TRANSISTOR RADIO ARCHIVE: 2015
 

The week of December 16, 2015-January 12, 2016

This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde has a 2015 set from Berlin contemporary classical trio XelmYa.  The promotion of contemporary music and music by female composers are two of the main topics of XelmYa (pictured). Depth of Field has an interview with Konstantin Jace. One of only a few 78 RPM DJs around the world, he fell in love with that era of music (1899-1960) at the age of 22 and has been curating his own personal collection of 78s, in all genres, ever since.  On The Good Music Show, Scott & Odie have a set of ditties filled with tears and joy…with a side of sorrow, and Stereo Hysteria’s Charlie Crane talks to producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael Carpenter.


This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde has a 2014 set from Americana auteur Matt Campbell, who reached into an ever-growing, poetic and powerful catalog of songs to spin tales of 'love, travel, introspection and times gone by.’ Depth of Field has two guest segments this week, the first with three members of The Ayuda Quartet (pictured), the second with comedian Dave Maher. On The White City Cinema Radio Hour’s December episode, host Michael Smith welcomes Chicago-based film critics Daniel Nava and Jason Coffman to talk about the year in film; the three each count down their top five favorite films of the year – with commentary – as well as engage in a passionate discussion of the most overrated and underrated movies of the year.


This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde has a 2012 set from Chicago jazz musician Jim Baker, who has been playing piano and analog synthesizer in North America and Europe (though mostly in and around Chicago) for several decades, sometimes as soloist, as was the case this September night at Transistor. This week’s guest on Depth of Field is Tim Daisy (pictured), a Chicago-based sound artist, percussionist and composer who has been working in the fields of improvised and composed music since 1997.  Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Jesse Giallombardo, a musician with diverse interests and projects. His solo musical works are centered around dissonant drone clusters, disorientation via layering, manipulation of prerecorded material and the celebration of impractical amplification devices.  At the bottom of the player, Scott and Odie are back with another installment of The Good Music Show. This week they offer up “a lonely drive home with a $2 bottle of wine and an unaccepted flower bouquet as your co-pilot while you hit deeper into the left of the dial.” And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has another all-2015 edition of the show with recent music from Panda Bear, Youth Lagoon, Son Lux, Thee Oh Sees, Wilco, Toro Y Moi and Beach House.


This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde has a February 2013 set from Steven Gilpin (pictured). Steven plays upside down guitar and ukulele and sings dusty folk pop.  On Sideshow, Bloodshot Scott draws from the wellspring of the No Depression movement.  And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has new music from Beach House and Deerhunter, and archival tracks from Brian Eno, The Jam, PJ Harvey and Cream.


This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde has a February 2014 set from Bode Radio. The duo uses elements found in minimalist contemporary music as well as electronic and groove-based compositions. On Depth of Field, Danielle Echols talks to film blogger Marilyn Ferdinand and singer-songwriter Elizabeth Bagby, whose new album, “Everything I Think I Know Is Wrong,” comes out Friday the 13th of November. She performs three songs in-store. In the fifth episode of the White City Cinema Radio Hour, Michael welcomes Chicago-based critic and filmmaker Rob Christopher (pictured) for a special David Lynch-themed episode.  Blame It On The Boogie returns with another vinyl set of disco, funk and soul from DJ Lechstafari, and The Good Music Show’s Scott & Odie are “swiggin’ high-octane fuel while prepping your hearse to take a journey to outer space … or something like that.” In other words, expect plenty of garage, surf/space and psychobilly.  And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has music from Michael Jackson, Purity Ring, Richard Thompson, Feist, and more.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde has a May 2014 jazz set from The New Samuel Mösching Trio.  In the fourth episode of the White City Cinema Radio Hour (pictured), Michael welcomes two of the most prominent guests at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival. First, he talks to film critic, filmmaker and New York Film Festival programming director Kent Jones about his new documentary HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT; then he speaks to the legendary Charles Burnett about his long career and the new restoration of TO SLEEP WITH ANGER.  Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of beats, hip-hop, electronic and Blame It On The Boogie returns with another vinyl set of disco, funk and soul from DJ Lechstafari. At the bottom of the player Charlie Crane’s Stereo Hysteria is back after a couple months away. This time the theme is Easy, with tracks from Sharon Jones, The Decemberists, The Rolling Stones, and more.


