UB40-"Rat In The Kitchen"

UB40-"Rat In The Kitchen"
Artist/Album Title: UB40-Rat In The Kitchen Reason For Purchase: Simply put, it was a “Dolla, Dolla Ya’ll!” I’ve always loved the song “Rat In Me Kitchen,” and wondered how the whole record was. For a dollar, it was the perfect gamble. Songs To Hear: “Rat In Mi Kitchen,” “Sing Our Own Song,” “WatchDogs.” Why You... Read more »

Bears Hands "Distraction," RECORD OF THE YEAR?

At this point in 2014, Bear Hands has created my favorite album. It’s a stellar outing of high energy, surging vocals, and colorful instrumentation, that power this record from start to finish. The single “Giants,” which was released before the full album, is what originally drew me in. A mixture of rap and rock, or... Read more »

Revolution Brewing Is A Great Party Space For Any Occasion

The giant sized Revolution taproom is located at 3340 N Kedzie, here in Chicago of course.
The Revolution Brewing facility is a great choice if you’re planning an adult party. Enjoy responsibly!
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My Daughter: The Bravest, Cutest, Little Monster On Earth

My Daughter: The Bravest, Cutest, Little Monster On Earth
My daughter is the bravest, cutest, little monster on earth. I say this lightheartedly.¬† All jokes aside, during our first vacation something changed. She got her independence. Ever since she has been able to walk, she thinks she’s all grown up. I told my wife one morning, “I think she is going through her terrible... Read more »

Cut Out Kids Play The Double Door: 2-28-14

Cut Out Kids Play The Double Door: 2-28-14
Awhile back I mentioned that the Cut Out Kids became the moniker for my three piece band. We played our first live show in Chicago, on the last Friday night in February at the grand ole’ Double Door. Thanks to Shoeshine Boy Productions, and the rest of the bands, it was a magical night for... Read more »

Flying With Kids: Our 1st Experience

Flying With Kids: Our 1st Experience
We sat on the tarmac and listened to a baby cry for at least 30 minutes while our take off was delayed. I swore I’d never be that parent and wondered why they let that baby cry? Years later, I realized that babies just cry, and sometimes this can’t be helped. You can prepare for... Read more »
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"Validate Thy Neighbor:" A Mother's Work Is Never Done

"Validate Thy Neighbor:" A Mother's Work Is Never Done
This post is part of the Social Butterfly Mom’s series “Validate Thy Neighbor,” in which two bloggers choose a topic and write in support of the OPPOSITE of what they practice.¬†Today, Lipsticks and Lollipops, a mom, and I, a dad, explore the potential roles of our counter-parts. I think after taking our first vacation I... Read more »

Chris Whitley "Perfect Day"

Chris Whitley "Perfect Day"
Artist/Album Title: Chris Whitley-Perfect Day Reason For Purchase: I pretty much love all Chris Whitley’s work, so I’d buy anything with his name on it. If it’s floating around in the cut out bins, and I don’t have it, I’m scooping that up. Songs To Hear: “4th Time Around,” “Perfect Day,” “She’s Alright” and “The... Read more »

Lagunitas Throws The Party Of The Year

The night started off cold and snowy. Would you expect anything less from the Second City.?
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Heady Topper: The Holy Grail Of Beers

Heady Topper: The Holy Grail Of Beers
Last week I drank the holy grail of beers. Well, at least one that has been on my most wanted list for awhile. It’s a hop bomb brewed in Vermont, by a family run company called The Alchemist. You can only purchase the beer in Vermont, so you drink it there, or your friend brings... Read more »