Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fish to Ride Bicycles on July 12

Posted By on 05.31.11 at 03:11 PM

Seeing as how today isn't April 1, I'm going to go ahead and consider the news legit that the Cool Kids' insanely delayed debut album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, finally has a release date. That is, unless we're living in a nightmare world where there's now a second day of the year where everyone on the Internet expects people to find it fun to be lied to, in which case maybe we should all kill ourselves. As I reported back in February, after years of rumors linking the record to any number of labels both underground and above, it finally got picked up for real by Mountain Dew-owned Green Label Sound, with whom the Kids had worked before. The album will feature contributions from Travis Barker and Asher Roth (apparently there's a law saying they need to be on a certain percentage of rap albums released per year) as well as guest turns by the significantly less horrible Ghostface Killah, Bun B, Pharrell Williams, and Mayer Hawthorne, among others.

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Scenes from the HoZac Blackout

Posted By on 05.31.11 at 02:55 PM

TV Ghost at Fridays Blackout show
  • TV Ghost at Friday's Blackout show
"The ass was also one of the images of the popular-festive system of the Middle Ages, for instance in the "Festival of the Ass.'" —Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World

Just got back from the Velvet Perineum, and boy, are my arms tired . . . from raising can after can of ice cold, refreshing Pabst Blue Ribbon to my pie hole. Eeyowch! Nobody's safe here tonight!

Like past incarnations of the Horizontal Action Blackout, this year's festival—the first since 2006—offered a diverse party platter of wild sounds for discerning hedonists young and old.

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House approves Chicago casino; Emanuel "key" to deal

Posted By on 05.31.11 at 10:18 AM

The Illinois House approved plans yesterday for a casino in Chicago, while senate president John Cullerton called Gov. Quinn “irrelevant” to the current budget process. Skokie Democrat rep. Lou Lang said Mayor Emanuel's lobbying was "key" to the gambling bill's passage. (Tribune)

While Chicagoans were enjoying a warm day off, six people were killed and another 21 were shot yesterday. The heat also caused police to close North Avenue Beach. (Tribune/Sun-Times)

As the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s suicide approaches, Hemingway societies are ignoring the date. (Tribune)

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Conversations with the morning paper

Posted By on 05.31.11 at 09:26 AM

Notes on reading the Tuesday Tribune:

Is this bait-and-switch being played on the op-ed page? "Weeding out some of the GOP hopefuls," says the headline to the Dennis Byrne column, which turns out to be an exercise in flogging Barack Obama with the memory of Harry Truman. Key passage:

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Thomas Roeser

Posted By on 05.31.11 at 08:42 AM

Casting about for the right words to say about Thomas Roeser, I discovered that I'd chosen them already. Fourteen months ago I began a column about his latest adventures with this: "Give me three words to describe Tom Roeser and they'd be conservative, Catholic, and curmudgeon."

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Friday, May 27, 2011

I Heart Illinois necklace and other things you should buy from your neighbors

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 05:32 PM

A moment of silence, please, as we take this time to remember our rodent friends who lost their lives crossing Lake Shore Drive. Honor their memory with this soap, cast from a raccoon skull and made from goat's milk, complete with its own concrete pedestal. $8, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, etsy.com/people/iamhome.


If I had my way, everyone would know that these earrings made from bullets and feathers by Cities in Dust are a warning to the band behind the awful "Hotel California." $38, available at Post 27, 1819 W. Grand, and other Chicago stores, etsy.com/people/citiesindustinc.


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Pot bust of the week: Iowa City women fail to enjoy baked goods from Illinois

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 05:10 PM

From the They Tasted Almost Good But Then I Started Freaking Out Department, compliments of the the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette:

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IOWA CITY — Two Iowa City teenagers were charged with possession of marijuana after their roommate called 911 because her heart was racing after eating pot brownies, police reported.

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Something's rotten in the state of jewelry design

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 05:00 PM

Featured this week on Local Wares, the Reader's column listing cool stuff made by Chicagoans, was a necklace by Stevie Koerner. Pretty, stylish, and most importantly a show of loyalty to a great state, the heart Illinois necklace (pictured) is one of a number of metal necklaces of heart-inscribed states Koerner sells under the line tru.che.

Heart Illinois necklace by tru.che
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  • Heart Illinois necklace by tru.che

If allegations Koerner made Wednesday prove true, and the Webiscite (that's Web+plebiscite) is voting in her favor so far, then it might turn out buying a necklace from Urban Outfitters is a pretty unstylish thing to do.

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This Week in Food & Drink: The Aviary, Key Ingredient pork cheeks, neighborhood food councils, and more

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 03:41 PM

Marianne Sundquists pork cheek ragout with gnocchi
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  • Marianne Sundquist's pork cheek ragout with gnocchi

Mike Sula reviews the Aviary, the Fulton Market lounge cum restaurant next to Next. Working under partners Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, executive chef Craig Schoettler has devised a menu of eye-popping cocktails like the Blueberry, a porthole-shaped vessel filled with a rye-based liquid in which bob fruits and botanicals. (A few of the YouTube videos of his test runs are here, here, and here.) In addition to the drinks there’s a concise menu of small bites like tempura-fried crab coquettes and corn-pudding-loaded chowder balls.

In Key Ingredient In Fine Spirits chef Marianne Sundquist makes a rich ragout out of pork cheeks she seared in rendered pancetta fat, slow braised, and served with ricotta gnocchi. Pork cheeks are “underused,” she says, which is too bad because “it’s really inexpensive, and I think something magical happens when it’s braised.” Next up is Abra Berens of Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, Michigan, working with yinzen silver needle white tea, a favorite of Sundquist’s.

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How to ... ditch annoying Facebook friends

Posted By on 05.27.11 at 03:00 PM


If you’re tired of Obnoxious Olivia, Self-Absorbed Sal, and their sad and pointless Facebook status updates, it might be time to defriend them. How to muster up the courage? Try this approach.

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