Zany antics of a beat generation in their wild search for kicks. Fighting, drinking, scorning convention, making wild love, making wild love. I saw the devil. The contrary man. I saw the devil down the long, long road. He said to me, boy, I want your soul.

Friday the 28th before I was to head to Carols to see Pete Berwick’s Johnny Cash tribute band FOLSOM I made a stop at a new eatery under the Wilson Red Line station which has only been open a week. Lucy’s Uptown 4570 N Broadway Ave known and loved for serving one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in the city. If there’s one good thing to come out of the Popeye’s mayhem of 2019, it’s that fried chicken sandwiches are back in the public eye and the subject of much passionate debate. Lucy’s serves theirs on a brioche bun with coleslaw, pickles, and a slice of American cheese, with the option to dial the heat up or down. For those with fried chicken fatigue, however, there are five burgers to choose from, including an Impossible Burger, as well as a barbecue pork sandwich. Fries come in three varieties: “golden” (lightly salted), doused in cheddar sauce, or “porky” (smoked pork shoulder, bacon, cotija, pickled jalapeños).

Some of the best hot sauce I’ve ever had at a restaurant outside of Heaven on 7.

I had the huge chicken sandwich and fried pickle spears. Its maybe the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had with Popeye’s being a very close #2.

Carol’s Pub the legendary dive bar has been closed since 2016, and I was there the night in Sept of 2016 with my friends Victoria Rusalka Vladislav (Tori) and Jeff (Creepy) Brown with a lot of other people gathered outside that night to find it closed. But it’s doors are open once more — and its new owner has managed to keep most of its OG charm, minus a few inches of range hood grease. Carol’s Pub 4659 N. Clark St. is Chicago’s only true honky-tonk bar. The bar’s new owner is Ed Warm who also owns Joe’s on Weed Street, the multi-floor sports bar and country music venue in Lincoln Park.

I’d been eager to get back to my favorite Chicago watering hold but hadn’t really had a valid reason. I don’t really go out anymore and balancing the podcast at the morning of the weeks end successfully makes it almost impossible to go out late on a Saturday and as I learned from the weekend before is not really feasible. This was a Friday night and I’m usually beat from work but being that I hadn’t seen Pete or see him perform in 4 years gave me the reason I needed. From the moment I walked in and was greeted by the doorman who remembered me I was quickly reminded why I loved this place so much. The remodel was welcome and spacious. 300 paying customers were there to see a tribute act. Most of my readers and listeners know how I feel about the popular trend. Why do people flock to bars and nightclubs to see tribute bands perform while bands that write and perform their own original music often struggle to get a crowd? What is it about tribute bands that makes them so popular?. Why do so many promoters want to hire the best tribute bands for their live event? Sadly people are naturally drawn to music that they are familiar with. They already know the beat of each song that is played, making it easier to dance to. Should we be surprised, then, that groups of musicians who copy original bands are extremely popular. Bands that play original music, on the other hand, don’t have all of these advantages. People aren’t already familiar with their songs and, thus, don’t already have an emotional connection to them. Additionally, they don’t know the beat, so they are less likely to get up and hit the dance floor. As a result, bands that play original music often have a much harder time drawing a crowd. These facts I know from interviewing my friend Michael X Christian of the Marilyn Manson tribute act Misery Machine.

Pete and his band did what I would call a very well rehearsed Vegas Lounge act and you could see the dollar bills as the crowd bought it hook line and sinker. I saw a set and a half before leaving shortly after my friend Max Bravo who I met there went home. I was exhausted. At the same time found myself anxious to return again soon.

Saturday morning I woke early and went to do laundry. Between wash and dry I returned to Lucy’s to try out the Classic Burger. Double patty, American cheese, red onion, Dijonnaise and pickles on brioche. Made with fresh sirloin Angus steak served medium. I had them not add the Dijonnaise and I added hot sauce. Unlike the chicken there is nothing special about the burgers at $8.95 so I’ll opt out of it nest time and maybe give the BBQ pork a walk in the park.

Sunday morning I prepped for the podcast with Micheal Martin out of Detroit known best for his music as Acid Casualty. Angela Denk arrived at noon and Cassie about an hour later and the guest who got lost on another part of my street still made it earlier than our scheduled 2PM start time. 

ACID CASUALTY is a producer and multi instrumentalist who creates a new and original dark and terrifying sound through focus on Analog and hardware based recording gear , live performances , live instrumentation and samples of his own creation. Acid Casualty learned bass guitar and piano by ear as a child and has been making music ever since. As a teenager he started to pick up recording and production. Some of his early influences include Black Sabbath , NIN , Marilyn Manson , Lords of Acid, Tool, Puscifer, How To Destroy Angels and Pink Floyd. He Mixes a number of influences and sounds from a wide variety of musical genre’s to attain a nightmarish end product.

After the podcast I fired up the grill and made cheese burgers for my guests. It was the first lighting of the BBQ this year. 

All in all everything went very well and I had enjoyed another full weekend.

