The Autocrats!

Location

  • April 1, 2017
  • The Iron Post
  • Urbana, IL

Speakers

  • Bristle
  • “The Autocrats”
  • Eric “Big Hungry” Carter

Topics

  • The Blue Line
  • Ant Farm
  • Wasteland
  • The Moon
  • Checked Out

Notes

  • First live performances of “The Blue Line” and “Checked Out”.
  • Debut of “Bari White”, Richard’s new “backup” Bass VI.
  • In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, we decided not to play any songs off the album we’re about to release; only new stuff.
  • On the venue’s calendar, our name got (ahem) autocorrected to “The Autocrats”. We rolled with it.

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The Great Cover Up

Location

  • January 20, 2017
  • The Accord
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • Every band in town

Topics

  • The Model
  • Electric Cafe
  • The Robots
  • Trans Europe Express

Notes

  • It’s the Great Cover Up, a longstanding local tradition, in which bands pretend to be other bands. Plus it’s for charity.
  • We were Kraftwerk!
  • We were supposed to play “Pocket Calculator”, but the Stylophone died minutes before our set began. The wiring inside those things is totally janky.
  • Rex augmented his sample pad with extra triggers and footswitches, as well as a few hand-held devices. He also augmented his voice with a vocoder (the EHX Voice Box).
  • Richard used a four string bass and only two pedals (volume and Whammy), and also borrowed one of Andy’s synths (Akai Miniak).
  • Andy used his giant Roland Juno.
  • “Trans Europe Express” is a blast to play.

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Steve Gingold Memorial

Location

  • November 26, 2016
  • Cowboy Monkey
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • California Mummy
  • The Autocorrect

Topics

  • The Age of Big Business
  • Ant Farm
  • National Security Love Letter
  • Your Brand New Future
  • The Moon
  • Wasteland

Notes

  • Steve was a prominent member of the local punk scene in the 80s, a friend to many, and a member of many bands (including one of Rex’s and Andy’s first).
  • Before and after the live bands, recordings that featured Steve were played over the PA.
  • First live performance of “Wasteland”.
  • Our Consultant Christine sang backup vocals on “NSLL” and “BNF”.
  • Richard messed up the ending of “Big Business”, YET AGAIN.

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Holy Cow! Cubs Win!

Location

  • October 22, 2016
  • The Loose Cobra
  • Tolono, IL

Speakers

  • Snayl
  • My Empty Phantom
  • The Autocorrect

Topics

  • Your Brand New Future
  • Ant Farm
  • The Moon
  • Weirding Room

Notes

  • First live performance of “The Moon”.
  • Rex forgot to print agendas. A note was placed in his file.
  • It wasn’t until later that we learned that the “unusually high enthusiasm” was because the Cubs won the Pennant right as our last song reached its triumphant ending.

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UP Center Benefit

Location

  • June 17, 2016
  • The Accord
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • A host of performers

Topics

  • National Security Love Letter
  • The Bureaucrat’s Lament
  • Your Brand New Future
  • The Age of Big Business

Notes

  • Benefit show for a worthy cause. Taking place days after the Orlando shooting, it was a pretty emotional night.
  • Debut of our Consultant Christine, who sang backup vocals on the first three songs.
  • Hawaiian Shirt Day.
  • Richard probably messed up the ending of “Big Business”, as usual.

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In-store

Location

  • May 26, 2016
  • Exile on Main St.
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • The Autocorrect
  • Lines in the Sky

Topics

  • The Age of Big Business
  • Ant Farm
  • Singularity
  • Weirding Room

Notes

  • Richard probably messed up the ending of “Big Business”, as usual.

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Downsizing

Location

  • April 23, 2016
  • Mike N Molly’s
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • Bookmobile!
  • The Acme Principle
  • The Autocorrect

Topics

  • The Age of Big Business
  • Ant Farm
  • The Bureaucrat’s Lament
  • Your Brand New Future
  • Weirding Room

Notes

  • Our final show at the venerable Mike N Molly’s.
  • Richard probably messed up the ending of “Big Business”, as usual.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Location

  • February 13, 2016
  • Mike N Molly’s
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • The Autocorrect
  • The Multiple Cat
  • Bristle

Topics

  • The Age of Big Business
  • Ant Farm
  • National Security Love Letter
  • Singularity
  • Weirding Room

Notes

  • First live performance of “Ant Farm”.
  • Richard begins the grand tradition of messing up the ending of “Big Business”.
    I know what you’re thinking. “Did we play that section six times or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself.
    In his defense, he had to get up early the next morning to play a gamelan concert in Bloomington.

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Mandatory Thanksgiving Reflection

Location

  • November 20, 2015
  • Mike N Molly’s
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • The Autocorrect
  • Vaudevileins
  • Slick Lisp

Topics

  • The Bureaucrat’s Lament
  • Your Brand New Future
  • National Security Love Letter
  • Singularity
  • Weirding Room

Notes

  • This performance is immortalized in Ingress as the main photo for the Mike N Molly’s portal (it’s also the main Gym photo in Pokémon Go).
  • SOMEONE forgot to order toner, meaning it was impossible to print agendas—until Andy stepped up. There was no extra compensation, as The Autocorrect believes the feeling of having done the right thing should be its own reward.

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