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Blog Fri Dec 13 2013

Get Some Big Rock Candy in Your Stocking

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Every year, it goes without saying that I really look forward to the start of holiday songs posted to Chicago blog Big Rock Candy Mountain. If you're not familiar, BRCM often features tunes from early rock and country artists. Hidden gems, if you will. Little diamonds in the pile of coal. If you'd like to fill your Christmas playlist with songs other than the standard fare (at times maudlin, and sad, but still wonderful), head on over to the Big Rock Candy Mountain every day till Christmas, and click away at the awesome.

Case in point, today's featured George Jones tune "Maybe Next Christmas" [mp3].

(Photo courtesy Big Rock Candy Mountain.)

Anne Holub

Blog Mon Sep 09 2013

Alex on the Runway

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You might know Alex White as the talented ginger half of the amazing band White Mystery. Now, after singer, guitarist and rock star, she can add "high fashion model" to her resume. Alex recently modeled some fancy fashions for local online shop, E Drop-Off's The Closet blog.

Anne Holub

Blog Sun Dec 02 2012

Jingle Blog, Jingle Blog

One of my favorite times of year is Christmas. And one of my favorite ways of celebrating is with Christmas music that's strange, wonderful and even a big bizarre. The Chicago blog Big Rock Candy Mountain does an amazing job of promoting great country tunes all year long, but come December 1st, they dig deep into the holiday crates, and come up with something special to post every single day. Visit daily for mp3s you can download or just stream for that extra-added holiday cheer (or jeer) that isn't the same ole same old. Beware, though, as some of their vintage photos which accompany the posts can be a big big on skin, and low on the tinsel, if you get my drift. Of course, this photo below, from the December 1st entry featuring a song by Detroit's Jimmy Kirkland titled "Hang Them High At Christmas," is just big on booze. Merry music!

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Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jul 20 2012

Friday Quick Links

Here's some sweet video of Kelly Hogan's performance on Sound Opinions. Nice toes, lady! Kelly Hogan plays two Sold Out shows at the Hideout this Sunday, July 22, but you can grab her new album and pretend like you're there, right?

Kelly Hogan performs 'I Like to Keep Myself in Pain' on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.

  • Fresh off of Pitchfork, A$AP Rocky landed himself in trouble with the law in NYC.
  • Still waiting on their Chicago celebrations to be announced, but local label Thrill Jockey's turning 20 this year, and they already have some great commissioned posters for sale from Dexterity Press and Sonnenzimmer that both capture some label love.
  • Another awesome local label, Numero Group, is tracking down hit Illinois artists from the past, that you may have lost track of.
  • Nice in-crowd video of Ty Segall taking a little crowd surf at Pitchfork.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jul 13 2012

Friday Quick Links

It's easy to stay cool, when you're Tom Waits (hopefully also while watching Tom Waits perform). He sang his song "Chicago" on Letterman this past week:

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jul 06 2012

Friday Quick Links

It's been hot, it's still hot. In classic rock n' roll style, there's a lot of songs about it. Let's cool down with a little Motown, huh? Here's "Heatwave" by Martha and the Vandellas (with some great B&W video [er, film].)

Or maybe, if you prefer, sing some "Summertime Blues" with Blue Cheer.

But really, here's some cool stuff about Chicago music happening around the web:

  • The Quietus interviews John Herndon from Tortoise about the band's pending back catalogue releases and what musical influences shaped the band's unique sound.
  • If you missed the tribute to MCA and the Beastie Boys at Lincoln Hall earlier this week, there are a ton of videos from the event, including a full stage performance of "Fight For Your Right" and an appropriately funky "Funky Boss."
  • Even more mixtape action comes from LFTF with tracks from Flosstradamus, Chief Keef, and more.
  • DJ Derrick Carter is a very knowledgeable driver, apparently. Ding ding ding!
  • Matador records loves local record shops, as shown in this profile of saki.
  • Brace yourselves for DJ Chrissy Murderbot's upcoming "Friendship" EP (due out July 24).
  • Pretty psyched to see the photos of concerts past at Metro/Smart Bar's 30th Anniversary "Metrospective" which starts with a gallery opening on July 12 at the Inland Steel Building at 30 W. Monroe.
  • Like some ambient drone? Check out new album "Stereo Stasis" from Chicago's Cinchel.
  • NPR takes a look back at Chicago's House Music legacy.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jun 22 2012

Friday Quick Links

This week was "Too Hot," don't you think? Yeah.

  • Next Wednesday is the deadline to enter Mucca Pazza's "Thought Bubble for a Mucca" contest. Prize includes a Safety Fifth CD, a t-Shirt and a tote bag. See the contest details and post your "thought" on Twitter or Facebook.
  • DJ Chrissy Murderbot plays a rare Saturday night show in Chicago at the Kioku Lounge at 2130 S. Wentworth Ave. this weekend. Starts at 10pm ends at 3am. Free beer from 312 from 10-11pm. Custom photo booth. Learn more on Facebook.
  • Churning out the...hits? R. Kelly owes the IRS a boatload of money. So naturally he's putting out a new album and a book this month.
  • Grab JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound's '45 for "I Got High" when you go see them at Fitzgerald's on June 30.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jun 15 2012

Friday Quick Links

With the return of the hot (and packed) days of summer, I thought it's only fitting that we jump back into this weekly post, and try to spread the word about all of the amazing music in Chicago you might otherwise miss. Feel free to make sure we're in the know, by Tweeting at us, or emailing anne@gapersblock.com with tips.

  • Thoughtful piece on Dale Watson, and his place among the country music canon. He plays Martyr's tonight (Friday) by The Reader.
  • The Grant Park Chorus and Orchestra celebrates Chicago history with the composition "An Exhaltation of Place." Catch it performed live (for free) in Millennium Park Friday or Saturday night this weekend.
  • Numero Group is adding another format to a recent album "spruce-up" with a release...on cassette. Fire up your boombox for Antena's Camino Del Sol.
  • Another past music venue, Lounge Ax, is putting on a cool retrospective at saki, along with some parties at the store (with live music, of course) August 10 and 11.
  • Interview with Chicago's "heavy instrumental" musician, Trevor de Brauw, of Pelican who plays Lincoln Hall on Friday, June 29. Tickets.
  • David Byrne and St. Vincent are keeping it freaky with a new collaboration. They'll play the Chicago Theatre on September 18.

Anne Holub

Blog Tue Dec 06 2011

Big Rock Candy Is Better Than Coal

Christmas just isn't Christmas without the music. And every year I look forward to hearing some real rare gems over at the Big Rock Candy Mountain blog. They started December 1st, with a handful of tracks from everyone from country artists like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (with one of today's rather somber selections) to indie rockers like Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (below) and R&B masters like Bloodshot Records' Andre Williams (who has a very filthy track not appropriate for young kids, but might give adults quite the chuckle). Bookmark the blog and check back for a daily dose of music that won't leave you Grinchy in the least. Check early and often, these tracks don't stay live forever.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Nov 04 2011

What Do You Feed a DJ?

The Food Republic blog spent the week interviewing over a dozen DJs about their tastes in food and music. See what Chicago (and nearby) spinners Flosstradamus, The Hood Internet, Michigan's Mayer Hawthorne and Carl Craig, and others from around the country had to say about what they eat before a show, during a show, and after. And sometimes even what their official tour riders supply them with the second they hit a venue. Bonus: there are food-oriented playlists to enjoy at the end of each piece. They'll leave you craving some horsey sauce.

Anne Holub

News Fri Aug 12 2011

Friday Quick Links

While we're humming the theme to "Love Boat" we're often online checking out cool stuff about music in Chicago.

  • Head over to the Old Town School of Folk Music's store this weekend for a humongous sale on absolutely everything. August 13-14, 9:30am-4:30pm at the Lincoln Avenue store only. (4544 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Sadly, the London riots are being dramatically felt in Chicago as stock belonging to local labels Thrill Jockey, Drag City, and Touch and Go were destroyed in fires at their London warehouses. Additional info.
  • Hot Biscuits has a special track courtesy of Irish producer Screendeath.
  • Get your dance on at the Mad Decent Block Party this weekend in Wicker Park. It's free, and will feature Curren$y, Dillon Francis, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Bosco Delrey, Kito, Reptar, Lunice, BBU, Benzi and DJ Say Wut.
  • Daytrotter's popular touring party, the Barnstormer 5, will hit locally in Monticello, IL on September 5th (that's Labor Day). Grab tickets to enjoy White Rabbits, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda, and Hundred Visions.
  • A review of Kanye and Jay-Z's Watch The Throne collaboration in the Sun-Times.
  • Speaking of the Hood, download a new free mixtape.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jul 29 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not trying to remember all of our online group coupon deals, we're eating half-price pizza, listening to music.

  • If you're going to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this weekend (there's a fabbo lineup including JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, White Mystery, Hood Internet, Hollows, The Eternals, Netherfriends, and so much more!) stop by the Gapers Block table and say Hi! When you're done festing, take your arm (with your fest wristband, and the rest of your body) to Saki (3716 W. Fullerton Ave.) and get 15% off your purchase!
  • If you're looking for a bit of nostalgia, check out the Soul Train photo exhibition at the Cultural Center, now through September 5th. If you go tonight, or any Friday before 9/2, there's a live DJ spinning a perfectly Soul Train-appropriate set from 6-8pm.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 22 2011

Friday Quick Links

Thanks to everyone who said Hi at our table at the CHIRP Record Fair during Pitchfork. Great to meet label folk and artists face-to-face and oh, so many cool readers! Now, on to the good stuff.

  • Lollapalooza 2011 is now officially SOLD OUT. If you were waiting to buy your tickets, now you'll be stuck with the secondary market.
  • The A.V. Club decided they can put on a pretty awesome music festival, too. As long as there's funnel cakes, I'll be happy.
  • Download a set of (most of) the samples used in the upcoming Kanye and Jay-Z collaboration "Watch The Throne" from Fake Shore Drive.
  • Are you ready for Chicago vs. Atlanta? New tape compilation of psych rock bands from our two states called Vital-Sound I hits the shelves next month with lots of cool local art as an added bonus!
  • Chet Haze got himself an education (as well as a possible rap career) at Northwestern, that's for sure.
  • Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon do some service AGAIN to the history of rap. More of this, please.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 08 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not applying aloe, we're inside, applying aloe. Don't forget your sunscreen!

  • We'll have an intrepid gang of music lovers hitting the grounds at "Lakeside" for the DMB Caravan this weekend. Tickets are still available at the gate! Stay tuned for our reviews and pictures!
  • RSVP to stay in the loop for an upcoming August 18th benefit show at Lincoln Hall for the Garfield Park Conservatory! Lineup, additional details TBA.
  • The A.V. Club profiled Rogers Park venue/galleryImpala.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 01 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not outside getting awkward sunburns, we're inside, applying aloe and looking at cool stuff online. Have a great holiday weekend! USA! USA!

  • Wilco debuted new tunes at last weekend's Solid Sound Festival. No Chicago dates for their fall tour set...yet.

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News Fri Jun 24 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not trying to get George Michael songs out of our head (well, just the sax solos), we're often online looking at cool Chicago music news.

  • If you need a playlist for your summer bbqs, why not use this massive one from Girl Talk? With a little effort, it would be like Greg Gillis was AT your house.
  • Download the remix of Kelly Rowland's tune "Motivation" with raps by Kid Sister on RCRDLBL. Kid Sister ramps up this slow jam!

