I want Everyone in on Meat Free Mondays

It’s time we made some changes. Things are not working the way they are. We start this Monday.

from http://pledge.meatfreemondays.com/

Meat production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization1, with some scientists saying the percentage is higher.

Skipping meat for one day a week can reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as not driving your car for a whole month.

An area of Amazon rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle.

More information can be found at http://pledge.meatfreemondays.com/

Lennon and Harrison were the better songwriters but Paul has a point.

This looks like a good recipe to start with from http://www.anicetime.com/cooking-with-c-vegan-shepards-pie-with-gravy/?view=News

Vegan Shepards Pie


Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 lb. potatoes (I used a bag of organic red potatoes), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Vegetable Filling:

  • 2 tbsp cocomon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled & small dice
  • 2 cups pumpkin peeled & small dice
  • 4 celery stalks, small dice
  • 1 cup, full sodium vegetable broth (or more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (or more broth)
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste + black pepper
  • 3 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat)


1. Preheat oven to 425F and lightly oil a 2.5 quart/2.3 litre casserole dish. Place peeled and chopped potatoes into a large pot and add water, 2 inches above potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for about 30 minutes until very tender.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetable filling. Chop the onion and mince the garlic and add to a skillet along with the oil. Cook on low for about 5-7 minutes. Now add in the chopped carrots, parsnip, and celery. Cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes.

3. When the potatoes are done cooking, drain and add back to the pot. Add the Earth Balance (or butter), milk, and seasonings and mash well. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients (broth, red wine (optional), thyme, and flour). Add this liquid mixture to the vegetables in the skillet and stir well. Add your salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 5-10 minutes or so until thickened. Season to taste.

5. Scoop vegetable mixture into casserole dish. Spread on the mashed potato mixture and garnish with paprika, ground pepper, and Thyme. Bake at 425F for about 35 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Mixture will be very hot in the middle so be careful! I suggest serving this with homemade vegan gravy. Makes 6 generous servings.

Vegan Gravy


  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • ½ tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cocomon coconut oil

Directions: In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients and puree until smooth. In a pot on medium to high heat, add mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and stir frequently to thicken. Remove from heat and serve. Add additional agave, water, or vinegar if needed to adjust taste.

The Smiths “Meat is Murder (on Mondays)” or put a positive spin on it with The Wiggles “Fruit Salad”


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Chicago is…David Bowie is…

David Bowie Is on sale

David Bowie is…the exhibit starts today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Our Mayor has declared today to be David Bowie Day. I know you love official documents.

Today in Daley Plaza during your lunch hour Sons of the Silent Age will be performing David Bowie songs with Chris Connelly and Matt Walker and it’s free.Chris Connelly channels David Bowie in Sons of the Silent Age

Tickets for the museum can be purchased here, it runs through January 2015.  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

They have a God-forsaken gift shop of course (but it’s actually pretty cool) see below.

Magnets                                                        Earrings

Shirts                                                                   Books

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Spool Going Round Mix Tape

Because Spool Going Round loves you, here is another mixtape. I haven’t posted a mix in a while but you can always find great mixes by searching out Spool Going Round. We are experiencing a seasonal change. A shift is happening but love is always the answer. David Bowie is…opens this week and Tuesday is declared David Bowie Day here in Chicago. The Raveonettes pull into town on Friday night. I am reading and loving the Peter Hook book “Unknown Pleasures*Inside Joy Division*.” New releases by Robert Plant, Buzzcocks, and U2 are in heavy rotation on the stereo.

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Buzzcocks show us “The Way”

Buzzcocks tour bus just pulling out of Chicagoland leaving behind a new single and news of the forthcoming release The Way

1 – Keep On Believing
2 – People Are Strange Machines
3 – The Way
4 – In The Back
5 – Virtually Real
6 – Third Dimension
7 – Out Of The Blue
8 – Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
9 – It’s Not You
10 – Saving Yourself

The Way is the follow up to 2006’s Flat – Pack Philosophy LP and is the band’s ninth studio album since their formation in Manchester in 1976. These 10 tracks penned by the groups long standing core of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle were recorded this year in London, and were produced by the band and Dave M Allen (best known for his production work with The Cure, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry). The album packs the same classic UK pop punk punch they’ve been known for for nearly four decades.   

 Listen to our first taste “It’s Not You”

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Daniel Lanois (what has the greatest ears been up to?)

Daniel Lanois is still raising that spirit of music and still opening up doors to the unknown.


The cover art to Flesh And Machine – the new album by gifted musician, renowned producer and ambient pioneer Daniel Lanois – contains a curious image: a baby with cybernetic antennae. The child represents Lanois himself. He explains: “The cover shows a boy who is looking for something that’s never been heard before. He’s my little seeker, he represents the bit of me that’s always in the laboratory experimenting, looking for new sounds and sensations.”

