The Brooklyn rock band The Men have a new album -- but they're not ready to discuss details just yet. "I don't want to talk too much about that, because we still have two records out," says Ben Greenberg, the band's bassist, laughing gently. The Men emerged on the radar of independent music fans in ... More >>
Thanks to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza's headliners have been revealed, and it appears that Perry Farrell & Co. are dipping into the past few years of the Chicago-based festival's lineup history for a little inspiration. Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and the Killers have ... More >>
It's been quite a week for fast food companies around the world. After finding traces of horse and pig DNA in meat last week, British grocery chain Tesco recalled all its meat products made from a questionable producers. Now, Burger King has dropped Silvercrest Foods, one of its main meat suppliers ... More >>
Whenever I read something about football that sounds like it was written in a barroom by someone as sloshed as Rance Preibus at the RNC, it invariable comes from ColdHardFootballFacts.com. The latest beer-soaked rant comes from Kerry J. Byrne on August 26: "There is this mythology in certain circle ... More >>
In a video posted up last week, the chefs from Chicago's Alinea (which was named the second best restaurant in North America) and Eleven Madison Park seem to be packing up their stuff and heading to a train station. The cryptic teaser ends with "21st Century Ltd., Coming Soon."
In years to come, rightbloggers will tell their grandchildren many stories of the glorious summer of twenty-twelve. They'll tell 'em how they warned America about the socialist menace of the Olympics. They'll tell 'em how, in the wake of the Aurora shooting, they defended assault weapons against Dem ... More >>
Think it was hard to get into Grant Achatz' Next before? For three months kicking off in January, the restaurant's theme will be centered around Ferran Adria's famous, now-defunct gastronomic temple El Bulli. Achatz and crew will create a 20-course menu that will cover the last 20 years of El ... More >>
Scenes from Springtime anti-Mubarak protestsIsrael airlifted its ambassador out of their Cairo embassy after protesters swarmed the building, the Washington Post reports. Protests have been growing after the deaths of three Egyptian border guards who were killed by Israeli troops who say they ... More >>
Not the Hangar One Vodka blimp.A 128-foot blimp advertising Hangar One Vodka broke free of its moorings at a Columbus, Ohio airport during high winds, the AP reports. The FAA couldn't locate the rogue zeppelin after it floated, unmanned, into the sky. Seven hours later, a homeowner two miles ... More >>
Lab-grown artificial meat might sound gross, but it could reduce greenhouse gasses by 96% if used to replace conventional livestock. [The Guardian] What national chains do people love most? According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, the Olive Garden and Red Lobster. [Chicago Trib ... More >>
Jkrizni/FlickrGiven that we live in a time when people enroll in culinary school with the goal of getting their own TV show, it's easy to forget that the vast majority of cooks spend about 14 hours a day doing manual labor for minimal compensation. It's a resolutely unglamorous profession, an ... More >>
Sbarro, which recently announced it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now considering a sale instead. [Nation's Restaurant News] Prague is getting on the foodie bandwagon, as it gears up for the Prague Food Festival, which will feature cuisines from around the world. [NY Times] A new ... More >>
A small winemaking cooperative in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with six Croats and a Serb to revive ancient regional wine traditions -- and put the horrors of the Bosnian war to rest. [Reuters] Francis Ford Coppola has lured rockstar winemaker Phillipe Bascaules from Château M ... More >>
Leading lady, Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor, one of the last leading ladies from Hollywood's Golden Age of cinema, died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital of congestive heart failure at age 79. We remember her with a clip from Cleopatra in which the actress and her co-star (and eventual h ... More >>
There is a sucker born every minute. On the Internet, multiply that by 200,000, and you'll get the amount of money that a hapless 48-year-old man from the Chicago suburb of Naperville sent his supposed "online girlfriend" whom he'd actually never met. But he'd seen her Florida driver's licens ... More >>
Yesterday an appeals court in Illinois ruled that notoriously short-tempered, foul-mouthed Rahm Emanuel was not eligible to run for mayor in the election on February 22 because he does not qualify as a resident. Today, Emanuel's legal team took their case to the Illinois Supreme Court (you ca ... More >>
Apparel of the damned.On this verrry slow news week traditionally reserved for a final onslaught of year-end round-ups/pronouncements, The Chicago Tribune's Christopher Borrelli has bestowed upon the Interweb "a plea for calm." Borrelli, a general assignments reporter writes about food and bl ... More >>
In its continued attack on Starbucks, McDonald's has launched maple-flavored oatmeal, available with diced red and green apples, raisins and cranberries, and cream for $1.99. [LA Times] Cooks looking to start their own businesses can pay by the shift to use a 5,500-square-foot commercial kit ... More >>
Somehow, the Oval Office getting a "makeover" -- i.e. fixing all the things they haven't had time to fix -- is news. What's new? New York in the house.
Day 9, Evening Edition. D.C. Drama up in this: Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz has (super) 'Reliable Sources' while The Washington Times was purchased by the Moonies for the high price of $1, and also, my Journolist-Leaker Theories are back, kinda. Elsewhere, the New York Times still ... More >>
The disgraced former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is a monumental dumbass. Not that you didn't already understand this from his appearance on NBC's reality television trainwreck I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, but yeah, this guy had his phone wiretapped by the FBI, and -- as Vanit ... More >>
You would think: If there was something kids could get ahold of that could get them high, by now, it'd be illegal, right? Wrong. Enter the Oregano-looking "K2," which isn't marijuana, but supposedly gets you high. It's proven to work doubly, however, as a great cause for media fear mongering ... More >>
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Now the news comes that Quincy Jones is thinking of "saving" VIBE. "I'm trying to buy my magazine back now," Jones told EbonyJet.com yesterday. "They just messed my magazine all up, but I'm gonna get it back. You better believe it, I'm'a take it online because print and all that stuff is over." This ... More >>
In an attempt to seem recession-affordable, Starbucks is rolling out a new breakfast pairing promotion where $3.95 will get you a latte and and an oatmeal or coffee cake.[WSJ]In Indiana, a rising demand for local, organic produce is resulting in a big increase in the number of small farms.[Chicago T ... More >>
There are reams of commentary available in every paper, blog, and coffee shop this morning, but our favorite comes from Scott Turner of Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook, reporting for Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn. Turner notes that the new President invited the World Famous Lawn Rangers of Amazing Arcol ... More >>
I used to say, 'I've been at the Voice since the Civil War.' But now I'm off to other combats.
The piquant tradition of Secret Service code names for Presidents and their families continues with President-elect Obama, whom the BBC reports is known in security communications as "Renegade." The Secret Service tells the BBC that the names have no function other than clarity in radio transmission ... More >>
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