Archive for 2012

I Have A Hard Time Liking Popular Christmas Music

I realize that writing something with the above title might cast me as a Grinch. But that is not the case. I like the holidays — decorating, lights, giving and receiving, winter meals and wintry beers. But I have a hard time getting excited about very much holiday music. There are modern Christmas albums out there from bands... Read more »

The Song at the End of the World: What's your 12/21/12 jam?

The Song at the End of the World: What's your 12/21/12 jam?
At this point we’ve heard all the theories concerning this supposedly impending Apocalyptic End of the World / Mayan Calendar Flip: – That the date has already passed because Mayans didn’t figure in the leap years – That something will change, but more along the line of a shift in our human consciousness – That... Read more »

Best Music of 2012: The year the world wouldn't end

Best Music of 2012: The year the world wouldn't end
For a few weeks now I’ve been having the same debate with a good friend (I think we’re still friends) over what should be the Album of the Year for 2012. It’s a toss-up between two bands — we agree they’re both phenomenal – but he says I’m crazy for picking the one I’m about to over... Read more »
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What's up with Kids These Days? (A free LP)

What's up with Kids These Days? (A free LP)
I’m talking about Kids These Days: the local Chicago band who previously won the Congress Theatre’s Next Big Thing Competition (2009), rocked SXSW and Lollapalooza (2011) and performed on Conan when last he came to Chi-City (2012). I kinda enjoy these guys. It’s a neat blend of raps, horn freakouts and sweet acoustic lyrics. The... Read more »

Obsession: The missing factor

Obsession: The missing factor
I play guitar. That’s what I do. And when I manage to play every day, it might be what I’m best at. I can also play, to varying degrees, some hand drums, kit, keys, bass, mandolin, other percussives, harmonica… Music comes out of everything if you concentrate a little bit and tap your foot (in... Read more »

Annual Jam Band: The new tracks

Annual Jam Band: The new tracks
I wouldn’t be doing this music blog right if I didn’t share some of my own tunes. OUR tunes. The Annual Jam Band is a collaborative (and now ten-day-long) project that gathers from the far reaches of the country once a year to informally rock out a few parties, then move on to Rockford for... Read more »
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Top Reasons to Vote for The Voice (and possibly President)

Top Reasons to Vote for The Voice (and possibly President)
Voting, voting, voting.. Everybody is about sick of being told who to vote for, right? But there’s still an awful lot of voting to be done this week. And it should only be done after you carefully consider all the information Facebook has to offer (because some of this stuff is actually important). What everybody... Read more »

M.O.O.N., YUZIMA and Sons of the West release three EPs

There are three previously-covered indie kids from across this weird country — specifically Boston, New York and Chicago — who have recently released new music. A couple of them self-release this stuff, so let’s get around the web and check it all out… M.O.O.N. It seems like this Boston-area electronic musician is constantly either making... Read more »

Jason vs. Michael vs. Freddy: Who wins in a fight and other horrifying Halloween film questions

Jason vs. Michael vs. Freddy: Who wins in a fight and other horrifying Halloween film questions
[ WARNING: If you've never seen Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street, this post contains spoilers basically everywhere. ] [ ALSO: If you haven't seen those movies -- Welcome to our planet. October 31st is a holiday we call Halloween, during which people like to dress up, absorb a bunch of... Read more »
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Scariest Horror Movie Theme Songs...?

Scariest Horror Movie Theme Songs...?
October makes a giant push for best month of the year when AMC network begins its Fear Fest celebration. You can turn on the TV at various points during the day to find something as hilariously strange as Flight of the Living Dead, as strangely compelling as all those Friday the 13th flicks or stuff like Child’s... Read more »
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