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Video Tue Dec 14 2010

The Smith Westerns Release Video for "Weekend"

Today underage Chicago rockers The Smith Westerns released this video for their Britpoppy tune "Weekend," the first single off their upcoming album Dye It Blonde. Frontman Cullen Omori may coo about "a girl like you" on this upbeat track, but the fairer sex is nowhere to be seen in the video, directed by Focus Creeps. Instead, the band roams malls and convenience stores, browsing DVDs and overdosing on sugary snacks, during a typical day in their life in the suburbs--that is, until the video culminates with a ritualistic tree-chopping and the trippy, context-less image of a microphone dripping with honey, hinting that there may be more to this simple day than meets the eye.

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Dave / December 15, 2010 12:38 PM

Why does anyone care about this band? Pitchfork gives them a reach around and now everyone is on the wagon. There are so many great bands in Chicago, Smith Westerns NOT being one of them.

BSaun / December 18, 2010 6:01 PM

Can you name some of them?

Dave / December 20, 2010 11:36 AM

This is Me Smiling
The Field Auxiliary
Bailiff name a few. Hope that wets your whistle BSaun.

FUNFUN / December 23, 2010 4:14 PM

I have never heard of any of those bands, sounds like some reggies rock club bands.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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