Anne Holub

News Fri Jun 17 2011

Friday Quick Links

There comes a time in life to eat tacos and sit outside — this weekend is one of those times. But if you're on some wifi, maybe check some of these items out:

  • Enjoying some sweet offerings of dancey tunes at Hot Biscuits, including this "Good Love (May Mix)" track which is also available for download.
  • Before it closes 6/21, catch this art exhibit "Wow and Flutter: Dynamic Range in Analog Art" at Johalla Projects in Wicker Park.
  • Read up this long interview with long-time Chicago House DJ Michael Ezebukwu over at Gridface.
  • The Deli post a new video from Company of Thieves who will be opening for Hal & Oats at Ravinia next Sunday night. Lawn tickets are sold out, but some reserved seating is still available. And, you know, there's Craigslist.
  • Interesting interview with DEVO about the evolution of their music and the devolution of humanity.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jun 10 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not reading Goodnight Moon to the tomato plants, we're often looking at some cool stuff about music online.

  • Heading out to see (or hemming and hawing about) the Neon Marshmallow Fest at the Empty Bottle this weekend? Our intrepid experimental music lover Chris Sienko has the breakdown of the best of the fest. (Look for our epic reviews this weekend.)
  • If you got all teary watching the very last episode of The Chicago Code and want to relive it, check out the song that was playing by Parlours called "I Dream of Chicago." The band plays at Martyrs' on June 18. (Thanks, John!)
  • Video from Thao & Mirah at Do Division Fest last weekend. Oh my, remember when it was all sunny and hot? Seems like so long ago.
  • saki records is celebrating their first birthday next weekend (June 17-19) not only with three days of in-store performances but with deals and giveaways to boot! Details in their blog.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jun 03 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not applying sunscreen liberally and regularly, we're often inside, looking at cool stuff on our laptops.

  • Heading out to enjoy the weather this weekend? Don't forget June means the start of neighborhood street festival season! Do Division Street Festival is this weekend with loads of music (including a family stage for your little dudes and dudettes). And check out Mayfest in Lincoln Square to celebrate some fine polka music and German heritage (happening in June this year, just to keep you on your toes).
  • If you're looking to sell some used CDs, they're in demand at Permanent Records, where they're using Chicago used CD stock to fill bins at their brand new L.A. outpost! If you're on the West Coast head over to their grand opening this weekend.
  • Working in the Loop has its perks, like the summer Lunchbreak Music Series at Millennium Park. Tuesday-Friday there's always music to enjoy and grass to lounge in, through September.
  • New Cool Kids album When Fish Ride Bicycles is due out in mid-July. Tracklist and cover art at Fake Shore Drive.
  • Speaking of Fake Shore Drive, they get a nod in a NY Times article on hip-hop blogs.
  • Listen to (and download) the new track by Hollywood Holt - "The Show".
  • Kind of loving this Hood Internet mix right now, and you can even buy it and give the guys some gas money: Hooray for Earth's "True Loves." Good cruisin' music.
  • Sounds almost like an April Fool's joke, but Coachella 2012 will feature two weekends of music with identical lineups. Good luck with that one.

Anne Holub

News Fri May 27 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not hugging a Vet, we're often sharing our music collection with them. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

  • The Sun-Times Interviews Bob Mould (where he also gushes just a bit about the Metro). See Bob DJ on Saturday, May 28th at self-same music club.
  • Facebook reportedly starting music service with Spotify soon.

Anne Holub

News Fri May 20 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not planting ter-maters, we're listening to a lot of music online:

  • Illinois Republican senate minority leader Christine Radogno quoted Wu-Tang on the state senate floor this week.
  • Watch the new Ha Ha Tonka video for "Usual Suspects" from their album Death of a Decade (the boys swing back through town on July 23 at the Wicker Park Festival).
  • Chris in the Live Fix blog has the dish on Pearl Jam's pending 20th anniversary re-release, Labor Day weekend of shows (along with some friends) up at Alpine Valley (pre-sales start Tuesday, 5/24), and Cameron Crowe-directed film.
  • Already thinking about the end of summer? New video posted shows a lot of joy at last year's inaugural North Coast Festival (The fest returns this year Labor Day weekend in Union Park).
  • Want to get out of town for Labor Day weekend? Maybe head to Austin, TX where Kanye (and Stevie Wonder) will headline the Austin City Limits Festival.
  • Do you subscribe to Permanent Records' monthly podcast? You should. Also, hit up the store on Saturday for a Crystal Stilts in-store performance at 1:30pm. Free, all-ages, BYOB. (1914 W. Chicago Ave.) [Read our preview of the show.]

Anne Holub

News Fri May 13 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not debating the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, we're often rocking out in the basement.

  • Time Out has an interesting interview about the arts in Chicago with soon-to-be Mayor Emanuel over breakfast.
  • This blog series at NPR reminds me of phrases you might hear spoken incredulously by staff at a record store. I sense a meme growing. Might I suggest #overheardinrecordstores?
  • Watch video of Ha Ha Tonka, Blah Blah Blah performing on JBTV last week. Also an interview with Madina Lake's Nathan and Matthew Leone. Bonus video of a 1995 Metro performance by Mike Watt, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder!
  • Also over at the A.V. Club, catch Low covering Toto's "Africa" in their continuing series UnderCover. (Super glad they're continuing that series, BTW.)
  • You're gonna have to dig deep in your pockets to get one of these limited-edition silk scarves designed by Kanye West. Only 100 of each if the five designs will be made, and they'll run you $364 each.
  • PBS Newshour delves into rap music's history after a historic performance by Common at the White House in honor of National Poetry Month (one which proved, if not controversial, certainly some firey Twitter fodder for a day).

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri May 06 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not raising baby hummingbirds, we're listening to a lot of music, some of which is online:

  • Download the entire new EP by WIN WIN on Epitonic. They play the Empty Bottle on Sunday, 5/8 (FREE w/RSVP) for the latest in the Bottle's Music.Friendly.Dancing series.
  • The Hood Internet mixmasters YG and MillionYoung, and check out a taste of what's going to be a whole album of Hood original productions!
  • Currently Thrill Jockey has 9 (NINE!) mp3s for free download by their artists on their homepage.
  • Thanks to the reader who tipped us to the mariachi version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" in the comments of our Cinco de Mayo post. For your viewing and listening pleasure "Quiero Que Me Quieras" (note: there's some rather funny scantily clad dancing,and green screens).

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 29 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not picking out a fascinator to wear to the Sox game, we're listening to a lot of wax cylinders.

  • Fake Shore Drive has Mic Terror's latest song "Sexiest Man Alive" (prod. by Million $ Mano).
  • Digging on some new additions to Epitonic's front page including Swim Club and The Shivers. Listen or download for free!
  • Watch the tUnE-yArDs live in Paris video of "Doorstep" (via).

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 22 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not dodging puddles and base jumpers, we're often inside sipping on a nice mug of rootbeer, reading things online:

  • Quite the week for Kanye news, as his school charity, the Kanye West Foundation, shut down, and he got a lot of press for a very emotional performance at Coachella.
  • RIP Chicago blues guitarist Lacy Gibson who died last week.

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 08 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not wasting spending time watching the Decorah Eagles Cam, we're often rocking out (while watching the Eagles Cam).

  • Can't afford records, or a turntable? Make one for free out of paper that also doubles as an April 2011 calendar.
  • So, Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel got out and enjoyed (I hope) the Black Joe Lewis show at the Double Door last weekend. WBEZ has some suggestions for his next weekend jaunt.

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 01 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not root, root, rooting for the home team, we're often rock, rock, rocking online.

  • Big surprise as Weaselfest at Reggies is cancelled.
  • June's Chicago Blues Fest will not only honor legend Robert Johnson, but also venerable Chicago blues label Alligator Records' 40th Anniversary.
  • Can You See The Sunset From The Southside posts it's "Pop Punk Junk, Vol. 16" for your enjoyment of a little blast from the past.
  • Interested in a new Chicago music tour to entertain your visiting relatives? Try out the new "Chicago Rocks: 1980-2002" tour this summer.

Anne Holub

News Fri Mar 25 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not debating the merits of soft-boiled eggs on the breakfast menu, we're reading a lot of things online about local music:

  • Live Music Blog has the skinny on the upcoming Midwest tour dates for The Budos Band, and some tunes to ease you into your afternoon. (They hit Subterranean on 4/21.)

Anne Holub

News Fri Mar 11 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not dredging things in panko crumbs, we're often reading things online about music:

  • A public hearing takes place on 3/22 at City Hall to discuss making Schubas a Chicago Landmark.
  • Download full sets from the Dismemberment Plan's two shows at the Metro on 2/19 and 2/20 from Archive.org.
  • Jim DeRogatis explored the media's varied accounts of 20th Ward Aldermanic candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith.
  • Greg Kot interviewed Lupe Fiasco on his long and hard struggle to make and finally release his forthcoming new album L.A.S.E.R.S.

Anne Holub

News Fri Feb 04 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not enjoying the sound of snowpants, we're often stuck inside during blizzards, finding cool music-related things online:

  • Get something free for Valentine's Day, like this Bloodshot Valentine's Day-themed sampler available for download on Amazon which includes tunes from Ha Ha Tonka, Alejandro Escovedo, the Old 97s, and more.
  • Don't miss out on a chance to see Elvis on the big screen at Sound Opinions' next movie screening, featuring Jailhouse Rock on Tuesday, February 8th at the Music Box. (Oh! Those hips!)

Anne Holub

News Fri Jan 28 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not teaching cats about détente, we're online, listening to a lot of music.

  • Chicagoist points us to what is sure to be a trend in orchestral programs in the coming decade: the Portland Cello Project covers Kanye West.
  • Check out the latest Schubas/Lincoln Hall Friday mixtape from this weekend's residents Tapes 'n Tapes. (We'll have a review of their Lincoln Hall show on Saturday, so keep eyes here for more.)
  • Jazzman Ken Vandermark will play in sweet home Chicago with friends before he kicks off a new European tour with CINC in February with some cozy nights at the Green Mill, February 4th and 5th.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jan 21 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not typing with socks on our hands to stay warm, we're drinking 31 ounces of coffee in a sitting.

  • CMJ talks to Thrill Jockey artists Future Islands' frontman Samuel T. Herring. (They play the Empty Bottle on 2/19.)
  • Chris Catania explores whether going to fewer shows in 2010 led to better experiences, and how a dip in show attendance affected the music industry.
  • Download some tracks from Chicago psych/Kraut rockers Verma. (They'll play the Hideout on Saturday 1/22 as a part of Psych Fest.)
  • The Hideout's weekly (delicious) Soup & Bread events are getting more musical as of late, with reports of DJ sets from the likes of The Reader's Peter Margasak and music and vats of soup from Numero Group's Michael Slaboch who made Spicy Tortilla Soup last week (recipe). Recently behind the soup pot they've also had Sound Opinions producer Robin Linn, and Bloodshot Record's Rob Miller (with reports he brought over a Venison Chili). Check out who's up next by keeping an eye on the Hideout's calendar every Wednesday this winter, or the Soup & Bread blog.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jan 07 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not exchanging trees for mulch, we're exploring music stuff online:

  • Did you get missed at the New Year's Day Hood Internet show at Lincoln Hall? Someone wants to find you!
  • Local jazz musicians take the shuttering of the Velvet Lounge for an opportunity to open a new music venue nearby. They'll launch on January 21st with the L26 Restaurant and Lounge.
  • If you missed out on Yeasayer's NYE and NYE-E shows at the Metro last week, you can still get a dose of them live by paying "what you want" for their Life At Ancienne Belgique album which was just released digitally.
  • A fan mashup combines beloved muppets and Kanye's latest "Monster." (NSFW or your impressionable kids)
  • The Chicago Reader interviews up and coming Chicago rapper, Rockie Fresh. I dig that tshirt!
  • Need a reason to test out those new speakers? Check out this 12-CD mp3 compilation of female-fronted heavy metal bands from 1976-1989. The title of the project lacks some imagination, Female Fronted Metal, but the music doesn't!

Anne Holub

News Fri Dec 10 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not doing egg nog shots, we're listening to music, while we're doing egg nog shots.

  • Get into the honkytonk Christmas spirit with the always anticipated downloadable Christmas music posted daily by Big Rock Candy Mountain. And it's sounds you won't hear on The Lite, neither.
  • Not too surprising that Kanye's latest is ending up on a lot of folks' "Best of 2010" lists, including Carrie Brownstein's.
  • Someone just give young Spencer Tweedy a record deal already. Here's his version of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" as a song about mathematics. (If you don't know, his papa is Jeff Tweedy, of WIlco fame.)
  • Speaking of Senor Tweedy, the Second City's annual 24-hourfundraiser starting on 12/14 will also host a raffle prize of an at-home concert by same said Tweedy.
  • ...and then a new track "Kiss Kiss Kiss" from Kid Sister. And a nod to her video for "Do! Do! Do!" up on Perez Hilton.
  • Great new dreamy stuff at Coach House Sounds from a Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave Sound) side project called Solar Fox.
  • Jim DeRogatis been making a lot of lists at the Mayor's Office of Special Events this week, but probably not the good kind. He wrote a pretty intense piece speculating on how political connections might play a part in the hiring at MOSE, and how hiring in turn influences summer music festivals. He then got a terse email from the Executive Director, Megan McDonald.

Anne Holub

News Fri Nov 19 2010

Friday Quick Links

What's that turkey to guest ratio again? Four pounds per person? That's what I thought.

  • Could you handle 50 shows in 31 days? Details on two big music fans' attempt at a "Rocktober" challenge over in the Live Fix Blog.
  • Need some new music? Maybe follow these ideas to learn about music that's maybe just new to you. (Psst: You're already doing idea #7.)
  • Get some Christmas music without the Fa La La's at Martyr's on 12/13. Shalloboi will play a "somewhat holiday-themed show" with Friends Having Fun (Essex Chanel side project) and the pawns.
  • Member of Pelican's spin-off band Chord gets going with a second album.
  • Great gift for that drummer in the garage band down the block (who you want desperately to be able to afford a new practice space): The Indie Band Survival Guide.
  • How do you like to spend your Thanksgiving? Coolio likes to mix up a nice batch of cranberry relish and chill. Just chill.

Anne Holub

News Fri Nov 12 2010

Friday Quick Links

Just can't get enough pumpkin.

  • Thrill Jockey upped their metal roster with a new band, Liturgy, this week.
  • Alarm Magazine explores half-Chicagoan emerging rap duo Themselves, who themselves, are exploring emerging rap.
  • Some nice synth available on a remix of "Night Game" from The Phantom via Trash Menagerie.
  • Fake Shore Drive points us to this new track "Big Talk" from the Cool Kids which definitely brings the mellow.
  • Kanye had a little problem with his interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, and just, ahem, today, announced he won't be performing on 11/26, as previously planned.
  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog has an especially funky selection of downloads available on their Mining the Audio Motherlode series. Funk Cargo? Yes, please.
  • Enjoy the musical selections from Fang Island in today's Schubas/Lincoln Hall Friday office mixtape. They play Lincoln Hall tonight!

Anne Holub

News Fri Oct 22 2010

Friday Quick Links

The triumphant return of Friday Quick Links is brought to you by jeggins.

  • If you've been, or will go to the Hideout in the near future, expect some changes (for the better) on Wabansia. Tim Tuten explains it all in true Tuten style.

Anne Holub

News Fri Sep 17 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not popping bubble wrap, we're working. Hard.

  • Tegan & Sara perform some ditties for WBEZ's Music Blog. Adorable!
  • Indiana Trivia Battle! Freddie Gibbs vs. Jessica Hopper! Fight!
  • Friday Mixtape from Schubas' awesome Tim Stephans. Kick it.
  • Would you buy another Walkman? Maybe if it had the lyrics of the song you're listening to?

Anne Holub

News Fri Sep 10 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not wrapped up in down comforters, we're internetting like crazy!

  • Getting your craft on at Renegade this weekend? Mucca Pazza and Environmental Encroachment will be rocking for your pleasure, plus loads of DJs from Reckless Records! Plus, records for sale! Bring cash!
  • Jim DeRogatis thinks Daley's departure from mayoral duties may be an opportunity to improve Chicago music.
  • St. Louis is wooing Jeff Tweedy pretty hard. It proclaimed August 29th, 2010 "Jeff Tweedy Day". That's some fancy calligraphy, but back off, Missouri!
  • Listen to Mavis Staples' latest and greatest album, You Are Not Alone, produced and partly written by Tweedy over at NPR. And more importantly, get out to your favorite local record store and pick up a copy when it comes out on 9/14! See her performance on the Tonight Show.
  • The Reader discusses the beautiful sounds of The Dø (and makes everyone scramble to figure out how to post that darn slashed o). They play Schubas Monday night, 9/13.
  • DVD from Metal Haven's final celebration is available to all headbangers who want to reminisce a bit.

Anne Holub

News Fri Sep 03 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not drooling over album tacos, we're wasting even more time online.

  • Coming to our party tonight at the Metro? It's FREE when you bring this flyer with you before 9pm (just $6 with the flyer after 9pm, and $9 at the door just by yourself). My My My, Camera, Reds and Blue and Hudson Branch play for your dancing pleasure!
  • WBEZ's Music blog looks at Rockford's Geronimo!.
  • Time Out praises Syl Johnson -- a Chicago soul powerhouse you really should be listening to.
  • I missed this article the Tribune did on Numero Group and how awesome they are (they're putting out Syl Johnson's forthcoming boxset).
  • Listen to Bloodshot artist Justin Townes Earle's forthcoming new album Harlem River Blues for free for a short time.

Anne Holub

News Fri Aug 27 2010

Friday Quick Links

Summer colds won't keep us down! (Though they do make us spend more time online.)

  • Come party with us! Gapers Block and CHIRP are hosting a night of awesome Chicago bands at the Metro on Friday, 9/3! FREE if you print out this flyer and come before 9pm! Details.
  • Ticketmaster/Live Nation launch a new blog called Ticketology, along with some changes in how they communicate pricing and fees. But has anything really changed?
  • DePaul students looking to save a few dollars can save 15% off food at Lincoln Hall with their ID.
  • Want to see Jim DeRogatis rock? Head to Madison for his punk band Vortis' next gig tonight (8/27).

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Aug 20 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not swatting mosquitoes, we're dabbing on calamine lotion and reading things like this online:

  • Get ready for Hollywood Holt's forthcoming album These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The F*** Up Vol. 1 with this video of the remix for "Deep Cover" at Fake Shore Drive. Also Holt, did I sit just behind you at the Devo show at the Congress? If so, nice jukin'!
  • Speaking of much-praised up-and-coming Chicago rap talent, the Cool Kids have a new video that's sneaked online for "Gold Links."
  • Itching to hit the open road, and need a soundtrack? Download Big Rock Candy Mountain's Road Hog mix and start your engines.
  • This version of Tom Waits covering James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" reminds me of the outstanding (and ill-appreciated) '80s covers by local Tom Waits' tribute band B1G T1ME.
  • Stream (or even better, purchase) the forthcoming Sufjan Stevens EP All Delighted People on Bandcamp.

Anne Holub

News Fri Aug 13 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not making sweet sweet MIDI tracks on our C64, we're online looking at websites:

  • Stereogum talks about the Sea And Cake's Sam Prekop's forthcoming synth solo album Old Punch Card.
  • Seeing all the cool kids at music festivals makes one Lollpalooza-goer want to have kids, so he can bring his cool kids to music festivals.
  • Did you catch Rhymefest on WTTW's Chicago Tonight? In 2007 he was the first rapper to appear on the program. Love the handslap from Phil Ponce!
  • It's not just about radius clauses, it's about supply and demand. The A.V. Club writes about how those small neighborhood festivals are hurting local venues. But they are a good bet if you want to see Elevation play.
  • Today's Friday Office Mixtape from Schubas' staff features the auditory musings of Production Manager Paul Massaro (DJ PJMASS).
  • Listen to The Game rapping over Sufjan Stevens covering the Castanets' "You Are the Blood" on the free Brake Lights mixtape (via).

Anne Holub

News Fri Aug 06 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not hugging it out, we're checking things out online like these:

  • Weather looks great for Lollapalooza! Did you get your festival questions answered by Time Out: Chicago's Crabby columnist?
  • Get psyched up (or hear what you're missing) by listening to Future Perfect Radio's Lolla stream.
  • Will Arcade Fire reprise their cover of Jay Reatard's "Oh It's Such A Shame" this weekend? You'll have to wait and see.
  • What's a music festival without a day of celebrity kickball? A lucky 50 get to watch on Saturday.
  • Not into Lollapalooza at all? DeRogatis has a great list of ways you can fill your weekend with good ole hometown rock that have nothing to do with the festival.
  • Russian Circles had a terrible van accident last week, which totaled their van and most of their instruments, cost them their tour dates, but luckily spared them any serious injury. Hope the guys are back on tour soon! Donations can be made via PayPal.
  • Behind the scenes of Kanye's "Power" video with director/artist Marco Brambilla (Warning: it's got some naked bodies, so maybe NSFW.) And here's the video itself.
  • Some interns fetch coffee. Others end up on stage with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
  • Need a DJ for your right of passage? Why not book Paul Rudd?

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 30 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not rocking out with Prince, we're looking at things like these:

  • Howard Stern doesn't know who Carl Kasell is (pronounced like Castle, btw, Howard). Ass.
  • Reckless Records employee Chris Connelly uses his commute time well. He wrote a novel and two albums while on the "L".
  • Watch Chicago punk scene documentary You Weren't There for free online for just 1 week, courtesy of Pitchfork TV.
  • Get your limited edition Lollapalooza 2010 t-shirt right here. Designed by Chicago artist Cody Hudson (aka Struggle Inc.).
  • Sound Opinions' next night at the movies will take place 8/12 at Lincoln Hall features not only the film "Once" but also a performance by the film's stars, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, of The Swell Season. Tickets are $14. Quite the bargain!
  • Memories of Chicago's WMAQ, once the city's oldest radio station, which went off-air ten years ago, on August 1, 2000.
  • Speaking of Mr. West, I'd nearly forgotten the cuteness of this video for Kid Sister's song "Pro Nails" (in which Kanye makes an appearance). I think she rocks the brunette look much fiercer now, by the way.
  • Wolf Parade's Hadji Bakara is going back to college for more learnin' at U of C! Here's hoping the events committee finds him in time for Summer Breeze.
  • Does your favorite bar jukebox have a Twitter feed? Well, the one at Simon's Tavern in Andersonville does. Make suggestions by following @simonsjukebox.
  • We're not endorsing pirating anything, but there's some folks out there who are getting mighty DIY with making copies of vinyl records.

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri Jul 23 2010

Friday Quick Links

It's not all about the music with us. Sometimes we read books...about music.

  • Also on your radar should be our free meet-up at the Art Institute Museum's Modern Wing on Thursday, July 29th after work for a special tour of their Sound & Vision exhibit. Insider's tip: enter at the Modern Wing entrance to avoid the long lines for free admission at the Michigan Ave. doors! RSVP on Facebook if you're fancy!
  • The Old Town is getting a little bigger. Plans for expansion across the street from its Lincoln Square location.
  • Does a hip-hop show automatically lead to overreaction from security -- tales from recent Kid Sister and Salt n' Pepa shows have online conversations flowing.
  • Win a 1-year subscription to Venus!
  • You have until tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm to get your raffle tickets for a chance at tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins benefit show at the Metro on Tuesday, 7/27. Help raise funds for severely injured musician Matthew Leone (more).
  • Also, if you haven't checked out WBEZ's new Music section, you can subscribe to their Thursday live music features to get easy reminders via RSS. This week's premiere "L Session" entry features an acoustic performance from St. Vincent.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 16 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not manning our table at the CHIRP record fair at the Pitchfork Music Festival (come on by and say howdy!) we're looking at things like this online:

  • Or, amp yourself up with a Pitchfork playlist from RCRD LBL.
  • BTW, tickets are still available for Saturday's Lilith Fair stop in Chicago at Northerly Island. In case you were wondering. Or wagering.
  • What unites the U.S. Congress? Voting on naming a Wrigleyville post office for Steve Goodman. (It passed both the House an Senate with unanimous Yea votes.) Way to be.
  • Least surprising is that there is and has been Chicago-style politics at play for the Lollapalooza beer vending contracts.
  • Spinner also has a reader-supplied Q&A with OK GO on their latest video for "End Love."
  • The latest Gossip Wolf column at the Reader's website has a sweet mix from Logan Square DJ Brenmar (who's also a member of These Are Powers).
  • NPR talks about how Live Nation is feeling the pinch from low ticket sales this summer.
  • Bloodshot's smoovest artist Andre Williams shows off his South Side digs.
  • Venus reviews Carney's appearance at the Taste.
  • No Age, who'll hit Millennium Park on Sept. 13th (perhaps with Cap'n Jazz), is designing a line of vegan-friendly shoes, along with their new album.
  • Download some free Devo off their new album.
  • NPR Music's summer music preview has a nice sampling of tunes from all over, and a friendly dose of radio giggles.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 09 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not mopping our collective brows, we're inside the air conditioner, where it's coolest, looking at things online:

  • Big Rock Candy Mountain makes up for lost time in praising Chicago music by offering up a swinging mix for your enjoyment.
  • Get The Hood Internet's latest free mixtape by signing up with Anatomy Magazine.
  • More free mix fun from Creamteam with Summerfun from Hard Mix.
  • First annual Great Midwest Ukefest is coming up on August 22nd right here in Chicago at Chief O'Neill's. Details on Facebook.
  • Can You See the Sunset from the Southside really got me liking Stegosaur.
  • Fake Shore Drive posts an aptly timed behind-the-scenes video of Mikey Rocks (Cool Kids) recording a rap song "The Choice is Yours" to lure LeBron James to Chicago. Well, we know how that worked out now.
  • Fake Shore Drive also posts a rumored track list for the upcoming Kanye West album due out this fall.
  • Chicagoist has Lilith Fair on the "deathwatch" after they've cancelled 10 dates nationally and headliner Kelly Clarkson pulled out of the Chicago stop of the resurrected tour.
  • A hilariously accurate review of Rush at Charter One Pavilion.
  • New Hit It or Quit It podcast is posted over at Vocalo with much discussion about Prince and all things he deems worthy.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jul 02 2010

Friday Quick Links

While fireworks explode in the alley, we're reading things online:

  • Kid Sister's "Big N' Bad" video hasn't come out yet, but the behind-the-scenes video has.
  • If you really need a new Kid Sister video, check her live performance in NYC at Webster Hall singing "Do Do Do."
  • Andrew Bird, a longtime supporter of Rock for Kids (an organization which provides music education to Chicago kids who can't get it anywhere else) has announced the Andrew Bird Rock for Kids Scholarship to provide one year of music instruction to a worthy student enrolled at ChiArts (Chicago High School for the Arts). Learn more and donate.
  • Pitchfork is playing blog roundup with its latest venture Altered Zones, to launch mid-July. It'll be an international music blog collective but no Chicago blogs on that bill (so far).
  • Chicago blogger Chris Catania of the Live Fix takes a long look at why concertgoers riot after a scheduled Drake show in NYC turned very bad very quickly when the crowd quickly surpassed expectations.
  • Need to get through the afternoon with a smile? Keep an eye out for Schubas' weekly Friday playlists selections you can stream from work, er...your own computer. Here's last week's gem from Digital Media Director Brendan Fitzpatrick.
  • The Reader previewed Chicago sound object artist and musician Nick Butcher's show at the Bottle.
  • Bloodshot artist Robbie Fulks covers Michael Jackson with his album Happy.
  • Free double EP by Chicago band Suns.
  • More analysis of the investigation of Lollapalooza's "radius clause" by Jim DeRogatis.
  • Bonus play: What future-famous lead singer originally fronted '70s rock band Montrose? (Be the first to answer this bit o' trivia in the comments below and we'll send you a Transmission sticker.)

Anne Holub / Comments (2)

News Fri Jun 25 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're fighting the Triple H (no, not that Triple H, we're talking hazy, hot, and humid), we're inside, sitting in front of our computer, looking at things on the internet.

  • Chicago Public Schools teacher Joe Becker is also a rap artist. He uses his music to reach his students at Rachel Carson School on the South Side. (Unfortunately, his contract was not renewed this year.)
  • The Onion's A.V. Club features Chicago band Rise Against in their "Undercover" project doing their best Nirvana impression.
  • Tweedy knows how to give the audience what they want. Here he is singing/reciting "Single Ladies" (sans leotard).
  • Speaking of, Lolla's radius clause policy also recently caught the eye of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
  • File under "Forgot to post earlier" but here's some video of the Dutchess & the Duke performing from the bar at the Empty Bottle earlier this month. (Actual singing starts around 1:30 in.)
  • It's like Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, but here's John Hodgman, Neil Gaiman and OK GO's Damien Kulash singing "So Happy Together" in St. Paul recently.
  • Gold star time. Name all the members of the muppets' band, which features Animal on drums (without using the Google!). Bonus for the full name of the band. Answers in the comments, please. Extra bonus stars for naming which instruments they each play.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jun 18 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not streaming Ren & Stimpy episodes on our laptops, we're thinking about the jingle for LOG (from Blammo), and other great music.

  • Win front-row seats to Pavement's Millennium Park show (9/13) if you donate $35 or more to CHIRP by 10am Saturday, 6/19. [Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday at 11am.]
  • Win tickets to see Wilco in South Bend, IN on July 30th, courtesy of Jam.
  • Columbia College of Chicago professor Jeff Schiff was on NPR's The Story this week talking about his Deadhead experiences.
  • Kot has his picks on what shows you simply can't miss this summer.
  • WBEZ's Steve Edwards had a video interview with word-lover Rhymefest. "We're the conscience of hip-hip....Chicago artists can't help but tell you about our pain."
  • Speaking of radio shows in video clips, catch Bloodshot artists the Deadstring Brothers on Live on KXEP.
  • Remember when those Lady Gaga performances at the Chicago Theater had to be moved because the stage was too small for her production? Well, Lolla won't be a problem for Gaga. (via)
  • In other summer festival tidbits, Threadless held a contest for a Lilith Fair t-shirt design. The winning shirt is, well, a little girly.
  • Missed Bonnaroo? Listen to concert recordings at NPR Music.
  • MTV's new "Twitter Jockey" will earn $100K/year. Jaw officially dropped.

Anne Holub

Video Thu Jun 17 2010

Dastardly at Lincoln Hall 6/19; Live Video

Chicago-based Americana band Dastardly have released a live performance video for their song, "Villain." The video can be viewed below. Dastardly play Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln) this Saturday, June 19 with Aktar Aktar and Automata. The show is at 10pm, $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


Brian Leli

News Fri Jun 11 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not fainting during hockey games, we're reading things online:

  • Getting excited for the World Cup? (Check out our Tailgate section for previews of the matchups.) One local band, Manwomanchild, has released a single in honor of the soccer action in South Africa. They're rooting for the Chilean team with "Chile La Roja."
  • More great Chicago psychedelic rock? Yes, says Deli Chicago, from Secret Colours.
  • An interview with Bloodshot R&B artist Andre Williams before he plays Camp Bacon in Ann Arbor, MI next week. (mmm, bacon)
  • At Chicagoist, a downloadable mp3 and much excitement for Bad Veins (playing Saturday, 6/12 at HOB).
  • This past week Chicago Public Radio also interviewed the fine folks at Rock for Kids who are bringing music education to Chicago's at-risk youth.
  • More from the Nels Cline Singers with "Floored" as the "Song of the Day" on NPR's Music site this week.
  • Isn't this interesting: the same PR consultant who worked for the RIAA all those years is now working for BP. Maybe the Gulf will soon be plastered with tiny black advisory stickers.
  • RIP Marvin Isley. May your bass be especially funky in heaven.

Anne Holub

News Fri Jun 04 2010

Friday Quick Links

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold.

  • Speaking of Lolla, you can win 3-day passes at this First Fridays event tonight at the MCA featuring Mucca Pazza.
  • Ha Ha Tonka performs in a shower at Reggie's Rock Club.
  • Jessica Hopper at The Reader talks to Rhymefest about all things Chicago including what qualifies as the "East Side" (reprazent).
  • In case you missed Kanye West's new leaked single "Power," Fake Shore Drive also has the really cool album art.
  • Interesting afternoon activity once the weather starts to really warm up, check out the "Blues With a Feeling" photo exhibit.
  • I've been neglecting Big Rock Candy Mountain in my weekly web perusals. (Shame on me.) There's some good stuff from Ten Foot Polecats on there now.
  • CYSTSFTS has the line on some sweet honkytonk from Arliss Nancy, including a link to download the EP for free.
  • In his new Vocalo blog, Jim DeRogatis weighs in on the merits of Sleigh Bells and the moral highground concerning Tipper and Al Gore's pending divorce.
  • P.S. if you can correctly guess the song and artist from whence my opening line comes from without using Google or the internets, you get a gold star.

Anne Holub / Comments (3)

Concert Thu Jun 03 2010

Caribou Crossing

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Want to see Canada's Caribou in a more intimate setting before he lights up the sky from Millennium Park in July? Our friends at Daytrotter are hosting Caribou — along with Quad Citians Datagun and Centaur Noir — for an all ages show at the Rock Island Brewing Company this Saturday, June 5.

Caribou is coming all the way from Dundas, Ontario. A tiny-fraction-of-the-way-road-trip from Chicago will complete the circle. (And while in town, might I suggest sampling the deliciously delicious Great River Brewery, Far Out Espresso Stout?)

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Rock Island brewing Company is located at 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, IL. 309-793-1999.

Brian Leli

News Fri May 28 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not dropping window A/C units off the second floor, we're inside, in the dark, reading things online.

  • Wow, thanks to everyone who came out to our party! We have photos so you can relive the night (or just plain ole remember it), as does Time Out.
  • A phenomenon of decorating bicycle spokes to create "scraper bikes" is rolling through Oakland, CA. I'm enjoying the musical wing of the movement. (And waiting to see Chicago's spin on it.)
  • Bono got emergency back surgery, which doesn't lend itself to a North American tour. All North American dates (including U2's July 6th Chicago show) have been postponed, to be rescheduled at a later date.
  • 30db (a side project of Umphrey's McGee and Yonder Mountain String Band members with Chicago connections) covers Wilco's song "Handshake Drugs."
  • One thing I didn't expect to find on Lincoln Hall's calendar: hockey. (Watch the Stanley Cup games in the music room next week.)

Anne Holub

News Fri May 21 2010

Friday Quick Links

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When we're not digging in the dirt, we're reading things online:
  • Not a friendly reminder of their recent Chicago show, the band Torche had their van broken into after their Friday night Congress Theater performance supporting Coheed and Cambria. (via)
  • Are you a club promoter? Are you in a band? I hope this isn't a conversation you have often, or, ever. Epic. (via)
  • Venus is putting a boy on the cover! A boy!
  • Drummers and music lovers of all sorts can test their knowledge by playing Name That Drum Fill.
  • Like your music visual? Think what Girl Talk did wasn't all that hard? Check out this visualization of all the samples in Feed the Animals as they happen.

