Song of the Day


CASS McCOMBS
The Same Thing


DOWNLOAD: The Same Thing

I gotta thank Cheechasaurus Rex for letting me know (via her facebook page) that Cass McCombs is releasing Humor Risk…his second album in less than a year…and is giving away ‘The Same Thing’ as a taste of things to come. I’ve been dropping his songs on The List for years and have always been drawn to the way his subtle songwriting and delicate, Morrissey-like monotone can immediately pull me into his songs, but over the years any similarities to The Smiths have fallen away and he has become more of a sad folk-rock Troubadour…but if it makes any sense, he gives off an almost cheerful dreariness. Humor Risk is set to be released November 7th and in the meantime you can check out Cass on his website

I Love Chicago…

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If you haven’t already guessed from my lack of posts recently, this month has been kinda busy here at Damn Ugly. Sorry ’bout that, but the necessity to work often gets in the way of me filling up the interweb with bloggy bits. So to get back in the saddle, I’m offering a little love letter to Chicago, where we found ourselves last week. I’ve been to Chicago a million times, but I was struck this trip by how much the city has changed…and I don’t just mean because of that gigantic Seward Johnson sculpture of Marilyn Monroe on Michigan Avenue. No, the city just feels more vibrant and polished. From the abundance of public spaces to the overwhelming amount of new buildings dotting the downtown area, everything just has a fresh energy about it. And on the one afternoon that wasn’t busy shooting I had a bit of time to take it all in. Between the iPhone Panorama’s, Hipstamatic shots and some stuff I did on the Canon, I built up a nice little portfolio of my walk around the Loop…..

Remember the Wilco album, ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’?!!

I love that cover…and those buildings…

While I was looking upwards, I became momentarily fixated on streetlamps…

And yes…I know it’s very blue!

What a way to make a living…

Next, I ended up in front of Anish Kapoor’s ‘Cloud Gate’ at Millennium Park…

…and it’s Circus Funhouse Mirror appeal…

Walking back to the hotel I knocked off another iPhone PhotoSynth panorama along Wacker Drive…

…and some Hipstamatic prints…

And one last shot of Marilyn with a guy really happy to be in Chicago…

…and finally…back to New York…