Posts in category "Pop Culture"

Why I Won't be Watching the Cubs Tonight

Why I Won't be Watching the Cubs Tonight
The Cubs will be facing the Colorado Rockies tonight at 8:05 EDT, smack in my ideal prime-time viewing window, but I won’t be watching. That in and of itself probably isn’t very unique though; I’m sure many of the rest of you stayed up well past your bedtimes to take in last night’s 16-inning marathon... Read more »

The Simpsons Wasted My Youth: Top 15 Episodes, Pt. 2 (Top 5)

The Simpsons Wasted My Youth: Top 15 Episodes, Pt. 2 (Top 5)
Last week, I put out numbers 15-6 in my top 15 Simpsons episodes list (you can read it here). I got some good commentary on that list and I look forward to more great Simpsons conversation on the rest of the list. Maybe, just once, someone will call me ‘Sir’ without adding ‘you’re making a... Read more »

Family Ties: A World War II Tank Destroyer, an MVP, and Ron Santo's Teammate

Family Ties: A World War II Tank Destroyer, an MVP, and Ron Santo's Teammate
I grew up on a farm in rural Northwest, IN, just a couple miles from my paternal grandparents, and it’s from that relationship that all of the following anecdotes spawn. Two involve cases of mistaken identity resulting from innocent ignorance, but the third is actually a tale of discovered history. My grandfather, Paul Altman, was... Read more »
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The Simpsons Wasted My Youth: Top 15 Episodes, Pt. 1 (15-6)

The Simpsons Wasted My Youth: Top 15 Episodes, Pt. 1 (15-6)
A while back, I was inspired by something that Evan Altman wrote called The Soundtrack to my Life. If you have some time and like Eminem, it’s a great read. The part that spoke to me the most was his opening sentence: “When it comes to music, I’m not very well-versed.” This sums up how... Read more »

Hot Stove, Cool Music: An Evening of 'Controlled Chaos'

Hot Stove, Cool Music: An Evening of 'Controlled Chaos'
If you live in the Chicago area and are a fan of alternative music, you have undoubtedly taken a trip or two to Metro. Hell, I’ve seen some of my most memorable shows there, from Bob Mould, to Cheap Trick, to Goo Goo Dolls, to Material Issue. That venue, much like the Chicago Cubs and... Read more »

The Sandberg Game: How Ryno Got Me My First Strat-O-Matic Set

The Sandberg Game: How Ryno Got Me My First Strat-O-Matic Set
Ryne Sandberg bought me Strat-O-Matic baseball. Well, it was kinda indirectly, but still. It was the nationally televised NBC game of the week on a Saturday in June…Oh, you know the rest by now. The “Ryne Sandberg Game” will always go down in my fondest of memories, maybe my favorite Cubs game of all time.... Read more »
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Hot Stove, Cool Music: An Arm's Length Away From Some Heavy Hitters in Chicago Rock

Eddie "King" Roeser of Urge Overkill
On Friday, June 20, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Hot Stove, Cool Music concert to support the Foundation to be Named Later. This is a sampling of some shots I took from the front of the stage with, as you will see, some heavy hitters in the world of Chicago rock. Look... Read more »

The Soundtrack to my Life

The Soundtrack to my Life
When it comes to music, I’m not very well-versed. I can say without a doubt that Tom and WilcoMeThat each possess musical knowledge with far more depth and breadth than me. But I’d be willing to put my playlist up against anyone when it comes to random ecclecticism and flat-out embarrassment. My car has a... Read more »

Tom Morello Should Stick to Shredding and Leave Cubs Strategy Alone

Tom Morello Should Stick to Shredding and Leave Cubs Strategy Alone
Rage against the machine, indeed. I used to like Tom Morello. The dude could flat-out shred, make a guitar do things people hadn’t heard before. Unfortunately, he can also make a keyboard do things people hadn’t heard, or read before. In a recent article for Rolling Stone, the musician laid out his “seven-point program to... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Chicago Food Snob Joe Campagna

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Chicago Food Snob Joe Campagna
ChicagoNow decided about a month ago to conduct a fun project in which ChicagoNow bloggers would interview other ChicagoNow bloggers. It was my job to interview Joe Campagna of “Chicago Food Snob.” One paragraph in Joe’s bio says it all: My name is Joe and I am a Food Snob. I was forged from the... Read more »