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Event Thu Oct 18 2012

A Day at the Record Stores with CHIRP

Chicago online radio station CHIRP is focused on the power that independent music has to transform our lives. CHIRP fills the airwaves with music selections crafted by local DJs and advocates for an emphasis on more underground music, highly local-focused, and frequently undiscovered. Discovering new music can occur through the airwaves or in the record store; If you're an avid record collector, there's no better feeling than locating that one record you've been searching for, and the first time you place the needle on the edge of the album, hearing that crisp sound emanate from the speakers.

So what happens when you merge the sponsorship of Chicago online radio darling CHIRP with the pursuit of discovering your favorite new records, and locating old favorites? At what event can you spend hours sifting through records at a discounted fee, like a thrifty treasure hunt dotted across our city? That would be the 2nd Annual CHIRP Record Crawl, happening this Saturday -- a magical day devoted to scouring boundless record shelves, searching for that prized album to complement your collection at six notable Chicago record stores.

Start your day at one of two locales, where you'll pick up your Record Crawler badge. Badges can be picked up at Le Café or Atomix, depending on where you'd like to begin the route. Not only will these six record store locations offer you a plethora of recorded gems, but you'll also gain access to CHIRP Record Crawler-only discounts. The Crawl will be held for seven hours, with specified hour-long time slots for each record store and a break for lunch, giving you plenty of time to browse through the extensive collective record ensemble afforded to you.

Wondering how to participate? Simply email by 6pm on Friday, Oct. 19 in order to gain a much-coveted spot, as spaces are limited. See below for the day's schedule, in two versions depending on where you choose to begin the journey, with both routes crossing paths at a BYOB gathering at saki. If you're a record-collecting, vinyl-loving, turntable-spinning music fan, this is one event you're not going to want to skip.

North to South Route:
10-11am - Badge check-in at Le Cafe
11am-noon - Laurie's Planet of Sound
noon-1pm - Dave's Records
1-3pm - Travel time and lunch (Curried and Bridgeport Pasty food trucks)
3-4pm - Logan Hardware
4-5pm - Reckless
5-6pm - Permanent

South to North Route:
10-11am - Badge check-in at Atomix
11am-noon - Permanent Records
noon-1pm - Reckless on Milwaukee
1-2pm - Logan Hardware
2-4pm - Travel time and lunch
4-5pm - Dave's Records
5-6pm - Laurie's Planet of Sound

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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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