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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they’ll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I started to dream a bit.


And unfortunately since the Cubs are (so far) really sucking it up this year, I decided to escape the pain of watching the Cubs and wonder what it would be like to see some of my favorite Chicago artists rock Wrigely Field, if the Cubs aren’t going to.


So just off the top of my head, I’ve listed a few Chicago bands that I’d like to see play the best baseball park in the world… Wrigley Field:


  • Common
  • Wilco
  • A Chicago blues showcase featuring Buddy Guy and other local blues legends
  • Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Miraculously bring Steve Goodman back from the dead to play a concert that he rightfully deserves since he’s the genius who wrote “Go Cubs Go”.

Like I said, I’m biased to the Windy City, so I’d like to know what favorite hometown bands and baseball teams would you like to see join forces to rock your favorite ball parks?



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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A cultural phenomenon of the ’00s, Lost is quickly wrapping up. What better way to commemorate the conclusion of one of television’s most-loved series than to own a part of it! A few days ago EW blogger Annie Barrett posted a blurb about nearly 100 items currently previewed for this summer’s Lost auction.


Dharma-brand food stuffs, Charlie’s acoustic guitar, the photo of Desmond and Penny, Jin’s wedding ring, Locke’s wheelchair, Virgin Mary statues (sans heroin!). It’s all here! All of the items are posted on the Profiles in History website which indicates only that Lost: The Auction is happening in Los Angeles this summer.


Even though I will probably never be able to afford the Swan Station Apple-II computer (which would be a great conversation piece for my living room!), it’s fun to scan through the previews and be reminded of the context in which they all appear on the show. Each item is accompanied by a brief entry that indicates which episodes the item appeared in and its relationship to major plot threads and characters.


No word on the exact date of the auction, but Profiles in History allows fans to subscribe to an email list for further updates.


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Monday, May 10, 2010

Conan O’Brien stopped by the Google megaplex at part of their @Google series. He takes the stage to the tinny sound of bagpipes before launching into a bit about the silliness of being labeled a “Googler”. Guess he’s on the tech circuit now following his appearance at Twitter and Intel corporate headquarters previously. He says he’s just looking for “free stuff” by way of explaining his recent residency in the Silicon Valley. O’Brien deliciously skewers Google corporate culture too.



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Thursday, May 6, 2010

That the TeenBeat label is commemorating its 26th anniversary is definitely something worth celebrating: So, even if it has been left behind by 1990s indie peers like Matador and Merge in terms of cultural relevance and marketplace success, TeenBeat continues to deliver quirky pop and a total artistic experience on a DIY budget. In honor of the label’s more than a quarter century in existence, its signature act Unrest is playing a series of East Coast shows this July, supported by on the bills by various combinations of TeenBeat’s best-known cult favorites like Versus and the Rondelles. Plus, TeenBeat honcho Mark Robinson is back with yet another post-Unrest project, Cotton Candy, which released an album earlier this year. Go to the TeenBeat anniversary site for the details on who’s playing when. For a sampling of all the superfast strumming you’re in store for on the mini-tour, check out the YouTube video below of a vintage Unrest performance from 1993.



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Monday, May 3, 2010
by PopMatters Staff




Christopher R. Weingarten delivers a humorous, but on-target, critique of the Internet hive mentality as relates to new music. True criticism is imperiled under the rush to be first and the move of blogs and websites to become virtual music and lifestyle marketers, rather than places for journalism and critical writing.


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