FEB 19 2020


Overnight pop stardom, type in motion, and a proper chocolate chili funeral

Credit: Alexander Coggin for The New York TImes

One song wonder is now a good thing?

“In 2015, 13-year-old Billie Eilish posted the song ‘Ocean Eyes’ on her SoundCloud and went to bed. She woke up to see it had accumulated thousands of plays overnight...” Amos Barshad writes. “The 16-year-old rapper Bhad Bhabie has built her career off a catchphrase-minting Dr. Phil appearance. The 13-year-old country singer Mason Ramsey has capitalized well off a recorded Walmart yodeling session.” So what do you do when you get famous off of one song?

Credit: Michael Salisbury & Mike Sager

Don’t sleep on these local artists

These Days is dedicated to keeping tabs on the amazing music being made in and around Chicago. So...what are you waiting for? Dive in.

Credit: Image by Anoushka Khandwala. From L-R: Ramon Tejada, Miguel Navarro Sanint, Amy Suo Wu, Neebinnaukzhik Southall

In other incredibly important news:

“The difficulty with a concept like decolonization, though, is that it means different things to different people in different places—” especially in the context of design. Anoushka Khandwala brought different practitioners together for a roundtable discussion on the matter. Read on.

Credit: Ana Sakač

Type that moves is one of our favorite things

So please, indulge.

Credit: Spudnik Press

In Memoriam: Augustus Gloop

The fine folks at Spudnik Press are hosting their annual Hashbrown Chili Cookoff on Saturday, February 29. The theme? Charlie and the Hashbrown Factory. We will be in attendance, giving our boy Augustus a proper memorial. Please attend and eat delicious goop with us.

Credit: Summer Wreath, 2016, Janelle Lynch

When we get one sunny day every few months, please—notice nature

Photographer Janelle Lynch...wants you to see each image as a world in itself...Her implicit message is that one needs only to be still, take your time and pay close attention to find the beauty that surrounds you. But, like meditation, this seemingly simple act is often more difficult than it appears.”