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Celebrating My 800th Post As A ChicagoNow Writer!

Celebrating My 800th Post As A ChicagoNow Writer!
I always have to stop and celebrate small benchmarks in my writing. Today I wrote my 800th post for the Tribune’s ChicagoNow blog site. ChicagoNow is a blogging site managed by Tribune Publishing. I’ve been writing a blog there since August 4th, 2011, about music, beer, and kids. it’s been a fun experience, even challenging... Read more »

Release Radar 8/06/21 - Hippo Campus vs Toad The Wet Sprocket

Release Radar 8/06/21 - Hippo Campus vs Toad The Wet Sprocket
It’s that time of year again when the Cubs and Sox converge on Wrigley Field to see who will take that Chicago crown home, and, of course, bragging rights for another season. I’ll be hitting the game to usher in the weekend and scream, “Let’s Go, Sox!” Now, more new music. Hippo Campus is back... Read more »

Cellar Dwellar: 2018 Hop Butcher FTW "Paris On The Prairie"

Cellar Dwellar: 2018 Hop Butcher FTW "Paris On The Prairie"
I don’t really write about beer anymore unless something stands out. There has to be an endearing quality, a disarming character, or a new flavor that perks my senses, imploring me to write. “L’Amour Liquide” aka Liquid Love At this point I’ve had it all, Dark Lord, Heady Topper, Pliny The Elder, Vlad, etc. While... Read more »
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Release Radar 7/23/21 - 2Pac vs Fruit Bats

Release Radar 7/23/21 - 2Pac vs Fruit Bats
This week 2Pac and the Fruit Bats top our new releases. I had been hearing rumors that Kanye West was releasing Donde, but, of course, the date was pushed back to August. A few months ago the Fruit Bats covered “Today” by the Smashing Pumpkins, which I thought was a cool idea. Then they went... Read more »

Release Radar 7/2/21 - We Are Scientists vs The Go! Team

Release Radar 7/2/21 - We Are Scientists vs The Go! Team
As we prepare for another Wisconsin camping weekend there’s an excitement that can’t be denied, rain or shine! From discovering our site to the placement of the tent to the setup, and that first, ice-cooled beer! It feels like a million years since The Go! Team has released music, but “World Remember Me Now” brings... Read more »

My Wife Lost The Diamond To Her Wedding Ring

My Wife Lost The Diamond To Her Wedding Ring
The last 48 hours have been a complete whirlwind after my wife lost the diamond to her wedding ring. I have crawled on the ground at Home Depot, searching the discarded dirt and dead petals of the garden center. We have emptied bags of moldy trash and tore through dozens of flower pots. I have... Read more »
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Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast

Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast
Is this the biggest week of 2021 for new music releases? The first Friday in June turns out to be a hot one! Not only in the Windy City with temps in the 90’s but on the music front with big releases from Crowded House, James, Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, Rostam, and Wolf Alice. Wow,... Read more »

Release Radar 05/07/21 - Modest Mouse vs Caveman

Release Radar 05/07/21 - Modest Mouse vs Caveman
Modest Mouse was the highlight of my Release Radar. After six years off, they return with a number that reminds me of New Order, if you can believe it? “We Are Between” has a metallic, retro sound that has a ton of influences to keep you guessing with each new listen. Caveman showcase another exciting... Read more »

Training For A Half Marathon With iFit's Tommy Rivers Puzey

I’ve just completed training for a half marathon with iFit’s Tommy Rivers Puzey. Over 30 runs, and countless hours together, it was an amazing journey. Wherein, I felt like I made a new friend and an influence that pushed me daily towards new goals and worldly knowledge. When the virus hit and shut everything down,... Read more »
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"My Octopus Teacher" Opens Beautiful, Brave New Worlds

"My Octopus Teacher" Opens Beautiful, Brave New Worlds
There is a scene in My Octopus Teacher, a Netflix documentary, where filmmaker, Craig Foster, hugs an octopus. It’s the same octopus that he gets to know intimately over the course of a year, and the one that he followed around a South African, underwater kelp forest. It’s an extraordinary documentary, that every human should... Read more »