Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Knew It.

I always knew there was something familiar about those two!

Who wants to play "Hide the Matzoh?"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Rims on my Dodge Charger son! I Swagg!

Unfortunately, this picture doesn't reveal that the Georgia plate includes the county, so this one reads in full: "I SWAGG, Chattahoochie".

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Neil

Usually, I want to punch Jimmy Fallon in the face. His Neil Young impression, however, is GOLD. And that guy dressed as "The Wild, The Innocent"-era Springsteen? That's Springsteen, showing a heretofore untapped capacity for self-parody. Seriously, he should go back to that look full time. Am I right Ella?

The song, btw, is the new hot jam by secret Scientology robot Willow Smith. Nothing creepy about having your 10-year-old do a public Rhianna impression! Especially if you already have like 800 trillion dollars. She's an artist!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Neil Young and Devo

For Neil Young's 60-thousandth birthday, I think it's time to finally address the little-known Neil / Devo connection - in particular how Neil Young lifted the phrase: "Rust Never Sleeps" from Devo.

Some general background:

“It Takes A Worried Man” (available on the Pioneers Who Got Scalped anthology)

In 1982, Neil Young had the crazy-ass notion to co-direct an apocalyptic comedy film with the actor Dean Stockwell, called Human Highway. He cast Devo as nuclear garbagemen. In the film, they sing an upbeat, poppy version of the folk-festival classic “Worried Man Blues” (here slightly retitled) while they cart around barrels of nuclear waste. (The band has also been known to perform the song when they pretended to be Dove – a Christian, leisure suit-wearing opening act for many ‘80s-era Devo shows. Here’s a video of Dove in action.) The movie made it to VHS, but then faded into obscurity. Inspired somewhat by Devo, Neil Young released the synthesizer-driven album Trans… and eventually got sued for it. Apparently, everyone doesn’t appreciate devolved music.
Then we pick up the weirdness here, in special screen-shot form:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Play along with Tony and the H.B.

Check out the full article in The Onion about The Uke in Chicago including interviews with Mike and Tony about Chicago Ukulele Cabaret, Chicago Uke History from Lanialoha Lee, and a performance from Heather Smith

Monday, November 1, 2010

Games People Play

This one goes out to Adeltime.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Seriously? Jerry's been dead, like, for a while.

Get a job, hippie.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Naturally, it was in the parking lot behind The Bagel.

But First....

....get Back to Black with Lake Effect's own Heather McGaw when she becomes Amy Winehouse with Simo and Tony as The Dap Kings... we go on at 11:30 PM this Sat at Silvies

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm doing a god damn breast cancer walk.

I know. I'm annoyed too. But now my mom has it so we are walking to raise money in her name. We need team members if anyone is interested. No pressure. I promise not to become one of those cancer survivors that does this shit all the time and buys everyone pink coffee cups for Christmas and Birthday.

My mom rules though so you know....I'll do it for her.

to off set the Ethridge tone of the post I give you this...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Feature!

I'm sorry, sir, but that's illegal in Illinois. Unless you meant this.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tri-pod Kitty Does The Reflex

From your Lake Effect roving reporters on the feline beat....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Explain this to me. Were they going for "Halve Pint"? Was "HLF PNT" already taken, but they love reggae so much, they went for it anyway?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Feature! Culinary Corner

Its time we start sharing recipes on Lake Effect! Of particular interest are the staples, those tried and true simple and quick recipes you make and enjoy most frequently.

I'll start things off with this vegetarian taco salad that Heather and I enjoy at least once every two weeks:

Al Fiesta Greens Taco Salad

1 head of romaine lettuce chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 can of whole chilies chopped
1 cup of planters cocktail peanuts
2 cups tortilla chips crumbled
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 lime
4 tablespoons of Brianna’s Vinagrette (must be this brand and type!)
½ 12 once package of Mexican Style Smart Ground
½ cup salsa

In a medium size mixing bowl, layer top 6 ingredients in order twice using half of each quantity.
Add dressing and squeeze lime over mixture, then twist/mix with tongs

In a frying pan, heat Smart Ground with salsa mixed in.

Plate salad mixture and add a large scoop of smart ground on top

Put on side one of Al Green’s “Al Green Gets Next to You” and serve with a side of sour cream

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Feature!

What r u guys doing 2nite?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Feature!

S'true. Fuggin thing looks just like a tooth.

