Prince Is Not On Spotify. How Do I Mourn?

Yeah, it’s true, the genius is gone, and for the most part, so is his catalog. Prince was never was on Spotify, and that’s a shame. So how do we mourn? I mean after all the prayers of restful peace? I can’t make a mixtape. If I did, where would I play it? I can play... Read more »

I Met Taylor Swift At A Chicago Food Court...In My Dream

I Met Taylor Swift At A Chicago Food Court...In My Dream
I’m not even a huge fan of Taylor, though I did have a little crush on “Blank Space.” I really loved her Vance Joy cover of “Riptide,” as well. But, if you read this blog, along with the three other people who do, you know I’ve been listening to Morrissey and the Kooks lately. But... Read more »

The Kooks "See The Sun" Live From Maidstone

“I see the sun rising/And all you see is its fall, fall, fall” “So come on up/Wasn’t it you who said life was like a plastic cup/To be used and then disposed of Yeah but that’s no way to live a life like yours/Don’t you see now how I pay” Woke up this morning with... Read more »
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Morrissey : Bengali In Platforms (Alternate version)

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I’ve been going through a “Bengali” phase again, with extreme listens and endless vocalizations. Let me explain, I can’t stop singing, or streaming, Morrissey’s “Bengali In Platforms.” The guitar is fantastic and I love his voice on this track. Like many of the songs from Viva Hate, I go through phases where I pick apart... Read more »

Excitement Builds As The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago

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My excitement for The Ocean Blue’s return to Chicago, at Lincoln Hall, can’t be contained. I’ve been listening to the first two records non-stop, as they will be playing them both, front to back. The song that I keep hearing in my head each day, is “Cerulean.” Fifteen seconds into the second song off of... Read more »

The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago To Play Lincoln Hall

The Ocean Blue Return To Chicago To Play Lincoln Hall
The Ocean Blue are coming to Chicago’s Lincoln Hall to perform their first two records (The Ocean Blue & Cerulean) from front to back. They played three intimate shows last year to herald their Sire Records catalog reissues on vinyl. Now Chicago has been chosen as the 4th, and final place they will perform these... Read more »
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Lakeview's "Punkin' Donuts" Will Be A Target Express. Is That Punk Enough For You?

Did you know the Dunkin’ Donuts on Belmont and Clark was once hailed Punkin’ Donuts? I had no idea, but I guess it makes sense, as some remnants of the neighborhood still remain as proof. Mark Thomas, the owner of The Alley, said he moved his store to that intersection many years ago because of... Read more »

Catfish & The Bottlemen "Kathleen"

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The incessant need to hear “Kathleen,” by Catfish & The Bottlemen, leads me to believe they’re the next big thing. When I’m not dancing to the The Wiggles with my girls, or listening to kids jams, (scope the street cred) I’m rifling through new releases and searching playlists. The other day, while giving my girls... Read more »

The Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 5 Year Vertical With Guys Drinking Beer

The Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 5 Year Vertical With Guys Drinking Beer
There’s a beer blog you should read called Guys Drinking Beer. These cats were writing about beer before most others, including myself, thought it would be a novel idea to describe, and photograph all the fun things we drank/drink. They have, on occasion, invited me to partake in some really interesting pours, including Heady Topper,... Read more »
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That Barleywine Benchmark: Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale-Vintage 2013

That Barleywine Benchmark: Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale-Vintage 2013
Now this is the burnt caramel, wood-smoked, sugary joy I’ve been waiting for. A buttery monster that fits the bill of: Barleywine. When I think of how a Barleywine typically tastes, this is what I’m expecting. It’s chewy, and chunky, and the caramel flavor is reminiscent of a Twix bar, with much less chocolate. Cold,... Read more »