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Want to Get Away?

Posted in Food, music, Records, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by blogstoryshort

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies, Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers (via http://www.bluesbrothersgallery.com)

 

Now, I didn’t take all of this quote to heart last Friday, well, I didn’t take anything except for the “Chicago” part or word, if you will.  I decided to jump in the car and head north to get away for the weekend.

The only actual things that I had planned were what two friend’s homes I  would be staying at, everything else, was by the seat of my pants.  It was a barrage of coffee, cookies, vinyl, music and enough Singapore Slings to make even my grandma have some serious fun.  It was very liberating to say the least.  I would give you all my heart Chicago but I like you too much as a mistress.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Hey Lady......(At The Clipper Lounge)

Tasteful art at The Clipper Lounge in Chicago and it’s been a bar since 1937. Besides the home to the aforementioned style of the place it has great music, drinks, history and even their own ghost story. Pretty bad ass.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Money...

 

This building just blew me away. I thought it was very cool, like a toothpick holder for Andre the Giant.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Toothpick

 

Artemio’s Bakery, a methadone clinic for The Cookie Monster.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Artemio's Bakery

Our purchase at Artemio’s Bakery. Its Mexican bakery with a little different take on the cookies than what I normally eat, which are soft and a different flavor of sweetness, however they still rocked. The pastries were delicious as well, one cheese and one cinnamon roll with orange sprinkles for my buddy Chad.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Artemio's Bakery

 

The DeLorian, a la Back to the Future style, parked inside the front window of The Wormhole Coffee shop. Complete with a flux capacitor.  (Ever want to see a gold plated DeLorean or numerous other cars, click here.) (The greatest Back to the Future site EVER, click here.)

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Outatime

 

The outside wall on the Brooklyn Industries store front in Chicago.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Brooklyn Industries

An insane coffee mug collection at The Wormhole in Chicago. AWESOME!!

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

May the coffee be with you....

 

Two new hats for my collection from my favorite hat company in the world, Goorin Brothers! (read my previous blog, Cat in a Hat, about my first Goorin Bros hat.)

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Goorin Brothers, best lids on earth.

 

This was my breakfast at The Bongo Room in Wicker Park Chicago.  Go there! Made my own, roasted red peppers, scallions, bacon and smoked Gouda cheese omelette, herbed potatoes and sour dough toast with butter and strawberry jam.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Like I made it myself

 

They don’t make them any cuter than Piper Jane Parks folks.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Snug as a bug

 

My gal Piper frontin’ like it ain’t nothing.

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies

Hip Hop Piper

 

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Girl Talk Tour

Posted in music with tags , , on November 5, 2010 by blogstoryshort

Since there is no official posting of this tour yet, I thought I would post it as soon as I received the press release from my friends at Pitch Perfect PR.  Check sanity at the door folks, he BLOWS MINDS!

 

www.pitchperfectpr.com, www.myspace.com/girltalk, www.facebook.com/girltalkmusic, www.twitter.com/therealgirltalk, http://illegal-art.net/shop/, www.windishagency.com/artists/girl_talk, Girl Talk, Windish Agency

 

Catch Girl Talk on tour:

Fri. 11/12/10 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Fri. 11/19/10 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hot Festival

Sat. 11/20/10 – Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Planeta Terra Festival

Fri. 12/3/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Sat. 12/4/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Wed. 01/05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/06/11 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavillion

Fri. 01/07/11 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

Sat. 01/08/11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Mon. 01/10/11 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Thu. 01/13/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Fri. 01/14/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

Sat. 01/15/11 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

Mon. 01/17/11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

Tue. 01/18/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Thu. 01/20/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Fri. 01/21/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Sat. 01/22/11 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Municipal Auditorium

Mon. 01/24/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium

Tue. 01/25/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Thu. 01/27/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo

Fri. 01/28/11 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Sat. 01/29/11 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Mon. 01/31/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

Tue. 02/01/11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

Fri. 02/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Sat. 02/05/11 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Thu. 02/24/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Fri. 02/25/11 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s

Sat. 02/26/11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Mon. 02/28/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theater

Mon. 03/01/11 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

Thu. 03/03/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall

Fri. 03/04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Congress

Mon. 03/07/11 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum

Tue. 03/08/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

Fri. 03/11/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Mon. 03/14/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater

Tue. 03/15/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Thu. 03/17/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

Fri. 03/18/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Sat. 03/19/11 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre

Mon. 03/21/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Tue. 03/22/10 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Wed. 03/23/10 – Tempe, AX @ Marquee

Money Shot

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by blogstoryshort

This is part II of my ‘California Dreamin” blog about my trip to San Diego & LA. (View part I, Lucha Libre here.)

