Home is Where (Disappears') Heart is
Read my interview with Chicago band Disappears. They’re playing Lincoln Hall tonight!
Propaganda Uses of Language
I’m watching The Last Days of Disco for the first time, and there’s a scene in which the main characters are cast out of a popular club for being “yuppie scum.” “In college before dropping out I took a course on the propaganda uses of language. One of objective was to deny other peoples’ humanity,” Des says. “Or even right to exist. “Do...
My Favorite Music of the Year
2012 was an incredible year for music. Personal highlights include attending SXSW in Austin, TX, in March (where I caught Django Django’s first U.S. show); covering a dozen or so local shows with great friends in tow; a 7th row seat at a Prince concert at the United Center this fall, and seeing dozens of fantastic sets at Pitchfork, Riot Fest and neighborhood festivals. As far as my top...
On Speaking Out About Gun Politics
I can’t imagine the depths of loss and heartbreak the Sandy Hook community is experiencing right now, and I know it’s doubtful I’ll ever have to experience such tragedy personally. I do take issue with the popular tendency to declare that this isn’t the time for politics. I’ve seen quite a few Facebook posts saying that those who link this tragedy to their gun-law...
The Top Five Chicago Restaurants I Went to in 2012...
If you know anything about me, you understand that I love to eat. Cooking is great too, but that hobby has merely arisen from my need to be constantly consuming delicious things. In 2012, I started taking that need more seriously and made an extra-special attempt to get out to restaurants that I normally wouldn’t. Whether it was prompted by my fellow foodies, my restaurant club, a fun date...
God, reading savvy marketing speak is embarrassing sometimes. You know what I mean. The conspiratorial, contrived chatter of young, successful companies who want to shove their youth and success down your throat. I wish these Grubhubs, Groupons and now, dangit, chic little airlines of the world would stop co-opting my language as part of their brand marketing. I don’t want to be your...
I just made chicken fricasse; chicken stock and apple pie. All from scratch. That took 4 hours. Guess I missed yoga. Pics coming soon! P.S. The fricasse is delicious.
DIY Avocado Coconut Milk Ice Cream
I made this ice cream with only four ingredients: Avocado, coconut milk, agave nectar and lemon juice. In addition to being relatively healthy, this combination of ingredients makes a superior ice cream. The avocado gives a rich, buttery texture to the dessert, and just enough flavor to taste exotic without being overly avocado-y. To make your own, puree half a ripe avocado with half a can of...
DIY Deconstructed Taco Polenta Bites
These homemade polenta rounds with sliced avocado and homemade pico de gallo are terribly good, especially when the pico de gallo and avocado are loaded on after the polenta rounds are lifted directly from the frying pan. The combination of the warm, crispy polenta—made rich with cheese and vegetable broth— the thick avocado, and the refreshing tomato, onion and cilantro mixture is...
I Think I Like Lana del Ray
Let’s not confuse the incessant hooks in Lana del Ray’s songs with traditional talent. Her voice is unusual, but not necessarily pretty. It doesn’t accomplish any great feats, rather, she more steers her songs with vocal tricks and maneuvers. The production of her widely-hyped “Born to Die” is slick. Her lyrics are terrible. ”Now my life is sweet like...
25 Extremely Upsetting Reactions To Chris Brown At... →
britticisms: We’ve failed a generation of women. We’ve failed a generation of men. That’s the only thing I can take from this. We’ve told women that they don’t matter. We’ve told them that their bodies are up for debate. We’ve told them that their voices are nothing. We’ve told men that this is alright, that violence is okay, that anger is the appropriate emotion for frustration. What else is...