Monthly Archives: April 2012

Monday Late Links

Ellen Was Gay 15 Years Ago.

Veep and Girls Get Renewed.

Jon Hamm: Before Mad Men.


Vulture Interview: Lizz Winstead.

Watch: One World Trade Center Time Lapse.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The Birbig Burger.

Instant Date.

Boys With Beards With Cats.

Good Luck: Leaving the Internet for a Year.

Jeremy Lin Commencement Rap.

The Avengers Assemble on Facebook.

Dan Rather Sticking To His Story.

NME 100 Best Songs of the 80s.

More Songs About Chicago.

Dr. Dog “Lonesome” Video.

New Gaslight Anthem: “45”

New Eternal Summers: “Millions”

New Regina Spektor: “Small Town Moon”

MMJ To Tour With Band of Horses.

Get To Know: Foxes.

The Mountain Goats Reissues.

The 2012 Smiths/Morrissey Convention.

Get a Free Rhett Miller Song.

The Comments Nickelback Didn’t Answer.

The Best Songs About Redheads.

Awesome: John Peel’s Record Collection!

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Monday Links

Have you heard the awful new Chicago Tourism anthem? The A.V. Club has some terrific alternatives. Richard Roeper’s Take.

Great Read: Steve Albini on the death of John Grabski III.

Get Your Jack White Fix. Gary Oldman Directed Concert and Colbert Report Appearance Here. Jools Holland with Alabama Shakes Here.

Pitchfork Interview: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.

Tiny Desk Concert: Hospitality.

Do You Remember The Morning Benders?

Niki & The Dove: Mixtape #1.

Listen: Great Ideas in Action by Archie Powell & The Exports.

Listen: A Different Ship by Here We Go Magic.

Listen: Metric “Youth Without Youth”

Stream: S. Carey’s New EP.

Listen to A New Lykke Li Song.

Best Coast Covers Fleetwood Mac.

Psalm One “Night Games” Video.

New: Bonnie “Prince” Billy EP and Reissues.

Kickstarter: Amanda Palmer.

Django Django “Storm” Video.

Tennis “My Better Self” Video.

Animal Collective and Hot Chip Songs in The Simpsons.

Greg Kot Review: Santigold Master of My Make-Believe.

Wavves Video Game.

The Day The Music Died (via @Maura)

Nyan Waits.

Grimes Jewelry: Pussy Rings

The Avengers Will Be Big. Avengers Barbecue.

This is 40 Trailer.

Watch: The First 12 Minutes of The Sound of My Voice.

The New Yorker: A Perfect Twitter Moment on Girls. Shit Girls Say About Girls. Interview: Allison Williams.

The Newsroom Trailer 2.

Who Watches The Mad Men?

How We Met: Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais.

CBS Looking to Revive Murphy Brown.

E! Developing Modern Day Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Whitney Cummings Getting a Talk Show.

Beware of Glee.

Conan Visits “Conan O’Brien College”

McDreamy to the Rescue.

Zooey Sans Makeup.

Nerdist Celebrity Bowling: Reggie Watts, Garfunkel and Oates, Bo Burnham.

DJ Steve Porter on Good Morning America.

Eclectic Method’s “Orgstep Dubgasm”

Krispy Kreme’s “The Baddest”

Vulture: East/West Coast Live 30 Rock Differences.

Rolling Stone Interview: Barack Obama.

Romney: The College Years.

Interview: Dmitry Samarov.

All Things Considered Story on Rex Huppke’s “The Death of Facts”

Feeling Bad about D. Rose? Read This.

Joe Cowley is an Asshat. So is this Nike Shoe Designer.

Missed Dunk.

The Bongo Room Opens in Andersonville.

When in Boystown.

Penis. Hee Hee.

A Horse Wearing Jeans.

Anderson Cooper Carrying Big Cat.


Great Read: Chicago Reader’s Besieged.


Awesome Photo.


President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner:


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Weekend Haps

Our weekend really began on Thursday with some fantastic brick oven pizza at Antica—shared with some fantastic friends. We also enjoyed a few Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Jobless Recovery Ales. Hee Hee.

On Friday, we saw a raucous performance by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Plus, I loved his story about missing his dog while touring–especially when he found a stray white hair on his t-shirt. Awwww.

After the great Bulls win on Saturday and super bummer news about Derrick Rose, we walked over to The Mayne Stage for comedian Nick Thune’s 8pm show. I have enjoyed Thune’s interviews with Marc Maron, Riki Lindhome, and Pete Holmes on their podcasts. Thune is lanky and shaggy and charming, and the set–stories, one liners, and bits with guitar accompaniment–was great.  Afterwards, Pete and I watched the White House Correspondence Dinner. While the president and Jimmy Kimmel were very funny, our favorite part is the arrivals. We love to catch candid moments and bizarre pairings. What were Leon Panetta and Diane Keaton chatting about?

