September 24, 2009
With rising costs come migration, with that hipster migration comes money to new parts of town, and with that money comes business… in some cases businesses that were there before, but are now serving a new clientele.
In the case of Helen’s Two Way Lounge it started simply. They needed a new jukebox, so the got an internet one. Than they got some TV’s, a younger hipper but equally rude bartender, and now a new front window.
Inset Left: The Old Facade
I’m also proud that the double-arrow motif that’s now on their window (above) also showed up in my 2007 birthday invitation (below)! Good times.
January 13, 2009
#1 Song in the Country. Jesus.
Lady Gaga was, um, a spectacle on The Tonight Show last week. There’s something funny about a pantless poorly-cordinated bimbo staggering around stage, attempting to play a keyboard, singing about how she doesn’t know where she is and had too much to drink the night before while Thriller rejects bounce around her. Roofie-Pop… so hot right now.
This will probably be pulled off of YouTube eventually (but you can see it on Hulu), so here are my screencaptured highlights:
Lady Gaga strikes a pose:
Lady Gaga does a very loose Robot:
Lady Gaga does a very poor Charleston:
Lady Gaga paws at a piano held up by one of her backup-dancers:
Lady Gaga does the Charleston again, while 24‘s Mary Lynn Rajskub and Dustin Hoffman smirk behind her:
December 18, 2008
Hey hey! Sun Times finally posted a picture…
There is also a Chrissy Raines on Facebook but with no real connection to Chicago… and there’s a NUMBER of Christina Raines none with many local connection.
Yesterday, I gave you a quiz to see if you were good Drew Peterson Date Material… today, in keeping with the Shock-Jock & Peterson tradition, Chicago’s Q101 scored an interview with a gal named Jenny who is, allegedly, Drew Peterson’s fiance’s cousin. That’s hot. Check out the audio here: http://www.q101.com/blogs/shermantingle/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10016864
Based on the interview, here’s what we know now, I guess
- The unfortunate fiance’s name is Christina “Chrissy” Raines Reigns/Rains
- Her cousin, who she used to live with, is named Jenny
- Chrissy’s has a kid
- She was dating a guy who was taking care of the kid
- She’s a “hard worker”
- She likes bad boy types
- Christmas Dinner will be AWKward
In related news, Chicagoist via the Sun Times dropped that Dead Chrissy’s dad is also (understandably concerned)…
“I said, ‘You need to take that back. If you don’t want to, I will,’ ” said Ernie Raines, 53. “I said, why would you want to marry someone like that anyway? He’s my age for Christ’s sake.”
Ernie makes many good points. What should make Ernie 80-times madder? Well… Einstien Wbbm780 reports that Chrissy decided to pop the question to Drew.
Hmmm. I smell a Reality Show that combines the criminal glam of Growing Up Gotti with the assured behind-the-scenes beatings of Being Bobby Brown.
Also just learned alterno-Christina Raines was a 1970s actress.
December 10, 2008
I just learned from Milwaukee Music Blog Fan-Belt that the beloved Atomic Records store is closing in February. This is tragic. It’s a local music icon that I’ve spent WAY too much money at.
Rick the (owner) writes on the Atomic Records homepage:
The reasons for shutting down are many — and I’d hate to bore you with wonkish details of shifting demographics, downward market trends, changing consumer habits, etc. — but the decade-long (and running) decline of the music industry combined with the recent economic downturn have made it impossible to continue doing what we love to do … First off, THANK YOU! It has truly been a pleasure serving the music lovers of Milwaukee for the past 24 years. Much gratitude goes out to our customers. The recent words of encouragement — the likes of “hang in there,” “please don’t go out of business,” “what would I do without you?” — mean more than you can imagine. I only wish we had the wherewithal to continue on.
Terribly, part of me is excited though, now that my “Fueled By Atomic Records” bumper sticker and Atomic Records T-Shirt will now be that much awesomer.
August 22, 2008
Um yeah. Day winding down at work when I get a surprising email whose headline reads:
“SPECIAL PRE LABOR DAY MUSICAL TREAT HERE AT DRAFTFCB”
Ohhh, that sounds nice. I open that email up and lookie here:
So yeah, The Backstreet Boys will be rocking my work Atrium on Monday. Exciting? Sure. Baffling? More so. What inspires an advertising company to book resurgent boybands man-bands to play?
I’m also curious how much BSB charges for these little occurrences. Hmmmm.
8/22 @ 4:52 Follow-Up: A buddy I know that works down the street at Leo Burnett just mentioned they’re playing THERE on Monday too! So… DFCB is probably not paying anything. BSB, on the other hand, are prolly doing a pride-swallowing tour of Advertising Agencies to get the industry to drop them / their new tunes in commercial spots. Awwwww.
performing at Leo Burnett for employees
im just as embarrassed as you are.
They don’t care who you are… just as long as you love them.
August 13, 2008
(photo by Ruthie Hauge)
I see a bit of Sally Mann here, and a bit of the awkward with attitude posing that reminds me of Rineke Dijkstra. Hauge is employed as a newspaper photojournalist, but her journalistic endeavors also give us a chance to see some impromptu slices-of-life. When you think about it, both a photojournalist and a photographer try to capture the moment, except that a photojournalist can’t tell you to do it again.
Hauge’s online portfolio is available here and check her forays into video reporting here. (Type “Hauge” into the search video box for all of her pieces.)
June 26, 2008
Sounds gross right? Sounds like one of those things they do an MTV Doc on … “True Life: I’m a Plushie”. Don’t worry, it’s not.
I’m talking bout plushie art here. Sort of where the neo Arts & Crafts movement (ah-la Renegade) and collectible toy enthusiasts (ah-la Rotofugi) merge. There’s also a sprinkling of Cute Overload in there too.
Anyway, I’d highly recommend checking out the DIY Plush Custom Exhibit and Launch Party at the Rotofugi Gallery this Friday, June 27th. Local and national artists will display their decorated (and most-likely adorable) plush toy creations. Think of it like that ridiculous “Chicago Cows” thing a couple years back but smaller, cuter, and more tasteful.