This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, guest host Andy Miles has a February 2011 recording from Chicago indie pop duo The Hitback. It was the first installment of the now defunct “Sunday Session” recording series and happened as the band was preparing its debut full-length, “Who Are These Weird Old Kids,” for release. Interlopin’ returns this week with a new stash of stellar disco house humdingers, and Blame It On The Boogie is back with another vinyl set of disco, funk and soul from DJ Lechstafari. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs. This week he has new music from The Arcs and The Cribs, and archival tracks from Cocteau Twins, Robyn Hitchcock and Quincy Jones.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a December 2013 live recording from Chicago band The Astronomer, fronted by Charles Kim.  On Depth of Field, Danielle Echols talks to Chicago bluesman Calvin Conway (pictured). On Sideshow, Bloodshot Scott brings his series featuring local luminaries Bloodshot Records to a close, showcasing the label at its current 20-year mark.  And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs


In Store features a 2011 performance by then-Chicago-based singer-songwriter Jenny Gillespie, who was joined on drums and guitar by Shahzad Ismaily.   Bring Your Own Beat returns with a contribution from Aphorism, aka Josh Pyle, who has produced four original pieces: ‘Outland 4,’ 'Past the Event Horizon,’ 'Soil’ and 'Outland 3.’ On Depth of Field, Danielle Echols talks to Nathan Minnehan (pictured), owner and founder of WalknTalk, a Rogers Park-based company that produces handmade, high-quality leather goods designed to inspire a philosophy of self-creation through intentional travel.  In the third episode of the White City Cinema Radio Hour, host Michael Smith has a Google chat with New York City-based director Elizabeth Van Meter, whose feature-length documentary, the award-winning Thao’s Library, opens nationwide on October 16.  At the bottom of the player, The Good Music Show presents indie rock for the ages. And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs. This week he presents another all-2015 edition, with new and recent tracks from Big Grams, Bilal, Battles, Youth Lagoon, Metric, Low and Kendrick Lamar.


This week on Depth of Field, Danielle Echols talks to Chicago artist Steve Connell, whose Chicago Night series of iPad-produced paintings is featured at Transistor through November. On In Store, Jon Monteverde features a 2014 live performance by Brooklyn producer Visager. With a base in experimental electronic music, he incorporates field recordings, samples of forgotten lectures, and other unnoticed sounds to bend organic pop music into different worlds.  In the second episode of the White City Cinema Radio Hour, host Michael Smith turns his attention to the fall film festival season. He discusses the lineup of the forthcoming Chicago International Film Festival with his first guest, Chicagoist’s Joel Wicklund. Then Marilyn Ferdinand of Ferdy on Films stops by to talk about the UCLA Film Preservation Film Festival.  Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of electronic, chillwave, R&B. At the bottom of the player, Sideshow host Bloodshot Scott continues his series that spotlights his namesake, Bloodshot Records, and examines the label at their 10-year mark. 


This week sees the return of Depth of Field, a mix of news, music and conversation concerning all things Transistor. DoF contributor Danielle Echols talks to visual anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Ife Olatunji and Chicago filmmaker Lonnie Edwards (pictured) about the Collected Voices film festival happening in Chicago all through October. On In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2012 live performance by Jon Langford, accompanied that February night by Jim Elkington (guitar) and Julian Dawson (harmonica, guitar, vocals). The Good Music Show has a set of classic underground and punk, with music from Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Big Black, Jesus Lizard, and Blame It On The Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from Lechstafari is back with an all-new all-vinyl DJ set. At the bottom of this week’s player, Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of nu-jazz, beats, swing, hip-hop, downtempo, and trip-hop. As always, Andy Miles leads things off with 15 Songs, a mix of indie rock and electropop.


