TRANSISTOR RADIO FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2018

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from Moongriffin (09/28/12) and Marsden Giolas (pictured). Dead Flowers makes its Transistor Radio debut.  Hosted by Andy Miles, the show is a motley and mind-expanding exploration of the 1960s, with plenty of air time given to pop, soul, folk, surf, garage, girl group, Motown, British Invasion, psychedelic rock, blues, bossa nova, jazz, lounge and much more. Interlopin' returns following a summer hiatus.  Tashtego is still dancing in the fog of Maine. He's put together a set of ponderous, melancholic house music for when your body wants to follow your mind into the clouds. All new entries to Interlopin', discovered over the past six months of fervent music-streaming. Favorites include tracks from Tom VR, DJ Koze, Lusine, Jesper Ryom, and Punctual, as well as the only Interlopin' alum, the sublime track from the MFA called "The Difference It Makes". Scott and Odie have a new episode of The Good Music Show.  "The Pioneers of Pub Rock to Punk Rock to Damaged Art to Sweeping Melancholy Masterpieces … It’s a Battle of the Bands we all wanted to see.  We have Graham Parker vs. Elvis Costello, and in the second corner, we have The Velvet Underground vs. The Feelies.  There are no losers here, only winners…. especially us, the listeners.  Enjoy the carnage!" We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of theirAlways Andersonville weekly podcast.  The August edition of Always Andersonville Monthly includes interviews with five guests: Joey Cranford, co-owner and CEO of Chicago Magic Lounge; Larry Vodak, owner and shopkeeper of Scout; Terese Lang McDonald, owner of Candyality; guitar teacher Bob Goins, owner of Classes on Clark; and Alma Gutierrez, founder and owner of Cassona Home Furnishings and Accessories. On This Show Will Change Your Life, comedian Dave Maher talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, even a piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising.  This month Dave talks to former Hyde Park Records co-owner Boomer Lowe about the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack.  Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On episode #6 of the Cine-Cast, Cine-File associate editor Ben Sachs and contributor Scott Pfeiffer talk about the upcoming Black Harvest Film Festival and the ongoing Ingmar Bergman series at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Scott's a particularly devoted Bergman fan); contributor Mike Metzger and Julian Antos, erstwhile Cine-File contributor and executive director of the Chicago Film Society, discuss their new 35mm print of Andrew Bujalski's 2013 film COMPUTER CHESS; contributors Metzger, JB Mabe, and Tien-Tien Jong chat about what's sure to be a legendary weekend at Doc Films (August 9-11), during which Hollis Frampton's ZORN'S LEMMA, Stan Brakhage's SCENES FROM UNDERCHILDHOOD, and Jonas Mekas's LOST, LOST, LOST will all grace the big screen on 16mm; and associate editor Kathleen Sachs interviews local filmmaker Casey Puccini, whose second feature-length film I DON'T CARE will screen at Chicago Filmmakers on August 25 at 7:30 p.m. And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has music from Real Estate, The Kinks, Django Django, Blur, and much more.  


TRANSISTOR RADIO FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2018

 Stephen Chopek, featured on "In Store."

Stephen Chopek, featured on "In Store."

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from singer-songwriters Simeon Peebler and Stephen Chopek (pictured). Emotional Rescue returns with a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1970-1980, with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from Queen, Peter Gabriel, Gang of Four, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson and more.  Says Sideshow host DJ Bloodshot Scott about this month's episode: "Summer means road trips, and road trips mean freedom and adventure. This month, Sideshow gives a nod to both summer and road trips, and the wide-open possibility inherent in both. So, gas ‘er up, roll the windows down, crank the radio and let this set steer you to someplace new." Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  They say this: “With screen doors slamming, fireflies swirling, car radios blaring and warm summer beer sipping… Please enjoy a set of summertime tunes to help keep you and your drinks cool.” We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of their Always Andersonville weekly podcast.  This month's edition includes interviews with five guests: Chef Jennifer Kim and general manager Tegan Brace of Passerotto, which opened its doors in May at 5420 N Clark; Ted Fournier, owner of Orange Shoe Personal Fitness Andersonville located at 5609 N Clark Street; Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal; candle creators Mark Townsand Stephen Pearlman, the duo behind local favorite Edgewater Candles; Harry Osterman, alderman of the 48th Ward which includes the communities of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown’s Argyle Street. On This Show Will Change Your Life, comedian Dave Maher talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, even a piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising.  This month Dave talks to Pitchfork writer Paul Thompson about Beck's Odelay and visual artist Derek Erdman about Prince's Around the World in a Day. Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On episode #5 of the Cine-Cast, Cine-File associate editor Ben Sachs and contributor JB Mabe talk about the upcoming Ingmar Bergman series at the Gene Siskel Film Center; Ben and contributors Kyle Cubr, John Dickson and Dmitry Samarov discuss the Doc Films summer schedule; Mabe interviews Raul Benitez, film programmer for Comfort Film at Comfort Station Logan Square and lead programmer for the Chicagoland Shorts Volume 4 for Full Spectrum Features; and Ben and contributor Harrison Sherrod chat about the Bill Gunn films GANJA & HESS and PERSONAL PROBLEMS, as well as cult-classic LIQUID SKY, all of which played at the Film Center in June. And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has music from Courtney Barnett, The Smithereens, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Jones and much more.  