Anne Holub

News Fri May 14 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not buying bootleg Strongbad email DVDs on Maxwell Street, we're often online reading things:

  • Bloodshot's Rob Miller (and Jon Langford) are having adventures in the land down under.
  • Logan Square-ites (and other music lovers) are you psyched for your new record store, saki?
  • The A.V. Club's Undercover project this week features Ben Folds covering Elliott Smith's "Say Yes." (Sounds almost peppy on his piano.)
  • A Google map for all the locations listed in Mountain Goats songs. Quite a few Chicago hits, but we're a minority.
  • An interview with Brian Mazzaferri of I Fight Dragons over at Deli Chicago.
  • Download a new mix by Chicago DJ Matt Roan at Chicagoist.
  • DeRogatis' former editor at the Sun-Times Thomas Connor takes over the job of pop music critic.
  • Hot Biscuits thinks Addison Groove is a fan of Chicago's juke scene. You be the judge.
  • N.W.A. was just kidding with all that 40 business. Some serious posse research by the L.A. Weekly.

Anne Holub

News Fri May 07 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not paving the way for our new space ant overlords (Hail Ants!), we're often reading about music in Chicago online.

  • Remember all those great music classes you had in school? Many would go without if not for Rock for Kids' innovative music programs in Chicago. Vote every day for Rock for Kids to get a $50K grant from Pepsi to help them continue their awesome work.
  • How do you get tweens interested in baseball? Add some Bieber (squee!). [Suggested Cubs topper: Lady GaGa singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."]
  • Speaking of Lady GaGa, don't say that NPR doesn't have a funny bone. Warning: if you prefer to not know what Rogert Siegel or Ari Shapiro look like, don't watch this video.
  • If you've lost your cat (while attending a concert?) look no further than the Metro. Reunited and it feels so good.
  • Tim Stephans of Schubas and Lincoln Hall took his time crafting his thoughts on SXSW 2010. Check out this entertaining blog post (and video!) which includes, puppies, kabab food trucks and duct tape.
  • The Hood Internet has a Tumblr now.

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 30 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not running down hills covered in flowers, we're inside, in the dark, looking at our computers.

  • Hope to see you at our April Get-Together tonight at Beauty Bar! Transmission staffers Lisa White and Michelle Meywes will be spinning in the DJ booth from 7-10pm. Details, RSVP.
  • And wow, what a media sweep this week for Bloodshot artists! WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight program sat down with Chicago band The Blacks. And you can listen to The Bottle Rockets on NPR's Mountain Stage program. Also, catch Justin Townes Earle on this week's Prairie Home Companion, as well as in the upcoming episode of HBO's Treme (alongside his dad, Steve Earle). Dang, y'all.
  • Nice piece on the Uptown Theatre and one man who helps tend the ghosts.
  • Chicagoist has an adorable video of Kid Sister's cover of Extreme's "More Than Words." If only my high school talent show had been like this, instead of, well, more like Extreme's original (which follows).
  • Loud Loop Press has the word on some video shot of Thom Yorke performing "Black Swan" at the Aragon for Atoms for Peace.
  • CYSTSFTS takes a second listen to Friends of Friends debut album Deep Search and finds it agrees with him.
  • Love JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound's soulfull Wilco cover "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart"? We sure do! Here's a video to go with. (And keep an eye on this space for more about our love for this band.)
  • Hot Biscuits posted their second downloadable mix "Palette Two."

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 23 2010

Friday Quick Links

Sometimes, we like to keep it classy. Other times it's RC Cola and moon pies.

  • Speaking of, check out Thrill Jockey artists Tunng's mixtape for Magnet magazine.
  • Kind of random, but look at the music example in this week's blog post from Facebook about recent changes. (Hint: Kick, push.) Niiiice.
  • Was last week's Phish concert in 3-D as "phantastic" as seeing them live? Either way includes glow stick attacks!
  • Submit your fan photos and videos of Bloodshot artists Ha Ha Tonka for an upcoming documentary about the band. (High quality only. No cell phone pics.)
  • Hear the Hood Internet remix of Skybox's "In a Dream" at Hypemachine.
  • If you have an iPhone this may affect your future concert ticket buying. If you don't, it won't....I hope.
  • If you're already into buying anything Apple puts out there, try two iPads (microphone sold separately).

Anne Holub

News Thu Apr 22 2010

Daytrotter Presents: Barnstormer III

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The Barnstormer III tour — presented by Rock Island's Daytrotter and featuring Delta Spirit, Ra Ra Riot, Nathaniel Rateliff, Pearly Gate Music and Free Energy — kicks off next Tuesday 4/27 in West Libertyville, IA. The tour makes its Illinois debut on Friday 4/30 in Monticello, but Chicagoans can take advantage of a shorter trek and an early start to the weekend in Lake Geneva on 4/29.

Camping is available at four of the tours five stops (sorry Milwaukee). Advance tickets are available now and about to be capped for the Monticello date. So head over to Daytrotter.com to purchase yours now. They're a bargain at $10 and include lossless downloads from Barnstormer 2009 performances. And if the cheap tickets and exclusive downloads weren't already enough, half the price of admission will go to someone in need:


Each night, half of every paid admission will go to someone who needs help. Maybe it's someone you know. We are choosing one individual or family — based on your nominations — to receive some help from the Barnstormer. So, write rsvpdaytrotter@gmail.com with a story of someone who's fallen on hard times and could use some assistance. We'll take the best five stories and do what we can to make things a bit better.

Full tour schedule, links to purchase advance tickets and Daytrotter sessions from all the artists after the jump.

Continue reading this entry »

Brian Leli

News Fri Apr 16 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not crate diving, we're listening to records. When we're not doing that, we're often online looking at things like this:

  • Sadly, long-time jazz and big band music venue Green Dolphin Street has suspended some live music and the restaurant's service for the time being. (We're trying to learn more.)
  • The Deli Chicago talks about Thrill Jockey artists Lazer Crystal. (More on Lazer Crystal, including two downloadable tracks, at Stereogum.)

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 09 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not selling five copies of The Three EP's by the Beta Band, we're looking at these things on the internet:

  • We've got some other awesome upcoming musical events in Chicago along the right-hand side of the page as well as in Slowdown. They include a free '60s themed DJ set called "23 Skiddo" tonight at the Whistler, the Creative Chicago Expo at the Cultural Center on Saturday, and Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's Elia Einhorn's DJ set "Glascow vs. Manchester" at Lucky Number also on Saturday.
  • Saving Country Music blog has a nice appreciation for Bloodshot Records' newest artist Whitey Morgan & the 78's. "The fact that Bloodshot is looking for new talent, and then is able to find it means there's still hope and upward potential for REAL country music."
  • The Deli Chicago has the skinny on the upcoming Maps & Atlases album Perch Patchwork.
  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog has more .mp3s for your downloading pleasure including great stuff from Max Roach, reggae from Pat Kelly and lovely stuff from Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte.
  • Loud Loop Press gives more praise to burgeoning Chicago "zany space rockers" The Earth Program.
  • Sadly, Numero Group announced recently the first of its catalog items that's going out of print. Get your copy of all 33 tracks of influential power pop on Yellow Pills: Prefill now, or go without forever.
  • Happier news for Numero Group is this project (that I somehow either missed or forgot about) announced this winter featuring the History of Chicago Music (1908-1980) curated by historian Tim Samuelson.

Anne Holub

News Fri Apr 02 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not *achoo* we're *achoo*! Here's some stuff you won't want to sniff at.

  • Deli Chicago has the scoop on a soon-to-be-released free EP available from Stanley Ross. (Who's not the long lost son of Bob Ross.)
  • Cream Team serves up Pop Parfait with some recently released B-sides.
  • Alarm magazine's albums of the week include something solo from Pixies' frontman Frank Black (now back to his original stage name Black Francis) and "Ethio-jazz" from Mulatu Astatke among other gems.
  • Jim DeRogatis posts an enlightening graphic detailing Ticketmaster/Live Nation ticket price drama.
  • Freaky video animation rules in this latest from Chicago's Oh My God on Loud Loop Press.

(going back outside now)

Anne Holub

News Fri Mar 26 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not kicking ass and taking names, we're sitting quietly in front of a computer, looking at things like this:

  • Time Out also notes the changes present in the just-opened Beauty Bar (in the former Sonotheque space on Chicago Ave.). There's certainly a lot more glitter.
  • Have you been seeing the CHIRP Record Fair posters in your favorite local record shops and businesses? They're pretty sweet, and produced by Steve Walters over at Screwball Press (bit fan, here). If you spy one, take a photo and send it to micha(at)chirpradio(dot)org. They'll love you for it. And save your pennies, the fair takes place at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union hall on April 10-11, 2010.
  • In fact, the CHIRP Record Fair will be a great warm-up for Record Store Day on April 17th! We're compiling our lists of events and releases. Send any RSD gossip to transmission (at) gapersblock (dot) com.
  • It's been a pretty great couple of weeks for White Mystery. Their self-titled debut album ended up at the very top of CHIRP's CMJ list.

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri Mar 19 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not soaking up sunbeams (in Chicago!) we're inside, in a dark room, getting a sunburn from our computer monitor while we look at this stuff online:

  • Speaking of WBEZ, Robert Feder explores the issue of gender disparity in morning drive-time radio DJs.
  • NBC Chicago has a photo stream of their picks for Chicago's Top DJs which includes DJ Matt Roan and Million Dollar Mano.
  • Grindcore from Plague Bringer on Record Store Day at Reckless' downtown store? Oh yes. The Reader has the tidbit here and a commenter corrects the info. about the purported 7" with the clarification that it will be a "limited edition CD-single box set," instead.
  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists covered "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in The Onion's A.V. Club's tiny (and awesomely decorated), round room. The 25-song "Undercover" project just started, and they'll post a new video each Tuesday. Squee!
  • Steve Goodman could be immortalized in the name of a Wrigleyville Post Office.
  • The Moneypenny DJs (with loads of Chicago friends) put out a free mix tape before heading to SXSW this week. Good stuff remixed from Kid Sister, Hollywood Holt, Flosstradamus and M.I.A. featuring Mic Terror (heyoo).
  • In case you hadn't heard, Big Star's Alex Chilton died this week (apparently from a heart attack while mowing the lawn at his home), just days before he was supposed to perform at SXSW. He was 59. Many remembrances online.

Anne Holub

News Fri Mar 12 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not losing the office Oscar pool, we're hunched over our laptop, ruining our posture looking at these things:

  • Download Clash cover album The Sandanista Project for free (for a limited time) featuring Jon Langford, Sally Timms, more. (via)
  • Last week's "Honkeytonk Friday" selection at Songs:Illinois was Whitey Morgan and the 78s (the only non Bloodshot band selected to play both of their parties at SXSW next week). Keep an eye on Transmission for some fun vicarious SXSWmusic fun.
  • Classic rock meets metal at the apex of Bible of the Devil (straight outta Chicago). They play Quenchers, Saturday 3/13.
  • Naked Raygun goes back into the studio (and then back out on tour).
  • In Worst Week Ever news, EMI lost both a court case to Pink Floyd and the privilege of representing local-boys-made-good OK GO (the boys started their own label).
  • Pete Margesak at The Reader has the line on the reissue of Chicago's own Green's 1986 self-titled album.
  • WBEZ's 848 program delved into the dark underbelly of rockabilly this week.
  • If you like Kraftwerk (with vocals by Eve), you'll probably like Teddybears (via).

