Archive for 2020

Bear Hands End Tour In Chicago Due To Coronavirus

Bear Hands End Tour In Chicago Due To Coronavirus
Even them big, hairy Bear Hands can’t fight off the curse of Coronavirus. It seems Brian and I were in attendance for the last show the band played before they had to pull the plug on their latest tour, due to the rapidly spreading disease, that has now been labeled a Pandemic. But while the... Read more »

Release Radar 3/13/20: James vs The Killers

Release Radar 3/13/20: James vs The Killers
So why is James on my RADAR this week? Apparently there is a two-CD compilation coming out that compiles two earlier releases from Sire and Blanco Y Negro, 1986’s Stutter and 1988’s Strip-mine. Both editions have been expanded and remastered in a nice package called Justhipper. My girl Vegabond returns with “In A Bind.” I... Read more »

Is Bear Hands The Last Concert I'll Ever See?

Is Bear Hands The Last Concert I'll Ever See?
Tonight Bear Hands, the band who recorded my favorite album of 2019, Fake Tunes, is playing Subterranean, in Chicago’s Bucktown. As fear of the Coronavirus spreads, fewer public gatherings, i.e. concerts, are being allowed. As a matter-of-fact, the governor of Illinois just announced the closing of all public stadiums and theatres with seating over 250 people... Read more »
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Daylight Savings Come And Waste Another Year

Daylight Savings Come And Waste Another Year
“Welcome to the moment many of us dread twice a year when the government unintentionally causes mass chaos by fiddling with our clocks.” -David Grasso Now I know Adam Duritz is singing “Daylight fading…,” but I pretend he’s singing Daylight savings.” “Daylight fading, Come and waste another year/All the anger and the eloquence are bleeding... Read more »

Release Radar 3/6/20: Healy vs Paul Heaton

Release Radar 3/6/20: Healy vs Paul Heaton
Guess who’s back? Healy, aka, “e.” That amazing singer/rapper/doctor returns with a slow burner called “Nike’s On.” Man, this is going to be a huge month for releases, folks! Strap in, cause it’s gonna be one fun ride! March will bring new albums from The Districts, Morrissey, Paul Heaton, and Phantogram, amongst many other treasures... Read more »

Greg Dulli Returns With New Solo Album "Random Desire"

Greg Dulli Returns With New Solo Album "Random Desire"
One important record that was not in my Release Radar last week was the new solo album from Greg Dulli, Random Desire. “Without desire, most of the world’s problems would be solved and it would be a miserable place to live.” -Greg Dulli After losing guitarist Dave Rosser to colon cancer, and seeing the rest... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: Cleaning Out The Beer Cellar 2020

Cellar Dweller: Cleaning Out The Beer Cellar 2020
Every three to four years, I flip the shelves in my beer cellar, dispensing the weight of the bottles. I’m afraid of the shelves busting, sending the bottles tumbling everywhere. The shelves start to bow, and then I start to worry. So, I flip the shelves, realign the bottles, and weed out, while tasting and... Read more »

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 »
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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 »