Transistor Radio is the webcast of Transistor, presenting a selection of volunteer-hosted music and talk programs. Shows are recorded at Transistor's in-store radio desk and uploaded to the audio players on this page (below). If you would like to get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in the shop and let us know.
'I'm telling you, Transistor Radio is better than listening to Spotify' -Gail (a listener)
Core artists in our 26,000-song library include: Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Atlas Sound, Beach House, Beastie Boys, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Björk, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, David Bowie, Broken Social Scene, Built To Spill, Caribou, Cat Power, Nick Cave, The Clash, The Cure, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon, Matthew Dear, Deerhunter, Depeche Mode, Devo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Brian Eno, The Fall, Feist, The Feelies, Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Fugazi, Guided By Voices, Gorillaz, Grimes, Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Japandroids, Joy Division, The Kinks, Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, Led Zeppelin, Liars, Low, Magnetic Fields, MGMT, M.I.A., Mission of Burma, Modest Mouse, Mouse on Mars, My Bloody Valentine, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, The Pixies, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, REM, The Replacements, RJD2, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Röyksopp, Sleigh Bells, Elliott Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spoon, Stone Roses, St. Vincent, Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Talking Heads, Tame Impala, Tortoise, T. Rex, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, The Who, Wilco, Wire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo, XTC, XX, and more.
Amanda Walz is a lifelong music fan. In her infancy, she'd been known to cry until she heard her favorite Barry Manilow songs. She spent much of her adolescence at record stores and concert venues in the Detroit Metro area. In her 20s, she worked at a record store, had a DJ shift at a community college station, sang in a (horrible) surf punk band and bowled in a league. She studied art history and German language and graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. Amanda moved to Chicago seven years ago and is currently working on her graduate degree in linguistics. A self-proclaimed feline enthusiast, Amanda has four cats. Her all-time favorite musician is Björk and she still avidly listens to plenty of '80s new wave.
Andy Miles is a veteran of college, community and commercial radio, having produced and presented programs on WORT in Madison, Wisconsin and WLUW-Chicago, among other stations. He has also worked for Wisconsin Public Television and the Federal News Service in Washington, D.C., and written freelance arts and history articles for a dozen print and electronic publications. Today he is owner/editor-in-chief of a transcript production company specializing in congressional hearing transcripts, owner of Transistor, and Transistor Radio presenter and program director. He also plays drums in three bands. Born outside of Chicago and currently residing in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, he has also called Madison, Washington, D.C., and Berlin, Germany home. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Liz McCabe recently received a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern, where she wrote a dissertation about Victorian fiction and anthropology to a soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem, other dance music old and new, and The Velvet Underground. She currently teaches humanities courses for Northwestern undergrads interning in arts and cultural institutions across the city, and she runs the Chicago leg of 'Poetry Out Loud,' a national contest for high school students. She was raised on Simon & Garfunkel, Ella Fitzgerald, opera, Broadway, and '80s pop in the suburbs north of New York City.
Jeff GoodSmith is a writer and a resident of the Uptown community. He's worked in the past with such musical establishments as WNUR-FM Evanston/Chicago and pitchforkmedia, and his cultural and musical opinions can be seen as rants on several websites. Jeff holds a degree in English from Northwestern University, and enjoys playing musical styles ranging from indie rock to oldies to electronica and anything in between. Jeff's Transistor Radio sets are accepted by most major HMOs, and when you listen in there is a 13 percent chance you will inherit a basket of puppies from an estranged uncle. You can find his writing online at www.affotd.com, www.elitish.com, and he is a longtime contributor to theheckler.com.
We also offer ...
Frankenstein Earphone Radio, the creation of native Chicagoan and artist Steven Fletcher (pictured right, performing earlier this year at Transistor; photo by Nicholas Young). It's a hypnotic half hour of Fletcher's original music, in his words, 'an Aberrant Mess in Schizophrenic Stereo!'
Talk (past programs)
Marla Seidell hosts 'Culturetopia'
For a few months in 2013 'Culturetopia' was Transistor Radio's arts & culture webcast hosted by journalist, actress and radio personality Marla Seidell. Covering the latest in Chicago entertainment, from art to music shows, to the hottest stand-up comedians, actors and playwrights, 'Culturetopia' uncovers the personalities behind the scenes.
An actress, journalist and radio host, Marla Seidell has published bylines in over 20 publications, including The New York Post, The Daily Herald, Timeout Chicago, The A.V. Club, Newcity Chicago and ALARM Press, to name a few. She has interviewed dozens of artists, chefs, innovators, and celebrities, including Jason Pierce, Bill Kurtis, Lois Weisberg and Juliana Hatfield. She has reviewed restaurants, theater, music and art, and has reported on on everything from Amsterdam's fashion scene to the experience of gay Latino fatherhood. Marla was last seen on the Chicago stage performing with Forget Me Not Theatre's inaugural show, 'And A Moon Said Nothing,' and has starred in several independent films.
Opening theme by Tortoise ('Six Pack' from the album 'Standards'), closing theme by Rayograph ('Transistor' from the album 'Nested Forms').
From January 2010 till July 2011 Transistor offered a weekly arts interview show, The Roundtable, hosted by Rani Woolpert (left) on Transistor Radio. In the course of that year-and-a-half run, her guests included jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Lou Mallozzi of Experimental Sound Studio, musician Jon Langford, performance artist Julie Laffin, and filmmaker/scholar Daniel Eisenberg; those interviews are available below.
Roundtable theme by Rani Woolpert.
Beginning in March 2010 Transistor Radio presented the semi-regular 'comedy quiz' show The Silent K, a celebration of obscure and/or useless information, a heady synthesis of junk food and junk culture: 'a party for smarties.' The show rewarded correctness with fabulous prizes (usually candy) and punished wrongness with mockery (and candy), and every show's best contestant had a chance to win a Transistor gift card. Co-hosted by Brian Hischier and Jeremy Pautz -- innovators in the fields of humorous interrogation and the tactical deployment of miscellany -- 'The Silent K' ran for more than a year, and most of the 22 episodes they produced are available from the audio player below, along with a 'Roundtable' interview the co-hosts sat for (actually, if memory serves, they were both standing).
A Touch of Vintage
A Touch of Vintage is a boutique of wares with an antique and vintage flair: gifts, jewelry, hats, furniture, plus more to delight anyone who likes to be charm-filled and eccentric. Located at 2506 North California Avenue in Logan Square, A Touch of Vintage is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m. Reach them by phone: 773-384-8427. Visit them online: atouchofvintage.com.
The Chicago School of Audio Arts
There's a new school in town, a school teaching music production and audio engineering: The Chicago School of Audio Arts. Grammy Award-winning 40-year-veteran Producer Jim Tullio has teamed up with audio engineer legend Shelly Yakus, who's engineered John Lennon, U2, The Band, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Jill Scott, and dozens of other platinum albums. They're teaching the art of making records. There are no classrooms, just studios, studios with professional artists cutting real tracks. The only way to really learn this business is to experience it firsthand. Find out more about how you can study under amazingly talented mentors and make industry connections that could be life-changing.
Lucky Prints is a custom apparel printing shop specializing in attentive screen printing for Chicago's best small businesses, bands, clothing lines, sports teams, and anyone else in need of excellent custom clothing. Lucky Prints is located at 1839 West Irving Park Road, steps from the Irving Park Brown Line stop. You can reach Lucky Prints by phone at (773)687-8996 or online at luckyprints.com. Check out the Lucky Prints Chicago Facebook page for photos of recent projects.
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