Wednesday, March 30, 2005


(first...let's all take a moment and pray that policemen stop beating up French people)
Okay, based on the comments LUNCHBLOG has been generating, I'd like to make the following statement:
Brothers and sisters, can we please stop fighting? LUNCHBLOG was founded to bring people together at the table of brotherhood and to celebrate a meal that must be eaten in either 30 minutes or 60 minutes based upon the constraints of your workplace. If you'd like to be on LUNCHBLOG, please send me an e-mail. I don't know everyone's availability and LUNCHBLOG is here to make everyone happy. EVERYONE.
Q: LUNCHBLOG is here to make EVERYONE happy?
A: Yes.
A: Yes.

THE KING OF ALL MEDIA! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

He came to us in a vision... Posted by Hello

Ben as his holiness "THE NEWSPAPER POPE" Posted by Hello

RIP - Picklehorse (UK) Posted by Hello

Today's LUNCHBLOG guest: The still unequaled elegance/radiance/brilliance/magnificence that is Amanda. Lunch took place at - Fox & Obel. We constructed: "Picklesaurus" AKA "Son of Picklehorse (UK)"...Picklehorse (UK) was killed last Wednesday when a busboy crushed him under a soup plate. RIP Picklehorse (UK). Lunch was decidedly, a total success. Posted by Hello

Monday, March 28, 2005

This just in - Ed Lo gets ass handed to him on basketball court. Details to come. Posted by Hello

Today's LUNCHBLOG guests: Matt (Rollo Tomasi), Steve (Styx, XTC) & Hot Doug (Hot Doug). Lunch will take place at: The Ritz Carlton. FUCK YOU. Posted by Hello

Sunday, March 27, 2005


Holed up in the studio all weekend...sorry!!!!

(Ben as the Newspaper Pope)
thanks to N8 for the pictures.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Today's LUNCHBLOG guest: The unequaled beauty and genius that is AO. She carries that pimp cane around with her wherever she goes (in this case it happened to be at a Cubs game last summer). She's not afraid to flash that rock sign either. LUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE AT: some place near the Sheraton, where AO is doing some offsite work. LUNCH WILL BE: The best b/c she the bomb. That's how she roll. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Today's LUNCHBLOG guest is Sean of Blam Studios.

Sean will be the default guest for Friday and Saturday as well. And there's no shame in being a "default guest", because as all who have hung out with Sean will attest, he's an awesome dude. Today features pre-production, 8 track demo transfering & studio demo-ing of new Sleep Out material. Friday & Saturday will feature the completion of new tracks and will feature cameo vocal work from Miss Alex White.

Today I'll be recording the definitive studio version of a song Chris Saathoff and I wrote together in December of 2003.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

catsheepbonnet Posted by Hello
This week's LUNCHBLOG will be a bit skimpy due to recording obligations but nonetheless I have dredged up two great guests including Brian (Hanalei/The Ghost)
Brian seems to be saying "sup? Who wants to ball?!?!" in this picture. We gon' eat some Sultan's.

You should see MILLIONS...Danny Boyle directed's really, really good.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Today's luncblog has been postponed in order to make the final arrangements for LUNCHBLOG (UK)

LUNCHBLOG (UK) will begin April 13th and conclude on April 17th or 18th (time permitting).

Thursday, March 17, 2005

LUNCHBLOG: Today's guest Steve Sleeve (May or May Not/Tha 446/Sleep Out). Lunch took place at - HOT DOUG'S. I think this picture pretty much somes up how awesome lunch was. Plus Hot Doug's was giving away shamrock cookies AND we had a prime table near the soda fountain.  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Dear readers of LUNCHBLOG

Thank you so much for your loyal readership. Due to the high volume of e-mails I receive with questions about LUNCHBLOG, I've decided to include the following FAQ. I hope you will find it helpful and informative.
Yours in lunch,
Ol' Fuss & Feathers
(Founder and Curator of LUNCHBLOG)
A: LUNCHBLOG is a weblog dedicated to documenting lunch dates with whomever happens to be free on that particular day.

A: After quitting my mind numbing job and taking a sabbatical, I decided that working on my resume, exercising and reading (all worthy activities during the day) should be supplemented by lunch dates with people I know. Thus staving off a condition known as: boredom.

Q: Can I join you for lunch?
A: Sure...but I have to know you.

Q: Haven't you already gone out to lunch with just about everyone you know?
A: More or less, yes.

Q: Then what's your fucking point about 'having to know me?'
A: I don't know, it just seemed like the proper response. There are a lot of scary people in this city.

Q: I've heard there are plans for LUNCHBLOG (UK), any news on that?
A: Yes, LUNCHBLOG (UK) should soon become a reality. Just check back for updates.

Q: Why haven't I been included in LUNCHBLOG yet?
A: because I wasn't aware that you were available for lunch. Holla at me and let me know.

Q: What if I don't want to be included in LUNCHBLOG?
A: Well, I don't really think there's any way around it. Everyone needs to eat lunch and you're probably going to end up having it with me one of these days so chill-the-fuck-out.

