tour--kids by day, adults at night.

Prichard-punk parents who still rock out for the 21+ set

Local Kindie Favs:
Little Miss Ann
Super Stolie

Kids Who Rock--Interviews With:

Purple Apple
The Blisters
When Flying Feels Like Falling

Check The Archives For Past Interviews With:

Danbert Nobacon, former lead singer for Chumbawamba, author of an anarchist fairy tale illustrated by Alex Cox (director of Sid and Nancy, Repo Man and other cult classics), and father to 10 year old twins.   We also have live concert footage.

Recess Monkey-Seattle's kindie rock kings, teachers and parents
Tim and The Space Cadets-up and coming kindie kids
Tor Hyams-Kidzapalooza/Lollapalooza Co-Producer and father of two

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chiIL Mama
because life doesn't end with birth.........

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