A List of People We Forgot to Thank

In the heat of the moment and the rush to finish the artwork, I ended up omitting a few people who should have been thanked. While we could just say “anyone not specifically named is included in The Fun Committee”, that’s not enough.

So, in no particular order, except roughly alphabetical…

  • The Academy
  • Acker
  • Bob Henne
  • City of Champaign (list out the names of all residents)
  • Former mayor Don Gerard
  • Frank Herbert (but not his son)
  • Ian McDonald
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Kowloon Walled City
  • The Link Amp God
  • Lonely Trailer
  • Maria Bamford
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Rex’s parents
  • Rex’s relatives (listed individually—first in chronological and then in alphabetical order)
  • Rex’s friends (each one, individually)
  • Richard’s friends (all three of them)
  • Roger
  • Snayl
  • Various pedal manufacturers (all of them)
  • WEFT 90.1 FM
  • William Gibson

That’s all for now.

Come See the Future

Location

  • May 19, 2017
  • Cowboy Monkey
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • The Autocorrect
  • Lonely Trailer
  • Snayl

Topics

  • The Age of Big Business
  • The Bureaucrat’s Lament
  • Your Brand New Future
  • Singularity
  • Weirding Room
  • Checked Out
  • Trans Europe Express

Notes

  • CD release show! Buy some!
  • Our Consultant Chris sang on “Bureaucrat” and “BNF”.
  • Richard did NOT mess up the ending of “Big Business”!
  • Hawaiian shirts were worn.
  • Multimedia solutions were leveraged, to enhance the experience.
  • The Autocorrect loves Bob the Sound Guy. Not only does he make us sound great and clear, he wore a Lazer Cats shirt.

Media

Radio-Aktivität

Location

  • May 1, 2017
  • WEFT 90.1 FM Studio
  • Champaign, IL

Speakers

  • The Autocorrect

Topics

  • National Security Love Letter
  • The Bureaucrat’s Lament
  • Ant Farm
  • The Moon
  • The Blue Line
  • Wasteland
  • Checked Out

Notes

  • Debut of Miniak#2, Richard’s keyboard (used on “Blue Line”).
  • Our Consultant Christine sang backup vocals on the first two songs.
  • This was a very informal meeting—casual dress code and the humans were allowed to speak between songs. There wasn’t even an agenda printed! Anarchy!
  • The ratio of dry to effected Bass VI signal was way too far on the dry side. Another lesson learned. Next time, we just mic the bass amp, nothing else!

Media

This meeting is on archive.org!

And on UPTV6:

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.

Media

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.

Media

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.

Media

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.

Media

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.

Media

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.

Media