January 5, 2009
Rather than just talk about a band I would recommend going to see tomorrow night at Schubas, I asked Michael Hush, lead of pop-rockers Five Foot Nine, to tell me his favorite pop culture tidbits from 2008 (Now that it’s over).
Before I get all list-y, the Five Foot Nine play fresh, clever, well-arranged rock that most immediately reminds me of Brooklyn’s Bishop Allen. Both bands combine tasteful guy/gal harmonies, tight rhythm sections, and great sing-along choruses with charm to spare. Local swaggering glam-punk poppers The Handcuffs are also playing.
MP3: Five Foot Nine, “Back to the Tunnels” (file courtesy of Radio Free Chicago)
Here’s were Mike’s Pop Picks of 2008.
Books: as for fiction… Here are 3 novels that I really admired this year
- Denis Johnson, “Tree of Smoke”
- Michael Chabon, “Yiddish Policeman’s Union”
- The Lazarus Project, “Alexander Hemon”
Sally Hawkins in Happy Go Lucky
- The Visitor
- Frozen River
- Happy Go Lucky
- Los Campesinos
- Bonny Prince Billy
- The Hold Steady
- Probably Holiday Inn Express spot where the geeky marketing dude displays his dope rhyming skills on the corner in NY…
Pop Culture Moment:
- …got to be Grant Park on election night
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.