“I am Rumour. It is a blessed condition, believe me. To be whispered about in street corners. To live in other peoples dreams. But not to have to be. Do you understand?” -Deutsch Nepal: Gouge Free Market

Saturday February 22nd I made the trek out to the far south burbs to hang with one of the very best peeps I know Dave Ganz along with his daughter Ava and we’d later be joined by fellow Homer Glenn Hooligans  Bryant Bohne and Brian Czahor for an evening of chicken wings chips and alcohol at Dave’s spread out it Lockport. It was a day out of the city that I needed but I’d have to leave very early to get back home and prepare for the Sunday podcast, which turned out to be a huge fail. 

I got on the Metra and got a message early from Ty that she hurt herself and was not going to make the show to promote her own band. I was pissed and I should have cancelled it then and there. But I still made a failed attempt to do a show with 2/3rd’s of the band and it was a miserable hour complete with technical difficulties and not even Cassie attempt at an edit could save it. We ended up with about 22 minutes of material that made no sense. When everyone left the house I started carrying boxes out the back stairs 3 flights up and down to the trash dumpsters and threw my back out. Note a very smooth end to what should have been a very nice mellow weekend. 

To cap it off someone twisted my words of dismay that Ty was a no show and I’m going to have to do some damage control when the dust settles. Once again my failure to see that most people aren’t as dedicated to their craft as I am backfired. I just can’t seem to learn that I expect way too much from most of those who make up the human race. None of this is very well in a scene is made up of people that tend to hold grudges longer than anything I’ve seen in all my years of working in the entertainment world. This is a friendship worth a little extra effort on my part to salvage. 

After I transferred from the Metra to the Blue Line and then transferred to the Red Line to come home that Sunday morning in a rush to get home in time for the podcast the young black male sitting next to me on the train fell over and fell asleep on my lap. Welcome home Alex!

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2/3rds of PINK STINK RAILS Danny and Mike

With Emily Sifrit and Fabian Arroyo on the MKULTRASOUND PodCast

Absolution and a frozen room are dreams of men below. I try to grab it but the touch is hot. The mirrors collapses, but the image can not. I’m scared of darkness in a light. I scare myself cause I know I’m right. I see the evil in you’re savage eye as it cuts right through the sky.

It’s been a running inside joke within the MK ULTRA family that your fearless leader really doesn’t go “out” much anymore. I cherish sleep and work and I’ve been sleeping great overall mostly for 2020. The last time I really went “out” was back in mid December when I met up with friends to go to Bradley and hang out at the hotel and the Looney Bin and also Buffalo Wild Wings. I stayed in New Years Eve and I don’t consider working the MORTIIS show was going “out” especially since it was work and I wasn’t drinking. Feb 1st I went to the Lunar New Year parade and an early dinner with Stacy Washack but as far as extracurricular activities outside of my office gig and MK ULTRA work my social life has been non existent.

That all changed when I went out around 9PM last Saturday night to attend two events. First up was PINK STINK RAILS at the LIVE WIRE LOUNGE where I haven’t been since 2016 and where I used to host a good bit of live shows. I met up with Angela Denk who was instructed to take a picture to prove that I was actually there at the request of our Exec Producer Too Dark Mark Williams. I hung out with Ty, Danny and Mike who make up the band and got to meet a loyal listener of the podcast Chris Noor. I had a very brief moment with the owner Dave Hornyak a good friend who goes back to the late 90’s as he had a Machine Head after show party to perform at and I enjoyed a refreshingly tight and very good set from my friends in PST. I had 2 double Jamo shots on the rocks at only $12 each. I was stunned because I have been out in the burbs at shows or maybe having a drink on Chicago’s more expensive north side for so long that I’m used to paying almost 2x that. My last double of the more affordable Jim Beam at the Arcada Theater for LA GUNS last November was $18.

Angela Denk ad Ty Coon at Live Wire Lounge

Angela Denk at Live Wire Lounge

PINK STINK RAILS featuring Danny Lee Hill, Ty Coon and Michael Szymanski

Phyllis’ Musical Inn – 1800 W Division St, Chicago

Lisa Lightning and Rich Xperience

As soon as the set ended Angela and I walked outside and I ordered an Uber to take me to Wicker Park to attend another show at Phyllis’ Musical Inn where I haven’t been since seeing Pete Berwick play there when I was still on a cane also in 2016. It was for my good friend also from the late 90’s Rich Experience’s 50th B-Day Bash pt2! to commemorate his 51st birthday. The atmosphere was festive from the minute I walked in and it didn’t take too long for me to accept the fact that I wasn’t heading home at midnight. The doubles were $9 and I started running into familiar faces the likes of Willie Zesto and the owner Clem Jaskot and made new friends with a couple of ladies who were enjoying the performances by my friends. There were girls running around in masks, a trampoline which was part of the show but the attendees had fun jumping on. Lisa Lightning and Rich Xeprience played an eclectic set of experimental music and Rich did his solo thing and then the infamous Pommel Horse demonstration. There were laser lights and all kinds of colors in the air, it was just what I needed. The grand finale was when the Tamale Guy arrived and a lady was kind enough to flag him down and I bought $24 worth of Tamales which I a still eating almost a week later. I took a taxi home and crashed around 230AM. The alarm was already set and my coffee pot was ready for me to wake up and get ready for another podcast.

The Tamale Man Arrived

The first to arrive was Ashley who is also friends with one of the weeks guest Fabian Arroyo and I realized quickly that it wasn’t going to be a typical podcast atmosphere. There’s always a different energy when Ashley is around and the last time she was here it was the day Arie Lehman the “First Jason” did the show. Emily arrived freshly returned from her stint at New York Fashion Week and Fabian showed up and finally Cassie. When we wrapped the show everyone but Cassie hung out for a bit before the 4 of us went to dinner at El Palmar.

The only downside to the weekend was the fact that the cold air and my lack of layers opened me up for a bad cough and loss of my voice on Monday. I had a really rough sore throat. But other than that I could not have picked a better night to go “out” on the town.

Saturday morning I’m on a train headed out to meet some of my metal friends, all married with children for a little get together at Dave Ganz home in Lockport and then I’m back on a train to the city on Sunday to get to work on another podcast.

Feb 28th its Pete Berwicks Johnny Cash tribute band at Carols and a vist from Acid Casualty’s Michael Martin.

After the podcast at El Palmar with Ashley, Emily and Fabian

It’s not set in stone, but we’re hearing that Thursday is the planned soft opening for Lucy’s Uptown at Wilson and Broadway.

You can see its namesake on a new sign on the Wilson side of the McJunkin Building, which was installed on Friday.

On its Instagram page, Lucy’s says, “Signs coming up, interior 99% completed, hiring is in progress. Lucy’s will open next week so long as everything goes mostly to plan! 💕 We can’t wait to serve Uptown the most amazing vibes and fried chicken sammies.”

As I work from home today the background music is one of my favorite compilation CD’s from Cold Meat Industry “…And Even Wolves Hid Their Teeth and Tongue Wherever Shelter Was Given”.

Apologizing: Doesn’t always mean you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your friendship more than your ego. (thanks to Fabian for the quote)

But I’m so happy with my feet on the ground. So happy my head spins around. Quite content to sit on this fence. Quite content now a little bit older. Because I could be nothing at all.

Bird of Prey was the most fun I’ve had at a movie since Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’m sure some PC critics are slamming it for foul and vulgar language. It was awesome! Harley inhaled a bunch of cocaine during a big fight scene in a police evidence room and it made her faster and fight better.

Chaotic, yet it’s a richly hued, madly inventive, gleefully violent and happily slapdash contraption with a formidable female at its center. – Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

First off, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, this movie did not need to be R-rated. Most of the R-rated stuff is completely unnecessary. Harley Quinn doesn’t need to be as drug-addled as she is; she doesn’t need to curse so much more than she did in Suicide Squad (which is an odd tonal shift to say the least). There doesn’t need to be the sexual assault stuff which is basically the line I draw for showing this one to my kids.

Birds of Prey should have been PG-13. It would have been a better movie with a less edgy tone and it would perform better at the box office if families could go see it. I also like how it really emphasizes tough female characters and think it’s sort of a shame that it isn’t more appropriate for younger girls….. – Erik Kain Forbes Magazine


It got to – 1 degree by my Friday morning commute. All in all a great work week.

Tuesday night I had the craving and caved in and after work ordered the Byron’s Dogzilla is a pound of hot dog served in a hot dog bun with all the trimmings. It’s a behemoth of meat, with mustard, relish, onions, tomato slices, a pickle spear, celery salt, and hot peppers.

Thursday night I needed some laughs and found a great source for that craving and ordered Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. Its the story of Jay and Silent Bob must journey to Hollywood to stop a reboot of “Bluntman and Chronic.” They’re joined by Jay’s daughter, Milly, and her friends who add “youth and diversity” to the film, which is something every reboot needs, according to another character. Ultimately, the cast is strong, and the abundance of celebrity cameos actually make the movie feel like it’s always doing something to keep the jokes fresh. 

“The Guns Story”: March 10, 2020 Three years in the life of iconic rock guitarist Tracii Guns (founder of L.A. Guns & Guns N’ Roses). With : Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Iggy Pop, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Black, Michael J. Jagosz,Rob Gardner (L.A. Guns, GNR), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Osbourne), Rikki Rockett (Poison), Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), Brandon Gibbs (Chip Thrill), Phil Soussan (Osbourne), Ted Andreadis (GNR), Adam Hamilton (L.A. Guns), Scott Foster Harris (LOG), Doni Gray (LOG), Craig McCloskey (LOG), Marc Canter, Dani Tull, Steve Darrow (Hollywood Rose), Mitch Davis, Deborah D. Hyatt, Kristen Heimo, Paula Williams, Brian Perera (Cleopatra Records), Greg Wurth, Jason Rothberg, Jason Kramer, Ricky Mahler

Friday 2/14/2020

The long-running bar of the neighborhood, Wrigleyville North, has closed its doors. We wish them a fond farewell. Thanks for the memories! The owner Jesse passed away. Good guy and I’ll miss a lot of things about this place but not the bitch bartender who let my good cowboy hat get stolen while I was in themen’s room. 

Nine million rainy days have swept across my eyes thinking of you. And this room becomes a shrine thinking of you. And the way you are sends the shivers to my head. You’re gonna fall, you’re gonna fall down dead. As far as I can tell I’m being dragged from here to hell. All my time in hell is spent with you.

While having lunch with Stacy Saturday at Viet Pho after the parade she told me all about the Polar Pop Girls in Kankakee Girls. Nick Huffman fully explained what the PPG are the next day on the MKULTRASOUND PodCast. You can hear about it at the link below.

While there is no extensive study of prostitution in the Kankakee area, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation has published a number of studies about women and men in the sex trade — the prostitutes, the pimps who profit and the johns who purchase sex. 

In reports, the group notes that the majority of the law enforcement and the media focus on the supply side of prostitution, rather than the demand. It concludes: “The equation is simple: If we want to eliminate supply, we must first eliminate demand.”

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year.  Join them as they kick off the YEAR OF THE RAT with music, colorful lion dances, live entertainment, and our community parade which kicked off at Argyle & Winthrop

Stacy arrived at Casa Diablo at 11 AM the morning of the parade and we stopped into Tac Quick for a cocktail before getting on the train. I ordered a Dirty Martini and she a Bacardi and Coke. Both drinks we prepared very strong and I assume that was because of me. It was the first drink I’d had since Sunday Jan 5 which was the very end of the holiday which is usually not the easiest time of year for me to get through. Stacy isn’t a drinker and she said her one drink was the equivalent of four for her. 

It was sunny and not too cold out when we arrived but the clouds rolled in right around 1PM and the temp dropped about 10 degrees. It was the first sunny day in 2 weeks for Chicago. A big deal here and made all the news. A lot of people took our pictures and she dwarfed the Asian’s in attendance since she stands at 6 ft.We had a fun time and then went to Viet Pho for a really nice lunch. 

Tuesday night after work my co workers all got together for dinner at Shallots in Skokie which was chosen by the firms owners since they are Jewish. It was extremely delicious and all of us went home stuffed. They also had some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted.

Located in Village Crossing 7016 Carpenter Rd, Skokie, IL

Shallots Bistro is a full service restaurant featuring elaborate lunch, dinner, and drink menus. Ranging from sushi and sandwiches to gourmet steaks, Shallots takes pride in being 100% Kosher and under the supervision of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc).

Shallots Bistro’s succulent steaks are a prime example of timeless Bistro fare. Ranging from the classical, served with pommes frites and a red wine reduction, to the modern blackened and Patron marinated. Our lunch and bar menu features more traditional American fare, such as various burgers, wings, tenders, and wraps, while all soups and salads are house made. Making sure every dining experience ends on a warm note, we bake our signature ‘Black Hat’ molten chocolate cake just for you.

With an expansive dining room, amply-sized bar, and private dining areas, Shallots Bistro can accommodate nearly any size party. For the ultimate in-house dining experience, ask about our private Chef’s Table, an intimate experience featuring cuisine that is up to you entirely. Additionally, we offer off-site catering options that can be customized to your exact needs, whenever and wherever you’d like. The restaurant is yours to explore and indulge in, the chefs are there to quench your personalized cravings, and the staff is there to make your meal an experience to remember.

Shallots Bistro is not just Chicagoland’s premier Kosher restaurant, but rather, it’s a great restaurant that just so happens to be Kosher.

Friday night I’ll be seeing Birds of Prey with Max Bravo after work. My first blockbuster of teh year. I’m also looking forward to the James Bond and Black Widow opening this year. I kinda lucked out working so close to such a nice and new theater. 

I’ve been looking for an excuse to get back to my favorite honky tonk and a favorite hangout Carols which reopened under new management last year. Pete Berwick’s new Johnny Cash tribute is performing so we will be there for certain. I haven’t seen him since 2016.

The sale of pills is at an all time high, young folks walkin’ ’round with their heads in the sky. Cities aflame in the summer time, and oh the beat goes on. Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors, evolution, revolution, gun control, the sound of soul, shootin’ rockets to the moon, kids growin’ up too soon. And the beat goes on.

Filth Pig, MINISTRY’s sixth and my favorite studio album was released on January 30, 1996. It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart. Thus began a long history in MK ULTRA history.

Funny story, I have a home health nurse coming to change the bandages on my ankle. She is about to turn 40 and is from over near Muncie. She noticed some of the stuff on my walls  and she’s into Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Thrill Kill Kult, etc. I told her about all the people I’ve met and she asked how. I said just hanging out after shows and I used to write for a magazine called MK Ultra. She was like “no way I used to read that when I was a teenager!” Haha!

– Jason Harmon Anderson IN

Things are heating up but I will actually enjoy a couple says of me time before Sunday’s show with Nick Huffman here at the haus. Tomorrow I’m leaving the house early and have some important errands that include the payment and order of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast signs and banner from Storm Signs in Dyer IN. Afterwards I’m going to try Lollipop Chicken Wings which I only just learned about yesterday morning thanks to Adam Becvare. Chicken lollipop is an hors d’oeuvre popular in Indian Chinese cuisine. Chicken lollipop is, essentially a frenched chicken winglet, wherein the meat is cut loose from the bone end and pushed down creating a lollipop appearance. It is usually served hot with Szechuan sauce. He suggested I try Great Seas out in Albany Park which is a few miles west of here.

April 9th – 11th is CHICANNAFEST and Larry has set us up with a booth to do the podcast from all 3 days. The team will be myself, Cassie, Dale and Amanda and we’re setting up a lil Lizard Lounge. I’m hoping Larry books both Mystery Actions and Electric Revolution. He’s already booked Heather Wagner who we had on the show last month.