Ever since Craig Ferguson came onto the boob tube, I have been a fan.  He’s funny, dresses well and damnit, that accent makes me have a man crush on him.  So when the opportunity arose to see the show, I was down.

The whole process was kind of different, we didn’t know who the music act or guest, Vampire Weekend/Lindsay Sloane, were going to be and we had to hand in our phones with security so no pictures.  The show that we were on was actually done ten days prior to its airing and was the second show recorded that Friday.  (They normally don’t record on Fridays and never two shows, we were unique.) Vampire Weekend recorded the song in January and the crowd was ‘fluffed’ so we would applaud loudly.  They also moved a pair of hot Russian ladies in better view of the camera, all in the name of good television of course!

This first video, just at the very end (minute 13:09) is when the security guy drops his walkie-talkie on the floor during taping.  You can hear it clear as day and we all had a laugh during the break about it.

This second video is my moment of fame!  At the 6:09 minute, you can actually see my right arm!  It looks like the show’s warm up comedian is getting ready to elbow me in the face but he’s just walking down the stairs.  My buddy Micah is directly behind me and gets a bonafide ‘money shot‘ for sure.

It was a great experience and Craig is hilarious when the cameras are off.  He cusses like a trucker and is very down to earth.  Wish all television personalities were like that.

When the Funk Hits the Fan

Posted in music, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by blogstoryshort

The deep funk outfit known as The Budos Band recently played at The Bluebird Theater in Bloomington.  The band is touring in support of their upcoming album, Budos Band III, off Daptone Records. Daptone is home to Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Menahan Street Band, (their song, “Make the Road by Walking” was sampled by Jay-Z for the song “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)” on the American Gangster album) and a host of other funk, soul and gospel outfits.  The label continuously puts out authentic, original music projects that extend the landscape of funk and soul that was established some 50+ years ago.    Menahan is just one band that lends some of its members to Budos, Antibalas, The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair and Lee Fields & The Expressions also help complete the impressive outfit.

Budos Band, Bluebird Theater, Bloomington, Indiana, Daptone Records, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Jaz-Z, American Gangster, Menahan Street Band, jazz, funk, soul, gospel, Budos Band III

Budos Band at The Bluebird

Daniel Foder is a bass player that is second to none on this planet, laying down a heavy funk, sometimes psych-rock like groove as the platform for the rest of the band.  (Just look at the way he plays his bass in the picture below.)  Drummer Brian Profolio and guitarist, Tom Brenneck continuously joined in to create the perfect pocket.  The horn section, Jared Tankel on baritone sax and Andrew Greene on trumpet, continuously blazed fiery latin fused blasts, hooks and solos so hot, the front rows had to take a few steps back.  Keyboardist Mike Deller and a trio of percussionists, Dame Rodreiguez, Cochemea Gastellum and Rob Lombardo helped to create the polyrhythms and organ layers to complete the sound.

Budos Band, Bluebird Theater, Bloomington, Indiana, Daptone Records, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Jaz-Z, American Gangster, Menahan Street Band, jazz, funk, soul, gospel, Budos Band III

Daniel Foder

From the first note to the last, everyone could tell that this was not going to be any ordinary show.  Yes, the band is all instrumental and no, the lack of vocals do not harbor any threat of boredom.  Th intensity of such numbers like “Ride or Die”, “King Cobra” their new single,“Unbroken, Unshaven”, are proving that The Budos Band tour de force of funk goodness!  I suggest you check their album that is due out on August 10th, it will be one for the ages.

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3….

Posted in music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I consider myself a very lucky and fortunate person for multiple reasons, one in particular, being able to promote/DJ music(as Twinpeaks) that I love.  One of the most memorable of these experiences has been with a soul group from Chicago called The Right Now.  It was through a last minute addition to one of my shows with Old Soul, that first introduced me to this band.

Over the past several months, they have made several trips to play here in Indy, developing a great relationship between the band and myself. Besides liking their music, I really like them as people, from their manager to every member of the band, they are all great.

It was during their last trip here for their CD release party at The Jazz Kitchen, record store appearance at Indy CD & Vinyl and a video taping for My Old Kentucky Blog‘s Laundromatinee that we got to spend the whole day together.