Yesterday was Stickers’ sixth birthday. We celebrated with a lovely SociaBulls walk, a bath at Soggy Paws, and a few treats. Happy Birthday, pretty girl!


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Review: JC Brooks at Metro

JC Brooks is an entertainer. A lot of the shows we attend the band will play its songs faithfully, say a few words to the audience, and 45 minutes later it’s over. Sometimes that is exactly what you want. That is not what you get when you go to a JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound show. You get excellent music, yes. But you also get dancing, sing-alongs, audience participation, costume changes, and a lot of sweat. The Uptown Sound is as fine a backing band you are likely to see providing tight musicianship that keeps the show focused. But JC Brooks is the man you can’t take your eyes off of up on that stage. And he just might have the best hair going right now. Playing songs of the excellent Want More, they also had a few surprises up their sleeves with a great version of The Clash’s “Brand New Cadillac” during the encore.



Openers Blah Blah Blah and Gold Motel both provided excellent tunes leading up to the headliner.



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JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound/Gold Motel

If you are looking to catch some live music tonight I recommend you head on over to Metro for a great double bill featuring two great local bands. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound’s most recent record, Want More, was my favorite local release of 2011 and Gold Motel’s last album, Summer House, was one of my favorites from 2010. The Uptown Sound play high energy soul music that should have the Metro crowd in a frenzy while Gold Motel will make you wish it was sunny and 80 degrees with their brand of summery pop music. While I expect JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound to perform songs from Want More, I’m looking forward to hearing Gold Motel play songs from Gold Motel, their sophomore record that is due in July. See you at Metro tonight.

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Friday Soundtrack

Here are some songs that I’ve been listening to lately:

“Shapeshifter” by Hollows.

“Carry My Love” by Tiger High.

“Capricornia” by Allo Darlin’.

“Gimme a Reason” by Outer Minds.

“Keep it Moving” by Deep Sea Diver.

“Metronome” by Archie Powell & The Exports.

“Hang Loose” by Alabama Shakes.

“Street Parade” by Theresa Andersson.

“My Life is Easy” by Cains and Abels.

“Little Girl” by Spiritualized.

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Thursday Night Links

Chicago Has a New Tourism Anthem.

2012 Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan.

Jack White Can Already Make a New Album.

Jay-Z and Rihanna at The Olympics.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes to Score LOLCats Film.

Thousands Remember The Great Levon Helm.

Get Used to The Hologram.

Opening from The Dictator.

Hope Springs Trailer.

Read About: Ebertfest.

Jason Segel Lost Weight for Latest Role.

Fringe Gets Renewed.

George H.W. Bush Documentary Coming to HBO.

Hanksy: Pie Hard.

Just Smile!

Words to Live By: So NO to Crack and Yes to Skating.

No More Pro Bowl?

New Lion at Lincoln Park Zoo.

And unless you were drunk or completely oblivious to popular culture you know everything about Seinfeld.

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Thursday Morning Links

Bon Iver Erotica.

Perfume Genius “Dark Parts” Video.

War on Drugs on Letterman.

The Smiths Aren’t Reuniting.

Interview: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s.

Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Cover.

“Some Study That I Used To Know” Video.

One Man Newsies Medley.

Moneyball 2.

“Call Me Maeby” Video.

Save Community.

Christopher Hitchens Memorial.

More Obama in a Bar Photos.

Kim Kardashian at The Correspondent’s Dinner.

Read about Three Floyds.

Dogs and Dexter.

A Random Face Generator.

The Future, In 1979.

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ICYMI-Wednesday Links from Around the Web

Jason Alexander sings the 7th Inning Stretch.

TLC to Tour!

New: The Very Best Video.

Beirut on Leno.

Get This: Summer Girlfriends.

Listen: Roommates “Back to the Sun/Girlfriend Swap”

Grimes on Later With Jules Holland.

Blitzen Trapper “Stranger in a Strange Land” Video.

Jack White to Produce The Lone Ranger Soundtrack.

Barack is Cool. And appears in Great Photos.

Encore: More Film Debuts.

Jose Canseco: “Twitter Just Comes To Me”

Haters Gonna Hate by The Internets.

Beyonce is Beautiful.

The Art of Title Design.

All of Earth’s Traffic. Take a 3D Photo Tour of Famous Places.

Burning House.

Gay Marriage.

What Shakespeare Gave Us.

I Was Fired Recently.

Best Job:

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CHIRP Radio at Cubs Game

I was watching the Cubs game last night and was pleasantly surprised to see a really cute kid wearing some CHIRP gear! He’s all kinds of awesome!


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