TRANSISTOR RADIO ARCHIVE: 2016

Transistor Radio for the month of August 2016

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.