Tuesday, July 19, 2016

P4K was a blast.

Carly Rae Jepsen, photo by Annie Lesser
I admit I went into Pitchfork this year a little unsure of the bill, but I ended up really enjoying the bands. Read all my coverage!

Monday, July 18, 2016


I made it through my first festival in decades while staying sober! Holy makerel!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Here's who you should see at the Ptichfork Music Festival this weekend!

A photo I took at a long, long ago Pitchfork Music Festival.
My preview is live over at Chicagoist! This is the first year I handled the whole thing solo, and it's also the longest preview we've run since I wanted to make sure there were recommendations for folks through pretty much all of each day.

Check it out!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wait and see...

I'm gonna see these cats play over the weekend and I really hope the tune above is in their set...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Back to square one.

Another dead end.
So the chiropractor could do nothing for my right arm, back and shoulder. After months of diligent efforts on his part he finally had to throw n the towel. I appreciated his approach as he attempted to exhaust every possibility, but in the end all was for naught. He gave me methods to alleviate the pain, but that only lasts a few minutes at a time at best.

The thing about chronic pain is that you learn to live with it. And it’s the worst. For instance lately the pain has been so bad that typing is an aching, excruciating chore. But I’m a writer, so what else am I going to do? So I learn to live with it. Of course what that means is while it doesn’t effect my paid work it’s growing difficult for me to write for myself. So I guess you could say the other thing about chronic pain is that you don’t really notice what it’s slowly stealing from you until it’s probably too late.

So now it’s back to the specialist that referred me to the chiropractor in the first place. I’ve been doing everything I can to figure out how to heal this pain, and am open to anything and everything. I admit I’ve been less than stoked to give into shots or pills or (shudder) surgery; to be honest if they can’t figure out what’s causing my pain I don’t think any of those things would be particularly effective anyway.

It’s frustrating.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Getting lost in the sound of musixx.

Jamie xx, photo by Flavien Prioreau
Here's a fun little collection of all the samples used in Jamie xx's In Colour, an album that has been slowly growing on me.

I mean "Gosh" is an immediate monster of a track, but I have to admit the remainder of the album didn't reveal itself so immediately to me. I love when something I think might be a little slight at the outset actually grows deeper and warmer with each subsequent listen.

Run through the video below to find out where most of the sonic elements came from throughout the album and enjoy!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

This has to stop.

It's getting to the point where I just don't want to leave the house or read the news any longer.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A crossroads.

I'm officially middle-aged. I think I need to figure out what I want the second half (well, hopefully a little longer) of my life to look like. There are things in my world that are going well, and there are things that are not. I'd like to think that by this point I can start eradicating the things that are not.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Trying to cheer myself up.

It's been a rough couple of days, so here's a picture of the cake my co-workers got me for my birthday last week. It never fails to make me smile.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Saw Guns N' Roses last night.

Photo by me. I had a great seat!
It did not suck. Axl, Slash and Duff actually looked like they were having fun together!

UPDATE: My review of the show is live!

Friday, July 01, 2016

I had a very lovely birthday, thank you very much.

I spent yesterday doing nothing and largely staying offline, and then Mich took me out to a very nice steak dinner. Today we're spending the afternoon going on a ride on SEEEEEADOOOOG, a longstanding joke / desire of ours. Yippee!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

DFW on ambition and ISU.

Right about the 2:29 mark really stings because I remember feeling exactly that way in college and in retrospect I realize what an idiot I was.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today is my Friday.

Tomorrow is my birthday, so I took it off work. And since the 4th of July is on Monday I also took Friday off work. So now I have a super log weekend in which to chill. And celebrate me. Yay me!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Caught in the act!

This is where I hide out earlier in the day when my desk is being zapped by white hot beams of sunlight (but I refuse to give up my window seat so I have no problem traveling around the office when needed). Last week a co-worker was wandering around, covertly snapping shots of folks at work. I am just thankful I didn't have something dumb on my screen at he time. Look at me though, I look so serious!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Holy moley it's Holy Fuck!

Holy Fuck, photo by Nick Walter
Holy Fuck's new album Congrats is dirty, grimy, sex music. It's the sound of lowered lights and sweaty dancing. It exudes danger, bad decisions and poor life choices that will make killer stories later in life. It's hazy make out sessions in smoke filled rooms where the only thing that matters is how good a kisser the other person is.

Congrats is a fucking good time.

Holy Fuck will be in town to blow up Lincoln Hall with with their groovy, fuzzed out dance beats on July 14.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Staying in and being lame.

The title is somewhat incorrect. I have been staying in a lot recently, and I have been lame for doing so, and I have really enjoyed it. I've been able to spend much quality time binge-watching TV shows I missed the first time around or am way behind on, and just generally relax.

It feels good.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's party party party time with Mean Jeans!

Mean Jeans
There are times albums just sit in my queue and it takes me a while to get to them. I get a lot of music so this is natural, but sometimes I truly regret sitting on something a little too long. In the case of Mean Jeans, I finally listened to their new album, fell in love with it ... and then realized they already came through town last month on their tour. And I get the feeling Mean Jeans is probably an awesome live band.

I won't go into too much detail—you gotta hear this for yourself—but their sound is party pop-punk with a heavy nod towards The Ramones. But there's also a little modern anarchy a la Diarrhea Planet's "let's all raaaaaaaaawwwwwk right now and have a good time" vibe that I immediately fell for. Stream the whole album below, but if you only have time for one song right now, jump to "Are There Beers In Heaven."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Where's the storm?

Today was supposed to be stormageddon, yet I had a lovely midday walk outside with nary a cloud in sight or heavy breeze to be felt.

Chicago weather-people just love to get everyone worked up over nothing (90% of the time).

UPDATE: We got a bit of a storm late in the evening, but compared to the forecast it was pretty weaksauce.