Pet Theories Recording Diary–Day 2

Well, it’s definitely not an important large-scale creative endeavor if there’s not one major oh shit moment! After tracking vocals all morning and into the early afternoon on Sunday, my band Pet Theories and our audio engineer Kevin… Read More

Pet Theories Recording Diary–Day 1

With one full day of recording behind us, we’re elated, and exhausted. As I said close to the end of today’s session, I don’t know how bands who hate each other get through this process in one piece…. Read More

Peach Buzz: Bad Wolf Coffee

I’ve written here before about my love/hate relationship with coffee. I find myself firmly on the “love” side of the divide these days and, as ever, am trying to figure out what that means to me and why…. Read More

Coffee and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Yesterday morning I stopped at the Asado on Irving Park for a coffee. I was feeling crabby and unsettled, stifled in some indefinable way. When I stepped inside, the guy behind the counter greeted me warmly, cheerfully asking… Read More

The Times That We Met Before We Met

Rob Mulholland, "Vestige"

We all have those splinter spots in our lives where, if we’d gone in another direction, the trajectory of our lives would have been radically different. It’s the butterfly effect or the Sliding Doors principle or whatever. One… Read More

Delany and the City

Chris Smith, "Wabash Under the L"

I don’t remember when I first consciously realized it, but I am a devotee of The City. And though of course I love my current home of Chicago, I don’t mean the Windy City exclusively. I am devoted,… Read More