Transistor Radio for the month of August 2016
(We hope to resume our webcasting soon!)

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from Outset (modern jazz) and Savage Sister (dream pop).   Outset (pictured) is Dan Meinhardt's current project. Formed in 2013, the group has joined Chicago's diverse musical landscape with trumpeter Justin Copeland, bassist Tim Ipsen, and drummer Andrew Green joining saxophonist Meinhardt, who leads the quartet through challenging yet accessible original compositions and arrangements. The group, modeled on Ornette Coleman's classic chordless quartets, maintains the spontaneous, conversational nature of Coleman's highly improvised music. Savage Sister is a Chicago-based dream pop band that melds the hazy textures of shoegaze with big electronic beats. The band is made up of Michael Tenzer on synths, Chloe Lundgren on vocals and synths, and Caitlin Klask on bass. Formed in St. Louis in May of 2012, the group migrated to Chicago later that year. In June of 2013, Savage Sister released their self-titled debut, which drew a good amount of praise from the blogosphere. 

On Depth of Field Danielle Echols talks to Ife Olatunji, director and founder of Collected Voices, Chicago's first and only ethnographic film festival.  Transistor will host a festival screening Saturday night, August 27th.  They talk about that event and all of the other festival screening nights, in this, the second year of the festival, which blends together fiction and documentary media from diverse Chicago filmmakers in academia and art.   

Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Katie Shlon, an interdisciplinary artist and musician living in Greensboro, North Carolina. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  The original track she has created for Transistor Radio, "Wood - Walking Outside," was recorded in March and June 2016, compiling cassette field recordings from the Scottish highlands and instrument recordings in North Carolina, specifically the Appalachian dulcimer and guitar.

This month on Interlopin', DJ Tashtego has a mix he calls Bonfire Beats; it brings together a tempest of 2016's best tracks to date with deep cuts from Tashtego's library that just hadn't managed to find a home in a mix yet. The resulting anxious energy, with glimmers of light amid the dark brew of underground beats, reminds one of John Milton's description of the netherworld: darkness visible. Stick around for the closing quintet of tracks from John Talabot, The Field, Fort Romeau, and Lindstrom.

Blame It On the Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from DJ Lechstafari is an all-vinyl set recorded live in store Thursday, July 28.  

Both DJ Bloodshot Scott's Sideshow and The Good Music Show with Scott & Odie were recorded live in July at the Gman Tavern.  

Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane has an hour of songs that fall under the category of summer, with music from Young Fresh Fellows, Electric Light Orchestra, Weezer and more. 

And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has cuts from Real Estate, Bob Dylan, Andy Stott, Wye Oak and more.   

Transistor Radio is the webcast of Transistor. Tune in to hear programs featuring indie & archival rock, Americana, electronica, house, tracks from our live performance archive, original sound pieces specially made for Transistor Radio, interview and discussion programs, and more.

Our Programs

Andy Miles regularly offers the self-evidently named 15 Songs, a mix of music new and old from Transistor's 35,000-song library. That means lots of indie rock and electropop, but it also includes post-punk, post-rock, New Wave, No Wave, Britpop, dream pop, trip-hop, math rock, Kraut rock, glam, lounge, soul, lo-fi and the hard-to-classify.

Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul from Lechstafari is deep vinyl cuts from a deep time. Lechstafari brings back the funk & boogie that shapes today's modern dance music.  From '60s soul to '90s house, he follows the transformations of the groove through one of the most influential periods of music. 

Andrea Garces' Gems are the sounds running through her headphones. Hear picks from the vault, hidden gems and fresh new tracks that must be given a listen or two. It's the webcast version of her weekly Soundcloud playlist with a selection of experimental electronica, UK Garage, trip-hop, electro-funk, hip-hop, glitch-dub, and much more.

On The Good Music Show with Scott and Odie, you'll be immersed in a quintessential college radio show, even if you don't live within a block of a university's antenna. Indie rock and underground sounds past, present and future. You might hear it first and or last, on The Good Music Show.  

Jon Monteverde hosts and curates In Store: Selections from Transistor's Live Performance Archive. As Transistor's Friday (and occasional Saturday) night sound engineer, Jon has recorded more than 300 sets of live music at Transistor. On this show, he showcases highlights from this collection.

Presented by Mike Benz (DJ Tashtego), Interlopin' hops eras and genres to concoct a special brew of dance floor euphoria. Featuring everything from space disco, minimal techno, indie rock, synth pop, and Afrobeat, to all manners of house -- deep, tech, classic and French -- the show emphasizes seamless blends that tease out the unique resonances of tracks.

On Sideshow, curator Bloodshot Scott unearths, examines and displays roots music in its myriad forms. From unknown oddities to adored luminaries, it fits if he says it fits. Step right up, tune right in, and hear it only on Sideshow, folks! 

Stereo Hysteria is an hour-long exploration of pop songs. Each show, host Charlie Crane compiles an eclectic series of songs that explore a various topic, time period or genre. Charlie also regularly interviews a notable musician or songwriter, typically ones of a DIY mindset. You're bound to hear anything from Metric and Merseybeat to Mekons and Motown.

The White City Cinema Radio Hour is a film-themed talk show. Host Michael Smith brings his Chicago-centric White City Cinema film blog to the air with observations on an almost impossibly eclectic blend of cinema, both classic and modern, and features film reviews, film festival coverage, interviews with filmmakers, critics and programmers, and much more.

Bring Your Own Beat is the show in which Transistor Radio invites sound artists of all kinds to create an original piece for the webcast.

Depth of Field is a mix of news, music and conversation concerning all things Transistor. Andy Miles hosts,with Danielle Echols.

Our Presenters

Mike Benz pilots the mix Interlopin' and can sometimes be found behind the decks at Transistor's live music events in the guise of DJ Tashtego. His musical education took off in college, when he hosted a Sunday night indie rock show, broadcasting through the ether of northern Indiana nights to truckers who were often flabbergasted to come across the likes of Sigur Ros, Crystal Castles, and F*ck Buttons, while they were innocently skimming through their FM scanners.

Charlie Crane hosts Stereo Hysteria. Though the show made its Transistor Radio debut on January 6, 2015, it's been around since New Year's Day 2011, with more than 200 episodes produced since then. Apart from the radio show, Charlie is a multi-instrumentalist who has lent his talents to such diverse projects as The Parasites, The Dyes, Airline-X, The Loudness War, Feature Flick and Leroy Slim. He has a B.A. in Audio Arts & Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago and lives in Downers Grove.

Danielle Echols is a Chicago-based PR specialist who loves producing shows that promote local creatives. Her most recent endeavors include co-creating Can We Kick It Chicago, a brunch that features performances by Chicago hip-hop and soul artists; and serving as the program manager for Collective Voices, Chicago's Ethnographic Film Festival. In addition to promoting the works of others, she has her own artistic niche: she is a trained belly dancer and SLAM poet competition winner. Danielle can be found hanging out at Transistor most Saturday mornings. You can hear her voice on Transistor's webcast, interviewing local creatives as a contributor to Depth of Field.

An obsessive music enthusiast, Andrea Garces is ecstatic to be hosting Gems of the Week for Transistor Radio. Aside from working at Transistor, music continues to encompass her life as you will find her either enjoying herself and/or working at various local shows on behalf of Chicago-based promoter/production company React Presents, Concord Music Hall, Thalia Hall, and CID Entertainment, where she is involved in digital marketing, talent finding, box office, production, VIP experience, and merchandising. She enjoys digging through endless tracks on Soundcloud on a daily basis; check it out for sounds running through her headphones chosen from the vault, hidden gems, and fresh new tracks that must be given a listen or two.

Andy Miles hosts Depth of Field, a mix of news, music and conversation concerning all things Transistor, Bring Your Own Beat and 15 Songs, the music show that leads off every installment of Transistor Radio. He also produces The White City Cinema Radio Hour. He has written for various publications on the arts, history & culture, made audio documentaries, worked in radio and public television, owned and operated a company specializing in congressional hearing transcripts, and since 2009 owned and managed Transistor. Born near Chicago and currently residing in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, he has also called Madison, Washington, D.C., and Berlin home. He holds a bachelors degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and plays drums in four or five bands.

Jon Monteverde presents In Store: Selections from Transistor's Live Performance Archive. He has been doing live sound and recording in-store performances for Transistor since 2012. He is active in honey bunches of music-y, sound-y things around Chicago, including playing in XYZR_KX, Volutes, and Feature Flick; writing and playing in musicals at the Annoyance Theatre; and doing original music and sound design for commercials, documentaries, and Web stuff. Keep tabs on him at (and visit the Recordings page to find dozens of sets he has recorded for Transistor).

Scott Schaefer, host of Sideshow and co-host of The Good Music Show, has been the lead singer for several stalwart Chicago indie rock outfits and has also blazed a trail through the cover tune circuit with his numerous acoustic duos. In addition to performing and recording, Scott also holds down various DJ residencies around town, from venues well-known to the forever unknown. Alongside his live musical endeavors, he has also carved a niche for himself on the industry side of the Chicago music scene, first as head of operations for the venerable Checkered Past Records label, and most recently as the label manager for local indie powerhouse Bloodshot Records. With the little free time he has left, he hosts Chicago's longest-running weekly open mic competition at Uncommon Ground. Scott is enveloped in music, and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Odie Schaefer, co-host of The Good Music Show, is also but not limited to: a Halloween/haunted house enthusiast; a roller coaster fanatic; and a vinyl junkie. Odie has been in and around the music scene pretty much all of his life: he formed his first band at age 9, and recorded his first album while still in junior high school. With his musical tastes crossing many genres, you’re never quite sure what will be coming through your speakers ... hopefully at high volume.

Michael Smith, host of The White City Cinema Radio Hour, is an independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor based in Chicago. His first feature film, 'Cool Apocalypse,' premiered in 2015 and has won multiple awards on the film festival circuit. His first book, 'Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry,' a nonfiction account of early film production in Chicago, was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. He contributes regularly to TimeOut Chicago, The Reader, and Cine-File Chicago, and teaches at various Chicago-area colleges. He is the creator and sole author of the blog

Our Story

Transistor Radio is the webcast of Transistor. Launched December 27, 2009, the shows were recorded live in the store every Sunday night for the first year and a half of its existence. Those shows included The Roundtable, an arts interview & discussion program hosted by Rani Woolpert, a comedy quiz show called The Silent K with contestants pulled from our "studio' audience," and a two-hour music show presented by Andy Miles as patrons played ping-pong on the main floor of the shop. (This was in our Andersonville location, where we had a lot more space, and yes, a ping-pong table.) In 2010 we went live, webcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Costs proved prohibitive and we returned to recording and uploading shows, with DJs Jeff GoodSmith, Amanda Walz, Joshua Wentz, Sarah Luczko, Planet Claire and others added to the lineup. Our spoken-word-program offerings also expanded with Molly Merkel and Sayward Schoonmaker coming on board. When we moved to Lincoln Avenue, Jeff and Amanda continued to host music shows, and Kevin Golden & Claire Kander came by every once in a while, sometimes with their dog Yoshi, to make some shows. In our current location, new addition Liz McCabe started coming by on Friday afternoons to record a set until the webcast went on hiatus in early 2014. On the first Tuesday of 2015, Transistor Radio was re-launched with a new slate of programs and a bevy of new hosts. Details above!

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