 Adam Rust of Woolly Mammoth, featured on "BYOB."

Adam Rust of Woolly Mammoth, featured on "BYOB."

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from experimental solo acts Cinchel and Theron Humiston.  Until April 2018 Bring Your Own Beat was the show in which Transistor Radio invited sound artists of all kinds to create an original piece. Beginning this month BYOB has become a platform for guest DJs to craft and present a playlist of songs.  Adam Rust, co-owner of Andersonville "fringe antiques" shop Woolly Mammoth, is our first guest DJ! He offers a mix of songs that he calls "dark, sort of funny, and tongue in cheek," which he considers "a really good explanation of what exactly Woolly Mammoth is."  He covers musical terrain that stretches from Man Man to Evelyn Evelyn.  Emotional Rescue returns with a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1970-1980, with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from David Bowie, The Kinks, Jermaine Jackson, Tom Waits and more. Sideshow is back with a new episode after a hiatus of almost two years. Says host DJ Bloodshot Scott about the episode: "This month I’m honored and humbled to pay tribute to the venerable indie roots label Checkered Past Records. I had the unique privilege of riding herd over this stable of peerless artists as Label Manager, for five-plus years. Through equal parts tirelessness, sacrifice and luck, we garnered critical acclaim and the attention of artists who we deeply respected ... all from my dining room on Roscoe Street, in Chicago. Halcyon days, and it paved the way for my next decade and a half as label manager at the lofty Bloodshot Records. A true gift, and here’s what it was all for…the music. These are musicians’ musicians: not merely incredible talents but, more importantly, genuinely wonderful people. Hats tipped and pinkies raised to Larry Lipson, Eric Babcock and Yvonne Schaefer Bates, wherever she may be. It has always been a labor of love. Enjoy." Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  They say this: "While nestled under the covers, we listen to tunes and think 'we should cover this tune'…and we cover them… with love.  As you might have guessed it, round two of brilliant cover songs.  Make sure to grab a blanket."  We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of theirAlways Andersonville weekly podcast.  This month's expanded edition includes interviews with five guests: Maybelline Pereda, the owner and founder ofCescas Margarita Bar and Grill, a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Andersonville at 5403 N Clark; Rivendell’s Theatre's  artistic director Tara Mallen and ensemble members Krystel McNeilandTuckie White, who discuss Rivendell's production of "The Cake," which had its Midwest premier at the Andersonville theater, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue; SearahDeysach, the owner of  Early to Bed, Chicago’s only women-oriented, trans-friendly, boy-friendly, queer, and all gender positive sex shop located at 5044 N Clark; freelance photographer Mike Rivera, who discusses his pathway to photography and what it was like to photograph over 20 Andersonville businesses for the very special publication of the newly redesigned 2018-19 edition of the Andersonville Neighborhood Guide; and Julieanne Ehre, founder and director of Pivot Arts and thePivot Arts Festival. With a focus on creative producing, Pivot Arts bridges the gap between theater, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times.  (Pictured: Always Andersonville hosts Laura Austin and Joelle Scillia with guest Julieanne Ehre.) On This Show Will Change Your Life, comedian Dave Maher talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, even a piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising. This month Dave talks to comedian Chris Santiago about a picture of a painting of a family tree (pictured) at his grandfather's house in the Philippines. Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On episode #4 of the Cine-Cast, Cine-File associate editors Ben and Kat Sachs introduce the episode—banter ensues between the married critics; contributor JB Mabe interviews Chicago Underground Film Festival programmer and artistic director Bryan Wendorf about the upcoming festival (June 6-10), now in its 25th year; associate editor Kat Sachs interviews local filmmaker and all-around delightful human Lori Felker about her new film, FUTURE LANGUAGE: THE DIMENSIONS OF VON LMO, which is the closing night film at CUFF; associate editor Ben Sachs and contributors Kian Bergstrom and Kyle Cubr discuss the "Stanley Kubrick: The Filmworker Series" at the Music Box Theatre, during which Ben tells a joke about Kubrick that you won't want to miss.   And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has a special double edition (30 songs!) with music from Spoon, Wild Belle, Warpaint, Cat Power, The Replacements and more.  


