Clubs
Radio Stations
Record Stores
Beer
Gear
Books
Politics


Clubs
As far as Mark's concerned, good food, good beer, and good music equal a good night out. As such you can't go wrong playing or seeing a show at Abbey Pub, Nevin's Live, Schubas, Fitzgeralds, Martyr's and Beat Kitchen. Mark's played some great shows at all these venues.

Another of Mark's favorite places to play is Cal's Liqours in the south Loop. It's about as close as Chicago gets to one of those tiny hole-in-the-wall clubs in New York where band and the crowd are so close they're practically smoking each other's cigarettes. If your taste runs more torward the roadhouse side of things, head straight for the Hideout.


Radio Stations
In addition to being a champion of community radio and independent music, WLUW-88.7FM has been a huge champion of Mark and the band. Check out Tom Jackson's show, Somebody Else's Troubles between ten and two on Saturdays.

Richard Milne, host of WXRT's "Local Anesthetic" show, has also played Mark's tunes, as has Fred Friction on KDHX in St. Louis, Lorraine Carron on WMUK in Kalamazoo.

Overseas, Mark's music has gotten tons of play on Gerd Stassen's "Hillbilly Rockhouse" show in Germany, as well as Jos van den Boom's "Crossroads" and Theo Oldenburg's "Alt.country Cooking" in the Netherlands.


Record Stores
If you're anywhere near Chicago and like poring over the stacks, you have to visit Val's Halla in Oak Park. Online, your best sources for cool-ass pop, rock, and americana are Miles of Music and Village Records.


Gear
Mark plays a bashed up '69 Fender Statocaster through a Dr. Z Maz 18. Steve plays a pristine Gretsch Duo Jet through a custom-made Fargen Epic. Though other pedals make their way in and out of their respective signal chains, both Mark and Steve rely heavily on their ZVex Super Dupers for extra drive and dirt. If you hear an acoustic guitar on something, it's either Mark's Martin HD-28V or Steve's Gibson J-100Xtra.


Beer
Mark's beers of choice are Three Floyd's Alpha King or Guiness Stout. Steve is partial to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Pilsner Urquel. But for both of them, their "crack-a-keg-at-my-funeral-because-I'll-be-drinking-it-in-heaven" beer is Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. You can buy any of these fine beverages at Archer Liquors.


Books
(So much to say, so little time to write. Let me get back to you on this.)


News and Politics
If you're not already a regular reader, you need to visit Slate. Read Dahlia Lithwick's Supreme Court commentary, the political analysis of Chris Suellentrop and William Saletan, even Christopher Hitchen's reactionary ravings are worth the read. For the best in independent, investigative world news, check out The Guardian.

 
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