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Hipster Girls, Hot Topic, and A Retelling of Moby Dick, Or The Life and Times of MC Lars

Yes, it was embarrassing. And yes, it was silly. By it was damn catchy. Deadeye Dick's early '90s ode to hippy chick resurgence entitled "New Age Girl" is now forever relegated to "Best of the '90s" comps, but for a time in '94 it served its purpose. Hoping to not end up relegated to the same fate is Brooklyn cultural commentator/rapper MC Lars, whose recent single "Hipster Girl" does for Williamsburg fashionistas what Deadeye Dick did for Sierra Club hotties. A recent Stanford grad, Lars has churned out a couple EPs and last year's The Graduate LP for a surprising large fan base (dude has over 500,000 Myspace friends and his first EP sold over 10,000 copies). Unabashedly self-compared to Weird Al, the Bloodhound Gang, and collaborators Bowling for Soup, who add vocals to The Gaduate's "Download This Song," Lars wears his critical heart on his sleeve via ProTools approved samples and late '80s whiteboy rap delivery. Constructing clever tales of corporate label stooges searching for the next big thing ("Signing Emo") to setting the facts straight about consumer capitalism's absorption of punk style ("Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock") to relating the ins and outs of the ever-changing hipster aesthetic ("Hipster Girl"), the message is clear: examine your culture critically because it might just be playing you. Perhaps Lars falls into some of these corporate traps himself, however, by labeling his DIY genre as "post-punk laptop rap" for easy identification as well as pining for fame and riches on his Myspace page, but these errors are almost excusable in light of the fact that Lars can also retell Melville by way of a Supergrass sample. Check out the below video to see what I mean:

Whether he'll end up identified as "guilty pleasure" or "blogosphere stud," Chicagoans will have a chance to judge the self-proclaimed MC for themselves at the beginning of next month. On March 3rd at Champs Rock Room MC Lars brings his game to the Windy City. Holla.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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