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This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from jazz combos Dan Meinhardt Quartet (02-07-14) and Black Diamond Quartet (05-20-16).  Emotional Rescue returns with a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1970-1980, with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead, B-52s, The Cure and much more.   Presented by Joshua Wentz, Show of Songs shares the ever-expanding "background music" playlist for Show of Hands (www.showofhandschicago.com), an independent design and craft show in Chicago. The event features 100+ local and regional makers, and the music is 100% Chicago indie acts. On this month's Interlopin', it's DJ Tashtego's valedictory set for the California life that was once his dream and will soon be his memory. The house beats evoke the surf of Big Sur, the sunsets over the Pacific, and that uncanny nostalgia that is quintessential California -- the sense, despite it all, of endless hope for the future. Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  They say this: "Donning our Aqua-net-infused Blue/Black hair, skull boots and cloves we set out to smoke and brood. GMS takes a look back at '80s goth and we smile, smile, smile...as we rock back and forth in the corner."  We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of their Always Andersonville weekly podcast.  This month's edition of Always Andersonville Monthly includes interviews with four guests:  Rick Verkler, the general manager of The Guesthouse Hotel (4872 N Clark); Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-owner, president, and founder of Andersonville’s KOVAL Distillery (5121 N Ravenswood); Matthew Buccilla (pictured), co-owner of Andersonville's newly established modern men's lifestyle and supplies store, Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale Ave); and Karin Moen Abercrombie, executive director for the Swedish American Museum (located at 5211 N Clark), which has been an Andersonville institution since 1976! On This Show Will Change Your Life, comedian Dave Maher talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, even a piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising. This month Dave's guests are comedians Shannon Noll about the TV show "Strangers With Candy" and Conner O'Malley about "Terminator 2." Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On the May episode Cine-File associate editors Ben Sachs and K.A. Westphal discuss recent releases and screenings they're looking forward to at the Chicago Film Critics Film Festival; Sachs and contributor John Dickson chat about the Philippe Garrel series at the Gene Siskel Film Center; contributor JB Mabe interviews the new Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts at the Block Museum of Art at Northwest University, Michael Metzger—they talk about upcoming programming and the direction Mike is taking within the Chicago film community; and contributor Kyle Cubr interviews Chicago Film Society co-founder Julian Antos about their new season. And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has music from Gorillaz, Cibo Matto, Pavement, Jesca Hoop, Wye Oak, and more.  