April 9-11, 2020. Galleria Marchetti, Chicago [Ages 21+]

Press registration opened today for the 10 Year Anniversary of EXXXOTICA in Chicago and I wasted no time in putting in for credentials. I also booked my room and we’ll be doing the PodCast from there as well which is only one week from CHICANNAFEST. I’m sure to be wiped out but need to be ready for Dawn and Miranda’s visit the weekend after that. So year things are really heating up here .

3253 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago (Albany Park)

Sweet N’ Spicy Lollipop Wings

1998 Indianapolis just before moving to Chicago

She rides, let loose upon the world. She is the night and my loneliness in bondage. She’s black and sin runs down her back. She rides from the daylight in chains. She rides the night.

She slides down inside your skin. In time she will make you scream. She’s death in a cool black dress. She rides in the night of your mind. She rides the night.

My rock n roll sister from New Hampshire has SHE RIDES tattooed on the backs of her thighs.

I listen to your show. Your friend had a lot of insight one thing I will say is that the only reason there is so much division is only because the left wing media is causing it. Once they get even a moderate demo that walks in step with the dnc . The media will go back to more calming levels. The country is doing great right now but somehow the media spins a chaotic narrative, to demonize the current affairs of today. Even though it couldn’t be better. I agree with your friend I will always vote with my wallet also. And 2024 watch out for the beautiful black right winger Candace Owens, to hit the country like a bomb and get elected!

– Chris Noor

Tomorrow Cassie and I are doing the MKULTRASOUND PodCast on location at Reggies with MORTIIS. I’m going to do my best to get it uploaded immediately afterwards before the show. The last I saw him in person was when he played with DANZIG during the Blackest of the Black Tour. I hosted an after show party with the band that night at NEO. I had done a few record release parties for his projects before that and MK ULTRA ran a few interviews with him going back to 1995.

My first interview with MORTIIS was in late 1995 when we ran operations out of Indianapolis. He called from his home at the time in Sweden and as we were talking I thought I heard KISS playing in the background. I was correct and he told me he was watching KISS Meets The Phantom and confessed he was a HUGE KISS fan. A couple of years later in Chicago Bob Hoeksema had made me 2 copies of the Houston 1977 KISS concert considered one of the best live visual recordings of the early years. I was able to give MORTIIS a copy and it was appreciated.

Needless to say I’ve enjoyed each “era” or MORTIIS and am looking forward to sharing MK’s new era via podcast with him and you the loyal followers.

Here’s an old pic of me and Mortiis Oct 2017 at the Expo of the Extreme his very first ever US concert performance. 


more live photos from Cassie coming later with additional details

Poster from the after show event that I hosted for the band and fans Oct 2005

My MORTIIS CD collection that goes all the way back to his earliest works


MORTIIS at Reggies Rock Club Chicago 1/25/2020 photos by Cassie Balazic for MK ULTRA MAGAZINE



I love living in the city. Spent my whole life in the city, where junk is king and the air smells shitty. People puking everywhere, piles of blood, scabs and hair. Bodies wasted in defeat. People dying on the streets. But suburban scumbags they don’t care. They just get fat and dye their hair. I love living in the city.

Ohh the joy of city life.

I woke up very well rested and happy that now it’s been 2 straight weeks in a row where I’ve had almost solid sleep of 8 hours or more. Its nothing less than a luxury for me. My cat Anny had bee perched on the foot board of my bed yelling at me for her morning dose of wet food. I went to the kitchen and took care of them and saw that I was out of coffee. Oh well I can make it till work. Not a big problem.


I left the house 10 min earlier than usual because I wanted to stop at Target in Evanston for some Gatorade. My first train 2 minutes after I arrived on the platform. So far so good. As we were 2 stops away from the Howard Station which is the end of the Red Line where I transfer to the Purple Line to get me to downtown Evanston the train stalled. There were only two other people on my car other than me. It was nice till the train stopped. The problem in the winter is that at the end of the Red Line they have a hard time waking up the sleeping homeless who just walk over and free transfer to the southbound trains and ride them all the way to the south side to 95th street. This morning there were two trains in front of the one I was on. I was standing for 20 minutes and 10 minutes of that was listening to the black lady sitting up in front of me singing about God talking to her. Over and over and over. Two Purple Line trains had passed us during the voyage north. When I finally got off at Howard the schedule read that the next Purple Line train would be 18 minutes, I said out loud, loudly FUCK! And I noticed the cute nurse I see every morning heard me. This meant 18 minutes of standing out in the cold and wind. More Red Line trains would drop off commuters as I waited. As the schedule read two minutes I saw the annoying homeless lady that is angry every time I see her about 10 years away from me pull her pants down and take a dump right there in front of people at the edge of the platform. As disgusted as I was I was happy not to be the commuters who were closer and came walking toward me in utter shock. The homeless lady then took a wad of paper towels and wiped her face before reaching down the back of her pants which she had pulled up after her deed and wiped her nasty ass. She then proceeded to toss the soiled paper towels onto the northbound tracks Gee I hate when people litter on city property.

