Rascal Martinez on Revolution and Beer Artist Spotlight

rascal1On this very special show we explore the songwriting of Rascal Martinez, a fresh new singer/songwriter from Nebraska. You may have heard him on the show before, but his new album, The Original Acoustic Sessions, is powerfully inspired. If you like music from the heart, you’ll find this exclusive interview soul-southing. For those who grew up listening to Buddy Holly or Johnny Cash, and you wonder what happened to music…

We highly recommend you getting a copy of  Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Uptown Rally for Disabled Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2015
For Information:
Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773.769.1411, alanmills@uplcchicago.org
Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center, 310.625.5726, megan@uplcchicago.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Press Conference and Rally, 12:45 PM, Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Court Hearing, 1:30 PM, Room 1501

Community Members Rally in Support of
Elderly Disabled Woman Evicted by Her Son

Chicago, IL – Blanca Peña is a 75 year old disabled Latina woman whose son, Miguel Peña, is evicting her from her home. The home, located in Gage Park, was purchased by both of them for her to live in, and Ms. Peña has been there for 25 years.

On April 2 there will be a hearing, where the judge will either evict Ms. Peña or choose to send the case to a jury trial. Supporters will be gathering at a rally before the scheduled court time, and then entering the courtroom as a show of support for Ms. Peña.

Uptown People’s Law Center, a nonprofit legal organization specializing in tenants’ rights, is representing Ms. Peña, who speaks limited English. Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center, said, “This is grossly unfair. Ms. Peña and her son bought the house together, and she’s lived there for 25 years. The law should not allow a son to throw his elderly, disabled mother out of her home.”

Ms. Peña provided a home for Mr. Peña while he was growing up. In 1990, Mr. Peña told his mother that he was going to buy her a house because he didn’t want her to have to worry about paying rent or living in poor conditions. They moved into the house in Gage Park. Ms. Peña helped pay the mortgage over the years and paid for extensive repairs to the home. Though Mr. Peña moved out in 2007 when he got married, at no time did he say his mother would need to leave, until the filing of this eviction. Ms. Peña is unable to work, and unable to afford market rent.

“There are three legal reasons why Ms. Peña has a right to stay in her home. First is promissory estoppel, a legal term that means ‘keep your promises’. Second, she has an easement which allows her continued use of the home. Finally, he failed to serve her with a proper notice of tenancy termination,” said Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center.

Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is a nonprofit legal services organization specializing in prisoners’ rights, Social Security disability, and tenants’ rights and eviction defense. More information is available at the UPLC website. Further updates and information for the press conference and rally can be found here.
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Murder by Death’s Big Dark Love

murBe careful when you Google Murder by Death. They are, according to Wikipedia, either a campy 1970s movie, or a five piece indie rock band from Bloomington Indiana. Not that you can go wrong either way, it just pays to know what you’re clicking on. Still, accidents happen. I swear I didn’t click on that.That’s my story, honey, and I’m sticking to it!

Rock in the age of cynicism and Youtube. Not long ago I was lamenting to a friend that it has been a long time since I trolled a used music store hunting for interesting new music. All too often I find myself trolling for music online, but it just isn’t the same. Gone, I feared, was that sense of discovery over a previously unknown band with a unique sound that helps to stretch the boundaries of Rock Music’s ever evolving universe. Even better; discovering the new band has been making music for a long time, and like a staring soul you gorge your senses on this new experience.

Murder By Death is just such a band. 10 or 20 years ago they’d have been as ubiquitous on FM Radio as Dave Mathews, the Goo Goo Dolls, or Green Day. Fans would be arguing about the new album, “Big Dark Love” against their classic and early works Among those arguments would be whether “Big Dark Love” is classic or a new turn for the band. But this is the age of cynicism and a Youtube culture that all too often eschews the album in this pick and choose sort of deal. Gone, mostly are the days when the listener sat through an album side, but album’s like “Big Dark Love” remind us that artists are painting a far larger world than can be captured in a single song. They are rendering textures and stories.

mudMurder by Death’s Big Dark Love rises from the ether far differently, but with no less power than Bitter Drin, Bitter Moon, their 2012 standout, with “I shot an arrow.” Up front and center, accompanied by Sarah Balliet’s sultry and smoky cello, Adam Turla’s rich and resonant vocals build to a stunning crescendo that hardly relents in the most satisfying ways through the albums 10 tight and highly streamlined selections. Drummer Dagan Thogerson is genius for the conservatively understated rhythm, deepened by bass accompanist, Matt Armstrong. Bitter Moon’s keyboard genius, Vincent Edwards is very capably re placed by David Fountain.

“Strange eyes,” the second track is reminiscent, in all the right ways, of “I came around, off of the last album. But there is something unique and different that separates “Big Dark Love,” from Bitter Drink,” still one of my all time favorite albums. There is an overriding confidence and a resonant emotional maturity to this album building off the last album. There is not a weak song on the album Dream in Red, I shot an Arrow and Hunted are my favorites, but I say that while breathless over balliet’s soulful undercurrent in Solitary one.

mudeAt the end of it all, Murder by Death’s “Big Dark Love” is endlessly listenable. Some of these selections ought to have a far more prominent place in Rock’s lexicon. Sadly, long gone, or soon to be long gone are the days of tripping through record and CD bins in search of a gem. Technology changes, and so does the world, but in the end it really is all about the music. In that endeavor “Big Dark Love” more than delivers and proves that great discoveries are still to be found.

 

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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