An ode to La Blogothèque

It's not too much of a secret, I love La Blogothèque. To me, they are the personification of everything I love about music. Their "Take Away Show" and "Soirée de Poche" videos showcase a raw atmosphere: the musician at his most intimate, the candidness of their listeners' responses, moving without apprehension or awareness, and the romantic (in … Continue reading An ode to La Blogothèque

What Makes It a Love Song?

I often have a word or two regarding love songs, so I thought this might be a good time to write a few of them down. The term “love song” seems straightforward, but there are a lot of nuances that go into that feeling you get when you hear a love song that just hits … Continue reading What Makes It a Love Song?

For Our Eyes Only: Brad Elterman on Creating Rock n’ Roll We Can See

Photographing acts like Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, and The Ramones in the 1970s, Brad Elterman’s photography gives us an intimate glimpse into the glamour, drama, and magic of rock n’ roll on the Sunset Strip and beyond. Even as the music and the people on the scene change, Elterman continues to act as … Continue reading For Our Eyes Only: Brad Elterman on Creating Rock n’ Roll We Can See

Advice On Making a Mix Tape For Your Sweetheart

In short, just don’t do it. Don’t give someone a piece of your heart like that. It’s probably less risky to marry them than it is to burn them a CD of love songs. But no one ever has, nor will they ever follow that advice. Billie Holiday and John Cooper Clarke can say “I … Continue reading Advice On Making a Mix Tape For Your Sweetheart

A Garage Rock Homecoming: Three Nights of Twin Peaks

Without Twin Peaks, Slime Time Magazine probably would not exist, so of course the slimy team got together for three days of Twin Peaks shows, which have become somewhat of a tradition for all of us. This tradition began for us way back in 2013 when Mackenzie and I went to see Arctic Monkeys. We … Continue reading A Garage Rock Homecoming: Three Nights of Twin Peaks

Grrrls in the back: the lasting legacy of the riot grrrl movement in the Chicago music scene

I was raised in the aftermath of the riot grrrl movement and fell in love with the alpha-girl toughness and the ways in which femininity was reclaimed and redefined by the movement. Like their second-wave feminism predecessors fought for their place in the working world and reproductive rights, riot grrrls and third-wave feminists fought for … Continue reading Grrrls in the back: the lasting legacy of the riot grrrl movement in the Chicago music scene

Why Almost Famous is the greatest movie ever made

Seeing everyone’s Penny Lane costumes this Halloween and the fact that Almost Famous showed up in the “newly added” section of French Netflix has brought back my realization that it is the best movie in the world. It isn’t because of the ginormous amount of extremely memorable quotes. It isn’t because of the nostalgic and heartwarming … Continue reading Why Almost Famous is the greatest movie ever made