in 1994, i was 20, and as you know not old enough to get into bars, legally. well, on 10.1.94, i tempted fate, and tried my damnedest to get into the guided by voices show at lounge ax in chicago. it was, and in memroy still, a famed chicago place for shows. it was narrow, and didnt have the best sound, but still it was an institution. for the record, in case you didnt know, sue miller, jeff tweedy’s wife, was the owner of said establishment. anyway, guided by voices was performing there, and come hell or high water, i was going to be in there, 21 years old be damned! well, as it turns out, i was able to sidle my way into that gbv show, and it still stands as the best show i have ever witnessed. lounge ax crowds were notorious for being loud, and drunk but this night, you could hear a pin drop. they had everyone hanging on every lyric, every leg kick, every drop of sweat…
in 1996 as the area started to gentrify, not for the better, they released this disc to help for the relocation of lounge ax, but sadly it was never meant to be. there was talk, back then about relocating it to pilsen, but never happened. i was lucky enough to see/witness most of the last week’s festivities which were filled with everyone from the coctails to wilco. for a very good run down of the last week click here, and it still brings a lil tear to the ol eye. we were left with a disc full of awesomeness. here’s a few tracks from the lounge ax defense and relocation cd.
you stil may be able to buy it via touch and go