This month I met up with two people I originally became acquainted with online and in doing such I attended my first show at Lincoln Hall (for Milo Green) and Schuba’s (for Restorations.)  Awesome shows and meeting up with friends is one of my favourite things in the world.  Life is weird and that’s often a good thing.

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Met up with Ben after their show at Schuba’s. They played a great set.

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Record Store Day 2015

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What Is Record Store Day (RSD)?

“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.” – via

In other words, RSD is something for music geeks of all kinds and vinyl junkies to get stoked about all over the world.  I’m spending RSD in the city of Chicago and picking up Dave Hause’s Home Alone EP before heading over the Reggie’s later in the evening for the Lucky Boy’s Confusion show.

When Is It?

This year it is on Saturday, April 18th. RSD is held annually on the third Saturday in April. Check with your local record stores for their hours of operation.

Who Is Releasing Music?

You can view the United States’ official release list here or download the printer-friendly pdf copy from their website. Keep in mind that if you’re hunting for particular purchases it is recommended that you call your local shops in advance.  Not all stores are carrying every release.

Note: I’ve only linked the U.S. list here, if you live internationally, visit their website for a list of your country-specific releases.

Where Can I Go?

Since it’s a worldwide event you can find your participating store near you with their handy dandy locator.

Need More Info?

Twitter: @recordstoreday

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Sometimes I crack open a beer or uncork a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and pretend that I’m artistic.  The result usually follows something like this.

Painting of a fox and record.

A Californian’s Understanding of Chicago Weather

It is important to note that as a Californian I have zero concept of low temperatures.
According to Google is it is -2°F where I am in Illinois right now.  This doesn’t compute in my head because unless the wind is whipping me in the face, I can’t tell.  It’s nippy, chilly, frosty, cold – but not painfully cold to me yet (because I’m not standing out in it long enough.)  It could be 13°F and I’d think it was a cool 52°F day without the moist San Francisco bay area air that I grew up with.

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So if you ever need an idea of what anything below twenty three feels like, don’t ask me.  But for the sake of conversation let’s be dense stick to some common stereotypes, shall we?  Those are sometimes accurate and they’re fun.  Here’s my perception of California versus Midwest Winter attire, speaking from my experience.


(Some truth to the stereotypes.)
Casual, light-to-heavy weight designer or non-designer hoodie depending on comfort and income level, jeans (or leggings), sunglasses (to block the actual sunny rays), an open bag (because hey, there’s no snow falling into it, and hardly enough rain), and the most important piece: the year-round flip flops.  The Californian relationship with flip flops, sandals, shower shoes, whatever you call them is pretty basic. They never go out of season or style and you can always find a pair appropriate for any occasion.

CA Winter Attire

On colder occasions we will be normal and wear sneakers, boots of various styles, or slip-ons.

Ca Cold model

This lady below is obviously chilly, no doubt, but never fear if you’re in this predicament in CA- your body will start trying to keep you warm by shivering and you can always cross your arms across your chest.  Make sure to keep smiling and don’t let anyone tell you to rolls those cuffs down on those jeans.

CA Cold model


Animal pelts, tools to kill your own survival food, boots made for walking across the tundra, a hat that makes you a target for other hunters, and a scarf that you can also use to collect berries in.  Just kidding.  These are photos I snagged from Google of Siberia.  But you get the gist of the difference.



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My Time.

Life on the road is a great many things.  I can tell you that it is fulfilling and keeps me busy.  That being said, I’m finding value in my own time, my alone time, my “me” time.  It’s my time that I’m beginning to enjoy the more I travel with this group of coworkers.  There’s roughly 35-ish of us and without getting into detail, we come from all over the U.S. to work together in one massive collaborative effort which is proving to be successful.  That’s the value of it. That’s where it ends for me.  I’m indifferent to anything outside of working on my goals and what is going to further enrich my life and I get the impression that some people have spun their tires for a long time and that’s not where I want to be.  The only way to stop that is to keep pushing toward where my interests are.  If misery loves company, company is equally as capable of creating misery.  There’s no time for that.

Cheers via Cincinnati, Ohio

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“You don’t choose who you fall in love with, do you? And once you do fall in love—that obsessive sort of love, that all-consuming love, where two people can’t stand to be apart from each other for even a moment—how are you supposed to let a love like that pass you by?”



It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong. What matters is you had the conscious thought.

You’re going to lose that one day. We all will.


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For which language, do what?

I just phoned the U.S. Department of Education to make a payment because I’m a grown up and pay mah billz.  I usually pay by mail so this was my first encounter with their phone system.

“Thank you for calling the United States Department of Education.  

For English, press one.”

Hrm.  Seriously, guys?

The Big Lebowski

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Philanthropist donates $7.5 billion

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Philanthropist donates $7.5 billion & lives modestly to help others.

“An Irish-American billionaire who kept his philanthropy secret for 15 years has given away $7.5billion (£4.9billion) – and plans for it all to go to charity before his dies.

Chuck Feeney, 82, wears a $15 Casio watch, travels in coach, does not own a car is a self-confessed ‘shabby dresser’ and sensibly made his children work their way through college.

He has given away 99 per cent of his fortune to health, science, education and civil rights causes around the world through his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation.”

– Source: Daily Mail UK

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