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri Mar 05 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not trying to find the right cable to charge yet another portable electronic device, we're glued to our screens checking out things like these:

  • Thrill Jockey Records' 2nd 12" subscription series is now taking orders. Act fast, fellow record nerds. They will sell out of subscriptions!
  • DeRo has the line on the He said/He didn't say controversy about the Elton John/Billy Joel tour that, no matter what, won't be returning to Wrigley Field.
  • Future Perfect Radio puts a spin on the standard "Best of" list and creates one for albums they're anticipating the release of in 2010.
  • Getting our listen on for bands heading to SXSW soon at NPR.
  • Last week ABC7 visited Buddy Guy at his house in Orland Park. I bet the crew for MTV Cribs never got homemade gumbo!
  • Windy City Rock posts about Small Chicago, a project which brings simply-produced music videos from Chicago bands. First up: Coltrane Motion. Next: The Warm Ones. (And hey, Small Chicago, how about some permalinks? Flash...grrr.)
  • The Reader profiles Robert Manis, a Chicago record collector who's giving back to the music community by way of his own reissue label.
  • A guy from Lakeview gets a slot on a TV show with his rap video. But it's not the show you think it is.
  • Loud Loop Press has some good video from YACHT at the Empty Bottle last weekend.

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri Feb 26 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not watching Olympic ice dancing, we're staring into the void:

  • Are you coming to our Get-Together tonight at Risque Cafe from 8-10pm? Hope so! Transmission staffers Lisa White and Michelle Meywes will be making their DJ debuts from 8-9pm. And there's cheap beer! RSVP and get details.
  • Watch a video of The Hood Internet performing on Acid Marshmallow (well, the video is on the website "Acid Marshmallow", I don't know what keeps those guys going. Maybe Skittles?). The set if from their performance at Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in January.
  • Thom Yorke's going to play Coachella, but not after he rocks Chicago.
  • Hear a new track "Becoming You," off the forthcoming new album from Canasta The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather (due out 5/8 with a special set of shows at Schubas). Just launch the popup player at the Canasta website. And keep an eye on the site, as they'll be streaming one new track each week this spring!
  • I color with a big box of DEVO.

Anne Holub

News Fri Feb 19 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not dreaming about fresh fruit (mmm, mangoes) we're burning out our retinas reading things online, like this:

  • Hot Biscuits features a new downloadable mix by DJ Kid Color: Palette One.
  • Oh My Rockness really digs blip-electro-pop-gadget-(something something) MNDR. They play the Bottle at the end of the month.
  • Tankboy over at Chicagoist is really keen on NYC's Menya, and there's a pretty sweet download available, if you do too.
  • Fake Shore Drive has video of Chicago rapper Mikkey Halsted, who was featured recently in an NPR piece on food deserts on Chicago's South Side.
  • WFMU has your mp3 motherload with half a dozen songs you can get online right now for free.
  • Red Threat has not one but two much-buzzed-about Gorillaz remixes available for download.
  • Daytrotter has a lot of great sessions this week, including some by Nurses.
  • And if you're super bummed (like I am) about the postponed Kings of Convenience U.S. tour, you can get a good fix from NPR and WFUV.

Anne Holub

News Fri Feb 12 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not making snow angels, we spend a lot of time looking at websites like these:

  • Eric from CYSTSFTS also makes a departure from his normal punk album reviews to take a second and listen to the latest from electronica-influenced L.A. band Letting Up Despite Great Faults.
  • Fake Shore Drive cuts through the rumor mill on the supposed "leaked" track from the upcoming Lupe Fiasco album.
  • Trash Menagerie posted a sweet mixtape from L.A. DJs Nguzunguzu titled "Moments In Love".
  • We're planning some sweet SXSW Chicago music coverage for March, but in the meantime, get your stream on.
  • Cream Team takes a big step out front and tags the latest from The Irrepressibles as a potential Top Album of 2010.
  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog has a great post on Smersh. A New Jersey basement duo with a penchant for releasing tracks on cassette and never playing them again.
  • What does a skinny blond girl from Toronto have to do with African-American singer and Civil Rights activist Odetta? Chicago Innerview has the scoop on Basia Bulat. (She plays Schubas on Feb. 23rd.)

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

News Fri Feb 05 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not taking way too much time deciding which variety of orange juice to buy, we're online checking out these sites:

  • Chicago Underground Duo's latest album Boca Negra reviewed at The Deli Chicago.
  • Hollywood and recording industry star power gathered on Monday to record an updated version of "We Are The World" with the aim to send the single's profits to Haiti Earthquake victims. Chicago angle: Jennifer Hudson, Vince Vaughn (?!?) and Kanye contributed to the track.
  • Speaking of Kanye West, Gil-Scot Heron's latest efforts apparently has "Flashing Lights" samples. Not sure if this is the best thing or most disappointing thing ever. But it is a good hook. (via)
  • CreamTeam offers insight into Minneapolis-based house music providers The Moon Goons whose digital track rarity is a legend.
  • Oh My Rockness previews the Kurt Vile show at the Empty Bottle, 2/13.
  • Greg Kot takes a look back at Soul Train, hosted by Southsider Don Cornelius. A documentary airs on VH-1 February, 6th. Anyone else have lots of memories of the Soul Train opening as the cue that Saturday morning cartoons had ended? Check out some sweet video clips.
  • Familiarize Yourself blog has a recap of a sweet night with a lot of lady (bands) at Lincoln Hall last week including sets by Scotia Widows, The Maybenauts, Leslie Hunt and The Wanton Looks.

Anne Holub / Comments (2)

News Fri Jan 29 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not eating too many gummi bears, we're standing right behind you! Nah, just kidding, but we are online a lot.

  • Timbaland did little to entertain fans at HOB last week.
  • You can now join a Wax Trax remembrance group on Facebook.
  • Want to get your valentine something special-izzle? Snoop Dogg is bringing his show to the Metro 2/16! Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. Details on a special presale code in Twitter.
  • Set your Tivos to record Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, John Legend, and others at the White House's next "In Performance at the White House" series to honor music from the civil rights movement set to air online and again on PBS in early February.
  • Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick spends his days pining over a Thank You note from Paul McCartney that never was.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain interviews Toronto's The Speaking Tongues who prove even Canadians get the blues.
  • Video of Lupe Fiasco performing live over at Chicago Now.
  • Country Music Chicago interviews aspiring Evergreen Park native (and aspiring country music star) Katie Quick.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jan 22 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're (well, really just me) not getting in fistfights over the last pair of Hunter boots, we're often online.

  • You're coming to our party at the Metro tonight, right? Four bands for zero dollars if you do the right thing and bring our flyer to the door before 9pm. Details here.
  • Speaking of White Mystery, Greg Kot has more (very nice things) to say about them (even though he doesn't let it slip that you can get into this show for free, hrm).
  • Enjoy Chicago hip-hop and help Haiti earthquake victims all in one place at this upcoming show on the 31st at Reggie's.
  • Loud Loop Press has a list of some of the things that Chicago artists are doing to aid Haiti.
  • Bloodshot Records is proud to feature their "Drinking Buddies" (artists they like, but who aren't on the label) starting with Jane Baxter Miller (performing Saturday at the Hideout).
  • Peter Margasak has the line on the Pravda Records label reunion show at the Abbey Pub tonight.
  • I Fight Dragons won the award at Deli Chicago's Emerging Artists of 2009 poll. (Hey Champ came in second, with Netherfriends in third.)
  • And DeRo has the line on the expanded Lilith Fair lineup which actually has my interests piqued. It includes Loretta Lynn, Heart, and Cat Power (I'll believe it when I see her). No dates or specific city lineups set yet.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jan 15 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not making slushballs and chucking them at alley rats, we're online looking at things.

  • I know, I know, you're sick of Top Artists of the year lists, but this one at Hype Machine has illustrations for all 50 of its top artists of 2009!
  • Alarm Magazine's Albums of the Week post details not only the creepy soundtrack to The Road (the movie) by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis but also the latest from Chicago jazz saxaphonist Dave Rempis.
  • Fake Shore Drive has 5 days of freestylin' by Chicago's own Twista.
  • Loud Loop Press has the skinny on what Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples have in common. (Hint: It's her new album!) She plays Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in early February.
  • Empty Bottle's farmer's market happens Saturday at noon! See what it looks like in daylight and get some leafy greens from local farmers!

Anne Holub

Blog Mon Jan 11 2010

It's a Major Award!

Gapers Block: Transmission is honored to be the recipient of a 2009 Schubie Award for "Best Chicago Music Blog or Site". Gosh, thanks all! We're happy to be in the great company of The Walkmen (winner of "Best Headlining Band") and Art Brut (winner of Best 20th Anniversary Show, and tied for Best Supporting Band).

Here's Art Brut performing "The KKK Took My Baby Away" at Schubas:


Anne Holub

News Fri Jan 08 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not enjoying/complaining about/running through/cursing/photographing snowfalls, we're inside, staying warm, and reading things online:

  • Become Pitchfork's sandwich monkey, er, intern.
  • Cham-bana's Headlights featured on Daytrotter this week.
  • Lady Ga Ga addresses the Chicago venue change for her 3 shows in the only medium available: Twitter.
  • If you'd like to be a beta tester for the forthcoming CHIRP radio, sign up online. Testing starts Sunday, 1/10/10.
  • Loud Loop Press wants you to keep an eye on these 10 Chicago bands in 2010. We've definitely already expressed some love there.
  • Mashable touts the rise of digital and the return of vinyl in record sales metrics.
  • Download Thrill Jockey artist Radian's new tune "Git Cut Noise" [mp3] free.
  • Speaking of, you have until Monday 1/18 to mail a record jacket to TJ for their band Javelin to personalize. Check the details out here (about halfway down) or email orders@thrilljockey.com.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Jan 01 2010

Friday Quick Links

When we're not nursing a sambuca hangover, we're looking at things online. Happy New Year!

  • Come out to the Hideout on Sunday for a special re-play of their annual Holiday Panto to benefit three castmembers who were left homeless and stuffless after a Christmas house fire.
  • Avant/Chicago lists out his favorites in Chicago music of the year.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain has been counting down his top albums of the year. And what a long list! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 following Monday after a computer mishap (Y2K?) [Update, here's the final Part 4.].
  • Wow, the entire staff of Permanent Records did lists of their favorite albums of 2009. Kill some time at their site (just keep scrolling), then go buy some records.
  • STV SLV and ABX posted their favorite tracks of 2009 over at The Hood Internet site. WOOT!

Anne Holub

News Fri Dec 25 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we're not eating way too many cookies and dreaming about ham, we're clicking around the internet.

Anne Holub

Blog Mon Dec 14 2009

Live at Lime with Tom Morello: A Benefit for Amnesty International

In conjunction with Human Rights Day on December 10, LimeWire Store released "Live at Lime with Tom Morello." The album features Morello performing covers of The Killers' "Human" and the classic folk song "Joe Hill." Hailing from Libertyville, Morello is a longtime activist and supporter of Amnesty International. All net proceeds from the album will go to them.

An accompanying video featuring a conversation between artist and activist Henry Rollins and Morello can be viewed in 4 parts below.

Continue reading this entry »

Brian Leli

Blog Fri Dec 11 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we're not frequenting our local music store and purchasing everything in sight, we read things online.

  • Time Out Chicago breaks down some new indie Christmas tunes just hanging out there on the interwebs (and the most disturbing ornament I've seen thus far).
  • Jim DeRogatis puts his Best of 2009 list out for consumption.
  • Check out Sunday's kids' show at Old Town School of Folk Music, including performances by a host of local talent, including Spencer Tweedy and The Blisters.
  • Loud Loop Press has the latest album from local experimental artist Mako Sika available for streaming.
  • The Deli Chicago talks about Meah!, a punk band out of Pilsen.
  • If you head out to the Hideout Holiday Craft Fair the next two Tuesdays you can also score some Bloodshot Records items from their table. See the full details in the Hideout calendar.
  • The Reader has the line on the latest hip-hop compilation to come out of...Adult Swim? Yeah, that's right.
  • And just in time for gifting, the Reader also reviews Chicago Folk, a collection of photographs.
  • More Best of 2009 lists from CHIRP DJs: this week is Jenny Lizak.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Dec 04 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we're not staving off frostbite at the bus stop, we're on the interwebs, reading about things.

