Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines

Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines BY JORDAN MAINZER If Mission of Burma disbanded early on in their career for a very specific, serious reason (tinnitus), then Glasgow indie pop band The Vaselines disappeared comparatively mysteriously. The band released a series of initially-unheralded singles and EPs and one full-length LP, 1989’s Dum-Dum, before breaking up. But they found new life when, of all [more]

Food vs. Flavor: A Review of Sweetness #9

Food vs. Flavor: A Review of Sweetness #9The concept of “flavor” is something that seems, to the untrained eye, to be inextricably tied to food itself.  Flavor is what drives our tastes and cravings and our emotional responses to eating.  But what is flavor without food?  Is it something that can be unlinked?  In the novel Sweetness #9, Stephan Eirik Clark explores man-made flavor and food by way [more]

What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Suicide

What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Suicide BY BRADLEY SPINELLI Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Barely a month ago, Robin Williams took his own life. The Twittersphere was flooded. One of the many people who wrote warm and hopeful memories of Williams was the musician and voluble social commentator Questlove, which I noticed because on World Suicide Prevention Day 2013, Questlove spun records at a book [more]

Our Live Life, 2.8: August Live Music in Chicago + Lollapalooza 2014 Recap

Our Live Life, 2.8: August Live Music in Chicago + Lollapalooza 2014 Recap BY JORDAN MAINZER We’re back on Our Live Life, FP’s ongoing live music series, in which we cover shows in Chicago, New York, DC, Minneapolis, Columbus, Austin, Rhode Island, Alaska and just about anywhere else. Today includes a great month of shows through August in Chicago, all covered by our intrepid Jordan Mainzer. Yes, this all happened last month. We’re [more]

Frances McKee (left) and Eugene Kelly (right) are The Vaselines

Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines

BY JORDAN MAINZER If Mission of Burma disbanded early on in their career for a very specific, serious reason (tinnitus), then Glasgow indie pop band The Vaselines disappeared comparatively mysteriously. The band released a series of initially-unheralded singles and EPs and one full-length LP, 1989’s Dum-Dum, before breaking up....
sweetness book cover

Food vs. Flavor: A Review of Sweetness #9

The concept of “flavor” is something that seems, to the untrained eye, to be inextricably tied to food itself.  Flavor is what drives our tastes and cravings and our emotional responses to eating.  But what is flavor without food?  Is it something that can be unlinked?  In the novel...
Questlove-SuicideSet-photo-by-MontyLeman

What We (Don’t) Talk About When We Talk About Suicide

BY BRADLEY SPINELLI Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Barely a month ago, Robin Williams took his own life. The Twittersphere was flooded. One of the many people who wrote warm and hopeful memories of Williams was the musician and voluble social commentator Questlove, which I noticed because on...
lollapalooza

Our Live Life, 2.8: August Live Music in Chicago + Lollapalooza 2014 Recap

BY JORDAN MAINZER We’re back on Our Live Life, FP’s ongoing live music series, in which we cover shows in Chicago, New York, DC, Minneapolis, Columbus, Austin, Rhode Island, Alaska and just about anywhere else. Today includes a great month of shows through August in Chicago, all covered by...