Chicago reclusive author Clive Javanski was having custom book shelves installed in his new apartment and our friend Aidan came to help. Clive is still in Bucktown, but now he lives near Lottie’s Pub. It’s where the three of us went on a recent Monday to enjoy few lunchtime pints (Dos Equis on tap) and the taco special .  Aidan, who doesn’t live far but drove to Clive’s in order to bring work supplies and wood of some sort, bitched about the  “no parking” signs plastered around Lottie’s before he figured out they were for a different day and time. It turns out they were posted because the TV show Chicago Fire films scenes at Lottie’s, something I’d forgotten about if I knew it at all (I haven’t seen the show – I was a fan of the now cancelled Chicago Code, however).

The bartender was a cute Ukrainian girl and the background music was stupid good. It felt like they stole my iPod. We heard The Neighbourhood (“Afraid” – an incredibly darkly fantastic song), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Manchester Orchestra, Grouplove (together in one song even), and some Mowgli’s – just to name a few.

We got to talking about music and Aidan brought up one of his favorite bands, Depeche Mode, who will be playing in Chicago Aug. 24.

“Someday they will announce auditions for young actors to play the band in what will be the best music biopic ever,” Aidan said. “Theirs is a fantastic story.”

Aidan is still upset that Depeche Mode has never been on the cover of Rolling Stone but Blind Melon has. Shit on that. Among other little DM tidbits Aidan discussed, was that there are lyrics in the song Shake The Disease (one of the best song titles ever), that reference an earlier song, Stories of Old.

Anyway, in anticipation of the DM concert, Aidan has been posting customized Facebook covers featuring the band. None include the actual band members or the band name. They are simply images like edited album covers or something else band/album/song related (Depeche Mode has a lot of interesting imagery and symbols). Some of the images he found online and edited, or added lyrics or song titles referencing the band. Each one includes the date of the Chicago concert. Click for original size in new window.

Depeche Mode The Dodgy

Depeche Mode Chicago Aug. 24

Depeche Mode The Dodgy

Depeche Mode Playing the Angel

Depeche Mode Tour Aug. 24 Chicago

Depeche Mode on The Dodgy

Strangelove Music for the Masses The Dodgy

Depeche Mode Heaven on

A Broken Frame at

Depeche Mode Some Great Reward cover art