Legospaceship

Late 20's. Chicago. If you like blogs by other 20 somethings who are writing about their musings/things they like, you'll probably find mine pretty familiar.
I run a comedy venue in Andersonville check out: http://upstairsgallery.tumblr.com/
For more music oriented blogging:
http://llapm.tumblr.com/

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partytimepartytimemovie:

First official poster! Drawings by Joe Tallarico.

Woop woop wooop! So many amazing performers in this movie. We’re so close to seeing it!

I have a small part in this thing! See if you can find me on the poster!

upstairsgallery:

partytimepartytimemovie:

First official poster! Drawings by Joe Tallarico.

Woop woop wooop! So many amazing performers in this movie. We’re so close to seeing it!

I have a small part in this thing! See if you can find me on the poster!

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upstairsgallery:

Conner O’Mallery killing it in this bit on late night with Seth Meyers. Hell yah Conner!

Surreal! Awesome!

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Fav thing on the internet right now.

(Source: smugsbunny, via juliasegal)

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Here we go… the new iO!!!

Gonna be pretty dope. Can’t wait to see what iO does with all the space!

iowatercooler:

Here we go… the new iO!!!

Gonna be pretty dope. Can’t wait to see what iO does with all the space!

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oneweekoneband:

The Backstreet Boys 1993-1998: The Debut Album, and the Ascendancy of Max

So our story begins with five young prettyboys from Orlando, bound together by a casting call organized by teen mastermind/creep Lou Pearlman, thrown together in a Swedish recording studio to pound out youthful hits. Hits that would soon conquer Europe, then America, then the World and Beyond the Infinite. Hits that would, for better or for worse, define their career.

The Backstreet Boys saw release in the United States in 1997, but the hits therein had been huge in Europe as early as 1995. Here, we find the Boys in their embryonic stage: funky dancy jock jams, silly attempts at rapping, Boyz II Men ripoffs. These songs represent the Backstreets as cogs in the machine, standard anonymous boy-toys, no different than the likes of 5ive or Color Me Badd. Popular as these songs were, there was no indication that these fellas would soon ascend to Pop Royalty.

But of course, they had their ace in the hole, their ticket to glory: the songwriting genius of Mr. Max Martin.

Now, I trust that many OWOB readers are familiar with Mr. Martin’s work, but here’s a quick summary for anyone who is not: Max Martin may well be the most dominant and important pop songwriter of the past 20 years, a man responsible for a whopping 16 #1 Billboard hits and countless other top 40 charting singles. “Since U Been Gone”? “I Knew You Were Trouble”? “Baby One More Time”? Every Katy Perry hit you can name? All great, and all Max.

And it all started with the Backstreet Boys. Before Backstreet, Max was just some ex-hair metal singer co-producing songs for Rednex and Ace of Base. After Backstreet, he was Pop’s Supreme Chancellor.

It’s impossible to talk about early Backstreet without talking about Max. The two made some serious pop magic together. They just clicked. Max was to BSB what Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were to Janet, what Babyface was to Boyz II Men: a brilliant songwriting force that brought out the best in a promising young pop act. Max’s songs for Backstreet were huge, sexy, glamorous, powerful, hooky, pretty, heartwarming, soul-crushing. Even a lil scary, sometimes! And in the hands of our handsome Boys, these songs soared and conquered the charts. One of pop’s best and tightest collaborations.

Today, we’ll review a few of their biggest hits together (plus one that Max didn’t write but that I’m still gonna talk about anyway cuz I love it so much). Max wasn’t BSB’s only songwriter, but he was definitely their most important in the early days. Without him, the Backstreet Boys might have become the sad young New Kids ripoffs you can see in the above video.

Oh goodness. “Loverboy.” Not on any BSB albums. I wonder why??*

*because its not a very good song at all

The wonderful seanrose is writing about the backstreet boys all week at oneweekoneband. I’m not a huge fan of the music but this will be really good! 

