Little Liberties

On Friday night, Lara and I got to see Allen Toussaint play — the first time I’d seen him perform solo.  He was phenomenal, and his set list was lighter on cheese, and heavier on ’70s deep-cut masterpieces, than when we saw him last year with his full band. At both shows, he closed with … Continue reading

Angry Young Machines

This week’s song, “Angry Young Machines,” was inspired by a trip to the Art Institute that Lara and I took over the holidays.  We checked out the new Modern Wing, which was beautiful.  Some of the best real estate in the wing is the stairwell landings.  Each landing frames a sculpture against a choice view … Continue reading

New Milk

This week’s track, “New Milk,” revisits the character who sang “Big Schools” on the recent Baby Teeth album, Hustle Beach.  Because Big Schools is often reduced to “BS” on Baby Teeth setlists, let’s call this character B.S. Lewis.  Mr. Lewis is a guy who can’t stop thinking about his glory days — he’s drifting through an … Continue reading