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Let's Get Fidgetal

While it may be a matter of recent dispute about just how much Diplo had to do with shaping M.I.A.'s 2005 debut Arular, one thing is for certain: he's done plenty else in the past few years. He pioneered the reigning school of this-under-that remixing via his work in Hollertronix, he likewise helped popularize the whole Brazilian baile/carioca/favela-funk craze by bringing it to American audiences, and -- as demonstrated by his Mad Decent Radio podcasts -- he possesses a staggering, globe-spanning knowledge of party music.

Enter London deejay Switch, aka Solid Groove. Switch was not only in Jamaica recording with Diplo just a few weeks ago, but it's no contest that he did play a major role in co-producing M.I.A.'s new album. His own track "A Bit Patchy" has been the most unavoidable club cut of the past year, and he's quickly become a much sought-after producer/remixer on the dance music scene. Switch has also been credited for trailblazing a whole new subgenre in dance music -- fidget house, or just plain fidget to many. So what's fidget, exactly? Truth be told, there's no clear consensus on the matter, because Switch invented the label up as a joke; and, having now seen it stick, somewhat regrets doing so. Whatever the case, lots of people are claiming it as some "next level" ish, and that the best tracks coming out of the UK this past year have all come from Switch and his fidgety fellow-travelers. (About whom, more in a later post.)

Both Switch and Diplo will be spinning sets at Metro next Saturday night, September 15. Considering that Diplo's taking the headlining slot, the place is undoubtedly going to be packed. Also up on the bill is deejay and Smart Bar impresario James Amato, who's recently pitched his own tent in Camp Fidget by establishing the Potty Mouth Music label/network for new-school house DJs. It all goes off next Saturday night at Metro and 11pm. Tickets are $20.

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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

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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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