By now it was too late to go to Target and I walked to the office where I had to urinate badly as I take a diuretic with my vitamins in the morning. Once I got to my desk I dropped my coat and before logging in went to the conference room to make my coffee. What would you know the Keurig at the office is broken.
Then my first duty was to start to call West Vagina for HVACR Techs to recruit for a big search that I’m on. I added 31 new resumes to the rollup of 54 I called the day before. 19 of those 31 were disconnected numbers. The one Moutnaineer that I did reach answered the phone “WHAT!?” I introduced myself and he yelled it again, “WHAT!?” and as I attempted to continue he yelled it again before I hung up. Yeah buddy go back to your meth. Of all of teh states that I’ve hunted resumes from on this search West Vagina is the one state where I’ve had to disqualify every contact for one reason or another. It was frustrating. Almost all of the numbers are disconnected. I was so aggravated and the second half of my day was working other states.

Alleged madame, 31, of Chicago ‘sex dungeon’ is charged with prostitution and financial crimes in 5 states and Washington D.C. – but she claims she was simply running a fetish business

I have nothing but great things to say about this international news maker. To be continued tomorrow

Jessica wearing my PRONG hoodie after RIOT FEST Sept 2013 she seemed a lot wiser and professional than most 24 yr olds I’d met in awhile

I saw this headline 2 days ago and recognized her. I was aware through a mutual friend I’ll refer to as K that the operation was raided a couple of years back. Little did I know it was big new just last September. Being a local new junkie I don’t know how I missed it.

Prosecutors want Chicago madam locked up for advertising her fetish business while awaiting trial CHICAGO TRIBUNE JAN 21, 2020

The ad posted last month on fetish classified site promised an extraordinary opportunity to work at a Chicago “members only” club
“The Premier Playhouse was designed for the kink friendly and has been providing legal fun for 10+ years,” the ad said. “We need charming classy individuals who love the spotlight and who can welcome curious newcomers and seasoned Kinksters to our incredible and luxurious 5 floor playhouse. Apply now!”

There was just one problem, according to federal prosecutors. The ad was posted by Jessica Nesbitt, a self-proclaimed Chicago madam awaiting trial on charges alleging she and several employees had sex with clients for money at risque parties.

Now prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. to revoke.


Wednesday morning 1/22/2020 I was watching Fox 32 news before work and there she was and they showed her walking into court and she just oozed sexuality. But what does this matter you may ask, well let me rewind to RIOT FEST Sept 2013.



Motorhead was set to headline that Saturday night and I was on their guest list but they had to cancel due to Lemmy’s health and were replaced with DANZIG which was just fine with me and Tommy Victor put me on their guest list. The same night Joan Jett was also performing. I took a taxi over to Humboldt Park where the fest was held at the time ad traffic was a virtual nightmare. I was going to meet Brian Stoneman there that afternoon and he was also stuck in traffic. When I arrived and went to retrieve my VIP pass I leaned that I had to enter at the artists entrance and I had my backpack with my PRONG hoodie in it and not much else. I handed my bag to be checked and they informed me they weren’t permitted to check artists bags,, DAMN I could have taken booze in as opposed to paying the extremely high price per beverage inside. As I wandered about I ran into my fiery red head friend K and she was with a smartly dressed well mannered blonde named Jessica who I was introduced to as K’s boss. They also had VIP passes but the kind you had to pay for. I realized this day I would never attend another festival unless I and VIP. Come to think of it I’ve always only had VIP at fests. Brian finally met up with us and no matter how I tried I could not get him into the VIP beverage sales area which had long lines but not nearly as long as the lines there were for General Admission people. The 4 of us hung out and I was intrigued by this woman. She gave the impression she really had her shit together. I didn’t know till now that she was only 24. There aren’t many women at 24 these days that really have their shit together. I would find out a few hour later exactly what it was she had together.

Brian and I went to see Joan Jett and had to leave near the end of her set and run across the field to the main stage where I had VIP section access and had already introduced myself to security. I was able to sneak Brian in. K and Jessica opted to leave the VIP area and go into the crowd and act like teenagers. I couldn’t believe it. I had never seen K act that was and was surprised that Jessica joined in the charade. It wasn’t attractive. However I had garnished the attention of a small blonde rocker girl from California who stayed in my arms during the. As it turned out she was an escort Amor Hilton from LA and she actually was hired by a guy I know to join him after. It was strange. The show was great and I always love seeing DANZIG one of my all time favorite performers.

When the lil blonde walked off with my friend K and Jessica came back to us and offered to take us to their “place of employment” and then give us a ride back to the north side where I lived. So the four of us walked down Augusta to Ukrainian Village and entered a newly constructed 5 flat. It was a very high end dungeon the likes I’d never imagined. It was the home of Kink Extraordinaires and Jessica was the owner / madame. I’d also never imagined such a low key mild mannered well kept woman as a madam. She was a classy smart well mannered lady in every way. I was very taken with her. She let us make drinks at a bar and gave us the full tour right up to the rooftop jacuzzi. It goes without saying I was very impressed and more and more impressed with her.

It was becoming apparent that it seemed K and I were going to be together and Jessica put out all the signals that Brian could be with her. She gave us a ride to a bar in Lincoln Park called Tommy Knuckles which was short lived and at the time hardly had to spend any money there as the bartender at the time was a good friend. We hung out till last call and Brian ignored her advances. Dummy. It wasn’t the first time he’d do such a thing.

K continued to be a visitor at my BBQ’s and we hung out at a few shows and went to a Hot As a Mother dinner event at Heaven on 7 and I’d always ask about her boss and if she’d bring her along. She never did.


