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Monday, June 25, 2007

pics around Chicago: Medinah Temple

It may be a Bloomingdale's now, but I still love the Medinah Temple building. [ CLICK PICS TO ENLARGE ]

 I used to park in the garage across the street from the Medinah Temple and the 2 replicated onion domes always fascinated me.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


10 songs on shuffle - no cheating -with real time comments

1. the Drowners - Summer Break My Fall - great pop song from a CD that used to get tons of play at the Slack household and then one day left my consciousness. It never dawned on me before, but this sounds like the Foo Fighters both in structure and vocal style.

2. Boyce and Hart - Jumping Jack Flash - what weird ass cover from the guys behind many of the Monkees hits - slowed down and full of wailing psychedelic guitars

3. REM - Can't Get There From Here - a while ago I realized that I was just tired of REM and stopped listening to them, but when I got the MP3 player I tracked their records and ended up adding way more REM than I thought I would.

4. the POLICE - Miss Gredenko - As this started I questioned why I put it on and almost hit skip. But now I remember why I put it on here - it's pretty catchy (especially the "nobody but us" part) and not too long (2:00) to overstay it's welcome. Probably the only song from Synchronicity I'd throw on a mix disc.

5. FOUNTAINS of WAYNE - Elevator Up - A throwaway from Out-of-State Plates - but a FoW throwaway is stronger than most band's singles.

6. DUKES of STRATOSPHERE - You're My Drug - Out of all of the Duke's song, I think this is the most perfect for capturing dozens of elements of sixties pop while still standing on it's own as a great song.

7. OHIO EXPRESS - Soul Struttin - OK, this is getting pulled from the library. I'll keep lots of other Ohio Express song, but I don't really need a soul-less soul song with a tepid beat.

8. FLEETWOOD MAC - Monday Morning - I've always like some Fleetwood Mac songs on the radio but never paid much attention to them until a friend made a mix of the best of the Lindsey Buckingham written/dominated songs for me. It turns out I like a lot more Fleetwood Mac songs than I thought.

9. the LITTLE ONES - Oh, MJ! - Nice slightly jangley pop from an EP that came out earlier this year. I can't wait to hear a whole album from these guys.

10. the SPECIALS - Little Bitch - you just can't go wrong with the Specials.