Winter has arrived in Chicago, never mind the solstice. Snow has started falling, the lake is beginning to freeze over, and it’s become socially acceptable to wear a balaclava.

I have been trying to convince myself I can stay inside until March. I will sift through my record collection and drink Irish coffees and never have to stand on the ‘L’ platform watching the minutes tick down until the next train arrives. But, I know I will have to go outside sometime.

We can’t be beat by the bitter cold. I put together a mix of songs to alleviate the burden of our cold commutes, featuring selections from records we carry in our store. It’s the next best thing to listening to them in the sanctuary of your home.

We just got an armful of albums in from Chicago’s very own Thrill Jockey Records, including picks from Future Islands, The Sea and Cake, Circuit des Yeux, and prog-rock favorites, Tortoise, among others.

Swing by and check out what we have in stock. Let’s talk about music and books and forget about the cold for a while.