Archive for 2020

For Claude Fontaine: Mix 1 Parts Bob Marley + 1 Parts Bebel Gilberto, Then Stir

For Claude Fontaine: Mix 1 Parts Bob Marley + 1 Parts Bebel Gilberto, Then Stir
I still think a good way of finding new music is shopping in a college record store. Many times throughout my life I have found myself asking the clerk, “What’s Playing?” Though this never happens at the Reckless on Belmont, because they play shit that no one knows and that no one wants to know.... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: 2009 New Glarus "Old English Porter"

Cellar Dweller: 2009 New Glarus "Old English Porter"
I’ve been saving this Old English Porter for a while now, near eleven years. New Glarus doesn’t put bottling dates on their products (well now they might), but according to this beer check-in on Untappd, it’s from September of 2009 (9/18/09). Many of the bottles I cellared from that year tasted downright awful, but this... Read more »

Release Radar 2/21/20: Morrissey vs The Strokes

Release Radar 2/21/20: Morrissey vs The Strokes
Release Radar is very strong this week. It’s a week when all the big shots come out to play. We have the third Morrissey single, the second taste of new music from Pearl Jam, and the third effort from The Districts. More music from The Strokes, and we finally have new music from Mount Joy;... Read more »
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My Cousin Was The Gateway To Metal Church

My Cousin Was The Gateway To Metal Church
My cousin introduced me to the band Metal Church, by way of a little ditty called “Badlands,” way back in 1989. He would fly into Chicago, Ilinois, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his family every summer to visit. With him, he brought lots of heavy metal, and some Beastie Boys. I, on the other hand, was... Read more »

5 Reasons Why The Cassette Is Not Making A Comeback

5 Reasons Why The Cassette Is Not Making A Comeback
Hundreds of old cassette tapes were sitting in storage for the last ten years, and I finally had them back in my possession. The problem is, what to do with them now? Some are old band tapes that I want to transfer to mp3s, but many were mixtapes or copies of the real thing. For... Read more »

Release Radar 2/14/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Surfer Blood

Release Radar 2/14/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Surfer Blood
We finally get a taste of the Rolling Blackouts new music, and here’s what I think. I think it picks up right where they left off, but I need to explore the space more. Surfer Blood returns with a rocker and I love the idea behind the song, “Parkland (Into The Silence).” We need more... Read more »
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Last Valentine's Day I Sang Love Songs On TV & Radio

Last Valentine's Day I Sang Love Songs On TV & Radio
Last Valentine’s Day I sang love songs on both WGN-TV and The MIX 101.9 FM. I sang on the Courtesy Counter with Paul Konrad of WGN fame, and then Ubered downtown to sing in The MIX-FM studios, at the Prudential Two building, with Koz and Jen. Here’s what happened. While at WGN, I wrote a... Read more »

10 Things I Never Knew About The Replacements "All Shook Down"

10 Things I Never Knew About The Replacements "All Shook Down"
Last Saturday I woke up with “When It Began” in my head. It would stay there for the majority of an hour, or until I got up, grabbed The Replacements All Shook Down CD, and threw it in my Walkman. I listened to it all the way through, playing “When It Began” three extra times before... Read more »

Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram

Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram
I was apprehensive about this acoustic version of “I Just Want To Shine,” by Fitz and the Tantrums, but I believe now after hearing it, that it’s better than the original. You get the true gist of how it was written, and it doesn’t sound so manufactured. Phantogram is still doing catchy trip-hop if you... Read more »
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Young Jesus "The Whole Thing Is Just There"

Young Jesus "The Whole Thing Is Just There"
Young Jesus didn’t just create a couple of great songs when they recorded The Whole Thing Is Just There, they produced a listening experience. From the first power chords of “Deterritory,” to the last, dissipating distortion of “Gulf.” All six songs flow together like one long opus. It builds and builds, crescendos and crashes. “Fourth Zone... Read more »