eat look listen


Posted in Food, Music by eatlooklisten on November 11, 2008

If anyone wants to get me this 14-DVD Scopitone collection, you’d be a saint and a hero and I’d love you forever. I mean, I’m just saying. Don’t know what they are? Read about them here and then watch a bunch here or consult trusty ol’ Youtube!

Speaking of indulgences, I’m daydreaming of More Cupcakes‘ salted caramel cupcakes. The cupcakes there are kind of expensive but that place probably boasts the most adventurous yet refined flavor combinations. Yes, this is the place with the BLT cupcake (which I’ve been told I should try at least once, but it’s not something one would eat with relish and finish). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be wiping the drool off my chin.

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video roundup

Posted in Music by eatlooklisten on November 10, 2008

These are songs that have been bopping around in my head lately.

Captain – “Glorious”
This song came out a couple years ago and I was really obsessed with it. I really love the cinematic quality it has, how kind of epic and sweeping it is. The video doesn’t quite do it for me the way the video does, but oh well.

Guillemots – “Trains to Brazil”
Yet another sweeping kind of pop song that came out a few years ago. This one, although the music is a little more upbeat, is a lot sadder/heartbreaking in content. I really haven’t paid attention to this band after this single came out, even though they were up for a Mercury prize with this album. I don’t think there could have been a video made for me that would have done the song justice.

Serena Maneesh – “Drain Cosmetics”
The Man hepped me to this band last week – I’d read their name on countless blogs and saw them pass through Chicago at least once without flinching, and I’m super kicking myself now because I’m in love with their second album. It’s really hypnotic and beautiful and catchy. And of course they’re Norwegian, because more and more things that I like nowadays are from Norway or Sweden. Their own record label called them “new-gazers”, which is of course cringe-worthy. This video has a weird Smashing Pumpkins vibe to it, a-la “Adore” but whatevs.

Metronomy – “Radio Ladio”
I feel like I talk too much about this band already. They’re from the UK. They are great. Their new album is called “Nights Out” and I can’t recommend it enough. Also, if they are touring near you, you are required to see them. Also they are nice peoples, and this video makes me laugh. However I do think the sassy girl in the video isn’t sassy enough.

the history of popular music

Posted in Music by eatlooklisten on November 7, 2008

Here is proof that every 20th century pop song is pretty much about doing it. Totes hilair!

Long time, no see

Posted in Food, Politics by eatlooklisten on November 5, 2008

First off, I write morning after a tremendous victory for Barack Obama. I’m so proud that words kind of can’t describe it. I found myself at Piece yesterday evening, and watched MSNBC and CNN’s commentary and the initial information roll in. First 3 to 8, then 3 to 16 (?), then suddenly the numbers started shooting up. There were cheers as soon as Illinois went up. The enthusiasm and goodwill was overwhelming, and I almost cried a couple times. Once Obama’s count went to 200, I knew it was safe (at least for then) to go home and watch the rest there so I wouldn’t have to blub in public. I have friends who attended the rally, or at least got near it, and they echoed the good feelings and emotion running through the place. What an amazing night.

In other Chicago-related news, I was delighted to get my local-centric Daily Candy email and find information on the Downtown Farmstand. In Chicago, the farmers’ markets only last until October, and we have to wait until May for them to start up again. Somewhat rightfully so considering the weather, but I have always wished for a year-round indoor market. Lots of cities have them, even cities smaller than us, so why not us? The Downtown Farmstand is the kind of place I’d been hoping for, although it only runs until December. Still, it’s two more months of locally-grown farmers’ market produce that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise!