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Concert Wed Dec 12 2007

Salute for Something New

So I must confess that I’m not a huge fan of the metallic doom and gloom that will be displayed tomorrow night at the Empty Bottle by Haptic, Wrnlrd, and Cristal (but Chris S. is and that’s how we do listening diversity). But my inability to rally around this music is beside the point. The evening is as much about some new music as it is a sneak preview of a brand new label that is committed to adapting their products to current industry trends.

At this point, if you haven’t heard Radiohead’s 2007 success story, you’ve probably been living in a cave (no offense to cave dwellers). The main take-home message from Radiohead’s revolutionary business move was that we should probably stop selling CDs to listeners, because listeners aren’t buying CDs. Enter FSS, short for Flingco Sound System. Launching in 2008, FSS will be selling their particular brand of sonic introspection on limited edition, high equality vinyl LPs and as high bitrate digital downloads. Only. Additionally, FSS will offer a one-year subscription service, which will reward patrons with pre-release mailings, free downloads and a variety of special treats. If only my favorite pop and indie rock labels did such a thing! This is why you should support FSS—while they may not pour your particular brand of vodka, they’re putting the pressure on others to get you just as drunk.

Tomorrow’s FSS release show presents the digital noisescapes of Cristal, the experimental black metal of Wrnlrd and the variegated dronewerks of Chicago local, Haptic. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $8.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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

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  Chicago Music Media

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


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

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

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

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