One-of-a-kind!

And because they are all so cool, they gave me an AMAZING gift to say thanks. The first picture at the top is a one-of-a-kind 45″ test pressing of their new 45″ single. A test pressing is made to check the quality of the master, which will then be “copied” over and over again to make the vinyl 45″ to sell. In this case, there was a small popping sound at the start of the b-side of the test pressing, which means they have to re-cut the master before duplication can begin. So the top record is the one-and-only copy of this “mistake”.

One of five in the world.

The second picture here is the new test pressing, one of five copies, which was mistake-free and used to make the final product, the third picture. They also gave me a great Dr. Seuss card! (Long story short, my mom is a fanatic and I have a lot of respect for Dr. Seuss.) For a record geek like myself, it doesn’t really get much better than this. It’s also the reason why I choose to continue to support new music and bands that are taking an honest approach to their craft.

The "finished" product!

$5 Footlong?

Posted in Food, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by blogstoryshort

You pay $10-$15 to go see a new movie right? And if you are like me, you pay $5-$7 for the same movie on a Saturday morning. Cheap-skating aside, this is an AMAZING short film, great for both men and women! It’s about a group of producers who get $5 to buy albums (that measures 12 inches long) to create a new tune. That would be the guys part. The lady’s? All of the shopping is done is thrift stores, you know, where the “real” shopping occurs.

It's music, it's vinyl, it's hip-hop, it's art!!

I am going to nerd out here for a moment and tell all you beat-junkies, vinyl heads, DJs, producers, breakers/b-boys and heads, don’t watch this movie with out time to kill afterward. Trust me, I had to go to sleep right after and it haunted me! It’s right up there with the movie Scratch (2001) in my book. I know I always appreciate seeing just how much can go in to making some great music!

Secondhand Sureshots

There are several rules regarding what you can and can’t do, but I am not going to spoil this with listing all of them. Instead, I will use the schwartz and tell you that all of these are true musicians, men who are creating music that is both refreshing and entertaining all at the same time. It proves that the word ‘instrument’ can be applied to a multitude of devices that anyone uses to create music. Toss conventional wisdom out the door, sit back and enjoy the show:

View the movie here.

I did a DJ battle that was a lot like this about a year ago- it was the same concept except the DJs had five minutes to purchase 30 records, and then got to look at those records only 30 minutes before the battle. The battle went in 3 stages, 10 minutes each stage:

Round 1: Only vinyl that was purchased that day could be used.

Round 2: Vinyl purchased plus their digital library.

Round 3: Anything goes.

I had DJ’s Scott Matelic, Metrognome and Topspeed. I had it on video and now… I can’t find it!!! But I digress….

dublab’s “SECONDHAND SURESHOTS” – Ras G clip from dublab on Vimeo.

Nectar of the Gods

Posted in Food, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I LOVE coffee, seriously, it’s an addiction that some say is not healthy.  I will even drink decaf just so that I can enjoy a great cup of joe!

I think it all started with my dad, he would brew a pot every day and save it in his big, green thermos.  Throughout the day he would drink it, straight black and would often have me “pour him a shot”.  One of the coolest things that I learned from my dad was how to build the perfect coffee cup collection. I will leave that for another post, along with my favorite types of coffee beans.

Let’s take a drip to one of my favorite coffee bars in the world, Star Lounge Coffee Bar in the Ukrainian/Humboldt Park  district of Chicago. (mapquest of business.)

Old-School drip method

The barista will slowly pour boiling water over your perfectly roasted, fresh ground beans.  (One of the owners, J.J.Diaz, does all the roasting for the bar using a unique process .)

Star Lounge Coffee Bar

This brewing method mimics how a typical coffee machine brews for millions of grumpy people every morning.  French press or Neapolitan flip drip styles of coffee brewing are two of my other favorites, both providing similar styles of brew.  (Great resource on the different types of coffee brewing can be find here.)

I prefer cream in my coffee but half & half, or whole milk will work.  Dry creamer is one step over skim milk, which should be avoided at any cost.  In my younger days, there was no cream present but now I find I eat twice as many Rollaids if I don’t.  The pains of being old!

Cream me!

I love having fresh coffee on a Sunday morning while reading the paper and either watching CBS Sunday Morning or listening to Richard Hawley’s album,  Coles Corner, the best “Sunday morning album” on this earth.  Enjoy!

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