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Nothing much survives from Brehmer’s high school years except rumor and innuendo. He distinguished himself as the starting pitcher for the varsity baseball team from 1969 to 1972. He also spent winters in a Kelly-green Speedo as a member of the McBurney swim team. All pictures were destroyed by the government. [Read Lin’s Full Bio]
Maybe you’ve started worrying about your orbital frontal cortex. This morning, Mary Dixon reported that pot smoking can shrink a section of your brain. Here’s the good news: if you’re stoned, you probably didn’t realize [...]
What can you say? The Packers scored 42 points in the first half. Rodgers threw 6 (can that be right?) touchdown passes. The Bears are 3-6. The Bears have skidded to the bottom. And so [...]
When my son was a toddler, he wanted to be a drummer. Now I’ve got nothing against drummers, but my years in the music business taught me something. Drummers always get the shaft. They blow [...]
A piquant selection from Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine will satisfy this week’s need for the traditional Hump Day Unusual Moment. With the midterm elections still as fresh in our minds as a [...]
“Hold still,” she scolded. Mary Dixon was doing what she does second best. Face painting. The XRT Morning Show had yielded to her grand scheme to tie our Halloween to The Museum of Contemporary Art’s [...]
How did a nice group of musicians from Bloomington, Indiana wind up in San Francisco recording on The Residents’ Ralph label? The story of MX-80 is long and cloaked in legal mysteries. A punk band [...]
Ahhh, Halloween costumes. French maids, Kitty kats, Cheerleaders. Who doesn’t love a good Halloween costume?
Yes. I have called NRBQ the greatest rock and roll band in the world. In the 70′s Terry Adams, Al Anderson, Joey Spampinato, and Tom Ardolino was the quartet of my dreams. Their early albums [...]
“The weirdest moment of my life,” said Dave Grohl a couple times. The harmonic convergence of a new album recorded in the town where a show by Naked Raygun at The Cubby Bear re-wired his future. Grohl was now playing the same club with his band Foo Fighters. Use any metaphor you want. Time is a flat circle. 360 degrees. Returning to where it all started. It was weird for this Nirvana alum whose band could fill a stadium (and probably will) thrashing out the best of Foo Fighters in a club holding hundreds instead of tens of thousands. He railed against a clock over the stage ticking off the minutes before his time was up.
The new HBO docu-series Sonic Highways begins with a love letter to the city of Chicago. In 1982, the 13 year old Dave Grohl dressed in Izod was squired by his punk rock cousin Tracy to The Cubby Bear. Naked Raygun, raw and dangerous as a deep wound, was on stage that night. Grohl has admitted “That night changed everything I knew about music.”