Transistor Radio for the week of February 3-9, 2016

This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has an October 2012 set from South Korean touring act Smacksoft. Smacksoft = Bo Ryung Whang, an accomplished artist and veteran singer-songwriter. After a seven-year hiatus from music, Bo returned to Korea (from Brooklyn, NY) and formed the band Smacksoft. For their set at Transistor the trio performed an acoustic selection from 'Mana Wind' and their 5th album, 'Follow Your Heart."

Bring Your Own Beat returns with a conceptual field recording from Katie Shlon.  She says the piece, "alleghenies / blue ridge / slight incline on haywood & highland," is "three variations on the same theme recorded to tape on January 25th, 2016 on my bedroom floor in Greensboro, N.C. They were played on the Appalachian dulcimer after listening to some banjo improvisations I recorded from a front porch in Madison, N.C. in early August; also included is some bird and cicada sounds collected from Eastern Virginia and North Carolina.

The ninth episode of The White City Cinema Radio Hour is our "Q Hugo"-themed special: the guests are writer/director Stephen Cone, whose acclaimed Henry Gamble's Birthday Party opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the end of the month, and esteemed playwright Phyllis Nagy, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Todd Haynes' Carol, now playing in wide release. Joining host Michael Smith in chatting with both of these folks is critic Kat Sachs (Cine-File Chicago), who also becomes the show’s first repeat guest.


Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week are a mix of '90s hip-hop, beats, jazz and acid jazz, and The Good Music Show's Scott & Odie are back with a genre-hopping collection of Rolling Stones & Smiths covers, a musical battle no one can win.

Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane and 15 Songs' Andy Miles look back at the best of 2015. Charlie's got music from Ryan Adams, Courtney Barnett, Belle & Sebastian, Waxahatchee, Wilco, and more. With several installments to come, Andy is focused on artists in the (alphabetical) A through D camp, with tracks from The Arcs, Beach House, Big Grams, Bilal, The Chemical Brothers, Deerhunter, Django Django, Bob Dylan and more. Both shows clock in at about two hours.

We hope you'll have a listen!


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