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Feature Thu Apr 23 2009

Population Explosion

Damon Locks knows a thing or two about communication. In fact, as a visual artist, freelance writer, and former publicist for local music promotion company Biz3, you could say that information sharing is in his blood. That's why his new Web site, The Population, makes perfect sense: the site allows Locks to unleash all the interesting tidbits that are rattling around in his noggin, and in turn it gives readers a public forum and, ideally, a community.

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Locks, who also performs as a DJ, musician (The Eternals, ex-Trenchmouth), and general gadabout, uses his business connections for good, taking The Population beyond the usual bloggy navel gazing. "As a music publicist for Biz 3, the opportunity to talk to the music makers and the music writers was a great position to be in. The music business has changed a lot, and the dialogue of publicity felt really different by the time I was done," he says. "After leaving Biz 3, I was given the opportunity to write some for Stop Smiling—it was amazing to generate ideas for that forum. But I couldn't do everything I wanted because it wasn't my project."

He worked around that hiccup, testing out the waters in thought-provoking MySpace blog entries that elicited a good response and a lot of conversation. Creating The Population was the next logical step. Think of Locks as the party's host: "Basically, I am creating an opportunity for myself to talk to people that I want to know more about. I think there is a community of inspired and inspiring people that should know about each other.

The Population features various interviews, essays, and profiles. It can be found talking footwear with Cedric Bixler of The Mars Volta and about the evolution of Celebration with Katrina Ford (ex-JAKS and Love Life). The site also discusses the politics of architecture, and features interviews with filmmakers Joe Losurdo and Christina Tillman about their documentary You Weren't There — A History Of Chicago Punk 1977-1984, and with his ex-bandmate and current SNL cast member Fred Armisen.

"At the moment the focus is weighted heavily towards music and visual art--those are the folks I am closely related to. But I am trying to expand, to fold in more stuff about film, fashion, architecture, and such," he says. "I don't want the site to be everything. I want it to give information to spark curiosity. Hopefully, someone will read something at The Population and want to learn more about it and do more research for themselves."

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Lucille Ellis / April 23, 2009 5:51 PM

Damon Locks is a genius. He knows how to create fascinating opportunities for reflection and expansion of his own skills and talents. This new venture opens avenues to inspire others to grow as well.

Jerny / April 24, 2009 10:10 AM

Mr Locks always has something of interest
to offer - plus he's a snappy dresser! ;-)

one of my favorite Chicagoans, so check
him out y'all.

Laura / April 24, 2009 11:11 AM

Damon was my favorite Chicago neighbor and is one of my favorite writers. Thanks for shining a light on this gem.

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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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