I little over a year ago K was in my neighborhood and we met up at a pub for a bite to eat. She told me that the “place of employment” Kink Extraordinaires had been raided and she was no longer in their employ. Jessica would go before teh judge and make worldwide news last Sept. This week she faced even more charges that you’ve read a portion of here.

All I can say about her is that I found her a fascinating person and an attractive and fun woman who had her shit together. I can’t say a bad thing about her. Meanwhile they want to put her away. The same city and county that a year ago gave Jussie Smollett a pass. There you have it and I wish Miss Nesbitt all the best and hope her lawyer can pull a miracle.


Months later when Brian and I discussed the evening he commented “Do you realize all of the women we were in the company of were sex workers?” Perfect analogy. – az

by whitesoxdave – Chicago White Sox blogger. Mayor of Scoop City.

I moved into the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago almost 6 years ago to the day on October 1st of 2013. Specifically I was on the 2300 block of Augusta Blvd.; the block between Western Ave. and Oakley St. It was cheap, quiet, a few blocks from the Wicker Park bars and provided easy access to interstate 290 when I was doing the reverse commute to Lisle for my first job out of college.

Though it was kinda boring, I grew to love it. Not a lot of homeless people, hardly any crime, yada yada. Oh, and since I was living with a HS friend I was also only paying $650 rent. It was perfect. Saved a lot of money up until I eventually bailed on it to move to Lincoln Park last month.

What I didn’t know is that my GODDAMN NEIGHBOR was running a massive brothel just a few blocks down from me. Now I’m not a hooker guy. Never picked one up in my life, never been to a rub n tug, never hit up Craigslist. So maybe I just was too naive to realize that this smoke show of a Madame was literally operating a few buildings down from me.

If I hadn’t moved to Lincoln Park last month and had she not gotten popped by feds, I have a sneaky feeling all of what I just said about me not being a hooker guy would have changed REAL fast. And when I said she was a smoke, I wasn’t lying.

That’s what I call service with a smile. Or more like a bunch of smiles I would like to service amirite?

I was conditioned to believe that all hookers look like the white trash you see on COPS, but apparently I was grossly mistaken. This is an all star team, the Dream Team, and the 1980s USA Men’s Hockey team all rolled into one. And if I had known about this place, I think I would have hypothetically emptied my bank account on Mistress Natasha Dior.

It’s a damn shame the coach got fired and the team broke up. It was a dynasty. Here’s to hoping a new dynasty pops up somewhere around DePaul sooner than later.



Sitting here now in this bar for hours, while these strange men rent strange flowers. I’ll be picking up your petals in another few hours. In the metal and blood, in the scent and mascara, on a backcloth of lashes and stars. In a flood of your tears, in sackcloth. And ashes and ashes and secondhand passion, and stolen guitars.

There will be more images cast of the video shoot as they come available.


I woke up at 525A Saturday morning to get ready for a cold and messy commute to the Davis Theater for a 8A-10A video shoot for FIRST JASON’s new single “Vorhees is the Name”. The live portion was shot at Liars Club a few weeks ago and now they needed extras in heavy metal gear to play audience members watching the video on a movie screen. Max Bravo came by with an Uber around 730A and we got to the Davis Theater where even in the bad weather some other extras came out to join in the shoot. Ari introduced me to a group that came in a car all the way from Pennsylvania. I got to catch up with my old friend the photographer/drummer extraordinaire Fabian Arroyo. Among the seven bands he plays in FIRST JASON is one of them. It was great to reconnect with him. He shot some pix afterwards as well. 

We did 5 or 6 takes and after the cast  gathered in front of the screen for a group shot and then we all slowly filtered out of the theater. Max and I walked through the slop and had breakfast at Garcia’s home of the finest margaritas I’ve ever tasted. We weren’t drinking this weekend however and enjoyed some wonderful tacos. Just what the doctor ordered. After that I decided to show Max Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen. He was thrilled that they sold Ox Tail and we would have to go back and make it our last stop. 

Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen 

After Genes we went to the Dollar Tree so I could buy some cleaning supplies and then we went to Quake Collectibles and talked to the owner and browsed a bit and I picked up a bighead Batgirl figure and put her in my pocket and we hit up Genes one last time. I was happy to see they make both Stuffed Peppers and Cabbage Rolls and will be returning soon to bring some home for a couple big dinners. 

Its rough doing the podcast at night after work but tonight’s show was stellar. We had our first call in and between Rob calling in from Boston and Emily sitting in studio we did 1 hr and 15 min of entertaining talk with no music or musical guests. The list of countries around the world who have listened in the last 48 hours which I read off is mind blowing. THANK YOU

Chicago, IL, United States
Beloit, WI, United States
Florence, Italy
North Hollywood, CA, United States
Cambridge, MA, United States
Kansas City, MO, United States
Dallas, TX, United States
Genova, Italy
Istanbul, Turkey
Alger, MI, United States
Tranent, United Kingdom
El Prat De Llobregat, Spain
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Oswego, IL, United States
Kempten, Germany
Stuttgart, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Highland, IL, United States
Aurora, IL, United States
Cary, IL, United States
San Francisco, CA, United States
Mugla, Turkey
Kolkata, India
Sundebru, Norway
Ontario, CA, United States
Herford, Germany
Chatswood, Australia
Hudson, NH, United States
Algeciras, Spain
Rize, Turkey
Sterling Heights, MI, United States
Pensacola, FL, United States

Emily posing with me and the newly dry mounted Roxy Music poster from 1982 that my brother gifted me for my birthday

Emily brought me 4 Big Buford’s from Checkers in Bradley IL

And now it’s at home

She’s terminal blue…Taking a ride with the pretty things tonight. You know it’s wrong but it feels so very right. Taking a ride with the pretty things tonight. You know it’s wrong but it feels so fuckin’ right.