 Always Andersonville host Laura Austin and guest Georgia Jones

Always Andersonville host Laura Austin and guest Georgia Jones

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from Chicago acoustic duo Illinois Bovine Explosion (recorded in our Lincoln Avenue location, 3/15/2013) and indie singer-songwriter Liz Bagby (pictured) from 10/30/2015.  Emotional Rescue returns with a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1970-1980, with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from Prince, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chic, Funkadelic, and much more.  DJ Tashtego has a new episode of Interlopin', with 45 minutes of house and space disco exploring the further outer reaches of emotion, waxing hot and cold -- full of mists, tensions, blushes, burning basements, and loves.  Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  They say this: "When San Francisco had flowers and Chicago had riots, New York had needles and filth.  But wait...it gets worse.  The Good Music Show takes a bite out of the Big Apple."  We introduce two new shows on this month's webcast.  First up is This Show Will Change Your Life, in which comedian Dave Maher (pictured) talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, or piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising.  In the inaugural episode, Dave talks to comedians Blake Burkhart about "Boogie Nights," Gena Gephart about the movie "Twilight," and Cameron Gillette about the movie "Stop Making Sense."  (Please note: The show contains some profanity.)  The other debut comes from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of their Always Andersonville weekly podcast. On the inaugural episode of Always Andersonville Monthly, Laura Austin and Sara Dinges talk to Michael Bransford, owner of local bistro Vincent. Michael's story is a love story -- one about falling for this Midwest neighborhood in the big city of Chicago after leaving New York City.  And then Joelle Scillia and Laura talk to Georgia Jones, owner of Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy, located at 5537 N Clark. Georgia tells us all about her pathway to mindfulness, learning to incorporate mindful activities into everyday life, and wanting to promote a family-friendly practice in Andersonville, the neighborhood she's called home for over 18 years. Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast. On episode #2, Cine-File managing editor Patrick Friel and associate editors Ben Sachs and K.A. Westphal discuss upcoming screenings and the Music Box Theatre's recent Steven Spielberg mini-retrospective; contributor JB Mabe rounds upcoming experimental screenings in April, including the Nightingale Cinema's 10th anniversary celebration and two 3-D films by Toronto-based filmmaker Blake Williams screening at the Film Studies Center; Ben talks with contributor John Dickson (pictured) about the Lucretia Martel series at the Siskel Film Center in April, which includes the local premiere of her new film ZAMA and appearances by the director; and contributor Tien-Tien Jong interviews current Doc Films programming chairs Antonia Glaser and Alexander Fee (also pictured), as well as one of next year's chairs, Alex Kong, about this quarter's calendar, which includes Michael Haneke and Elia Kazan retrospectives. And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has cuts from P.J. Harvey, Sufjan Stevens, Kate Bush, Yo La Tengo, and more.   


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This month Transistor Radio returns after a hiatus of a year and a half!  On In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from cross-genre sound artist Kiku Hibino (1-8-16) and experimental guitarist Matt Pataky, aka hicksoncompactgroup (6-3-16).  Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Chicago duo Brash Flair (pictured), comprised of Kristin Johnston and Joshua Wentz. The piece is called "Tactile Improvisations" and it is a blending of three separate recordings of these texture examinations. Transistor Radio introduces a new show, Emotional Rescue, a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1971-1980 with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this debut installment he has music from The Clash, Roxy Music, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, and much more.  DJ Tashtego returns with a new episode of Interlopin', bringing sunshine vibes from the Golden State. This mix of funk-flecked tracks features many of his favorite discoveries in 2017. Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  “Jumping in head first while slinging drinks, slapping down songs, and slurring our words, it’s The Good Music Show, where our favorite songs become your favorite songs.” Transistor Radio welcomes to the mix Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, now in podcast form as Cine-Cast. On the inaugural episode, Cine-File managing editor Patrick Friel and associate editors Ben and Kat Sachs discuss the intent of the podcast, as well as their favorite screenings of the year thus far; Cine-File contributor JB Mabe reviews local experimental screenings happening in March; Kat interviews Cine-File contributor and Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival (March 8-11) curator Emily Eddy; and contributors Michael Smith, Scott Pfeiffer and Kyle Cubr conduct a roundtable discussion about the 21st Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center (March 9-April 5). And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has cuts from Glass Animals, Nick Cave, Four Tet and more.  


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 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.  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.  On Depth of Field Danielle Echols talks to Ife Olatunje, 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.   