After a month hiatus, Andy Miles is back with an all-2015 edition of 15 Songs, with new music from Wilco, Kurt Vile, Beach House, Neon Indian, Lianne La Havas and more. This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde features a 2014 ambient guitar recording from hickson compact group. On Sideshow, DJ Bloodshot Scott kicks off a series of shows dedicated to his namesake and alma mater, Chicago’s very own Bloodshot Records. Here, he presents a snapshot of the label’s inspired and influential first five years, showcasing the rise of soon-to-be-luminaries such as Neko Case and Ryan Adams.  Blame It On The Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from Lechstafari is back with an all-new all-vinyl DJ set, recorded last weekend at a farmers’ market, and Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of beats, trap and progressive hip-hop. At the bottom of the player, Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane features the pop-punk combo Parasites and an interview with Dave Parasite.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a fantastic recording from earlier this year: Chicago jazz-postrock duo SUN SPEAK. Our latest Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Matt Christensen (Zelienople). The slow-core/experimental track, “In Your Shadow,” was recorded with the help of keyboardist Brian Harding (Zelienople) and will possibly make its way on to Matt’s upcoming solo album. We’re excited to announce the debut of a new addition to the lineup: The White City Cinema Radio Hour, a monthly 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. In the debut episode, Michael welcomes Chicago film critics Ben and Kat Sachs as his first guests. The three engage in a lively roundtable discussion of legendary director Agnes Varda in advance of her upcoming Chicago residency.  Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of trip-hop, ambient and downtempo, and Blame It On The Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from Lechstafari is back with an all-new all-vinyl DJ set. At the bottom of the player, Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show. This week they have music from acts as diverse as Herman’s Hermits, Big Star, The Apples in Stereo and Rocket From the Crypt.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a summer 2014 recording from Chicago indie folk singer Brendan Losch (pictured). Our latest Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Robert Valentine working under the name Reaktorplayer. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week are a mix of trip-hop, ambient, downtempo, electronic and neo-soul, and Blame It On The Boogie: Disco, Funk and Soul from Lechstafari is back with an all-new all-vinyl DJ set. Further down the player, DJ Bloodshot Scott returns with a scorching new episode of Sideshow, and Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane has a two-hour celebration of love songs.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2012 recording from Chicago folk singer Ty Maxon. Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Brooklyn writer, multimedia and performance artist Steven Fletcher working under the name Frankenstein Earphone Radio. The 40-plus-minute piece is called “Nowhere Beats.” The Good Music Show returns with a mix of “college” and alternative rock, and Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane talks to Jeff Murphy of DIY power pop act The Shoes and features music from their 40-year recording career; it’s an expanded two-hour special! As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a summer 2011 set by Merge Records recording artists The Ladybug Transistor (pictured), who were in town promoting what remains their most recent record, “Clutching Stems.” It’s 22 minutes of meticulously crafted, smartly performed Baroque pop, recorded by Dominic Armstrong as a “Sunday Session” in the last days of our original Andersonville location. This week’s Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Cinchel, using a Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano he purchased last year at Transistor.  Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week returns with a mix of tech house and deep house, and Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul from Lechstafari serves up another all-vinyl DJ set. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has new music from Courtney Barnett and Giorgio Moroder with Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features the first set he ever recorded as Transistor’s sound man: solo laptop experimental electronica from Patrick Cosmos (8/17/12). Our Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Nino Arobelidze (pictured), who says the two pieces she’s recorded “provide a glimpse into a series of collaborations of mine focused on finding commonalities across genres, languages and artistic mediums.” Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week returns with a mix of tech house, deep house and bass, and Blame It On The  Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco from Lechstafari serves up another all-vinyl DJ set. Further down the player, Scott & Odie are back with a new installment of The Good Music Show, and Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane presents the latest in his “Late Night Lineup” series; this time he digs up an hour’s worth of live-performance gems from the archive of the long-running series “Austin City Limits,” with a mix of jangly and twangy recordings that go back as far as 1980. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2015 recording by Chicago electronic pop duo Brash Flair.  Our latest Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from April Faith-Slaker (pictured), using a looper, pedal effects and extended techniques (such as using found objects to alter the sound of the cello) to layer sound and melodies. Interlopin’s four-part desert island set concludes with songs for brooding on what used to be, from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, The Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Nick Drake, Radiohead, New Order, and Atlas Sound. With them, the sun sets on Interlopin’s first phase, as DJ Tashtego heads off for the western horizon.  Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week returns with a mix of electronic, glitch hop and downtempo, and Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco from Lechstafari brings another all-vinyl DJ set. Further down the player, Scott & Odie are back with a new installment of The Good Music Show, and “Mind” is the theme this week on Stereo Hysteria, as host Charlie Crane offers up an hour of tracks along that theme. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; this week he has a bevy of new releases, including tracks from Tame Impala, Leon Bridges, The Chemical Brothers with St. Vincent, Thee Oh Sees, and more. We hope you’ll have a listen.


