Labor Day Play List, Put Your Work In

In honor of Labor Day weekend I am giving you eight songs about working.  These work songs come from the coal mines, chain gangs, and the bawdy houses.  There are so many songs about work, this list could easily have been a hundred songs long, so please add your own in the comments.

Tennesse Ernie Ford – 16 Tons

The list starts with 16 Tons. Of all the many kinds of dangerous, unrewarding and onerous types of manual labor few are more infamous than working in a coal mine, and there is not a better or more known coal mining song than 16 Tons

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Tweets and T-Shirts

Noel Burkman and his partners started the website Coin That Phrase in July. Since then his products have been nominated for a Chicago Innovation Award, put in the Emmy Gift Bag, and stood at the center of a growing online community. But, what those products are, is hard to explain. I’ll let Noel do it.

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Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself

This post will cover murderous crack addicts, benign Bouncers, and the ego of a graffiti writer, if you want to skip to the crack heads just play the audio.

Good Morning this is Casey Brazeal for North and Clark. An interview blog that “holds a microphone to Chicagoans who don’t often make the media spotlight” (Gapers Block). There are new interviews up on the site every week (usually Wednesday) and posts when the mood strikes.  If you’ve never been here before enjoy, if you have think of this like a clip show or Christmas special.

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This comes from anthropologist, emerald enthusiast, and my brother Professor Brian Brazeal. The experiences and world Brian talks about in our interview is so distant from anything I have heard about from anyone else — I had to feature some of his audio here.

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Peter Chavez got a scholarship to college through Graffiti, that’s not a misprint. He’s a graphic designer now. Peter and I sat down at the Borders on Michigan Avenue and talked about his life for an hour, I could have easily stayed for three.

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Finally this is a re-edited version of one of my first interviews with my favorite bouncer Dan Jerez. He’s a big man with a gentle touch, and the dude-bros of Wrigleyville are lucky to have him. Even if he is dragging them out into the street.

The podcast is on itunes, @northandclark is on twitter, and I’m in Chicago. We’ll be in touch.

India Pale, Belgian and Scotch Ale Right Here in Lincoln Park

Today, as promised, the recipes for the three beers that I am making or drinking right now.

First, a brief disclaimer: I didn’t come up with any of these recipes on my own everything I brewed was either suggested to me or at least tweeked by the good people at Brew and Grow (Lincoln Park’s friendly neighborhood brew place).

The beers are Walter’s Pale Ale (after the dog), Avers Avenue (after the street), and Toad Spit Stout (after what the guy who wrote that recipe named it). As I described yesterday beer has five primary ingrediants: water, malt, grain, yeast and hops. To give you a sense of some of the different ingredients we used here is a chart.
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Bing Using Google Ads?

This afternoon I was astonished to find an ad for Bing in the Google Adsense Ads on my website.

When Microsoft launched Bing its search engine the target was clear. Bing is Microsoft’s attempt to take some of Google huge share of the search market. It would seem like a conflict of interest for Google to take ads from its direct competitor, but I just saw one myself on this very site.

This may be a cagey move by Microsoft to use Google’s own product against them. It’s certainly not a strategy I have ever seen before. If instead of tech companies we were talking about entertainment this would be like Coke placing ads on Pepsi Cans or CBS shows being advertised on Fox.

I will try to update this story if I get more information.

Image Credit: erdov.com logos are property of Google and Microsoft respectively

Homemade Beer

If you can make tea, read a thermometer, or a book you can brew beer.

When I first heard of homebrewing it was from a bio-chemist and I mistakenly assumed that it was some complex and technical undertaking that only the truely dedicated could bring off. Not so.

Beer is almost as fun and easy to make as it is to drink.

Beer is made out of:
-Water
-Malt (a kind of sugar)
-Hops (a bitter plant)
-Yeast (the fungus that makes bread rise)
-Grain (barley, wheat, or something else)
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“From Chicago and Proud of It”

Darius Dennis is an artist, a friend, and a consummate Chicagoan. He is has a classical training and is competent working in oils, acrylics, pastels or aerosol cans. He currently works as part of the Novem Collective, and his works are hanging on the the backs of Chicagoans from 110th to up past Devon. 

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Darius Dennis’ is a member of the Novem Collective and his work can be found here.  This my second interview with a someone who has worked in graffiti and graphic design, our first was with Chicago artist Peter Chavez.

Photo Credit: Sam Adams (This photo comes from the cover of The Chicago Reader)

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