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2012-10-17T15:00:00Z 2012-10-18T10:37:06Z LOCAL SCENE: “SMOKING” RE-ISSUE FROM CHICAGO FAVESTom Lounges Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 17, 2012 3:00 pm  • 

Chicago alt-rock recording/touring group, The Smoking Popes will re-issue their landmark 1995 album, “Born To Quit” this Tuesday (10/23) via Los Angles-based indie label SideOneDummy Record, which they signed with earlier this year. There will be limited amount of color vinyl LPs pressed up in addition to the standard CD format.

The deluxe treatment given to this reissue includes new artwork and new liner notes by Matt Kiba (of Alkaline Trio), promoter Joe Shanahan and comedian Kyle Kinane; track by track analysis by Popes’ frontman Josh Caterer; plus two bonus tracks – a snappy cover of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” and a previously unreleased original, “Blanket In The Park.”

After four years of beating around the Chicagoland club circuit and spitting out a self-recorded indio album, “Born To Quit” put Smoking Popes on the national radar. It was the band’s debut for major label Capitol Records and included their Top 40 (Modern Rock Tracks chart) breakout single, “Need You Around,” featured in the hit film“Clueless.”

After disbanding in 1998, Smoking Popes reunited for a special concert at Chicago’s Metro in 2005 later released on CD/DVD to such acclaim it prompted the band to reformed permanently in 2008. Still going strong, the Smoking Popes celebrate the re-issueing of “Born To Quit” with a live 21 and over 8pm concert this Saturday at the Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in Chicago. More: WWW.DOUBLEDOOR.COM, WWW.SMOKINGPOPES.NET or (773) 489-3160.


• Chicago guitar icon, Joe Jammer, whose career began as guitar tech and

personal roadie for Jimmy Page during Led Zeppelin’s early days, was guest speaker and performer at a press party last week in London for Barney Hoskyn’s definitive new Zep band biography, “Trampled Under Foot.” Jammer is currently on his “Rock England Again...” tour through the end of 2012. More:


• Though the future of Northwest Indiana’s Hogtown Packing Company is

unsure due to bassist/co-founder Michael LuBecke relocating to Florida next month due to health issues, he has given the band’s fans a nice farewell gift with a pair of new original tunes, “Symerton Lights” and “Depraved.”

“Depraved” has already gotten some local air play on WJOB 1280AM. More at:


• The “One Night Jam” series at Chicago Street Theatre (154 W. Chicago

Street) in Valparaiso has announced continues Sunday, October 28 with the return of singer/songwriter/producer Jim Peterik. The Chicagoland Grammy Award-winning music icon is the writer of numerous radio hits for Survivor (“Eye Of The Tiger,” “The Search In Over”), Ides of March (“Vehicle”), .38 Special (“Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into The Night,” “Fantasy Girl”), Sammy Hagar (“Heavy Metal”) and many other top names. Tickets for the 7pm concert (which includes an audience Q&A session) are $25. A limited amount of $50 VIP couch seating with a pre-show photo shoot with the artist. More:

WWW.CHICAGOSTREET.ORG or by calling (219) 464-1636.

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