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Forever this please.

(Source: heybarto, via danielleosaurus-rex)

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Here is a mediocre picture of a wonderful memory - the time that Family Tree House Boat Accident brought their whole audience into the men’s bathroom to watch them do a scene. If you haven’t yet, click the link below to read why this show was so important to me (and I think to comedy as a whole), and join us tonight at 10:30 in iO’s DCT for the final show. http://danielshar.tumblr.com/post/71860921906/fthba

I will be there!

danielshar:

Here is a mediocre picture of a wonderful memory - the time that Family Tree House Boat Accident brought their whole audience into the men’s bathroom to watch them do a scene. If you haven’t yet, click the link below to read why this show was so important to me (and I think to comedy as a whole), and join us tonight at 10:30 in iO’s DCT for the final show. http://danielshar.tumblr.com/post/71860921906/fthba

I will be there!

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Improv by the numbers 2013 or I’m a google docs nerd.

I started tracking all my improv performances on a spread sheet in August 2011 and have been updating it regularly ever since. You can check out the 2012 post here.

So now for any interested parties here are some stats on 2013 as a year in performance for meeeeeeeee:

137 shows performed at 21 different spaces.
5 consistent teams, 34 mash up teams.

By team—

  1. Pizza Party - 52
  2. Bass Mountain - 27
  3. The Grrr - 13
  4. Horatio Ratio - 4
  5. 11/22 - 1

By Space

  1. Upstairs Gallery - 44
  2. iO - 39
  3. The Playground - 15
  4. CIC - 9
  5. Studio Be - 8
  6. Den Theatre - 4
  7. The Peoples Improv Theater - 3
  8. Stage 773 - 2
  9. Shit Hole - 1
  10. NSAA in Graton WI - 1
  11. Off Center Theatre at Crown Center - 1
  12. SPACE - 1
  13. Evergreen State College - 1
  14. Creek and the Cave - 1
  15. The Lincoln Loft - 1
  16. The parlour - 1
  17. Lake Forest College - 1
  18. Saki - 1
  19. Annoyance - 1
  20. Quenchers - 1
  21. Ringwald Theatre - 1

By month—

  • January 10
  • February 10
  • March 20
  • April 10
  • May 7
  • June 7
  • July 12
  • August 13
  • September 11
  • October 16
  • November 14
  • December 7

Some additional things!

  • 137 total performances for me this year, an average of 11.4 per month. 
  • Month with the most performances was March with 20.
  • 97 performances with ongoing teams, 34 performances on mash up teams, 4 sit ins with existing teams, 1 stand up set, and 1 “hosting” show in an SNL style show.
  • It’s a bit of a misnomer to say i was playing on 5 consistent teams this year. I left The Horatio Ratio in March, The Grr stopped rehearsing/performing regularly in August, and 11/22 had it’s first show in November. So really the only consistent teams i was playing on for the entirity of this year were Bass Mountain and Pizza Party.
  • 11/22 had its first show on 11/20 riiiiiight at the end of the year. Expecting really cool things for this team!

The biggest difference with 2012 is how much more often i’ve been playing at iO vs the playground. Last year it was 8 shows at io and 32 at the playground, This year it was 39 shows at iO and 15 at the playground. Pretty huge swing!

Goals/Predictions for 2014 - 

  • I have no idea if its even possible but i’d love to get up to 150 shows a year.
  • Add some sort of “quality” score indication to the spreadsheet to track how i’m feeling about shows
  • Play WAY more at the Annoyance, i think with the new theater featuring a second smaller stage that there is a much greater possibility.
  • Produce/peform in more shows on the west side of chicago.
  • If schedule allows i would love to audition for a CIC team.
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Family Tree House Boat Accident

danielshar:

Without over-romanticizing this at all, Family Tree House Boat Accident has been one of the absolute best and most important parts of my time in Chicago.

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This and Cook County were my fav shows when i was a student. I would see them so much. It was the best.