It’s been ages since I’ve given ya’ll some good links to chew on. My vacation ruled, you can read a bunch about it on MELODY TO FUNKYTOWN (with more updates to come shortly).

In the meantime, enjoy some nice stuff I’m catching up from while away…

Watch a clip from the Secret Machines’ Bonnaroo 2005 show. You already know how much I loved this set of music.

Jim DeRogatis talks to New City Chicago about his new Flaming Lips biography. (via lhb)

Speaking of Flaming Lips, watch a clip from their cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at their secret, SXSW show on Stereogum. Download the mp3 here.

Ryan from Muzzle of Bees is making a trip down to Chicago tonight, and he’s posted some live The National to celebrate. I’d try to make it out simply for the fact that I could meet Ryan and see a band I’ve never seen, but my jetlag is hurting today.

The schedule for Noise Pop 2006 has been announced.

The lineup for 10KLF has been updated, most notably with Phil Lesh added as a headliner.

SuperDee from JamBase was at Jam in the ‘Dam and I only had a split second or so to introduce myself the first night of the festival. Every other night, I looked here and there and never found her. She was hanging with Vince Iwinski (Umphrey’s McGee’s manager) and they kept going backstage during the set. Bummer.