This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from Protman and Mystery Crash, both recorded on Friday nights at our previous location on Broadway.  We have two Bring Your Own Beat contributions this month, one featuring the ambient guitar and electronics of hicksoncompactgroup, the other the experimental electro-ambient duo Trenchalant.  Episode 13 of the White City Cinema Radio Hour features an extended dialogue between host Michael Smith and his Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle co-founder (and Kankakee Valley Daily Journal film critic) Pamela Powell (pictured). Smith and Powell begin by discussing what the CIFCC is and why they felt the need to form a second film critics' organization in Chicago and then engage in a dialogue about the year in movies so far - culminating with a rap session about their mutual love of Whit Stillman's LOVE & FRIENDSHIP. This month on Interlopin', DJ Tashtego meanders through the second half of last year's finest dance tracks, this time with a more reflective vibe that builds to some major-minor heartstring-tugging. It's the rooftop-stargazing cousin to Part I's basement jam sesh, with electric, nebulous tracks from the likes of Fort Romeau, Rex The Dog, John Talabot, Lindstrom, Bicep, and Julio Bashmore. The set closes with some bittersweet symphonies from Koelsch and The Chemical Brothers.  This month's Blame It On the Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from DJ Lechstafari is an all-vinyl set recorded live in store Sunday June 19th.  On Sideshow, DJ Bloodshot Scott features tracks from new Bloodshot titles, all of them released in 2016. He rounds out the show with other timeless favorites. The best of new 2016 releases, through mid-year, with a nod to those artists who got the label here. Simply the best of the best!  The Good Music Show has love Songs and some not so lovely songs for spring (and summer), with indie rock to noisy pop from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Band of Horses and Bedhead.  Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane has an hour of songs that fall under the category of Slow, not by tempo but title and theme.  Hear tracks from David Bowie, Tegan and Sara, The Rolling Stones, The The and more.  And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  


On In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a 2013 set from Coins, a Chicago duo comprised of Angela Mullenhour and Ellen Bunch. This week's Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Atticus Lazenby, a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer. The piece, called "Pins," is an improvisation on bass and electronics. Depth of Field's Danielle Echols talks to 20-year-old Chicago director Nick Alonzo, whose 2015 film SHITCAGO will be screened at Transistor Saturday night, April 3.  Andrea Garces' Gems are a mix of trip-hop, electro soul, French hip-hop & rap, beats, nu-jazz/swing; in this 82-minute installment she has 2016 tracks from Nicobox, Pretty Lights and Tessellated, and much more.  The Good Music Show has a set of "indie rock to cheers your friends by ...or goodbye."  First three tracks on this week's setlist are from Galaxie 500, The Feelies and Hüsker Dü.  Tune in to find out what comes after!  And Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane has an hour of songs with the theme "Away," with music from Ween, Tegan & Sara, Sly & The Family Stone, JD McPherson, and more.  


Transistor Radio for the week of March 16-22, 2016

On In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a June 2011 set from the Joe Adamik quartet. They played a memorable set at Transistor in the summer of 2011, near the end of our time at 5045 N. Clark Street.  Jon's predecessor at Transistor's control board, Dominic Armstrong, handled the sound.  

  Angelica Jade Bastién (left)  ,   Janina Cartier Bradley talk to Michael Smith

Angelica Jade Bastién (left)Janina Cartier Bradley talk to Michael Smith

Episode 11 of the White City Cinema Radio Hour is devoted to discussing race in contemporary American cinema. Host Michael Smith welcomes film critic Angelica Jade Bastien and film studies professor Janina Cartier Bradley as his guests. The three use the #OscarsSoWhite controversy as a jumping-off point to talk about race (and racism) in the film industry, film noir and Carl Franklin's underrated 1995 neo-noir "Devil in a Blue Dress." Smith also talks about Thomas Arslan's "A Fine Day," which he will present at Transistor on Saturday, March 26.

Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week are a mix of progressive and psychedelic rock and pop, with a number of tracks from MOODOÏD and Apache Sun, among others.  

And Stereo Hysteria's March artist of the month is Phil Angotti, a Chicago-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose abiding love for '60s pop has informed the records he's made as a solo artist and with his band The Idea.  He is also co-owner of Avenue N Guitars in Wicker Park; it was there that host Charlie Crane recorded the interview that is the focus of this week's show.


This week Andy Miles has the final two installments of 15 Songs' six-part look back at some of the best music of 2015.  Tune in to hear tracks from Shamir, Kendrick Lamar, Kurt Vile, Wilco, Panda Bear, Youth Lagoon, and many more.   (You can find the full series here.) On In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a 2013 set from Project Film, the "precocious and awkward duo" of long-time friends Sam McAllister and Megan Frestedt. They make indie pop music with lots of guitars and lots of synths. Episode 10 of the White City Cinema Radio Hour consists of three conversations: first, host Michael Smith talks to critic Scott Pfeiffer about the lineup of the forthcoming Chicago European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center (with an extended discussion of new films by Chantal Akerman and Athina Rachel Tsangari). Then Onion City Experimental Film and Video Film Festival head programmer Josh Mabe stops by to talk about the ambitious and impressive slate of films that will play his fest next month. Finally, Smith talks to Trainspottingauthor Irvine Welsh on the 20th anniversary of the popular film version of his novel. Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week are a mix of downtempo, glitch hop, future funk, future bass, and electronic. And Scott and Odie are back with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  From the days when your stereo could make you laugh, cry or make you hear colors, it's an hour of '60s feel-goods, classy tear jerkers, and turned-on psychedelic blues. 


