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May 21, 2019

Julia Nash and husband Mark Skillicorn join me this week to talk about their superb documentary film,"Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records."

The cultural contributions of Wax Trax! can't be measured (nor can I adequately summarize them here). The best I can do is share some descriptive words about the...


Apr 11, 2019

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This week, I go for tacos with Chicago punk band Vortis (Louie Calvano, Jim DeRogatis, Tony Tavano).

Jim's more famously known as co-host of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions" show, a celebrated music critic and author of several exemplary music-related books. Jim and I go waaaay back. We first...


Apr 5, 2019

Robyn Hitchcock is unique by any estimation. It's not just his songwriting, lyrics, world view and effortless charisma... it's also that he's managed to release consistently solid music for decades, up through and beyond 2017's self-titled album. This is wholly anomalous in the industry. I mean, even the Stones...


Mar 27, 2019

This week, I'm joined by local band Bummed Out for a trip to Franklin Park (specifically: Sugar Skull and Wow Pizzeria). Discussed on the show:

  • The band is dressed for hunting.
  • Why was the car window open in the rain?
  • Does the art and vision of an album still matter?
  • I didn't know the band would force me to do...


Mar 19, 2019

Chicago finally has its own record pressing plant, Smashed Plastic! This is the right idea at the right time for the Chicago music scene, and I couldn't have been more impressed with what they've already managed to do with their business. Check out the video tour