Archive for January 2011

Songs For A Snowstorm

Well, this is it. The snowplows are already out in full force, the kids’ tests have been rescheduled from Wednesday until Tuesday (they are not happy) and essentials have been stockpiled. At work today, all employees received an email alerting us of the anticipated bad weather- not because we might not have work on Wednesday... Read more »

Would You Like Some Iron with Your Wine?

Every weekend, I compile a list of what new albums will be released the following week and what musical acts will be on TV. Last weekend, I noticed that Iron & Wine had a new album coming out (“Kiss Each Other Clean”) and would be appearing on a late night show or two. Awesome! Who... Read more »

Music on TV for the Week of Jan. 31 - Feb. 4, 2011

New this week:  Albums by The Rippingtons, Ricky Martin, Red, Todd Snider and The Civil Wars.  Music on TV this week: Monday (1/31/11):• The Band Perry – “Ellen”• Esperanza Spalding – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”• Best Coast – “Late Show with David Letterman”• Edie Brickell – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”• The JaneDear Girls – “Jimmy Kimmel Live”• Slash –... Read more »
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Wake Up and Move To The Music

Three months ago when I first started posting on ChicagoNow, my very first piece was about making a playlist to help you fall asleep.  To my surprise, that post still gets traffic pretty much every single day based on keyword searches that have me envisioning crazy-eyed insomniacs all over the world.  I am blessed to... Read more »

Listening to The Decemberists in January

Disclaimer: This review is not meant for someone who is already very knowledgeable about The Decemberists.  I am not, so my assessment of their new album, “The King Is Dead”, is very pure.  The album got some good reviews and has been in iTunes’ top 10 since it was released last week.  Good enough for... Read more »

My Historic Love of the Grammy Album

With the 2011 Grammy awards less than three weeks away (February 13th), I’m envisioning people all over the country (maybe the world!) busily engaged in similar preparatory activities that I am.  It’s too early to really be excited for the awards show yet, so the mood is more business oriented: identify categories and songs that... Read more »
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Music on TV for the Week of Jan. 24 - 28, 2011

New this week:  Albums by Iron & Wine, Amos Lee, Wanda Jackson, Eva Cassidy, Cold War Kids, Grammy Nominees.  Music on TV this week: Monday (1/24/11):• Lizz Wright – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”• The Walkmen – “Late Show with David Letterman”• Local Natives – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”• The Script – “Jimmy Kimmel Live”• Grace Potter & The... Read more »

Who Has Better Musician Fans: Bears or Packers?

Did you ever have a science experiment in middle school that went horribly wrong, like the whole lab caught fire?  That’s kind of how this post has gone.  I set out to demonstrate that the Bears have better musical fans than the Packers because I assumed it to be true (based on absolutely no evidence,... Read more »

The Ingredients for a Perfect Dinner Party Playlist

Tomorrow night my husband and I are attending a dinner party hosted by some close friends- fun!  While we have known the host couple for 15 years, we only marginally know one of the other guests and don’t know two others at all- even more fun (diversity!).  Upon being invited, I asked what I could... Read more »
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Happy? These Songs Will Bring You Right Down

Yesterday (January 17) was a good day.  I didn’t have work due to the holiday, and I spent the day up in Michigan with my kids after a couple days of skiing.  January 17 also has happy connotations for me because it was my son’s due date 15 years ago (although he was annoyingly born... Read more »