Hothouse Flowers Sound Like The Longpigs

Hothouse Flowers Sound Like The Longpigs
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Yes, this is a joke. The Longpigs sound like the Hothouse Flowers, not the other way around. But I found The Longpigs first. I’d always known of the Hothouse Flowers, and even liked a few songs of theirs from the ’80s, but I didn’t collect their albums... Read more »

"Cinco De Mayo" Was A Liz Phair Song

"Cinco De Mayo" Was A Liz Phair Song
“Cinco de Mayo,” that was a Liz Phair song, from Whitechocolatespaceegg, her third record, released in 1998. It was a great time in my life. I had the whole world before me, but I squandered it. Unaware of the march of time, I thought I had forever? How do you prepare for the future if... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: New Holland 2010 "Milk Stout"

Cellar Dweller: New Holland 2010 "Milk Stout"
If you’ve read any of my latest Cellar Dweller posts, you know I’m cleaning out the proverbial beer closet. Anything from 2015 or earlier, has come home to roost. I’m starting to learn that most beers aged five years or more fall off, and lose most of their great qualities. There are some exceptions, like... Read more »
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The Beautiful South's "Prettiest Eyes" Embraces Growing Old

The Beautiful South's "Prettiest Eyes" Embraces Growing Old
I’ve been a fan of Paul Heaton and The Housemartins since the day I heard my older brother blasting “Me and the Farmer” from the upstairs bedroom of grandma’s house; 4905 Home Avenue. I’ve seen Paul’s later band, The Beautiful South, nearly every time they passed through Chicago and I’ve bought all the records. Now... Read more »

Release Radar: 5/1/20 Mt. Joy vs The Hunna

Release Radar: 5/1/20 Mt. Joy vs The Hunna
These are definitely “Dark Times” that we are living through. At first, listen I was wondering what the fuck this Hunna track is about? Now I’m wrapping my head around it. First listens have me skeptical, but I like it. These guys write big pop songs, and this isn’t much different, so I can appreciate... Read more »

CMJ Returns! But, Is It Too Late?

CMJ Returns! But, Is It Too Late?
I got an email saying “CMJ Returns!” At first, I was excited! College Music Journal was a staple of my youth. A magazine you received, by mail, every month, that included a CD, packed with new music. I read every article, whether I liked the band or not, and I listened through every CD, to... Read more »
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Amy's Candy Bar Delivers Sour Bliss To Chicagoans

Amy's Candy Bar Delivers Sour Bliss To Chicagoans
During the pandemic, with the shelter in place order, we rarely go to stores. We’ve had everything from groceries to beer delivered, and now, candy. For Easter, my wife gave the girls and I each a specialized bag of candy, beautifully wrapped in cellophane with pretty stickers, from Amy’s Candy Bar, here in Ravenswood. I... Read more »

Release Radar 4/24/20: Car Seat Headrest vs The Killers

Release Radar 4/24/20: Car Seat Headrest vs The Killers
CMJ used to be my Release Radar of sorts. It would come as a CD, in the mail, monthly. Now I get my new music delivered weekly (every Friday), via another form of mail, email. Actually, it’s even easier than that, all I have to do is open up an app, every Friday morning, and... Read more »

WTF Writes "Fly Like An Eagle?" Steve Miller, That's Who!

WTF Writes "Fly Like An Eagle?" Steve Miller, That's Who!
Who the fuck writes “Fly Like An Eagle?” Steve Miller, that’s who! I think we’ve taken the song for granted far too long. Tonight I had an epiphany and couldn’t stop singing the hook. Then, the thought occurred to me, “Man, who writes a song like this?” …and how? It’s a moving thought, turned song.... Read more »
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Release Radar 4/17/20: The Streets vs Frank Ocean

Release Radar 4/17/20: The Streets vs Frank Ocean
Welcome to your weekly dose of my Release Radar. The place where I break down all the new music Spotify thinks I should hear. Mike Skinner of The Streets has enlisted the help of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker for his new single, “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better.” Skinner’s style of rap takes... Read more »