Monday, December 31, 2012

Jeff's End of 2012



In 1991 I got a mixtape from a musical mentor that inspired me to start making my own mixtapes. For years I made quarterly, if not monthly, mixes of the newest, best, and craziest music I found, but over the past few years I've tragically neglected my year end mix.
  1. "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men from My Head is an Animal
  2. "Gold on the Shore" by Ty Segall from Twins
  3. "Real Boy"  by La Sera from Sees The Light
  4. "School Friends" by Now, Now from Threads
  5. "Tessellate" by ∆ (Alt-J) from An Awesome Wave
  6. "Tides" by The xx from Coexist
  7. "Disparate Youth" by Santigold from Master of My Make-Believe
  8. "Afica Mon Afrique" by Amadou & Mariam featuring Bertrand Cantat from Folila
  9. "Mountain Sound" by Of Monsters and Men from My Head is an Animal
  10. "Broken Clown" by Mumford & Sons from Babel
  11. "Down on the River by the Sugar Plant" by Mike Doughty from The Question Jar Show
  12. "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes from Boys & Girls
  13. "Road to Hell" by Sleigh Bells from Reign of Terror
  14. "I Bought My Eyes" by Ty Segall Band from Slaughterhouse
  15. "R U Mine?" by Arctic Monkeys from the non-album single "R U Mine?"
  16. "Please Be My Third Eye" by La Sera from Sees The Light
  17. "Breezeblocks" by ∆ (Alt-J) from An Awesome Wave
  18. "Lucie, Too" by Now, Now from Threads
  19. "Love Interuption" by Jack White from Blundebuss
  20. "Sweet" by Dave Matthews Band from Away from the World
My favorite album of the year, hands down, is An Awesome Wave by ∆ (Alt-J), but Of Monsters and Men's My Head is an Animal, Santigold's Master of My Make-Believe, Now, Now's Threads, Ty Segall Band's Slaughterhouseand La Sera's Sees The Light are all amazing albums from cover to cover.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wait. Sean Bean Lives?



Search the Internet and you'll learn that Sean Bean dies in everything. But we just started watching National Treasure and I realized he lives in the end. This just goes to show you, don't trust everything you read on the Internet. EDIT: Seems he survives quite a number of roles. Sean Bean Lives!

Lock the Locks... and Leave.



This year, like so many before, I've made excuses about not having enough time to do the things I want to do: write, read, photograph, play guitar. This is not a resolution; I'm a lazy guy that's heard one too many lies. It's time to knock out the lights, lock the locks and leave - or at least make a change.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Warby Parker Home Try-On Program

When I was a kid my parents let me stay up way past my bedtime to watch Jaws on network TV. Right after Brody blows up the shark, the station cut to commercial and I was whisked off to bed. I was eight. Even though it was like 10:55pm on a school night, I spent most of the night thinking about what happened next and I only fell asleep out of exhaustion.

I'm sure it seems ridiculous, but I really don't like to miss out on things. Not as an eight year old and certainly not now.

Warby Park Sinclair
Sinclair in Greystone 
This accounts for at least half of the reason why I've avoided the eye doctor for the past five years. Perhaps more rationally, the other half was my really crappy vision insurance that insisted I go to crotchety old men that only have office ours from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays. I just don't want to burn time on the weekend and often can't take time off from work.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sorry B.B., but Mike Doughty is my new "Best Show Ever"!

There is nothing like eating bacon and grooving to "True Dreams of Wichita". Okay, maybe there are millions of things like that, but what can I say, it took some bacon and a little Smofe + Smang to give an angle for this post; it's been lingering in the draft's folder since the day after the show.

Mike Doughty reads from The Book of Drugs
Mike Doughty reads from his The Book of Drugs
I hated that I was unable to write about something so great, in part because I have a serious music-crush on Mike Doughty. Not a man-crush, a music-crush. They are tons of artists that I really love, but few that I'd actually want to be. Mike Doughty just happens to be one of them.

Maybe it's his rhythm or catchy lyrical hooks, but there is just something that draws me to him. He's witty and cynical with a twisted sense of humor - all things I revere - and he's able to capture those things in his songs. From the avant-garde rock of Soul Coughing to the stripped down and raw Skittish; the genius that is Haughty Melotic and the small rock pop of Yes and Also Yes, I wish I had a tenth the skill of Mike Doughty.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

This day in Food Porn.

Poor blog, how I've neglected you. While I have a few cerebral topics of interest, I know you'd rather look at food porn anyways.

We'd pretty much eaten the freeze bare, so heading to the West Side Market was a moral imperative. So was coffee and breakfast, so we stopped into Bonbon Pastry & Cafe.

Cuban Coffee
Cuban coffee at Bonbon
How can you go wrong with Cuban Coffee, bacon, pork belly and eggs? Bonbon is cute - and bright - little cafe on the corner of on Lorain at West 26th full of hipster employees and a mix of old school southside residents and pseudo-trendy urbanites.