Above are the designs for the banner and signs that were designed by Max Bravo a couple of weeks ago. On Feb 1 they will be printed by Storm Signs of Dyer IN. 

Also this week thanks to Cassie Balazic and Angela Denk the YouTube subscribers crossed 100 so I applied for a custom URL and it’ll make the channel easier to find thus increasing subscriptions. Who knew it’d be so damned hard to get our listeners to sign up.

I found a site online that sells rubber Quaaludes. The Dream Police.

We didn’t do a show last weekend and it was nice just to have some alone time and watch movies and eat. Saturday after I did laundry I finally ate brunch at 1220P and made the best sausage and biscuits I’ve ever managed, and I’ve been making it for years. Sadly I ate alone. It’s long overdue I start spending quality time with one woman. I’m making it a goal now that I have my life back in order…. for the most part. 

This Saturday early morning I’m headed to the Davis Theater to be an extra in a video shoot for Ari Lehman’s band FIRST JASON. The director wants us in metal gear so there I’ll be a 55 year old man in metal gear. It’s supposed to be very cold and the weather is forecast to be unfriendly. 

Ya know how people toss around “brother from another mother”? Well those of you that know me know that I’ve had one of those for a couple of decades now by the name of Greg Miner. Yesterday we had lunch at Bar Louie in Evanston. It was the first time I’d seen him since he picked me up from my colonoscopy in Dec 2016. Since then I had a couple personal struggle and he married a great Asian lady and moved to the quiet north shore of Forest Park. He’s really been there for me. Between him and Dale I don’t know how I would have made it through the latter half of the last decade. An hour was not nearly enough time to get fully caught up but he being the friend he is asked about me, my son and Dale. There’s so much more to catch up on and maybe we can get there when he comes on the podcast as he has a new record in the can which I’ll be listening to later today after I’m done running errands. 

(our server was very unfriendly, the place was pretty much dead for lunchtime and I had the worst Buffalo wings I’ve ever been served in a restaurant. It was my only bad experience at a Bar Louie. I wont return to this location)

Sometimes I ride the train to work or home and just start laughing out loud thinking of some of our adventures. Wild times you certainly couldn’t pull of today. Looking back at my life I’m really happy I got to enjoy the life that I did. But nothing comes without consequences that’s for sure, and I’ve paid the price in many ways and forms. But I’ve had a colorful and helluva ride.

Last night I posted this teaser on Facebook and Twitter

What’s up with the Asian girls and cocaine? Tune into Sunday’s MKULTRASOUND PodCast to learn what it’s all about.

It started out with a dream a friend had but I took that a step further as a test. The image below Dale posted and it got him banned from FB for 3 days. I posted it and got a notice in less than 30 seconds that it violates Facebooks community standards and then I got a message from Facebook with a suicide prevention hotline number. Amazing what violates “their” community standards. Urban types constantly post videos of violence and other criminal activity and it flies under their progressive radar. 

Wicker Park Checkers Opening Delayed Again

The fast food restaurant is now six months behind its scheduled July 2019 opening.

POLISH TRIANGLE — The highly-anticipated Wicker Park/West Town opening of Checkers has been delayed — again.

After months of delays, the fast food restaurant is now eyeing a late January opening, spokesperson Jennifer Hoch said on Monday.

In July of last year, Checkers initially announced a summertime at 1555 W. Division St. The restaurant would be attached to, and would share an address with, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

While Popeyes eventually opened in the corner storefront facing the Division Street-Ashland Avenue intersection, the Ashland Avenue-facing Checkers remained closed throughout the fall and winter.

In December, Checkers announced a Dec. 27 opening. Then a Dec. 30 opening.

Hoch, the spokesperson for the company, did not have an explanation for why the late December timeline had been pushed into mid-January.

She did tell Block Club last month that “various factors” were to blame for the five-month lapse between July and December.

“The opening has been delayed due to various factors and the group is now putting the final touches for the grand opening,” Hoch said.

While Checkers is known for its double drive-thrus, the Wicker Park location will be walk-in only.

Luckily for me Emily of eKaye designs is guest hosting on this weAkends show and will bring me a pair of Big Buford’s to hold me over. We should also be able to take our first call in from Boston Bob and old friend of mine from the east coast. Maybe we’ll share the tale of the coolest bar fight either one of us had ever been in from 1997.

Its Thursday morning, I’m on my 6th cup of coffee and getting ready to go out and brave the cold.

Three very intense and surreal horror movies I’ve watched this week. Midsommer, Hereditary and Mother 

Last weekend’s storm destroyed parts of Chicago’s beaches, including the lakefront trail.

CHICAGO (WLS) — High lake levels and a series of storms have wiped out two beaches on Chicago’s Far North Side, forcing the city to restrict access to the public.

City officials said Rogers Beach and Howard Beach are no longer salvageable and will be replaced with rock.