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Sep 11, 2022

John Mohr of the legendary Chicago indie band TAR jumps in the car for a special episode recorded on the loading dock of Smashed Plastic. After our chat, he grabbed his guitar and was joined by guitarist John Symanski for an acoustic version of Tar’s song “Static” (originally from the “Handsome” EP, 1989).

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Jan 26, 2022

Cinco de Gatos is a Chicago band that started out almost 30 years ago, and just as soon as they came… they went. Then they came back again. And then they went again. Then they came back, and it stuck. WIth a string of newish singles on streaming services and previously recorded content now available, there’s a lot...


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...