As much as I wanted to talk about my first Jackson 5 cassette tape, or put together my post-tour-super-tired-but-can’t-sleep Spotify playlist, I decided on the pick three. Here goes…
1) “One More Time” – The new single from Detroit’s Daniel.
Daniel Johnson (formerly of Judah Johnson), just released the first single from his forthcoming second full-length solo album, Extracolor, due out January 23. In a week from now this may be your favorite new album. I was lucky enough to get an early listen, and it blew me away.
I don’t even know what to call it, but it’s infectious as hell. The album picks up where Daniel’s 2009 release Lazrus left off, creating an even more in-depth, soulful-electro-pop world to get lost in. This album showcases a great producer who also happens to be a great
songwriter, arranger and singer. Have been loving this album, hope you do as well.
2) Jason Brammer, Visual Artist
Jason Brammer continues to grow his reputation as one of Chicago’s most exciting visual artists. His most recent ongoing exhibition is currently at the Jackson Junge Gallery. In February he will begin a solo exhibition at Tony Fitzpatrick’s (see all those great Steve Earle album covers) gallery, Firecat Projects, in Chicago. I’m told the exhibition will include all new work. The video below is a feature on Jason’s “Time Machine” series of paintings.
I can’t wait to see what he does next.
(2124 N. Damen, Chicago, IL)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 2012 from 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 24 – March 24, 2012
3) “Champagne” from Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
I recently re-watched this movie and was so moved by the last vignette, that I had to include it here. It stars avant-garde artist Bill Rice and poet/actor Taylor Mead as two workers on their coffee break. I find it to be one of the most beautiful, understated and
moving scenes in film.
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Cameron McGill is a songwriter from Chicago, IL, and keyboardist for Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. His fifth studio album, Is A Beast, was released in April 2011. You may stream the album here. He is currently at work on his first collection of poetry and a new solo album, due out late 2012. When not on tour, he can be found singing for his supper in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.