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Hey, all you music-types (and everyone else)!

So this morning, [livejournal.com profile] dorian_mauve and I were awoken by tweets from one of the bands we love, Portugal. The Man (@portugaltheman), announcing that ALL OF THEIR STUFF. ALL OF IT. EVERYTHING. EVERY. FUCKING. THING. had been stolen, including their van and trailer, after they played Lollapalooza last night. They've spent pretty much all day freaking out all over Twitter and it's pretty nauseating what was taken.

The full list of lost equipment can be viewed here, complete with a bunch of serial numbers.
And a non-Twitter version here.

A description of the van can be found here.

And an incentive by the manufacturing company of one of their bass amps can be found here.

[livejournal.com profile] dorian_mauve's base tweet for the pawnshop spreadsheet link is here.

So any of you with Twitter accounts? If you'd like to retweet the above tweets, as well as anything else relating to the event you'd like, just to raise awareness and spread the word? That would be AMAZING.

I am offering stupidcomic doodles to anyone who wants to get in on this, even just an RT or two.

For those of you feeling remarkably ambitious, [livejournal.com profile] dorian_mauve has compiled an open google doc dividing and cataloging efforts to call local area pawn/music shops to provide the establishments with info (we're hoping most have email addresses we can forward the list of serial #'s to). Even if you don't wanna deal with this, maybe you know someone who does, or someone on your Twitter feed will.

If you're super-awkward with phone stuff like I am, we recommend that if you do claim a pawn shop cluster, just use the, "My friend's band had all of their stuff stolen after they played Lolla on Sunday night, do you have an email address we could forward the serial numbers/descriptions to?" script.

OH AND we're also canvassing Craigslist (Chicago and the surrounding areas including Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan as well as the Chicago 'burbs like Evanston and Glenview etc) and eBay for the items, which is another quick way you could take a minute to help, if you're so inclined.

If you don't already have it, I'm @lllookalive on Twitter, and [livejournal.com profile] dorian_mauve is @okrysmastree.

I've already spammed Patrick Stump (@patrickstump), the Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats with GREAT results ♥ ♥ John Darnielle ♥ &hearts), Adam Siska (@siskybusiness), Bill Beckett (@billbeckett), FBR's street team (@fbrstreetteam including emailing them), Gatsbys American Dream (@gatsbysamerican), and Man Without Wax (@manwithoutwax) with all of this, but KEEP IT GOING! Their accounts are huge, they can handle the spam and maybe that way some of the bigger ones'll see it. Plus, if you think of anyone else who might give a crap. I've just been focusing mostly on local musicians for the Chicago area so far, with the exception of the Mountain Goats, but the more publicity the better.

FBR's street team email is erick@fueledbyramen.com, in case you're inspired.

And now, because I know you're all like WHO THE SHIT IS THIS BAND AND WHY DO I CARE? Honestly, even if I didn't like them this would still have me up in arms. Fucking klepto assholes.
But even if you don't have a Twitter, don't want to deal with all this viral shit, you can still go listen to some fucking awesome music:
This is their YouTube channel.
And in following with events, and also one of my all-time favorites of their stuff, try Chicago on for size.

And, because we are fabulous, we're making this a drinking game. Shot of tequila for ever successful email address! GO GO GO!

(and I wasn't kidding about those stupidcomics, guys I take requests!~)

You guys are amazing, and even if you don't have time to deal with this, thanks for being you. My flist is the BEST flist.

Well holy fucking shit.

ETA (8-09 9:25am)
They just tweeted that the van and trailer were recovered, though they're empty and not sure what condition either are in. Still, it's a lead.

Date: 2011-08-09 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
Look at you, motherfucking rock and roll hero~!

Date: 2011-08-09 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
Dude, fucking John Darnielle and Gabe Saporta fucking REPLIED TO ME. And RT'd, which is more important, but. But. THEY FUCKING REPLIED TO ME, IT WAS KIND OF AMAZING.

Never underestimate the power of two INTJ's with a laptop.