That's what you call Tooth In Advertising, AMIRITE?!?!?!?!?

In other news, what kind of person buys a car that looks like a tooth and then brags about it? And before you say it, I saw the guy. He wasn't a dentist. You could just tell.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Marketing Ballz

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday's Feature, Today.

A day late, so we have two. A Saab and a Suburu.

In bucktown, riding home from Devo (thank you Simo!)

And Lincoln Square, in front of the Old Town School of Folk Music (shocking, I know.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kanye Tweets The New Yorker Cartoons

Jesscia Hopper posted link on facebook today... too good not to share..Genius!

Kanye Tweets New Yorker Cartoons

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lee Harvey & The Patsies!

This meme has been beaten to death, but this one killed me.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


We, the undersigned, DEMAND that The Hitmaker, Inc. perform as Billy Squier during this year's Halloween spectacular.

Please add your name to the comments to show your support for this important idea.

Sincerely Yours,

D. Anthony Singer
The Committee To Boss Everyone Around

Best Tattoo Ever

Should be free for all Veterans.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Even the greatest rapper needs a killer beat.

Today's Loggins

I have always loved this song

PS I bet Crescent loves this tune

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Who DOESN'T believe in Jimmy Carter?

Clearly, I need to start training for this

Monday, July 5, 2010

Original Fool

While Enjoying my first listen to Alvy's incomparable Summer Gold 10 a few weeks back, I became fixated on "Whenever I call You Friend". Its a song I've known all my life, but I never realized that it was Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks singing. The track sent me off on one of those stream-of-consciousness internet journeys and I ended up on the wiki page for Nightwatch, Kenny Loggins' 2nd album from 1978, on which the aforementioned tune opens side 2.

I noticed in the tracklisting that the third track on side two was "What a Fool Believes", which was credited to Loggins and Michael McDonald. I bought the track immediately to check it out and have included it here for your enjoyment. It's Carribean funk vibe pales in comparison to the Doobie Brothers version we all know, but its a curiosity worthy of a listen to those like me who've been obsessed with the song since 2nd grade.

What a Fool Believes

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I Must Have Done Something To Be This Lucky

When I looked at my facebook page just before going to bed, and saw what someone posted there, I knew I had earned some points today, somehow.

My advice:
  1. Watch it.
  2. Full screen.
  3. Watch the drummer. Closely. (ok, you can skip ahead to where they start playing, around 0:40, but then you'd miss the lame intro, and the bass player adjusting his headset; certainly not the highlights, but part of the flavor).
  4. Laugh. Clap. Maybe cheer.
  5. Respec.
  6. ps - the title given by the youtube poster could not be more wrong

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday Feature!

Once there was a man who had to do some unpleasant things to make his dream come true. A pornographer told him that if he performed a certain act, and perfected it to an art form, that people would pay money to see him do it.

So, he did. And they did. And he made so much money that he bought himself a Lamborghini. And the day he did, he decided to get a vanity plate to let people know who the mystery man was behind the wheel.

Thursday, June 17, 2010



Thursday Feature!

I pledge my loyalty to only one government official: Mayor Awesome!

And here's what's happening in his backseat:

Monday, June 14, 2010


One year ago, at exactly this time, we were in the delivery room waiting to meet her for the first time. It was nothing like you see in the movies. It was really quiet - in fact, most of the morning it was just the two of us in the room. After Eva got the epidural, we had a few hours before the real action was going to begin, so they turned the lights down in the room and we both drifted in and out of sleep as the morning light leaked in around the blinds. Finally, it was time, and our doctor and one nurse came in and calmly instructed us to take our places. Eva was relaxed and strong, and if she was a bit scared, she never let on.

Less than an hour later, we were holding her.

Now, our baby can sort of walk. She reads books. She pets the cats. She eats tuna sandwiches. At 5 AM yesterday she woke up crying, so I went in her room and picked her up to give her a bottle. She stopped squawking right away, then kissed me on the forehead three times. It might have been the best 5 seconds of my life so far.

My daughter is beautiful and sweet and smart and the most interesting person I have ever met. My wife is patient and loving and wise and the most capable person in the history of the world. I am so lucky to spend my life with these two people!

