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Will Long Day 5

In Chicago? Need to get over holiday-induced cabin fever? Know that New Year’s Eve will inevitably disappoint? Head out tonight (12/30) to the Will Long Day annual anti-NYE dance party celebration at the Darkroom (2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago – map): Adam Weg spins funk and soul and 9 PM; The Heaven Seventies play a set at 10 PM (their last performance until March 2009); and DJ Willy Joy [myspace] spins dance music starting at 11 PM. It’s a 21+ show, $7 at the door.

Totally unconnected to Loud Devices — except that our staff plan to make the scene!

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Soft Targets 10/25 at Ronny’s

The Soft Targets will be playing tomorrow night, Saturday, October 25, at Ronny’s “Center for the Performing Arts” (2101 N California Ave, Chicago – map). Also playing: The Mediums (“new killer garage rock project brought to you by dudes who will kill”), Shotgun for Royalty (myspace), and Animal City (myspace). 9 PM. 21+

The Brand new Soft Targets “The Kids Want Action” 7″ and brand new Soft Targets Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed! CD will be available at the show! (Let this be the record release show!)

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Record release show — without the records

Well tonight’s Soft Targets show at the Mutiny was supposed to be the record release show for the new 45, but we still don’t have the records. (In fact, they still haven’t been pressed! Word from the plant, simply: “Seven-inches are backed up.”) We’ll let you know more when we know more, but hopefully we’ll have the vinyl soon. In the meantime, tonight’s free show happens as planned, there just won’t be any new records to buy. (But that means you’ll have more money for those frosty mugs of beer.)

One final caveat: the real Soft Targets are playing tonight at the Mutiny, 2428 N Western Ave; strangely, Tallahassee, Florida band (myspace), strangely also called the Soft Targets, will be playing an unrelated show just across the street from the Mutiny. Don’t be fooled! It is to the Mutiny that you want to go to see the real Soft Targets from Chicago.

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7″ Release Show 9/12 @ the Mutiny, Chicago

image: cover of the Soft Targets seven-inch single, The Kids Want Action b/w Don't Ask WhyIt’s time!

The Record Release Show for the new Soft Targets 7″ single “The Kids Want Action” b/w “Don’t Ask Why” will take place this Friday night, September 12, 9 PM at the Mutiny (myspace link).

The Mutiny is located at 2428 N Western Ave (just north of Fullerton) in Chicago (map).

The Titmice (myspace) and The Party Downers are playing, too.

This is a FREE SHOW! 21+

UPDATE (2008-09-12): This show is still happening, but as we don’t have any vinyl yet (how often have you hear that one?), it’s not so much a record release show.

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Plastic Crimewave dot com

We added it to our links page when it was announced yesterday, but just wanted to help be sure the word gets out: Plastic Crimewave now has a homeplace on the Web, — and it’s definitely worth checking out. Blogging at the Reader, Philip Montoro observes parenthetically, “It must be very strange for him to work in a medium where he can’t draw and letter everything by hand.”

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Soft Targets 8/30 @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago

The new Soft Targets seven-inch is being manufactured as we speak. “The Kids Want Action” b/w “Don’t Ask Why” is a high-powered slab of double gold and will be released as Device-004 in the Loud Devices catalog. We’ll be announcing the official release date soon.

In the meantime, Soft Targets are headlining the new Bottom Lounge this Saturday, August 30th. Titmice (myspace), Papillion (myspace), and Mr. Russia will also play. Doors at 8pm. 21+. The Bottom Lounge is located at 1375 W. Lake Street in Chicago (map).

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Site news: news pages updated

We’ve just updated our web site to use Blogger to manage our news pages. This is a big improvement over what we’d been doing for the past several months, which was managing — and we use the term loosely — a single news page by simply opening it in an editor and typing in our most recent news at the top. It took us a little while to integrate with our pre-existing custom php system, but it’s been worth it. Blogger lets us easily have individual pages for individual posts, links to previous posts, and groups posts by tags (or “labels,” as they’re called in Blogger). It also makes it easy to maintain atom and rss feeds. In coming up with our Blogger html template, we found “Publishing a Blog with Blogger – Visual QuickProject Guide” to be a most excellent reference, and we borrowed liberally from the Airbag Industries styles featured at earlier this year. Finally, we’ve taken the opportunity to clear out some past-tense entries.