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Local Music Notebook: Buy A Piece Of JBTV

"Jerry Bryant has put up for sale his massive, one-of-a-kind JBTV archive of 30,000 remastered, first generation digibeta music videos from the '80s, '90s and 2000s in order to capitalize the expansion and resources of his live music show," Reel Chicago reports.

"The painstakingly preserved vault of 1,100 one-inch tapes is a cultural mother lode of Smithsonian proportions. The storage devices alone are worth $125,000. Bryant has 'no idea' of the content's value.

"It's a one of a kind collection that nobody has," he says. "It's got some of the best and some of the worst of all the music videos ever released, sort of a history of rock and roll since 1984."

Does it come with the hyperbole?

But no, seriously, this is a pretty good collection.


This JBTV promo reel kind of gives you an idea of what we're dealing with.


See also: The JBTV Music Television YouTube Channel.

New Kid In (Sorta) Town
Introducing Jay Storm, the Charlotte-Based Beatmaker Who's Making Waves in Chicago.

Noise Porn
"Leo Kidd, the electronic duo based out of Chicago, just made their debut in December with their very first single, 'Pretty.' The talented bedroom producers' haunting single perfectly showcases Leigha Crumbley's stunning vocals and Will Lidke's outstanding production ability."

And for that, Leo Kidd is Noise Porn's Artist of the Month.

Hot For Blue Island Rockabilly Teacher
"The people who are successful in country music tend to be open and honest about their personal shortcomings," Evan Moore writes for the Daily Southtown, which is now owned by the Tribune.

"That type of honesty resonates with fans of the genre.

"Oak Forest native JoEllyn Moroney, a music teacher by day and a rockabilly singer nicknamed 'Pearls Mahone' by night, hopes that proves true as she's looking to breakout."


Here she is at Reggies last spring.


Over Yonder Way
"As a kid growing up just outside of Chicago with a talent and passion for musical theater, Jeff Austin was headed for Broadway. But going to see bands like Phish performing live during his student years changed that plan, sending him down a different musical track," Colorado Public Radio reports.

"The mandolinist and singer was so taken by the energy on stage, that he moved to Colorado, took up the mandolin and started singing and playing bluegrass songs as a founding member of The Yonder Mountain String Band."

And now he's going solo.

Local H Lives
"Local H have announced that they will be releasing their 8th studio album, Hey, Killer, on April 14th and will be playing a special hometown record release and 25th anniversary show," AntiMusic reports.

"The new album was produced by Andy Gerber and is the two-man band's first album to feature drummer Ryan Harding. Hey, Killer will be issued on CD, vinyl and digitally.

"On April 19th the band will perform the special hometown show at the Metro in Chicago to celebrate the album's release and mark the 25th anniversary of their very first live show at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater on April 20, 1990."


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