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Re: “Eat Trump’s immigration ban: Ten Chicago restaurants that wouldn’t exist in a white nationalist America

Mike Sula's articles, especially this one, remind me why I'm so happy to live in Chicago. And this one makes me particularly glad to be in Albany Park. I'd been meaning to try Mandi Noor since I walked past it a few weeks ago, and this is the kind of encouragement I need to walk through its door.

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 02/12/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds, and the categorical denial of the sensitive black genius

Actually, alternative R&B also existed in the 1960s, and a couple Chicago-based bands were very much a part of it. In fact, this city's Rotary Connection and Baby Huey and The Babysitters played on bills at indoor and outdoor festivals with such alternative (well, punk) rock forerunners The MC5 and The Stooges as well as at a Wisconsin festival with freak-folk forerunners The Grateful Dead. Anyway, I applaud Noah Berlatsky for his thoughtful appreciation of the kind of sensitive soul that the late Bob Abrahamian promoted and for his deep respect to the Chi-Lites. But I wouldn't say that group is forgotten. Just depends on who is doing the forgetting.

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 07/14/2016 at 6:57 PM

Re: “A new book on Italian-Americans in jazz distorts history

Haven't read the book, but I just looked at the table of contents online—there seems to be no chapter on Nick Brignola, who was one of the all-time great baritone players. Is he in the book?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on 06/22/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Before the Civil Rights Act, Herman Roberts's club defined black nightlife on the south side

Great piece of Chicago music history!

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 12/03/2014 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Mayor Rahm makes no small plans with your tax dollars

In Emanuel's original plan, the historic site of Chess Records (2120 S. Michigan Ave.) would be untouched. Is that still the case with the new plan?

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 01/29/2014 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Meigs Field II—the City Council very quietly passes Mayor Rahm's DePaul basketball arena deal

The historic Chess Records building (2120 S. Michigan Ave.) would be right in the way of this proposed arena. So does this passage and eminent domain mean that the city (and private developers) can destroy this cultural landmark?

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 08/01/2013 at 3:26 PM

Re: “New releases capture Chilean rock from the present and the past

Very cool article. Y'know, if Marty Balin actually did try to scat like Ella Fitzgerald at Altamont, I would not have blamed the Hell's Angels for punching him.

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Posted by Aaron Cohen on 03/07/2013 at 6:14 PM

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