  • Songs:Illinois also does Christmas music (with a promo shot of Lauren Graham from Bad Santa that makes me shudder).
  • Loud Loop Press has a free track from the upcoming album by Chicago's Puerto Muerto.
  • CHIRP starts a December series of their DJs' Best of 2009 lists.
  • Remember: Filling out the GB reader survey can win you a pair of tickets to see Jesus Lizard at the Metro on NYE.
  • Chicagoist has a free download of the latest from Lupe Fiasco.
  • Speaking of Lupe, Matthew Santos, who you might know from Lupe's backing vocals, has an album "preview" show tonight at Lincoln Hall.
  • What to Wear During an Orange Alert has a review of Thrill Jockey artist Javelin's latest.
  • Stereogum has your link to 40 minutes of Fugazi stage banter from the '90s. Sweet sweet nostalgia.
  • WFMU's blog has 20 minutes of Airwave available for streaming.
  • With no end date, it seems that UR Chicago is still taking submissions to win a pair of tickets to the NYE show at SmartBar, including sets from Hood Internet and Bald E.
  • The Deli Chicago is really into the new album from Skybox. (They're playing at Schubas' Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in January...tickets on sale now and make a great stocking stuffer. I'm just sayin'.)

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Nov 27 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we haven't been cleaning, cooking, eating, or taking post-turkey naps. We've been looking at these things on the internet:

  • NPR provided a soundtrack for stuffing bread up a bird's hoo-hah. (Also good if you're putting together any food-themed mixtapes.)
  • Pitchfork put out its own 2009 Gift Guide which is great for the music-lover on your list (or yourself. Dang.)
  • Grab a new track from Pelican at RCDLBL.
  • Fake Shore Drive also has the latest track from Nikki Lynnette (who you might have seen if you stayed late at our last GB Anniversary Party at the Metro)
  • Get your speakers ready for Big Rock Candy Mountain's annual Holiday Music post-fest! The links get hot starting today!
  • What to Wear During an Orange Alert has a review of the latest from Boston's Truman Peyote. They head to Chicago in mid-January.
  • Get this: Elvis + Blago + Columbia College. Details here (and it's <em>free</em>).
  • Look at photos from Peaches' show at Metro last week by Tankboy. (And if opener Amanda Blank isn't doing American Apparel ads yet, she should be.)

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Nov 20 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we're not panicking about what to cook on Thanksgiving, here's what we're checking out online:

  • Download the latest mix from Chicago's own DJ LA Jesus - "Saves the Dance Floor, Vol. 4" (for free, folks).
  • Permanent Records turns three this weekend, and celebrates with a party at the Hideout. (And if you can't make it, you can still celebrate with their store sale next Friday, the 27th.)
  • Alarm magazine has a review of David Bazan's latest full band tour.
  • Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis both weigh in on the first night of the Pixies' weekend residence at the Aragon.
  • CYSTSFTS has loads of album reviews up this week, including the latest from an old favorite, Left Lane Cruiser.
  • Bust Magazine interviews Kid Sister (who's new album, Ultraviolet, is now in stores).
  • Red Threat has the line on the latest electronica from Jori Hulkkonen.
  • Twilight author Stephanie Meyer talks about her favorite bands at the Twilight: New Moon premiere, which include Bloodshot Records artists Ha Ha Tonka [Video]. That squealing you hear in the distance is coming from the Bloodshot HQ, I suspect.
  • Evanston's Ezra Furman is going to make you a special album. No really, just for you.
  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog talks about the latest from the Free Music Archive, including a remix contest which ends Dec. 20th.
  • Victim of Time blog has the line on the latest from Uzi Rash, an album that came from the "typical bedroom nutcase recording-style" and which produced Hight and Phree.

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Nov 13 2009

Friday Quick Links

When we're not compulsively washing our hands, here's what we're reading online:

  • The Beachwood Reporter checks out the latest in live session recordings to hit Chicago: Coach House Sounds.
  • Tankboy reviews the long long long awaited Kid Sister album Ultraviolet which hits store shelves 11/17.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain has the line on a sweet show at Phyllis' Musical Inn this weekend, plus some Thrills for download.
  • Oh My Rockness has the line on the newest ukelele sounds to hit Chicago in the form of tUnE-YaRds.
  • Songs:Illinois breaks its "no videos" rule with a new one from Caroline Herring.
  • If you're really into Crooked Vultures, you can stream their new album online before it releases on Tuesday (Greg Kot reviewed it already).
  • Also, remember that on Saturday, MTV Jams hits Chicago.
  • Speaking of which, does anyone else miss the old Yo! MTV Raps? What is Ed Lover up to these days?

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Nov 06 2009

Friday Quick Links

  • Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon needed a kidney, right as the band was about to make it big. They made a movie about it, called D Tour. Catch it on PBS next week.
  • Is the Metro haunted? Ghost Lab investigates. The episode (titled "Murky Water") replays on Discovery on 11/10 or check online clips here (start with part 4).
  • Local blog Red Threat has the skinny on DJ Zinc and his latest EP. Is it Drum 'n Bass? Jungle Core? Grimehouse? You be the judge.
  • There's a disturbing trend of Best Albums of the Decade lists popping up on the interweb. And here's one more! A Top 50 to get you through Friday afternoon from the blog "Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good". (via)
  • CHIRP sure would like you to contact your representatives today about the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (HR 1147).
  • Get your hands on a free download of a remix of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoise album, called, oddly enough, Illinoize, by Montreal-based producer Tor. More, um, oddly enough, Sufjan has a new album out all about The BQE in New York.
  • And have you bought your copy of the Tao of Wu yet? Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me?

Anne Holub

Blog Fri Oct 30 2009

Friday Quick Links

A bit of what's freaking us out online this week:

  • Bloodshot Records' artist Jon Langford's album All the Fame of Lofty Deeds is getting the theatrical treatment starting 11/12.
  • Is Kanye Dead? Twitter tries to tell us so.
  • The Reader's Crickets blog has the line on Sepultura's Igor Cavalera's new dance music gig: Mix Hell. (Comes with a free download!)
  • In case your head's in a hole, that Michael Jackson tour movie came out. Greg Kot liked it. 
  • UR Magazine also has free Halloween mixtapes for download like this latest one from Moneypenny.
  • Need even more Halloween music for your party? Get some for a limited time on FoGB site Outof5.com.
  • WFMU's Beware of the Blog resurfaces to bring us 6 great downloads from the interwebs.
  • Need some way to kill the time this afternoon? Try 101 videos from antville.org. (via)
  • ChicagoZombie.com has been strangely quiet since 10/17? Perhaps they lost their braaaaains?

Anne Holub

News Fri Oct 23 2009

Friday Quick Links

Here's what we're also reading on the interwebs lately:

  • Pitchfork, the restaurant opens this week. Nothing to do with the music site, but bring on the jokes!
  • The Deli Chicago has the line on a cool event called "The Drop" at the Viaduct Theatre where bands drop off their CDs. New local music exposure ensues in coordination with WLUW. The next one is tomorrow night.
  • The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts Laurence Juber (of Wings fame) for a Martin Guitar Clinic. FREE 10/27.

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

Blog Fri Oct 16 2009

Friday Quick Links

A bit of what's been going on elsewhere online this week:

  • A.V. Club Chicago asks Jeff Tweedy to react to comments about him on the Internet.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain goes all weak in the knees over Chicago band Cococoma and their luscious pink vinyl record.
  • The Deli Chicago has the line (and a video) from a DA reunion on Chic-a-Go Go.
  • More in video is on Fake Shore Drive with local hip-hop artists Kidz in the Hall on Mark Bazer's "The Interview Show" which also begs the question: Why isn't there any hip-hop at The Hideout? Or any, really?
  • Jim DeRogatis has the line on a fledgling band called Ideamen hitting the Beat Kitchen later this month with their newly minted album.
  • Loud Loop Press has it that Pelican will play an in-store show at Reckless later in the month, but more importantly, they'll debut a new "Pelican Burger" at Kuma's. Congrats, fellas! You've arrived.
  • And I totally missed the recent announcement of Kid Sister's long-awaited (and awaited) debut album release. Ultraviolet drops 11/17 and you can be at her show at the House of Blues to celebrate on 11/25. Tickets $16-$18.

Anne Holub / Comments (1)

Blog Wed Jul 01 2009

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

Femi Kuti was recently interviewed by the folks at Decider Chicago. He discussed his family, including his legendary father Fela Kuti; his infamous club, The Shrine; and more. He performs with The Positive Force tonight at the Ravinia Festival.

Brian Leli

Blog Sat Jan 10 2009

The soul in Chicago hip-hop.

Give credit where credit is due out here in the wild interwebs, as my man at The T.R.O.Y. spot spotlights the jazz and soul samples of mid- to late 90s Chicago hip-hop. (T.R.O.Y. stands for They Reminisce Over You, a 1992 effort by Pete Rock and CL Smooth that is among the greatest hip-hop songs ever made.)

Posted are almost 30 instrumentals done by Chicago production luminaries on a number of classic Chicago albums. Of the samples you can listen to on the page, I highly recommend All Natural's "50 Years." Something to vibe to this Saturday afternoon.

Troy Hunter / Comments (2)

Blog Mon Dec 22 2008

Spencer Tweedy might be the coolest 13-year-old ever.

STweedy.jpgYou may had already heard that Jeff Tweedy's 13-year-old son is a a rockin' drummer when his band, The Blisters, played the kids stage at Lollapalooza two years ago, but what you may not know is that Spencer Tweedy is a proficient writer, blogger, and has his own software website/company. That's right, I said he's 13.

On his blog, he talks about all of the above, among other pre-teen musings like his Bar-Mitzvah and how he spent his birthday--with Neil Young, Pegi Young, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jack McBrayer, Fred Armisen, and his family--oh, and filling in for Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche at Madison Square Garden. Yup, just your typical American teen...

Michelle Meywes

mp3 Tue Sep 30 2008

Happy Endings Mix

Need some good thoughts to get your mind off the latest doomsday news cycle? Turn to Chicago blog Big Rock Candy Mountain for your very own Happy Endings Mix. As a reward to his faithful readers who've been coming back again and again for two years now to enjoy sweet classic country, blues, and folk posts, blogger Brian Reese has made a sweet mix in anticipation of a "big announcement" TBA. Enjoy tunes from the likes of Sally Timms, The Willis Brothers, Johnny Paycheck and Waylon Jennings here [mp3]. (And keep an eye on the blog for his pending announcement!)

Anne Holub

Artist Fri Aug 08 2008

Recent Chi Hip-Hop Roundup

Via the community aggregations over at Fake Shore Drive comes word of recent drops and flips from the local hip-hop scene. In recent days, the diligent and indefatigable FSD crew has passed along the following...

  • Rhymefest delivers a advance caveat to listeners before the release of the video for his new track "Stolen":
    "First of all, dumb ass n******s that can't think past the club, the block, or fat booty b******s, DO NOT WATCH THIS! Your brain will explode. Second, self-righteous hip-hop nerds who expect to hear me go line for line in a metaphorical circus, DO NOT WATCH THIS! You will be sorely disappointed."

    It gets deeper from there. Read the whole statement here. Also, catch the new leaked 'Fest tracks "In Between" and "Forces of Nature" over there.

  • Elsewhere, Lupe Fiasco leaks the rare track, "Gangsta (Up In Here)." Check it.