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).  Chicago musicians Ana Munteanu and Abraham Mellish are Danielle Echols' guests on Depth of Field.  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.  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.  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. 


This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has an October 2014 set from The Morphtet, a piano-based groove ensemble in trio form.  Our latest Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Terry Tertiary, a musical artist from Chicago who fuses the folk, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, acoustic and indie pop genres to make an original sound.  Terry will play Transistor Friday night, February 19, performing seven original songs from his upcoming project, “Folktronica,” in which he will be playing guitar, singing and rapping to backing track instrumentation he programmed. Interlopin's DJ Tashtego returns from a long hibernation with a topographically dizzying mix of 2015's best dance jams. And this is only Part I of the sound of 2015. Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week are a mix of bass, electronic hip-hop, future funk, and downtempo; this week she has 2016 music from Break Science, Haywyre, An-ten-nae, DEFUNK and BASECAMP. Stereo Hysteria's theme this week is Stars, with songs by David Bowie, Radiohead, St. Vincent, The Stone Roses, Elliott Smith and more.   And on 15 Songs Andy Miles has parts three and four of a series of episodes he's doing this month looking back at the best songs of 2015.  This week he's (mostly) focused on alphabetical artists E through J, with music from Holly Herndon, Julia Holter, Lianne La Havas, Ibeyi, Hot Chip, Tobias Jesso, and more.   


On this week's webcast, In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive has a 2012 set from South Korean touring trio Smacksoft.  Bring Your Own Beat returns with a conceptual field recording from Katie Shlon.  Michael Smith's guests on The White City Cinema Radio Hour are Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy ("Carol") and Chicago director Stephen Cone ("Henry Gamble's Birthday Party"); Kat Sachs sits in as guest co-host.  Andrea Garces has a mix of '90s hip-hop, beats, jazz and acid jazz on Gems of the Week.  Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane and 15 Songs' Andy Miles look back at the best of 2015. 


 Malena Quartet (In Store), Danielle Echols and Melody Gilbert (Depth of Field)

Malena Quartet (In Store), Danielle Echols and Melody Gilbert (Depth of Field)

On this week's webcast, In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive has an August 2015 jazz set from Ann Arbor/Detroit-based Malena Quartet (pictured left). Depth of Field's Danielle Echols talks to Melody Gilbert (pictured right) and Caroline Davis. Gilbert is a filmmaker and film professor who will be presenting a program of short films from the Midwest and Bulgaria January 23rd; Davis is a saxophonist and composer whose new album, 'Doors: Chicago Storylines,' is a tribute to the Chicago jazz scene of the 1980s and '90s. The eighth episode of The White City Cinema Radio Hour consists of audio excerpts from Q&A sessions recorded at the 2nd annual Oakton Pop-Up Film Festival in December 2015, one with Brandy Burre ('Actress'), the other with pioneering video essayist Kevin B. Lee ('Transformers: The Premake'). Plus, tune in to hear Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week (nu-soul, ambient, downtempo and beats), DJ Bloodshot Scott'sSideshow ('60s luminaries, glam trailblazers, punk and reggae icons), and Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane looks back at the best reissues of 2015.


 onewayness (In Store), "Cool Apocalypse" interview (White City Cinema Radio Hour)

onewayness (In Store), "Cool Apocalypse" interview (White City Cinema Radio Hour)

On this week's webcast, In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive features a 2015 set from onewayness (pictured left) and The White City Cinema Radio Hour (right) focuses on two films, host Michael Smith's own 'Cool Apocalypse' and Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight.' Plus tune in to hear Andrea Garces' Gems of the Week (chill, progressive hip-hop and future R&B), Scott & Odie's The Good Music Show (indie rock), Charlie Crane's Stereo Hysteria (indie and archival rock with a theme; this week's show is 'Alright'), and Andy Miles' 15 Songs.