Photo by Aaron Ehinger

Photo by Aaron Ehinger

This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2012 recording by Brooklyn indie pop combo Hospitality (pictured), who recorded a Transistor Session at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago) the Friday afternoon following a Thursday night Empty Bottle gig when they were touring their debut record for Merge Records. The latest Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Aidan Eubanks working under the name Charlie Moon; the experimental piece, “Nothing Happened,” was recorded using a modular synthesizer, acoustic guitar and contact microphone. Interlopin’s four-part desert island set “enters its fiery dusk, as hard-charging indie rock from the aughts – including Broken Social Scene, Deerhunter, No Age, The National – eventually dissolves into symphonic synth blasts from the bittersweet machines of Goldfrapp, Gui Boratto and Brian Eno.” This is part three. DJ Bloodshot is back with a mix of punk, indie and “art jangle” on his bimonthly Sideshow, and Stereo Hysteria host Charlie Crane has his fourth annual summer-themed show with recent tracks from Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, Tweedy and Waxahatchee and archival tracks from Jonathan Richman, Belle & Sebastian and Shoes. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs. We hope you’ll have a listen.


Blame It On The Boogie

Blame It On The Boogie

This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2014 recording by Chicago-based duo Videobug, who “bind dreamy escapism with dense rhythmic textures.” In the second part of his desert island set for Interlopin, Tashtego mixes the dance tracks that would fuel many a lonely tropical bonfire with blissful beats. Many of these tracks – from The Chemical Brothers, Deadmau5, The Field, Gui Boratto, and Crystal Castles – represent Tashtego’s first excursions into the many permutations of house and techno that are currently his standbys. Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul from Lechstafari has an all-vinyl set and Scott & Odie are back with indie rock and underground sounds past, present and future on The Good Music Show. This week’s original sound piece for Bring Your Own Beat comes from experimental duo Earsatzm. And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2014 recording by the improvising jazz trio of Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Tim Daisy (drums, percussion). Bring Your Own Beat has an original piece of experimental folk composed and performed by Washington state-based Libby Reed, working under the name Coat; in the course of the 20-minute piece she plays electric and acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, cello, piano, accordion, percussive doodads and sings, while Phil Spirito contributes a bit of bass. DJ Tashtego returns with the first part of a 66-song epic Interlopin’ – the songs he would take to a desert island with him to live in his ears for the rest of his life. This set takes a dive into a chasm of Interpol, Radiohead, and Of Montreal before ascending on the wings of The Go! Team, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, and Broken Social Scene. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week is 37 minutes of tech house, glitch house, future R&B, deep house, chill dubstep and dub funk, and Lechstafari’s back with another all-vinyl mix on Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul. DJ Bloodshot’s theme on Sideshow is Rock 'n' Roll From Outer Space, and Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane has a new installment in his ongoing Late Night Lineup series; this time it’s an hour of live performances from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” including Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie, Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs; he’s got new music this week from Surfer Blood, Django Django, Wire and more.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording by instrumental hip-hop solo act Phraim. The electronica trio At Last At Last (pictured) contributes four original pieces to Bring Your Own Beat. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week blend soul, hip-hop, electronic and funk. On The Good Music Show, hosts Scott & Odie offer up an hour of punk and post-punk, and Stereo Hysteria has a whole lot of Sol: specifically an hour of songs with a solar theme, much needed in these recent days of gray. As always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs, playing new music from Hot Chip, Holly Herndon, Thee Oh Sees, Shamir and more.