  • From the "Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza" Department of Misheard Lyrics comes a live clip of The Cool Kids kickin' it on the Rock The Bells tour. At first it seems everyone was reporting the new track as bearing the title "The Sound of Panties Hitting The Ground." It turns out the track is actually called "Pennies." That's p-e-n-n-i-e-s hitting the ground. But here's to wishful thinking, right.

  • In case you hadn't glanced over the magazine racks in the past month, Kid Sis Melisa's one of URB magazine's "Girls of Summer."

  • And hey, just as we might've guessed: Kanye sure is one cla$$y dude.

Graham Sanford

Blog Tue Mar 04 2008

Trade your Rabbit Ears for a Pitchfork

Say what you will about the boys and girls of Pitchfork - they've been sneered at and cheered at for their reviews, most recently being slammed by URB for chicago-post-rock-centric favoritism. But whatever your opinion of them, you can't argue with their latest decision - to fill the gaping void of 24-music television with Pitchfork.tv.

"We're documenting artists and featuring them in ways we've never been able to," says Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber. "Pitchfork.tv is really an extension of the kinds of features we've been doing on Pitchfork for years—it's a new way to see these artists and get to know them better as people."

In addition to regular music videos, Pitchfork.tv will air full-length feature films, vintage concerts, and music DVDs free of charge, sharing a different feature every week. The channel will also include interviews with bands on the road and in the studio. For a dash of Beatles/U2 charisma, the channel is featuring "Don't Look Down", a series of New York and Chicago shows performed entirely on rooftops. The channel is set for a soft release on April 7th.

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Blog Mon Mar 03 2008

State of the Encore

en·core [ŏn'kôr'] n. 1. A demand by an audience for an additional performance, usually expressed by applause.

There was a time not long ago when anyone who regularly attended concerts was treated to encores all of the time, whether they wanted one (or two) or not. Set lists were/are written with line breaks to indicate the end of a set and the beginning of a planned encore. (Let's not even get into the set lists crafted to note when a band banters with the crowd.) The definition became hazy as audiences foresaw encores when roadies would tweak gear in the dark. The thrill of spontaneity eroded as nearly every band would leave at least one good song for an inevitable encore. Although, the strategy famously backfired for Janis Joplin at the 1968 Stax/Volt Yuletide Thing when she kept "Piece of My Heart" and "Ball and Chain" for an encore that was thwarted by a lukewarm audience.

The raucous applause that should induce encores became tepid and the act was mechanical. But recently the encore has been given stingy treatment by some headlining acts. Over Wilco's five-night Riviera residency last month, Jeff Tweedy made some comments disparaging expected encores, such as "When we're done, we don't wanna come back." Once those shows ended, the house lights and a pop song would come on while everyone justifiably went bananas to show their appreciation and ask for one more. (This request was usually honored.) Around that same time, Super Furry Animals took a stonewalling approach at Metro by holding signs that read "Resist Phony Encores" and not returning to the stage. And these are bands putting on shows that'd warrant real encores from adoring crowds. So why does the latest flavor-of-the-month leave the one song that the blogs love until after the smoke break at the 40-minute point? It should be a privilege instead of a right to be asked to play more. If performers continue to spurn every encore, perhaps they will begin to mean something again when truly deserved by the artist and the audience.

James Ziegenfus

Blog Wed Jan 23 2008

Electrical Audio Exposed

Chicago-based musician and producer extraordinaire Steve Albini gets some attention on 37signals' blog Monday for his descriptions of how his studio works -- along with his classic anti-record industry rant, "The Problem with Music." Albini then popped into the comments to add some further thoughts.

Andrew Huff

Blog Fri Dec 21 2007

Gimme Gimme Gimme Some Christmas Songs

If you're looking for something to do today while you're "working", or just want to make a non-barking dogs Christmas mix to take to the in-laws, check out one of our favorite Chicago music blogger's annual traditions — it's the Big Rock Candy Mountain Christmas song posts! Since Thanksgiving, blogger Brian Reese has been pulling together great Country and Western classic Christmas tunes on his site, and has also been contributing to a sister site: Barstool Mountain which has been posting it's own favorite alcohol-fueled Christmas tunes. They're only live for a few days, but you can enjoy the promised "extra special" posts from now until the 25th.

One word of warning: there are occasional vintage images of scantily clad women on the blogs, so if you've got a boss who tends to sneak up on you, it might not be work safe.

Anne Holub

Blog Tue Oct 09 2007

Chicago Blog Roundup

-Can You see The Sunset From The South Side? threw together a "hot" Chicago Marathon Mix. If you can stand Ben Lee, followed by Glen Fry and then Archer Prewit this is a mix you might like.

-Audioversity has a lengthy review and sample mp3 from Chicago AfroBeat Project's new release (A) Move To Silent Unrest.

-Seattle's KEXP (KEXP Blog) did the live remote broadcast thing from Chicago's Engine Studio's all last week. They brought in a couple local bands to play live. Here are the highlights:

The Office
Airiel
The 1900s
Kinetic Stereokids
The Jai-Alai Savant

Craig Bonnell

Blog Fri Jul 06 2007

Lolla mp3 Previews at Can You See The Sunset

The Chicago restaurant recommendations in yesterday's third post might or might not pass muster at Drive-Thru, but Can You See The Sunset From The Southside?'s efforts at posting mp3 samples from this year's Lollapalooza lineup are definitely Transmission-worthy. See also parts one and two. If you don't know enough about Carey Ott and Elvis Perkins to choose between the two, Eric is at your service; don't forget he's also one of the producers of tonight's Blogapalooza show at Cal's Bar.

Kris Vire

Blog Tue Apr 17 2007

Found Blogbits

Random Goods From Other Music Blogs

Coolfer offers a look at a Harvard Business School Report "Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and the Market for Digital Information Goods" which studies the convergence of iTunes, P2P networks and pricing.

Gorilla Vs. Bear shows us that the Mashup is not dead. It is in fact livin' large at The Hood Internet.(with artwork too)

IndieBlogHeaven reports on the new Wilco toys that are coming out soon. It looks like they have lego bodies and egg heads.

Brent Kado

Blog Fri Mar 30 2007

The kids know what the deal is, they're getting farther out every day....

A lovely little blast from the past, courtesy of the Lovely Little Girl himself, Greg Jacobson (and YouTube) ... 11 (!!!) year-old footage from venerable Chicago public-access kids-and-hipsters dance show Chic-A-Go-Go, featuring "live" musical mayhem from the Scissor Girls (featuring Azita, now better known in her current singer-songwriter incarnation).

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Chris Sienko

Blog Mon Mar 19 2007

Is That Freedom Rock?

Tribune music critic Greg Kot joins the blogging world with Turn it Up. So far, it's notes from the underground SXSW and a piece on Jon Brion — and not a hyperlink to be found — but here's hoping he stretches out as he gets used to the medium. I mean come on, Greg, it's not that different from the Sound Opinions forum.

Andrew Huff

Blog Sun Mar 11 2007

Chicago Blogwatch

With so many mp3 blogs in existence and new ones popping up every day it's hard to figure out how and why the mainstream press selects one to be crowned king for a day. But that's just what the Wall Street Journal did for Audiversity the other day. It must be combination of luck, timing and talent that gets a particular blog noticed. I don't know about the first two, but Audiversity certainly has that last category covered.

Audioversity is the project of two Music Directors and a record store clerk. The local connection is Michael Ardaiolo, WLUW's music director and host of the WLUW radio show Audiversity: The Radio Show! The Wall Street Journal article (subscription needed) got it wrong when they said Audiversity features rare music. In fact, they cover pretty run of the mill new releases, but the extent, thoroughness and quality of the coverage is what sets them apart. I think in this new media age the term "content is king" will once again rule and sites like Audiversity that showcase excellent writing will somehow rise to the top.

Craig Bonnell

Blog Wed Jan 31 2007

Hey, DJ

Local DJ's E6 and Matt Roan have setup a low key blog (warning: super confusing video) highlighting their respective underground finds. I've seen Matt Roan spin a couple times now and come away highly impressed - he works a solid blend of new/old school mashes, 80s dance, and mainstream hiphop into a pretty frenetic set. E6 will be spinning at SmartBar on February 25th, while Matt Roan continues his every-other-Saturday residency at Tuman's Alcohol Abuse Center this weekend.

Nilay Patel

Blog Mon Jan 15 2007

Join the Fun!

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Bonus: along with our spiffy redesigned page, we've added a new way for you to get involved in Transmission with our Flickr group. Join up and post your pics of Chicago musical happenings.

Anne Holub

Blog Thu Jan 11 2007

Big Rock Candy Drinking Songs

Brian, a Chicagoan who runs the music blog Big Rock Candy Mountain, has just recently undertaken a huge project: making a list of the Greatest Drinking Songs Of All Time, as submitted by you the drinker...er...music-lover. Represent, Chicago! Check out the details here and get him your votes by March 17th. He'll reward us all by posting the top 50 (or 100, or whatever it takes) when he gathers them up. [Update!] He's also looking for a few more judges. Details here.

Anne Holub

Blog Wed Dec 27 2006

The Year in Rock ...Pix

Over at Radio Free Chicago, they're running down The Year in Pictures in terms of the Chicago music scene. And Underground Bee has a gallery of his favorite shots.

Andrew Huff

Blog Wed Dec 20 2006

Beware of the List

Cake & Polka Parade author Fatty Jubbo (who was profiled earlier this month in our local MP3 blog round-up) highlights some of his favorite Chicago music moments of 2006 over at WFMU's must-read archive, Beware of the Blog. Amongst his list, a shout-out to Cheer-Accident -- and that's always a very good thing.

JP Pfafflin

Blog Fri Nov 10 2006

Cover Me

I'm a sucker for a good cover song, and one of the best sources for them on the web happens to be right here in Chicago. Copy, Right? is an mp3blog whose "only goal is to share my love/hate relationship with cover songs and to turn readers on to artists of whom they might not have otherwise been aware." Liza's collection is wide and deep, enabling her to do a round-up of Adam Ant covers one week and a random selection of international acts the next. Keep up and you'll have a mix CD of your favorites in no time.

Andrew Huff

Blog Sat Oct 28 2006

Reviewing the Reviewers

Sadly, indie music paper/blog The Crutch was put to rest at the end of September. But the good news is editor Chad Cheatham is now a contributor to Monte's Gauntlet, a sort of meta-review site that doesn't so much aggregate reviews as it does rate them, cutting through the BS and giving you a critical perspective on the critics. And they give you links to "found" mp3s of each artist around the web so you can judge for yourself.

Andrew Huff

Blog Fri Oct 20 2006

Naked Raygun list lamentations

If you headed down to the Cobra Lounge last night to try to get in to the not exactly secret Naked Raygun show, you were likely denied. Chicagoist's Tankboy laments on his blog and his Myspace page about not getting in (and the volume of bitter emails he's been getting) because the show was made "guest list only" and nobody who wasn't a "friend of Cobra" got in. Well, there's always RiotFest.

Anne Holub

Blog Wed Sep 20 2006

What is the Sound of Crickets Typing?

Add to Pete Margasek's blog Post No Bills the Reader Music Writers' Crickets. The Reader's third blog features posts from Miles Raymer, Monica Kendrick and Bob Mehr, musing on everything from a drug bust at a music festival in Lawrence, Kansas, to the ubiquity of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Woo.

Andrew Huff

Blog Tue Sep 12 2006

Metro, blogging

Welcome to the wonderful world of music blogs, Metro! The big ole Chicago venue has announced that it's got it's own blog rolling on the front page of its website. The blog's got some nice artist Q&A, mp3s, and a peek behind the scenes at the Metro staff plus the occassional bit o' gossip. If you've got a music blog out there that we should be checking out, just let us know at inbox {at} gapersblock.com.

Anne Holub

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