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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tried to post a link to a message board yesterday, and failed, so had an excuse to repost it there and then I thought, maybe I should share here, too.

My friend Mary Zimmer, from the band Luna Mortis, has a new project that she's doing with Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth, which is kinda cool. (Come to think of it, I'll probably get a chance to say hi to the current keyboardist of CoF, Lindsay Schoolcraft, this Thursday at the Dame Nation show in Chicago, which features a bunch of female fronted heavy bands. But I digress.)

Mary's singing and growling on this project that Allander started, definitely worth a listen if you're into that sort of music. And if you're not, and just want to be a little scared, have at it!

~2 minute clip of one of their songs:

I'm actually in a different musical space tonight, more on the country side of things. I don't really know this guy, Ryan Michaels, but a friend of mine from back in Michigan played in his band before, and Ryan and I exchange random facebook messages from time to time, and he mentioned being nominated for some Nashville area music awards ( www.nimadigital.c
if you really dig what you hear below and have 5 minutes to kill and want to vote on Nashville independent music awards). It's decent stuff, even though out of my usual zone, and I'm considering getting off a plane in two weeks, and rather than going to my hotel, instead heading straight to downtown Chicago in an effort to try and hear him and Shannon Haley do their thing opening for some other bands I've never heard.

But anyway, the last half hour, I've been hitting repeat on a couple of tracks Haley & Michaels have on youtube, stuff in the country vein. Thought I'd share.

The Price I Pay: www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Wanted: www.youtube.com/w
(this one's a cover, apparently.)

And this is one from the Ryan Michaels Band, which, if you only have 5 minutes, I'd say is the one you should click on first, called "Life is for the living"

Oh, and I went and had dinner and drinks on the 96th floor of a building tonight. That was cool. Decent view from up there, I gotta say. I also gotta say, if you have 96+ floors, why not put a bar up there? Sure the Sears Tower (I got a death stare from a friend/Chicago native when I called it the Willis Tower, which is the official name now) is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, but a) they charge you to go to the top floors, and there's no food and drink up there. Granted, what you save in admission, you pay for in the sky high drink and food prices, pun fully intended, but like I said, the view ain't bad. And it even includes said Willis Tower (ducking!) toward the right side of the shot.

And maybe you can tell, but I'm rather keyed up and nowhere near sleep, which would be a very useful thing as I haven't slept well the last few nights. harrumph.

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