Q: What are some books and or websites I could look into regarding lunch?
A: ....

Q: What was your occupation before LUNCHBLOG?
A: Deep-sea fisherman.

Q: Why does Ben always appear shirtless on LUNCHBLOG?
A: Because that's how he roll.

Q: How far in advance are you usually booked?
A: That varies. Although some weeks are booked solid, others are sporadically free due to cancellations and poor planning.

Q: Can my band play LUNCHBLOG?
A: Yes, please send a press-kit and CD to

Q: Why haven't I heard back from you about my band playing LUNCHBLOG?
A: Due to the high volume of CD's we receive we are often backlogged and struggling to listen to submissions. WE WILL GET AHOLD OF YOU EVENTUALLY. Please do not e-mail LUNCHBLOG asking if we've listened to your submission.

LUNCHBLOG: Today's guest = Ben from out. Lunch took place at - Earwax Cafe on Milwaukee Ave. Ben was a little more tan than usual, Mexico will do that to you. He was wearing the outfit picture above. Earwax were pretty cool about it...although they made him extinguish his corncob pipe when we sat down. Fucking fascists. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Watch this...I only wish I'd thought of it first.

LUNCHBLOG: Lunchblog will be taking a day off in lieu of fingerpicking lessons and resumé editing. Lunchblog will continue on Thursday at the latest.


In the meantime, here's a seamonster....

Monday, March 14, 2005

LUNCHBLOG: Today's guest = my mother, Gretchen. Lunch took place at: Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square. Eat there if you have the chance. BONUS: she bought me a bag full of oatmeal cookies on the way out. Posted by Hello

Friday, March 11, 2005

LUNCHBLOG: Today's victims = Ed & Miller. Posted by Hello

Thursday, March 10, 2005

F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A. double L.E.D. L.O.V.E. Oh what is this thing that is happening to me. Oh. What is this feeling called love. Why me. Why you. Why here. And why now ooh. It doesn't make no sense no. It's not convenient no. It doesn't fit my plans but I got that taste in my mouth again oh. F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A. double L.E.D. L.O.V.E. What is this thing that is happening to me F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.double L.E.D. L.O.V.E. What is this thing that is happening to me. Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. Ooh.
 Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Today's lunch guest: Nate of Driftless Pony Club and Sleep Out. Lunch took place at: Pizza Metro on Division. It was: The bomb.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Monday, March 07, 2005

If I could do yesterday over again about 500 times, I would. As I described it to someone similarly lost in the day with me "I'm going to store this day away and think about it the next time I'm having my teeth drilled." That relaxing. Then, for an unrelated reason, I watched that someone have a 25 minute laughing fit. Also a good reason to relive yesterday over and over.

Life is pretty good right now. If a band blows up and my work transition is completed this month, life will be the best. Plus, having top-secret projects to work on is great too. And lots of prospective projects for the future make the days a little more fun. And coffee is good too...more in the sense of coffee-as-ritual than coffee as caffeinated drink, although that can be good.

And my two favorite musical discoveries over the weekend couldn't be more different. Juana Molina and Converge. I can see Juana Molina having more staying power but Converge represent everything I like about aggressive music and they sound like Born Against or Mohinder or something, only a lot harder.

And the 6way birthday party was a total success. The Cook Sisters, JP and Torri get extra special thanks for throwing an excellent "Cupcake Afterparty" which featured a member of "Tha Life Potnaz" trying to smear chocolate frosting all over my coat after it was smeared all over my face. And emcee High Life gets a shot for making me an awesome nu-country mix cd that features a song that goes "She thinks my tractor's sexy". Hope your house was in tip-top shape when you saw it, dudes.

And Apple picked up my broken ipod on Tuesday and had a replacement on my doorstep on Saturday. Holy shit. This would be even more remarkable if it were the first time that had happened. Note to Steve Jobs: While your ipod product has changed my life for the better and I definitely and worse off without one, please make it a little more durable so I don't have to send it back to you every 6 months for a new one. And make the screen less easy to scratch. And make a better way to use it in your car.

Ben is on the beach in Mexico with his lovely wife.

They have a top secrect project of their own. Nice work, dudes.

And now, to make the most of the plummeting temperature.

On behalf of all the birthday boys, thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday night.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Today's special lunch guest...miss alex white. Not attending (G.Sharp on drums...and those two little dudes on the left...but pretty much everyone else will be there). Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Looks like Pete and I are on the same page. Running is fun Pete, but I'd wait until it warms up a little bit more to really get that going. And you should try running with a cigarette in your mouth, that way you're getting the best of both worlds. My current routine = lifting weights in my room while listening to Led Zeppelin which of course =

Carolyn Burnham: What the hell do you think you're doing?

Lester Burnham: Uh oh! Mom's upset! Working out. I'm going to whale on my pecs and then do my back.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

"....seriously.....hate you guys...." Posted by Hello

Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease....