Transistor Radio for the week of February 17-23, 2016

On In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a 2015 set of experimental disco from Eeasy Prizes (now Tasty Prizes).   The duo consists of members Lech Simmons (drums/textures) & Tom Langan (keys/synthesizer), who, after being in the soul group The Feel!, found a common interest in electronic music. They are influenced by artists like Caribou, Blondes, The Field, Daft Punk, Nigel Rodgers, James Murphy, Herbie Hancock and the styles of Chicago house, Detriot techno, jazz fusion and disco soul. These two talented musicians improvise big synths and textures over classic house beats with a nu-disco twist. 

Chicago musicians Ana Munteanu and Abraham Mellish are Danielle Echols' guests on Depth of Field, a mix of music, news and conversation concerning all things Transistor.  Abraham’s life journey has spanned the globe, which is evident in his sound. At his core, Abraham is a storyteller in the folk tradition, with a lyrical breadth that fully encompasses a universal human experience steeped in Liberian roots.   Ana Munteanu, born in Republic of Moldova, is a singer who combines the lyricism of French music, the sensuality of Latin music, and the freedom of jazz.  Ana and Abraham will perform live at Transistor Friday night, February 26. Tune in to hear them talk about their far-flung musical journeys and perform in-store renditions of their songs.   (Photos by Alex Brescanu.)

Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week are a mix of experimental, downtempo, bass, and dub, with 2016 music from Thriftworks, Azaleh, Mo Vibez, Electric Mantis, and more. 

And on Sideshow, Bloodshot Scott spotlights musical luminaries and trailblazers from our own City of Wind. From the early pop punk stylings of Epicycle and Green, to the anthemic choruses of Naked Raygun and the punishing, apocalyptic beats of early Big Black, Chicago has been fertile ground for seminal artists and new genres that have reverberated around the globe. Too many to cram in to one hour in fact, and so expect future shows to further highlight music from our kinda town! 

We hope you'll have a listen!

Transistor Radio is the weekly 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.