Covered this week; Remembering Garry Shandling… Joe Garagiola dies at 90… Matt Taibbi on Hillary Clinton… Tim Dickinson on the Koch Brothers solar obstruction in the Sunshine State… Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest drummers of all-time… Zaha Hadid, dead at 65… the 40th Anniversary of Apple Computer… Villanova destroys Oklahoma to reach 2016 Championship… Bill Wyman writes on Chicago’s early-90’s music scene… Jim DeRogatis talks with Joe Shanahan about his 20 greatest Metro shows…
March 28, 2016
I took last week off… but I’d be remiss if I didn’t step back and document the very untimely passing of Chicago-native Garry Shandling of a heart attack at age 66… he was a man that made me belly laugh more times than I can count, I was a devoted viewer of The Larry Sanders Show over its run on HBO… this is a really nice piece with many remembrances along with video of Conan O’Brien’s tribute… a nice remembrance by Amy Wallace for GQ… Rolling Stone magazine’s piece… the photograph that closes the book on the late-night era… and finally, a link to Garry’s final onscreen appearance as a guest on Jerry Seinfelds ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ that carries the now-melancholy title “It’s Great That Garry Shandling is Still Alive“. Godspeed to a man that no one had a bad word to say about…
Also, sad news with the passing of baseball touchstone Joe Garagiola at the ripe old age of 90… He saw a lot.
“Young people don’t see the Sanders-Clinton race as a choice between idealism and incremental progress. The choice they see is between an honest politician, and one who is so profoundly a part of the problem that she can’t even see it anymore.” Matt Taibbi offers his take on why young people are right about Hillary Clinton.
March 29, 2016
All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida… the determination of these two epic assholes to halt the progress of renewable energy in the service of their continued ability to earn yet more billions is unconscionable… yet they continue. A sobering piece by Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone.
March 30, 2016
Whoa, Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Drummers of All Time‘… exhaustive, educational and a lot of fun…
March 31, 2016
A significant loss to the architectural community. Zaha Hadid, renowned for her theoretical work, created designs that were so complex that for the first few decades of her practice, many of her more ambitious projects were never realized, even as she gained a dedicated following among her colleagues. Ms. Hadid contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital… so unfortunate. Zaha Hadid, dead at 65.
April 1, 2016
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Apple Computer… from the verge of bankruptcy… to the highest valued public company in the world… its been quite a ride… this awesome post in MacRumors takes us through the 40-year timeline and includes a lot of great videos that bring back a lot of memories.
April 2, 2016
Villanova destroys Oklahoma with biggest margin in Final Four history.
April 3, 2016
Liz Phair, Steve Albini & Me: The True Story of 1993, the Greatest Goddamn Year in Chicago Rock History. A great piece by Bill Wyman for New City, especially if you were active in the Chicago rock scene of the early-90’s, truly a trip down memory lane.
…and then, this is an offshoot post from the one above. Written by Jim DeRogatis over 13 years ago on the eve of Metro’s 20th Anniversary, the author sits down with Metro owner Joe Shanahan to document his 20 favorite moments from his first 2 decades…