Thursday, September 9, 2010


The Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show has haunted the airwaves of WLUW into the wee hours of dreary Monday Nights for nearly 3 years. Taking the concept of Freeform and directing it more into the realms of an art form, host Arvo Fingers uses his lengthy experience as a sleepless madman to wield surrealistic songs and sounds into a slithering swath for 4 hours a week. He's clandestinely guested overnight many at WZRD-Chicago, cohosted a soul radio show with Eric Lab Rat, booked numbers of otherworldly bands, and sustained long stints of freeform band/DJ nights at daring bars or clubs, often covering two floors of activity. Presently, "Delirious Insomniac" is now syndicated on RadioKL.Hr in Croatia, with regular international guest contributions from foreign music enthusiasts. Arvo also writes music-oriented articles as well as making music alongside some of Chicago's experimental luminaries.

For this 3rd Anniversary event, challenging the freeform medium will extend into the physical/visual realm. You might be alarmed, but you won't be disappointed.


ONO (Avant/Industrial/Gospel)
Cock E.S.P. (MPLS)
Ammunition Ammunition(militant, grim burlesque performer and circus member)
Joe Grimm (composition for circuit bent 16mm projector)

Arvo Fingers end of the night dj set
DJ Omar Padrón

WLUW's Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show 3rd Anniversary Event
September 15th, 2010

Darkroom Bar
2210 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL

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ONO ( Avant/Gospel/Punk/Industrial since 1980, formerly on Thermidor Records,

ONO was founded in 1980 and originally rehearsed weekly in a basement on the South Side near the "PILL HILL" area. ONO shared the space with End Result. Their first show was at the original EXIT on Wells with Special Affect( Frankie Fun & Al Jorgenson) and Naked Raygun (Jeff and Mark-O, Santiago, Camillo and Jim). The original line-up of the band in 1980 was Hallene Kathy Brooks: Vocals ,Percussion and Recitations; travis: Vocals, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Keyboards Marc Berrand-Vocals and Guitar P. Michael Grego-Vocals and Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Keyboards. In early 1981 is was travis: Vocals, Dobro/Steel guitar, Bass, Percussion and Keyboards; Ric Graham: Vocals and Guitar, Bass, Sax-Trumpet and Synthesizer/Computers; Shannon Rose Riley: Sax-Bass, Percussion and Keyboards; P. Michael: Vocals and Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Keyboards. A pair of albums were released on the THERMIDOR record label out of San Fransisco: 1982's "MACHINES THAT KILL PEOPLE," and 1986's, "ENNUI." travis and P.Michael are still involved in live performance as ONO, however Ric Graham maintains the sound and visual archives and is retired from live performance. Current ONO line-up is travis, P. Michael, Rebecca Pavlatos, and Jesse Thomas. They have now released a cassette along with Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan (2010) and perform all over the Chicago area.


"Lechuguillas aim to peel skin from faces, not entrance with psychedelics. Informed by classic 1980′s noise-rock — Butthole Surfers, Jesus Lizard, God Bullies, etc. — in that era, they might have been signed to Amphetamine Reptile or Touch & Go. In this day and age, the band can find a measure of like-mindedness with bands such as Sightings, CaCaw, and XBXRX. The trio’s scabrous guitar skree and choked vocals play like an acid bath or a sandpaper rubdown. They are the blunt instruments serving a mind-over-matter approach. Explosive and aggressive, these guys rip rhythm patterns out of a music style that is not accustomed to such delicacies. Hard smashing beats overdrive the breaking teeth and flying spit usually only felt in hand to hand combat. Chaos is easy to create but hard to control, however, Lechuguillas do both. Their live show will leave you disorientated and satisfied."

Cock E.S.P. ( an experimental music and performance art ensemble founded by Emil Hagstrom in Minneapolis in 1993. The group draws on the most transgressive and absurdist elements of both popular and experimental Twentieth Century music and performance art, realizing a diverse and energetic palette of abstract electronic music influenced by such styles as Japanese Noise, free jazz, punk rock, black metal and hardcore industrial. Rare among the group’s boundary-pushing peers, Cock E.S.P.'s canon includes a high degree of self-effacing humor, satire and unfiltered emotion; this not only makes the group more accessible to a general audience, but also directly challenges the antisocial "shock value" norms and elitist conformism common in underground music..

Cock E.S.P. concerts are short, chaotic vignettes which push their absurdist concept to an extreme level. Concentrating more on the performance aspect itself than on the sound, the group walks the path paved by such arts movements as Fluxus and Futurism by causing the audience to question the basic expectation of live recital itself. Whearas a modern experimental composer might explore a certain set of atonal sounds over the course of an hour-long work -- or as a punk band might play a dozen standard three-chord songs before ending their set by knocking over their equipment in a frenzy of feedback -- Cock E.S.P. condenses this action into cathartic five-minute long episodes, which are simultaniously confusing, amusing and intellectually confrontational.

Ammunition (militant, grim burlesque performer and circus member, )
Ammunition is the co-founder and performance specialist for the pervettes of SS-Triple X. She has been gracing the stages of Chicago since 2006. She harnesses such talents onstage such as grinder acts, fire eating and breathing and body modification performance art. Merging unconventional with sexual magnetism, Ammunition leaves the audience hot in their seats! She holds monthly residencies performing for "Post Apocalyptic Burlesque" and 1901 Gallery's "In the Dark: Grim Burlesque". When offstage, you can find Ammunition at your local Army Surplus purchasing grenades, gas masks, and shiny weapons.

Nookleptia Experimental/Noise Industrial Musick. Started in 1993.

...DJ Omar Padrón , (residency at NEO, Cohost on Nova Feedback Radio Show at SAIC, past guest on Delirious Insomniac)

Joe Grimm (composition for circuit bent 16mm projector,
Joseph Grimm (a.k.a. The Wind-Up Bird) is a "peace noise" composer/performer based in Providence, RI. Drawing inspiration from 60's composers such as Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley, and Charlemagne Palestine, Grimm makes music that reveals acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena. His performances frequently take the form of meditations: resonance, repetition, friction, and disintegration become the hypnotic focal points in an attempt to reach a state of inner tranquility, balance, and heightened attention to sonic minutiae. Grimm has collaborated live or on record with artists such as Lucky Dragons, Pleasurehorse, Glenn Branca, Alvin Lucier, The One AM Radio, Black Forest/Black Sea, and others.

Arvo Fingers end of the night performance/dj set (

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