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording – the public performance debut – of Steven Fletcher’s Frankenstein Earphone Radio (pictured). Chicago experimental electronica musician-producer Marsden Giolas contributes three original pieces to Bring Your Own Beat. On Interlopin’ DJ Tashtego dusts off his 128 kbps rips of his favorite songs from middle school to create a two-part time capsule of his youth, discovering that the songs are still awesome; this week it’s part two and it has all the bittersweetness of middle school in a mere 97 minutes. Gems of the Week returns after a brief hiatus with a fresh mix of dubstep, glitchop, reggae and downtempo, and don’t miss the weekly all-vinyl set served up by Lechstafari on Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul. Also this week DJ Bloodshot Scott digs deep into the archive to present a mix of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll rebels on Sideshow and Stereo Hysteria’s artist of the month is Chicago’s own Dan Vapid; tune in to hear host Charlie Crane interview Dan and spin tracks from Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, The Methadones and more. And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs with music this week from Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Tori Amos, Toro y Moi and more. We hope you’ll have a listen.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording of Chicago bluesman Calvin Conway, who was joined that evening on backing vocals by Mary Porzelt; it’s a hot set! Bring Your Own Beat features a trio of original pieces from a trio of Brooklyn musicians: Caroline Davis, Danny Meyer and Tyler Gilmore. On Interlopin’ DJ Tashtego dusts off his 128 kbps rips of his favorite songs from middle school to create a two-part time capsule of his youth, discovering that the songs – from the likes of Will Smith, No Doubt, Green Day and The Notorious B.I.G – are still awesome; this week it’s part one. Tune in as well for Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul From Lechstafari, The Good Music Show with Scott & Odie, and Stereo Hysteria, where host Charlie Crane’s theme this week is Believing. And as always, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs


After a week away Andy Miles returns with a special double edition of 15 Songs – tune in to hear 30 songs, including new music from Jamie XX, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Django Django and Courtney Barnett. This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2014 recording of synth pop solo act Rainbo Video (pictured). On Interlopin’ DJ Tashtego offers up some trippy new cuts from Anthony Naples, Hot Chip, Lifelike, Shamir, and Lindstrom, taking along some deep house for extra propulsion, while Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco From Lechstafari returns after a week off. DJ Bloodshot Scott has recorded what he considers his best Sideshow yet with the theme Country Storytellers; tune in to hear songs from Hank Snow, Bobby Gentry, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Arlo Guthrie and more! And Charlie Crane’s got plenty of reasons for you to tune in to Stereo Hysteria – that’s his theme, Reasons.


This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording of then-Chicago (now Brooklyn-based) indie folk duo Scuttlebuggs. Bring Your Own Beat has an original piece from Erie, Pennsylvania’s Adam Holquist, working under the name onewayness. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week include tech house, deep house, g-house, bass hop, and dubstep tracks. On Interlopin’ DJ Tashtego taps into his roots once again with a mix of the essential sounds from his off-campus house in senior year of college; this is part two of two. Scott & Odie are back with a new episode of The Good Music Show, featuring an all-live set this week with music from Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground and more. Stereo Hysteria’s Charlie Crane also puts the focus on live recordings with the latest installment of his “Late Night Lineup” series; this time it’s highlights from “The Colbert Report,” including performances by Jack White, The Black Keys, Beck and Tweedy.  


This week on In Store, Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording from Brice & The Inklings (pictured), a Chicago-based “folktronica” duet of Brice Woodall and Sasha Geffen. Bring Your Own Beat has two original pieces from Chicago-based Dutch bassist Albert Wildeman and vocalist, composer and installation artist Carol Genetti. This week on Interlopin’ DJ Tashtego taps into his roots with a mix of the essential sounds from his off-campus house in senior year of college; in this two-part mix expect plenty of Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week include glitch hop, soul/swing, electro soul and future funk tracks, and Lechstafari is back with another all-vinyl installment of Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul. Plus, tune in for DJ Bloodshot Scott’s Women of Bloodshot Records special on Sideshow and spend a golden hour with Charlie Crane’s Stereo Hysteria as he plays songs with that theme, including David Bowie’s “Golden Years” and The Posies’ “Golden Blunders.” Andy Miles’ 15 Songs kicks things off as always; this week he has new music from Django Django, Knxwledge, Matthew E. White and more. We hope you’ll have a listen.


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 recording from Coppice (pictured), the Chicago-based duet of bellows and electronics . Bring Your Own Beat has an original piece from Chicago electronic musician Christina Dennaoui, working under the name Volutes; she describes the track, “Spectres,” as an “exercise in taking disparate pieces and coalescing them into something expansive, organic. The latest Interlopin’ mix from DJ Tashtego is “Eclipse: Deep House for a Dark Spring.” Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week include electronic, tech house, future beat/r&b and hip-hop tracks, while Lechstafari offers up a “special Baltimore club mix made in support of the movement in Baltimore” for Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco, Funk & Soul. Scott & Odie are back with an all-Monkees edition of The Good Music Show and Charlie Crane talks to Adam Kline of Golden Shoulders, Stereo Hysteria’s May featured artists of the month. Andy Miles’ 15 Songs kicks things off as always.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2012 live recording of “beats, trumpet and gypsy music” created by Chicago trumpeter Gerald Bailey working under the name Charles Mantis. Bring Your Own Beat has an original piece by Chicago tenor saxophonist Chris Weller (pictured). DJ Tashtego has “lined up a gauntlet of certified grooves and let them topple under the force of the almighty beat” in his new mix for Interlopin, “Domino Disco.” Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week offers a blend of electronica, future R&B, soul and beats. DJ Bloodshot Scott’s got a Bloodshot Records showcase on Sideshow and Stereo Hysteria returns with the musical theme Trouble. At the top of the player, it’s 15 Songs presented by Andy Miles; this week he has new music from Prefuse 73 and Speedy Ortiz.  


This week on In Store, host Jon Monteverde features a 2013 live recording of Brooklyn-based solo saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson, while Bring Your Own Beat debuts two original pieces, one from Pittsburgh-based sound/visual artist David Bernabo, the other from St. Paul-based Nick Jaffe (guitar) and Becca Barniskis (words). Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week offers a blend of downtempo electronic, electro-funk/soul, and bass house. Lechstafari has a special Record Store Day edition of Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco and The Good Music Show with Scott & Odie returns with some of their favorite artists covering some of their favorite songs. On Stereo Hysteria Charlie Crane features an interview with and a slew of songs from rockabilly great Deke Dickerson (pictured). At the top of the player, as always, it’s 15 Songs, presented by Andy Miles. 


This week Jon Monteverde features a 2011 live recording of Bloomington, Indiana indie rock quartet Dreamers of the Ghetto on his show In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, and Chicago ambient guitarist Matt Pataky, aka hicksoncompactgroup, has contributed an original sound piece for Bring Your Own Beat. DJ Tashtego serves up a selection of space disco, nu disco and French house on Interlopin’, while Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week offers a blend of future dub, future funk, electro/soul hip-hop, and downtempo. Lechstafari is back after a two-week break with a new installment of Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco and Sideshow returns with what what host DJ Bloodshot calls “twisted roots and Americana gothic.” Charlie Crane has made a theme of fools on Stereo Hysteria, with songs like Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” At the top of the player, it’s 15 Songs


This week 15 Songs includes new music from Courtney Barnett, Lower Dens, Calexico and more. Jon Monteverde features live music from two of Chicago’s finest acts, Anna Soltys (pictured) and Nino Arobelidze on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive. DJ Tashtego is back with part two of his "Clobbering Time" mix on Interlopin', and Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week delve into future funk, glitchstep and tech-house. The Good Music Show keeps things “in a groovy ‘60s sorta place” with a great mix of pop and psychedelia, and the lyrical theme on Charlie Crane’s Stereo Hysteria is rock 'n’ roll, with tracks about it from Led Zeppelin, The Cramps, David Bowie and more. 


This week Andy Miles’ 15 Songs include new tracks from Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens, Waxahatchee and Mélanie De Biasio remixed my Gilles Peterson. On In Store Jon Monteverde features the sweet indie-soul-pop of La Patrie and the jazz of SRS Organ Trio. 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; this week it’s trip-hop soul from Blackdaylight. On Interlopin' DJ Tashtego is enraged by the return of the snow and made a set of “all bangers, all drubbin’ beats, all pummelin’ bass”; Crystal Castles, Digitalism, Deadmau5 and Gesaffelstein are featured. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week include future dub, future funk, progressive hip-hop and chillwave tracks. And tune in for disco, funk and soul from Lechstafari on Blame It On The Boogie, and indie & archival rock from The Good Music Show and Stereo Hysteria.  


This week Jon Monteverde has two ambient electronic sets on In Store, one from Millipede (aka Don Hill), the other from Mereology (aka Will Farina, who is pictured). Interlopin’ serves up 100+ minutes of space disco, nu disco and French House in what DJ Tashtego calls “the platonic ideal” of his show, a mix called Disctopia. Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week include a mix of garage, deep tech-house and future R&B, while DJ Bloodshot Scott has a different sort of garage – garage rock, along with psych and indie – on Sideshow, and Charlie Crane devotes an hour to musical gerunds, with songs by Robyn Hitchcock, Deerhunter, Tweedy, and more. Plus there’s Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco From Lechstafari, and Andy Miles’ 15 Songs


This week Bring Your Own Beat goes international with Berlin contemporary classical trio XelmYa (pictured).  Jon Monteverde has indie folk from pared down versions of Chicago bands Rows of Arrows and Many Places on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive. Blame It On the Boogie: Deep and Dirty Disco From Lechstafari returns after a week off with an all-vinyl set, and Interlopin’ has part two of a two-part look back at DJ Tashtego’s favorite songs of 2014. On this week’s edition of The Good Music Show, hosts Scott and Odie offer up a slew of late ‘70s and '80s favorites from Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Fall, My Bloody Valentine and Ride, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths – what we used to call college and modern rock. At the bottom of the player tune in for Stereo Hysteria's Charlie Crane’s interview with Detroit singer-songerwriter Mathew Smith of The Volebeats and Outrageous Cherry. As always, Andy Miles’ 15 Songs leads things off with a mix of indie rock and electropop (+ more).


This week we have two change-ups. Bring Your Own Beat takes a break from musical explorations to hand the mic over to Chicago story teller and actor Kevin Gladish; originally recorded for Transistor Radio in April 2011, he tells three witty, poignant stories, what he calls his Cleveland trio. And Interlopin’ finally, in DJ Tashtego’s words, lives up to its promise to add indie rock to the mix, with “Indie Incendiary,” a look back at the best songs of 2014. Jon Monteverde has curated his first selection of jazz for In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, with sets from the Caroline Davis Quartet and Joe Adamik. Dubstep and deep house tracks are among Andrea Garces’ Gems of the Week. Charlie Crane’s Stereo Hysteria pays tribute to the smile with songs from My Bloody Valentine, Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones and more. DJ Bloodshot Scott is back with Sideshow, and at the top of the radio player, one of Andy Miles’ 15 Songs is a new of Montreal track from their album out this week. 


This week 15 Songs could be renamed “2015 Songs,” as Andy Miles presents an all-new-releases edition of the show, with music from Thom Yorke and Bjork, Dan Deacon, Panda Bear, Dengue Fever, Liam Hayes, Sleater Kinney, Mark Ronson (with Kevin Parker of Tame Impala), and Will Butler of Arcade Fire. We’ve also got plenty of Jon Monteverde (pictured), who this week not only hosts his weekly show In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive but makes a fantastic contribution to Bring Your Own Beat, the show in which Transistor Radio invites sound artists of all kinds to create an original piece for the webcast. Elsewhere, DJ Tashtego creates a new Chicago genre, Hibernation House, with a 76-minute Interlopin' mix of underground house and minimal techno tracks that have “the twin virtues of deepening the chill while also bringing in glints of sun.” Andrea Garces is back with her Gems of the Week, Lechstafari gets down with vintage soul, funk and disco on Blame It On The Boogie, and The Good Music Show with Scott & Odie  returns with an hour of indie and underground rock. And don’t forget to check out Charlie Crane’s Stereo Hysteria, at the bottom of the player!


In addition to about seven hours of music programming this week, we’ve got an interview about the history of silent cinema in Chicago, with the authors of a new book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry. That's on Depth of Field, a mix of music, news and conversation concerning all things Transistor. This week’s Bring Your Own Beat contribution comes from Chicago electronic duo Brash Flair, and DJ Bloodshot Scott is back with a new episode of Sideshow.  And more!


The week of February 10-16, 2015

We’ve got almost eight hours of music programming on this week’s installment, including the new show Blame It On The Boogie: Deep & Dirty Disco from Lechstafari. Plus DJ Tashtego has put together a special extended mix of synth pop for Valentine’s Day. We hope you’ll have a listen!


This week brings the debut of a show: DJ Bloodshot Scott’s Sideshow, a showcase of roots music presented by Scott Schaefer of Bloodshot Records. Also, this week tune in to hear the experimental electronic sounds of Keebs (aka Kiera Stevens) on Bring Your Own Beat, instrumental hip-hop from Radius and Harris Cole on Jon Monteverde’s In Store: Selections from Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, and new music from Sleater-Kinney, Dengue Fever, Dodos and Emmy the Great on Andy Miles’ 15 Songs.”


This week we add two programs to the roster, Depth of Field, a mix of news, music and conversation concerning all things Transistor (this week host Andy Miles talks to Transistor co-founder Rani Young, who is pictured), and Gems of the Week, a webcast version of Andrea Garces’ weekly Soundcloud playlist (experimental electronica, UK Garage, trip-hop, electro-funk, hip-hop, glitch-dub, and more). Also this week Andy Miles has a new song from Bjork on his 15 Songs show, Jon Monteverde offers up live recordings from Chicago acts Spaces of Disappearance and Low Swans on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, and Mike Benz gives us part two of his two-part “Unified Field Theory” mix (minimal techno and balearic house) on Interlopin'. Plus Nino Arobelidze premiers a song from her forthcoming album on the show Bring Your Own Beat.


The week of January 20-26, 2015

Tune in to episodes of 15 Songs, In Store, Bring Your Own Beat, Interlopin', Stereo Hysteria.


The week of January 13-19, 2015

Tune in to episodes of 15 Songs, In Store, Interlopin, Stereo Hysteria, and Bring Your Own Beat.


The week of January 6-12, 2015

Best of shows from Andy Miles (in six parts) and Charlie Crane (Stereo Hysteria)