But the image is apt in another way. Flesh And Machine, his third album for ANTI–, represents nothing short of a total artistic rebirth. Lanois has been involved in playing, recording and producing music for four decades now. In that time he helped push the ambient genre forward into celestial new territory as Brian Eno’s foremost protégé; he has recorded landmark albums for U2 and Peter Gabriel and has helped to revitalize the sonic dimensions of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But this marks the first time he has truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal and attempted to break virgin ground in support of his own music.

Lanois has a refreshingly optimistic attitude toward his craft and the creative potential it still holds: “I’m always heading for the future and I’m always hoping I’m going to find the next dimension of sound. It’s my job to raise the spirit of sound. I’ve been able to do it a number of times in the past on other people’s records. Well, it’s still my job today to raise that spirit of sound and I’d like to think that I’ve done it on this record.”


13 – Nashville, Tennessee – City Winery – Venue

14 – Chicago, Illinois – Lincoln HallVenue

16 – Los Angeles, California – El Rey Theatre – Venue

17 – San Francisco, California – Great American Music Hall – Venue

19 – Washington, District of Columbia – The Hamilton – Venue

20 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – World Cafe Live – Venue

21 – Providence, Rhode Island – Columbus Theatre – Venue

22 – Boston, Massachusetts – Brighton Music Hall – Venue

Here is Daniel Lanois classic “Lotta Love To Give”


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Riot Festers Please Beware of Slayer Fans

Okay so the big Riot Fest & Carnival weekend is here. I have a problem with the short set times and really no after-shows of interest but you can’t deny the line up. This year’s line up easily blows away Lollapalooza. Please do your best to catch Paul Weller, Buzzcocks, The Cure, Cheap Trick, The Orwells, My Gold Mask, Naked Raygun, Patti Smith…okay it is a really good line up.

Many blogs are helping you prepare by letting you know to dress comfortably, wear comfortable shoes,  layers, drink lots of water, stranger danger, have a meeting place, but I have a warning that may not occur to you if you’re an old punker like me.


Public service announcement from Jim Breuer on Slayer fans.

After shows got a bit better with the addition of Naked Raygun.

Get there safely and enjoy the gorgeous park

Rock out and have fun!


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Spool Going Round says Death to all Festivals

I’m tired of it. Festivals are eating up all the talent and…

Here is my main complaint with Riot Fest.

I love Buzzcocks. I love Paul Weller. Neither of them come to Chicago enough. Almost never.  Finally we get them to come and they are playing for 45 minutes in the afternoon. It just doesn’t make sense to the music fan. You could spend a whole day just listening to great songs from one of these bands.  After knowing that they were playing short afternoon sets, I at least thought they would add an after show! I mean come on!

We are looking at all these festivals the wrong way. Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, and all the rest. They sell out before the bands are even announced so these are not HUGE fans of the bands. These are posers who know that this is where they should be hanging around because someone told them they should. We are wasting these wonderful band’s Chicago stop on a short set that probably is competing with something else on the otherside of the park for their half hour. We could be catching these bands in full sets at smaller venues but no. Milwaukee is going to get a longer Buzzcocks concert than Chicago, WTF!

Death to all festivals! Riot Fest Sucks. Even though I love most of the bands performing.

Here is the daily schedule of very short sets.Riot Fest Chicago 2014.

We get very short sets! Riot Fest Chicago 2014.

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It is time you warmed up to ICEAGE

Young men making a desirable ruckus is the band Iceage from Copenhagen.  At times the band’s music is troubling.  Sometimes it is hard to hear the beauty in the noise.  It’s punk but not always in sound but always in attitude.  You definitely sense the young men are going through life-changes.  There is a confusion that compels you to want to help them figure it out, but what are we trying to figure out?

Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Some of this new confusion comes with the forthcoming release


Ah yes Love, with that comes a lot of confusion.   The first song released to tease us into the October release is “Forever.”

Wed. Oct. 22 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Helm, Father Murphy Tickets

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Joan Rivers life supporting music

Joan Rivers was great for speaking her mind and she had a quick wit which I always appreciate.  I know it is sad for friends, family, and fans that she has passed but she lived a full life and you can’t ask for more than 81 years, can you? Really?

Below is Joan on her show supporting some good alternative music of the day. The Psychedelic Furs tearing up on Joan Rivers show in 1987.

Midnight to Midnight
Heartbreak Beat

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iTunes festival coming to your laptop all month long

September is a great time of year. Fall is my favorite. It also coincides with the iTunes festival live from London Roundhouse.  In previous years I have enjoyed performances from Jake Bugg, Sigur Ros, and Arctic Monkeys.  Even if you would never be found dead at a Lady Gaga concert you can log into iTunes put the headphones on, dim the lights, and nobody knows…but you’re a little monster.  Also artists like Paolo Nutini who must have inadvertently forgot to add a tour date in my town, now I can see him live.

They also do a great job of pairing groups together. They have Blondie with Chrissie Hynde or Ryan Adams with First Aid Kit. This year has already started and here are a few highlights as I see them.  Hope to see you at the show.








Here is Arctic Monkeys from last year’s iTunes festival.


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