The Blog of Caleb Duren
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We Still Need Small Caps
The intersection of web and type can be seemingly antagonistic. While the web’s biggest concerns should be speed and accessibility, the typographer’s interests honor the age-old art of conveying information beautifully and legibly.
Black Lives Matter
I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts on racial injustice in the United States and the Black Lives Matter movement.
We Are Going to Europe
“I’m going to start blogging again,” he said, for the hundredth time. No, but this time I’m serious. I finished redesigning my blog this past weekend—hope you like it—just in time for our European adventure.
Goodbye Chicago, Hello San Francisco
The time has come to open the next chapter. We are moving to San Francisco in September. After months of discussing, planning, interviewing, and hoping, everything has come together for us to move out West. I couldn’t be more excited for this transition and the adventures that lie ahead!
The Death of New Music Tuesdays
On the second week of July, 2015, New Music Tuesdays died. For those of us in the United States, everyone’s second least favorite day of the week got worse.
The Best Burger in Chicago (America?)
Every once in a while, we need to get back to the basics. Don’t get me wrong—I love a burger piled high with toppings, and some of my favorite burger restaurants specialize in such delicacies. But this diner’s take on the cheeseburger is a magical formula so old-fashioned and American that it will turn you into Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Favorite New Music from June 23rd
Leon Bridges is an American soul and R&B singer from Fort Worth, Texas. And when I say R&B I’m referring to 1960s Otis Redding-style rhythm and blues, not Boyz II Men.
Favorite New Music from June 9th
It was a big week in music, with notable releases from Muse and Of Monsters and Men. Both are very good albums and are basically what you would expect from those bands. Muse’s “Drones” is a theatrical return to their earlier sounds à la “Absolution”, which Rolling Stone described as a “meaty dystopia.” Of Monsters and Men’s “Beneath The Skin” remains true to their sound—which was typified by their last hit My Head Is An Animal.
Favorite New Music from June 2nd
There were many noteworthy albums that came out this week. I want to mention two records that didn’t quite make my cut: Dawes, “All Your Favorite Bands” and Florence + The Machine, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”—both good albums that are worth a listen.
Favorite New Music from May 26th
My favorite album released this week is a 14-track record—plus four bonus edits—from the West London four-piece known as The Vaccines.
For Memorial Day weekend we (Emily and I), along with our friends (Steve and Sara), went to Nashville, Tennessee. We left Chicago on Friday after work; after seven hours of driving, with the help of some energy drinks and Hot Cheetos, we arrived at our friends’ house in Nashville around 2AM. We were greeted by warm, humid air and marshmallow popcorn.
Favorite New Music from May 19th
There was only one album that stuck with me this week. This record is mesmerizing start to finish. Their last album earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album; I expect this will receive equal—and hopefully higher—recognition.
San Francisco Weekend
We flew out of O’Hare on Friday, May 1st and landed at SFO around 10:30pm pst. We got in our rental car and headed straight to In-N-Out. With a milkshake, burger, and fries in our stomachs, we checked in to our hotel and, at long last, ended up getting to bed around 4am Chicago-time.
Favorite New Music from May 12th
I like music so I want to share the albums that I enjoyed the most—hopefully within a week or two of its release.
Why am I starting a blog?