Now go, use that latent Twitter account of yours, dangit! ♥

Date: 2011-08-09 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
You do realize that the only people following my Twitter are you, Becca, and Carrie– I think we can assume you've all been informed– and Alice, who is probably more worried about the riots tearing her country apart than some tiny American band's stolen gear.

But I can repost it on LJ. ^_^

Date: 2011-08-09 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
Well I meant more like, spamming bigger accounts, since that seems to work occasionally. But whatever!~

Dude, the England riots thing sucks. Shit's crazy today. A guy got shot in the head a block away from Krys and I earlier this evening down by the river. Like, literally exactly when we were there, on the State Street bridge parallel with the Michigan Ave bridge we were crossing. Some dude walked up behind another dude and shot him in the head.

Date: 2011-08-09 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
See, I think this is where you may be under the mistaken impression that I know how Twitter works. Regardless, boosting the signal on LJ is a go.

Yeah, Carrie's post mentioned! Jesus what the fuck even, all this bullshit is totally throwing off my groove. D:

Date: 2011-08-09 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
Right, there's that. So basically on Twitter you'd take those tweets I've got listed, do a copy/paste into a fresh tweet, and preface it with RT and whoever you're RT'ing to specify it's someone else's tweet and then whoever you want to spam, so like:

@patrickstump RT @lllookalive @portugaltheman had ALL their gear stolen after lolla. looking for a red van w alaska plates FJH244. please RT?

Like that. And that way it can just be thrown around all over at anyone who may be able to help via RT. ...Make sense? (Gabe and John got me all excited because they didn't just RT, they replied separately to me and PTM, too.)

I know, right? What the hell, COME ON, WORLD.

Date: 2011-08-09 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com
...Sure, okay. ...Of course, I'd still need someone to Tweet at and, uh.


Date: 2011-08-09 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
Twitter, I am finding, has its uses. Case and point this whole endeavor.

And yeah, no, I know. It took me forever to warm up to it, but honestly it's pretty straight-forward and user friendly and not at all creepystalky like FB. Like, aside from the fact it's basically used intently TO stalk people. But like, in the obvious way, not the skeezy way. WORDS. WHATEVER. You get what I mean.

Gabe and the Mountain Goats can be crossed off the list, but like, if you wanna spam any of the other people I've got linked/listed with the template I gave you? That's a start. Patrick Stump is sort of my own personal project, I'm just waiting til he pops up again so I know he's online and then it's deluge time. ♥ ...Politely.

Date: 2011-08-09 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aquidis.livejournal.com
GABE SAPORTA. That is all, basically.

I hate hearing about bands getting their gear stolen. There's only so much you can do as a fan across the country, but I know how absolutely devastating it would be. UGH.

Date: 2011-08-09 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
I'm really impressed by him atm, honestly. He responded to my tweet so freaking quick, it was great. Now I'm just waiting for Nic to get back from wherever he is and see that Gabe involved himself and like, idk. Track it back to me and brutally murder me in an alley? Though that'd be kinda cool, because if I survived (I wouldn't), we could hang out.

And yeah, that's why it's so great that most of this is happening via Twitter, Craigslist, and eBay. So far it's all nation-wide accessible.

Date: 2011-08-10 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regonym.livejournal.com
Man, that sucks. D: I up-channeled this post to [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge, he does a weekly post on Mondays that's like a good-cause-newsletter-type-thing. I know that's a bit far off timewise, but he's one of the biggest signal-boosters I know of on LJ, so it may still help out.

Also GABE SAPORTA AHAHAHA what is this I cannot even


Date: 2011-08-10 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] look-alive.livejournal.com
Oh dude, awesome! No, that's great. I haven't heard what condition the van/trailer were in, but I have a feeling the stuff won't be recovered by then, so. Yay! Thank you!!

I also managed to get the FBR street team coordinator in on RT'ing and spreading the word, so I'm pretty stoked about that, but. Fucking. GABE SAPORTA HAHAHAH WHAT EVEN. And John Darnielle, who is the biggest sweetheart EVER, and I got a ton of RT's off the Mountain Goats' followers, which was pretty great.

I cannot even.

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