Happy Birthday Ellery!! Thank you Eva!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Last night a gentleman I'd never seen before shuffled in to the pop tots classroom and sat down to observe. He was older, very tall, and dressed in black pants and a green blazer, the kind a theatre usher might wear. We get family guests coming in all the time, so I assumed he was one of the kids' grandfathers and continued with the class. Every time I glanced his way, he looked like he wanted to say something, but was laboring to find the words. Several times he stood up and took a few steps toward me, then sat down again. He stayed the full hour and at the end of the class, he came over to me, shook my hand, and asked me for my card, which I gave him. Then he left. All of us looked at each other and I asked the parents who he was. Nobody knew. I went downstairs and asked the park staff and they told me he was Ernie Terrell, world champion boxer who had famously lost to Ali in 1967 (beatdown!). Apparently, he started boxing at Fuller Park back in the day. Park Staffer Elaine said "they all come back to put it all back together, he's going back in time to figure it out". I ran out of the building to catch him in his car just as he was driving away. I shook his massive hand again and told him I was a fan of what he does. He said, "you're doing a great job with those kids" then he paused, looked up, and said to himself out loud, "they...they're gonna be ok" and finally 'I'll be getting in touch with you"
Then he drove off.

When I came home and looked him up, I found that he was also a record producer and singer. Terrell is the older brother of The Supremes early 1970s lead singer Jean Terrell. In the 1960s, she sang with his group, "Ernie Terrell & the Knockouts".



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thursday Feature!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Joys of Photoshop

Wonder Liza:
so LiWi plays a shrink on the web-series "Anyone But Me" and someone made a facebook page of her character "Dr Glass From Anyone But Me."

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer Gold 2010

It is with great pride I present to you Summer Gold 2010: "Sissy's Hot Summer".

May this collection of hottt FM jams rock you gently all summer long. Artists and titles should come up on your iJammer, but will be provided on request.

Summer Gold 2010: "Sissy's Hot Summer"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Heatwave - Too Hot To Handle on

I've been kicking out some fashion jams for... um... Sears this week, and I was struck by how much one of them sounds like a lost Heatwave B-side. This unbelievable performance is dedicated to Biche, who loves him some Heatwave.

Oh yeah - the keyboard player, Rod Temperton, wrote some songs you may have heard of.

Monday, May 24, 2010

In Case You Haven't Seen It

I couldn't see it til they showed me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ooo-koo-lele Virtuoso from TED

At first I thought it was a little ghey, but then I got really sucked in.

Monday, May 17, 2010


I'm going to guess he doesn't actually find out.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday Feature

What does Alvy use when he's chaffed in California?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tomorrow is ...

National Train Day!

Now a little word from the spokesperson:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Feature!

EH HEMMM, excuse me, we own a home in Vail.....

Thursday Feature!

A minivan? I guess he has to drive all those disciples around. But I don't think holes in your hands and feet technically count as a handicap.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shit He Says His Dad Says

As I study for yet another test of my withering brain's ability to quickly soak up and retain lawz for a whole four hours, a colleague (i.e. someone doing an even worse job of staying on task than me) sent some of us a link, to lighten things up a lil. And it worked. On me.

To me, this stuff is rill, rill funny. Here's an amuse bouche amuse:
"A parent's only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed."
"HIDDEN roaming charges? Jesus, Sprint has 'fucking people' down to a science, like they practice it in a fucking lab on mice first."

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday TB!!!!!

The man, the myth, the legend.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Paul!

Even then, he had a quality.

Thursday Feature!

Courtesy of the Bianchi Foundation.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


They made a movie about my life!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Violent J Responds

I don’t know what Webster’s definition of the word “miracle” is, but we’ve always thought it meant something fuckin’ amazing and incredible. A fuckin’ special, awesome event of some kind. A great, wonderful thing. A fuckin’ miracle.


I mean, yeah, we get it. It’s funny to people on the outside lookin’ in, seeing two clowns rapping about space and shit, while floatin’ around in an orgy of screen savers. And SNL’s parody was off the hook hilarious. But when you step back and really look at all the genuine hate it got from everyday people, it’s hard to believe that so few got it.


As for the infamous line, “fuckin’ magnets… how do they work?” Magnets were like magic to me as a kid. You could move things across the table without actually touching them! I found that shit amazing and I still do. If you don’t like that, have a dick for dinner.


Be an individual, step out and away from the flow of the crowd. Take a time out, open up ya mind and then peep the giraffe. Try to appreciate some of these miracles, bitch.

St. Peters Basilica, Rome

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Before it's over ...

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Update: Maybe not as bad, still tragic.