Get the details here.
Read a Gapers Block interview with CHIRP founder and General Manager Shawn Campbell here.
See what Chicagoist had to say about the CHIRPRadio.org launch here.
The Whistler and CHIRP present Summer Sessions on the Square beginning tonight with performances by The Sweats, Guitarras de Espana and Serengeti. Go to there.
One of the best things about working for CHIRP is that I am introduced to an amazing amount of new music. Each week I get to listen to at least 5, and often times 10, new records. Sometimes a record grabs me immediately and I can’t put it down. Other times I listen to a record once or twice and then make a note if I think it’s interesting enough to go back to and revisit another time. The debut LP by Alex Winston, King Con, is the former. When I first played the incredibly catchy “Medicine” about a month ago, I knew this was going to be a record that I’ll be playing a lot this summer. If you like the accessible pop music of Lykke Li and the vocals of Kate Bush, you should give Alex Winston some of your time.
I started volunteering for CHIRP back in 2009, a few months before the actual station, chirpradio.org, went live. It was an exciting time as we prepared for the launch of a station that was built, literally, from the ground up. When I started the goal was, and still remains, to procure a Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast license. Yes, we have a strong online presence. And you can bet we will be ubiquitous at the summer festivals that will be starting very soon. But now is the time to act if you wish to hear us on the FM dial.
I love volunteering for CHIRP. Over the course of the last few years I have met some amazing people who have worked tirelessly to keep the station running so smoothly. People who care so much about the station that they devote countless hours to keep the station sounding better than a lot of commercial radio stations for little more than pride. It definitely is a labor of love.
If you have seen CHIRP signs around town or if you happened to pass by our booth at the Pitchfork Music Festival but have never taken the time to listen, I implore you to give it a try. Each time I tune in I am astonished at the tremendous music that I’m introduced to by incredibly informed DJs. You can definitely hear the passion. You will hear the passion.
Listen to Mike Bennett on Saturday mornings and you will hear one of the best DJs in the city on any station. Or tune in to hear the incredible record collections of Kumar McMillan and Dustin Drase. Check out the infectious enthusiasm of Nicole Oppenheim and Jodi Root. Every Wednesday I am preceded by two of my favorite CHIRP DJs, Andy Weber and Kristin Marks. They not only are enjoyable to listen to before I start, but they make it a tough act to follow by the time I roll in at 3pm. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the other extremely talented DJs who have brought me joy since we started streaming back in January of 2010. Thanks to Karin Fjellman, Evan Chung, Mike Scales, John Lombardo, Bobby Evers, Caitlin Lavin, Stephen Dobek, Bonnie Page, Matt Garman, Robin Whitney, Lawrence Peters, Dave Staples, Blake Burkhart, Mary Nisi, Jason Zenz, Elizabeth Ramborger, Patrick Seymour, Micha Ward, Jodie Bargeron, Mike Pakowski, Jocelyn Geboy, Kyle Akerman, Jenny Lizak, Owen Harris, Matt DeRose, Carolyn Kassnoff, Mike Gibson, Jenna Murfin, Andrew Mall, Austin Harvey, Erik Roldan, Craig Bechtel, Dee Titel, Tony Breed, Scott McKenna, Alli Klein, Jim Davis, Dylan Peterson, Michelle Nadeau, and Brendan O’Neill. I’m sure I’m missing somebody, but just know that your work has been appreciated too.
And I can’t forget to mention the remarkable contributions of music directors Billy Kalb and Pat Masterson. The station would not sound as great as it does without the extraordinary efforts of these two guys.
And of course, I could not write about CHIRP without talking about the great Shawn Campbell, who started the whole darn thing. It’s because of her super-human efforts that you are able to hear a tremendous station that continues to bring you the best music anywhere.
A lot has happened in my life since 2010 and through it all the one constant has been CHIRP Radio (and baseball). I can’t imagine my life without it.
And now to the plea:
Want to help CHIRP get a low-power FM broadcast license? The FCC is accepting public comments right now about whether to allow new stations in big cities. There’s an easy tool you can use from Prometheus Radio Project. You can use the copy they provide, or you can write your own. Either way, it would be great if you could mention that you are a supporter of CHIRP Radio in Chicago. Here’s the link: http://prometheusradio.org/takeaction
See you at chirpradio.org and hopefully, with your help, on the FM dial soon.
image courtesy of LaFamilia Green.
Hit the Wall, performed by The Inconvenience at Steppenwolf’s Garage Theater, was loud, intense, emotional, and SOLD OUT. We were lucky to have scored tickets for Friday night’s show.
Saturday was spent record store hopping. We began with our traditional tacos at Big Star.
I was also looking for a few RSD exclusives. No luck with the Feist/Mastodon collab. But we did score The Numero Group’s yacht rock compilation, The Flaming Lips/Mastodon joint, Cains & Abels’ very exclusive cover of Harry Nilsson’s ”Turn on your Radio” put out by Whistler Records, and the talented and prolific Ryan Duggan’s cute Saki RSD poster.
The good ol’ Fullerton bus took us to Logan Hardware, where I leapt across the store when I spotted the “Tebowie” 7″. YES!!!!! Pete picked up Patterson Hood’s 7″ release of “After it’s Gone” and some words of encouragement from a former co-worker. We also enjoyed a few games of Mario Bros. and Frogger in the arcade and got a kick out of the “record butcher” wrapping up pounds of sound in the back room. After a stop at our beloved Quenchers for two pints, a perfect baseball game, and a photobooth session, we jumped back on the bus back to Saki to enjoy The Hollows‘ performance.
Sunday began with our weekly stroll with the Sociabulls. Stickers braved the wind, waves, and geese with her buddies Mia and Tiger. I’m not gonna lie…it was really cold and windy. I think I just finally warmed up.
Our friend Linda kindly gave us her Cubs tickets for the day, and we met our wonderful pals Stephanie and Mary at “The Friendly Confines”. Yes. It was cold. But sunny! We made it through five innings and finished out the game at a nearby bar. It was so great to finish the weekend with those lovely ladies!
Tuesday night Mollie and I went to Schubas to see a show by artist Mike Hadreas, who performs under the name Perfume Genius. I’ve been listening incessantly to Put Your Back N 2 It, the most recent Perfume Genius record, since it arrived at CHIRP a couple of months ago. The songs are sparse, often times with little more than piano accompaniment, but have so much heart and raw emotion running through them that you can feel the heartache when Hadreas sings “I will carry on with grace, zero tears on my face” as he does on the haunting “No Tear.” Hadreas, who is gay, sings accessible songs containing universal elements like love, loss, hope, and fear that are familiar to any person no matter their sexual orientation. Schubas has long been one of the great places in Chicago to see live music and I can’t think of a better place to see Perfume Genius. The sound was pristine and the nearly sold-out audience was so attentive that you could hear a pin drop.
After a wonderful set, Hadreas announced that instead of leaving the stage and coming back out for the obligatory encore he would just duck under his piano for 10 seconds. And that is exactly what he did. He then proceeded to sing two more songs, and as tears streamed down his face after the last song (the unreleased “Katie”), he said, “Thank You” and briskly walked off stage leaving the audience alone with memories of a truly magical evening.
Watch the Video for “Hood” by Perfume Genius: