David Bowie Is… Invades The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

David Bowie Is

Widge’s Note: It was one year ago today that we lost David Bowie–not the first casualty of The Year Which Must Not Be Named but just the first wave of the onslaught. But it was a bitter pill for everyone to swallow. Bowie was the Swiss Army Knife of musicians, trying on new personas like somebody whose dad owned a persona factory. One of the testaments to Bowie’s chameleon-like nature was and is the David Bowie Is exhibition, currently in Tokyo and will be headed for Barcelona, opening May 25th. If there’s any way in hell you can go, then go. Music Minister Rob Levy filed this report regarding his visit to the exhibition while it was based in Chicago. And we’re reposting it today because it’s One Year After.

Once in a while, a museum exhibition comes along that simply wows you with a sense of “I must see this!” glee and excitement! Like a Van Gogh retrospective or the Tut Exhibition from back in the day, the MCA’s David Bowie Is was such an experience.

Created by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, this exhibition is the first to examine Bowie as a powerful figure in music, art design, theatre and film. It also emphasizes his impact on contemporary culture through the lens of his creative process and multiple collaborations. The exhibition, which opened on September 23, 2014 and closed on January 4, 2015 was a pretty big deal. The MCA Chicago was the only American venue for David Bowie Is, making it the epicenter for music freaks, artists and pop culture junkies.


By | 2017-09-24T22:24:38+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Reviews|1 Comment

Because He’s Michael C. Hall, Musical Clairvoyant

Did you know Michael C. Hall can do an eeriely decent vocal impersonation of David Bowie? Well, considering Bowie’s musical Lazarus has been around since last year…maybe you did. I did not. So seeing that Hall was performing “Lazarus” at the Mercury Prize was just a novelty. Then the guy started singing. Nice. When the soundtrack for the show is released, I need it. And I definitely need to check out Mercury winner Skepta…because to beat out Bowie must be something special.

You can snag Blackstar from Amazon here. Or it’s on Spotify here.

By | 2017-09-24T22:25:05+00:00 September 17th, 2016|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #191: Schrodinger’s Michonne

Sorry for the delay…was busy doing the things that help pay the mortgage so I have a roof over my blogging cave. Want to help with that and thus remove roadblocks to podcasting? Find out more here. Any and all help is greatly appreciated and helps delay the further greying of Widge’s beard.

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that was ready to be the first beer growler store in Woodbury…and then it all went to shit. Thanks a lot, Gov. Prick.


Every Ounce Counts Growler from Norther Brewer


  • Celebrate 500 years of Florida with growlers
  • Feet hatred, Easter and patch avoidance
  • Huey Lewis and the advancing decrepitude
  • Introducing Leigh to Back to the Future
  • Duran Duran retrospective
  • Catching up with David Bowie
  • Trying to catch up with Grimm
  • Mini bonding
  • Non-fun with road rash
  • From behind: Microsoft vs. Apple
  • Need Coffee vs. the Final Four
  • The latest with Doctor Who (SPOILERS)
  • Haunted by the cardboard Hitchcock
  • Lindsay Lohan and the demon seed
  • Bioshock: The Thesis
  • Walking Dead‘s season end (SPOILERS) and unemployment
  • If only the zombie apocalypse had a Professor
  • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:12+00:00 April 6th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    The Sound Board #33 1/3: No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Sell Records

    Peter Sellers as James Bond

    This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is helmed by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof. Tuffley providing backup and Widgett on hand mostly to record it.

    This episode’s central topic is: fifty years of James Bond music…the good, the bad and A-ha. We also: mourn the loss of more music legends, update you on spring releases that interest us, wonder what Lil’ Kim is up to, wonder if Guns n Roses will be covering Steve Martin‘s “Dentist” song, wonder who’s handling Taylor Swift’s fanmail, wonder who’s going to back the animated Biggie show, wonder what’s up with Carole King’s musical, and then ponder a couple of instances of rock stars acting like…well, rock stars.


    Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:14+00:00 March 28th, 2013|Podcasts, Sound Board|1 Comment

    Black Phoenix Has Big Balls

    Harvey Korman as Professor Balls from The Pink Panther series

    Perfume comes from many sources: flowers, tree resins, herbs. One source that is a little controversial is the glands of animals. Musk comes from the civet, something like a mongoose, the North American beaver, and from the Asian musk deer. Of course, most of these compounds can be replicated through chemistry, but synthetic or not, a good perfumer should be familiar with the secretions that certain glands can naturally produce.

    We applaud Black Phoenix for getting involved with glands. (We’re, on this site anyway, extremely concerned with the adrenal gland.) In Black Phoenix’s case, they have turned their attention and imagination to human male testicles.

    Or in more common parlance: balls.


    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:48+00:00 July 16th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

    Threadless $9.99 Sale Today Only

    Tell My Wife I Love Her, She Knows at Threadless

    So the Threadless sales have been coming fast and furious recently but we’ve been so buried we haven’t had a chance to give you the headsup. But now that they’ve launched what I would assume is the last sale before Christmas is upon us, I feel compelled to take a few more hundred milligrams of caffeine and stay up longer to ensure you’ve heard the news.

    A vast amount of tees are on sale now until 11:59PM Central Time today, 12/5. They’re at $9.99. Hoodies as well are on sale at $29. Now, not everything’s on sale, but a crapload of tees are indeed at the nicely reduced rate. So I urge you to do whatever holiday shopping now while there’s still time.


    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:39+00:00 December 5th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #111: The Gum Would Like a Word

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that has a giant checklist, comprised of things you’re not supposed to talk about on podcasts. And it’s working its way down it, one item at a time. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Or for members of the band The Faint. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.


    Burt Reynolds.  With a puppy.  On a horse.

    'I'm on a horse.'


    • ScottC is introduced to the concept of TV on the Radio. And bass. And music, in general.
    • April 20th
    • ScottC, not a Bond girl
    • IMAX webcams?
    • “Old Mac Users”
    • Zombies and hemp
    • The sad lemonade story
    • Of hurricanes and hyperbole
    • Ralph Fiennes
    • Stake Land vs. Skateland
    • The Night Train
    • Paleoclimatology
    • Protecting you from terrorist waves
    • Bill Hicks
    • David Bowie and America
    • The Americanization of Time Fucker!
    • Terrifying transcriptions
    • We heart Paw Paw
    • Don’t do math while driving
    • The Jack Train Chinstrap story
    • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:41:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments