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TRANSISTOR RADIO ARCHIVE: 2018-2019


Transistor Radio for February 2019

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15 Songs is a mix of music new and old from Transistor Radio's 40,000-song library. That means lots of indie rock and electro-pop, but it also includes post-punk, post-rock, New Wave, No Wave, dream pop, trip-hop, glam, lounge, soul, lo-fi and the hard-to-classify. On this month's show, host Andy Miles has recent music from Toro Y Moi, Parcels, Neil Frances, Otha, Bene, plus archival tracks from Madness, The Stranglers and more!

Always Andersonville Monthly (pictured) is a podcast produced by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce with Transistor Radio; it brings together the month's interviews from the weekly Always Andersonville podcast. On this month's edition, we have five interviews: Al Liu, vice president of coffee at Colectivo; Jes Scheinpflug and Kate Harrington-Rosen, co-founders of the Praxis Group; Brenda Webb, executive director of Chicago Filmmakers; Grant Kessler, a Chicago Market owner and who sits on the board of directors; and Amy Giordano, owner of Gus Giordano Dance School.

Bring Your Own Beat is the show in which we invite a guest DJ to craft and present a playlist of songs. This month Chicago artist Victoria Loeb has curated a fantastic mix of 17 songs, with music from James Brown, David Bowie, Cowboy Junkies, Dolly Parton, Joan Jett and much more.

Depth of Field is a mix of news, music and conversation concerning things Transistor and beyond. This month on the show host Andy Miles talks to Rogers Park-based lamp maker Jenn Kleiman of Anglerfish Lighting and Rogers Park-based filmmaker Michael Glover Smith, whose new movie, RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO, screens this month at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

On this month’s installment of The Good Music Show, Scott and Odie combine forces with The Chicago League of Vinyl Appreciators for musical merriment and mayhem. The Chicago League of Vinyl Appreciators (CLOVA) is a group of music aficionados that gathers to employ a simple formula: Vinyl + Food + Booze = Good. Hear music from Lou Reed, The Kinks, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Nirvana and more.

April Faith-Slaker on   In Store

April Faith-Slaker on In Store

Jon Monteverde hosts and curates In Store: Selections from Transistor's Live Performance Archive. As Transistor's live performance sound engineer, Jon has recorded more than 300 sets of live music at Transistor; on this monthly program, he showcases highlights from this collection. This month he presents looped cello textures from April Faith-Slaker (recorded 7/17/15) and jazz from the Junius Paul Trio (10/24/14).

On Interlopin' DJ Tashtego revisits an old favorite and expands its spirit of techno transcendence with many new additions to the universe of sound since the original sprang forth in 2014.  The set list includes music from The Field, Todd Terje, Floating Points and more!

DJ Lechstafari returns to Transistor Radio with a new show! Open Format showcases new and familiar songs from all styles and genres of music. It is curated into a 60-minute DJ set by DJ Lechstafari. It is meant to make you learn, listen, move and dance.  On this debut installment, he has music from Robosonic, Tensnake, Fatboy Slim and more!

This month on Sideshow, we celebrate last year’s releases from Chicago indie powerhouse Bloodshot Records. With votes tallied from head publicist Josh Zanger and Web guru Mike Smith, we’ll spotlight the best of the best, of 2018. Tough decisions led to undisputed champs, and you, good listener, benefit from the polling. This is Chicago, of course, and so we may have all counted once, twice, thrice...and you should do the same, as you reach for cold ones to quaff, whilst listening to this month’s installment of Sideshow.


Transistor Radio for January 2019

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Andy Miles and Scott Martin,   Always Andersonville Monthly

Andy Miles and Scott Martin, Always Andersonville Monthly

15 Songs is a mix of music new and old from Transistor Radio's 40,000-song library. That means lots of indie rock and electro-pop, but it also includes post-punk, post-rock, New Wave, No Wave, dream pop, trip-hop, glam, lounge, soul, lo-fi and the hard-to-classify. On this month's show, host Andy Miles has music from Shabazz Palaces, The Smiths, The Sea and Cake, Richard Thompson and much more. Always Andersonville Monthly is a podcast produced by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce with Transistor; it brings together the month's interviews from the weekly Always Andersonville podcast. On this month's edition, we have four interviews: Lee and Miguel Cano, owners of The Coffee Studio, located at 5628 N. Clark; Amanda Norcross, co-owner and shopkeeper of Norcross & Scott, located at 1476 W. Berwyn; Scott Martin (pictured with Andy Miles) owner of SVEA Restaurant at 5236 N. Clark and Simon’s Tavern at 5210 N. Clark; and Alderman Patrick O’Connor. Elected in 1983, Alderman O’Connor has represented the residents of the north side of Chicago since the age of 28. Dead Flowers 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. On this month's show, Andy Miles has music from Dr. John, The Zombies, Sly and the Family Stone, Bo Diddley, Ramsey Lewis, and more. Transistor Radio's arts interview show Depth of Field returns after more than two years! This month we have conversations with Brian Westfall, owner of Rare Birds Music, the vintage instrument and used record store inside Transistor; Transistor's new owner, Rafael Rivera, a longtime Transistor contributor, who took the store over November 1, 2018; Linnea Oliver, owner of San Francisco-based Bird of Virtue handcrafted accessories for women and men (she talks to guest interviewer and Transistor store manager Vanessa Kaplan); and Ricky McEachern, host of Eager To Know, a new weekly podcast that explores how using the creative aspects of our brains can shift outcomes in exciting ways. Emotional Rescue is 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. This month host Andy Miles has music from ELO, Prince, the Sugarhill Gang, U2, Brian Eno, Miles Davis, and more. The Good Music Show retuns with a new episode, somewhat belated (due to Transistor Radio taking the months of November and December off): "Lock the doors, stoke the fire, and shun all responsibilities because it's WINTERTIME! Tune in and turn up cause... baby, it's cold outside." Jon Monteverde hosts and curates In Store: Selections from Transistor's Live Performance Archive. As Transistor's live performance sound engineer, Jon has recorded more than 300 sets of live music at Transistor; on this monthly program, he showcases highlights from this collection. This month he has a 2015 set from electronic chamber rock duo Dial In and a 2016 set from electronic synth-pop trio The Field Recorders. Interlopin' offers up DJ Tashtego's selection of 2018's best house burners and futuristic flights, with tracks from DJ Koze, Roisin Murphy, Terrence Parker, and more! After a two-year hiatus, The White City Cinema Radio Hour returns! In this very special Christmas-themed episode, host Michael Smith welcomes Cine-File Chicago film critic Scott Pfeiffer and schoolteacher Karolyn Steele-Pfeiffer to the podcast to discuss Richard Curtis’ polarizing 2003 rom-com LOVE ACTUALLY. The three discuss the circumstances under which they first saw the film and how their opinions about it have evolved over time — all in a spirit of great bonhomie while sipping Christmas Ale.


Transistor Radio for the month of October 2018

Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things with Jean Cate (pictured with Andy Miles, Laura Austin and her beloved Martha Mae above) on   Always Andersonville Monthly   .

Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things with Jean Cate (pictured with Andy Miles, Laura Austin and her beloved Martha Mae above) on Always Andersonville Monthly.

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has live music from the Jason Seed Stringtet, a group that has performed twice at Transistor; the performance we have on this episode is their most recent, from 8/19/18. 15 Songs is a mix of music new and old from Transistor Radio's 40,000-song library. That means lots of indie rock and electropop, but it also includes post-punk, post-rock, New Wave, No Wave, dream pop, trip-hop, glam, lounge, soul, lo-fi and the hard-to-classify. Andy Miles hosts; this month he has music from Digable Plants, Wilco, Kelis and much more. Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On episode #7 of the Cine-Cast, Cine-File associate editor Ben Sachs and content producer JB Mabe chat about Chicago movie-going in October, from the Johnnie To series at Doc Films to Conversations at the Edge at the Siskel Film Center; contributor Kyle Cubr interviews MINDING THE GAP director Bing Liu—the film plays again at Block Cinema at 7pm on Thursday, October 11, with Liu in person; Mabe talks with Julia Gibbs, assistant director of the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, about their fall schedule; and Sachs, Cubr, and contributor Michael Smith talk about the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from October 10-21. Last month, Sideshow’s DJ Bloodshot Scott had the honor of providing the soundtrack welcoming eager patrons as the doors opened for the 1st day of the 25th year of revered punk rock watering hole Delilah's. One of Chicago's most unique boozy community centers, Delilah's boasts one of the world's most extensive and well-curated whiskey collections. If you missed that epic party, now is your chance to relive some of the revelry, tunes and energy that kicked off that celebratory night. "Congrats Delilah's, from DJ Bloodshot Scott — here's to another quarter century of music, art, community ... and a tipple or two. On InterlopinDJ Tashtego celebrates the onset of autumn with a collection of funky grooves balancing the carefree breeze of summer with the wistful nostalgic tinge of fall. Dead Flowers 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.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Henry Mancini and more. 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, Fleetwood Mac, Funkadelic, The Velvet Underground, Herbie Hancock and more. This month, The Good Music Show celebrates all things Riot Fest. The acclaimed punk rock and outsider art festival rolled through Douglas Park in Chicago last month, and Scott and Odie thought it'd be a great opportunity to hitch a ride and spotlight some of their favorite artists who were featured at the fest. Some new finds, some old friends, and hopefully all meaningful and exciting listening for YOU! So, spread out the blanket, kick off your combat boots, and crack a cold one — it's time for some good music. We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of their Always Andersonville weekly podcast.  On the October edition of Always Andersonville Monthly we have the story of Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things with Jean Cate (pictured with Andy Miles, Laura Austin and her beloved Martha Mae above); Lakeshore Dental Studio with Dr. Kapil Kella; Chicago Therapy Collective with Iggy Ladden; and SoFo Tap and Meeting House Tavern with Mark Robertson and Mike Sullivan.  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.  In Episode 6, Dave talks to HIMSELF (i.e. directly to listeners) about his recent experience taking Dave Maher Coma Show to the Edinburgh Fringe.


Transistor Radio for the month of August 2018

Larry Vodak and Sara Dinges,   Always Andersonville Monthly

Larry Vodak and Sara Dinges, Always Andersonville Monthly

This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from Moongriffin (09/28/12) and Marsden GiolasDead 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 their Always 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.  


Transistor Radio for the month of June 2018
 

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 also 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 their Always Andersonville weekly podcast.  This month's expanded edition includes interviews with five guests: Maybelline Pereda, the owner and founder of Cescas 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 McNeil and Tuckie White, who discuss Rivendell's production of "The Cake," which had its Midwest premier at the Andersonville theater, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue; Searah Deysach, 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. 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.  


Transistor Radio for the month of May 2018

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.  


Transistor Radio for the month of April 2018

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.   


Transistor Radio for the month of March 2018

Brash Flair on   Bring Your Own Beat

Brash Flair on Bring Your Own Beat

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.