Friday, December 19, 2014

Take Five (Vol. 16): I Don't Know Where to Start or Where to Stop

Here's the setlist from the show I did on December 14th of 2014 on CHIRP Radio [Artist, “Song” from Album (Label)]…

Land of the Loops, "I Dream in Stereo" from Refried Treats (Up.)
Illum Sphere, "Love Theme from Foreverness (Feat. Shadowbox)" from Ghosts of Then and Now (Ninja Tune)
She & Him, "It's Not for Me to Say" from Classics (Columbia)
Medicine, "Move Along / Down the Road" from Home Everywhere (Captured Tracks)
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, "Safety" from Dust (Secretly Canadian)
The Bug, "Fall (Feat. Copeland)" from Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)
[Chicago Band!] CAVE, "Bobby's Hash (Feat. Bobby Conn)" from Release (Drag City)
Wizard Rifle, "Paul the Sky Tyrant" from Here in the Deadlights (Seventh Rule)
[Chicago Band!] Forgotten Species, "Running Out of Face" from Hades Fades EP (self-released)
Savage Garden, "I Want You" from Savage Garden (Columbia)
General Public, "Tenderness" from All the Rage (IRS)
Ryan Hemsworth, "Surrounded (with Kotomi & Doss)" from Alone for the First Time (Last Gang)
[Local Artist!] Dinah Washington, "All of Me" from The Dinah Washington Collection (Legends Collection)
[Local Band!] Shawn Maxwell's Alliance, "Radio Hit Number Four" from Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions Ltd.)
The Budos Band, "Magus Mountain" from Burnt Offering (Daptone)
Mobius Band, "It Starts Off With a Bang" from City Vs. Country (Ghostly International)
[Local Band!] OK Go, "Obsession" from Hungry Ghosts (BMG)
Animotion, "Obsession" from Animotion (Mercury)
Fugazi, "The Word" from First Demo (Dischord)
Morrissey, "The National Front Disco" from Your Arsenal (EMI)
Charles Bradley, "The World (Is Going Up in Flames)" from No Time for Dreaming (Dunham)
Ex Cops, "Tragically Alright (Feat. Ariel Pink)" from Daggers (Downtown)
Azealia Banks, "Gimme a Chance" from Broke with Expensive Taste (Prospect Park)
Suzanne Vega, "Tom's Diner" from Solitude Standing (A&M)
Fhloston Paradigm, "The Phoenix" from Hyperdub 10.4 (Hyperdub)

I'll be back on the air on Sunday, December 21st...check out the show then from 2-4pm Central time on CHIRP Radio!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keith Olbermann is Gone from Current TV, and the Progressive Movement is Poorer for It

I originally wrote this article back in 2012...

By all accounts I’ve read that don’t come directly from him, Keith Olbermann is a pain in the ass to work with. His exits from ESPN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, and now Current TV all have the same thing in common – in the end, he hates them, and they hate him right back (and if the often anonymous sources are to be believed, for good reason).

That being said, Obermann’s departure from Current TV is terrible for the so-called Liberal Media that supposedly controls America’s communications network. It’s a blow for real journalism, too. What other national new show put stories like the Occupy Movement, the Trevon Martin murder, the Rupert Murdoch Fox News spy scandal, the Obama administration’s constant capitulation to the Republican party (under the guise of “compromise”), and the constant stream of bullshit coming from the Right, night after night, long before the Mainstream media got a clue about what’s happening?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"A String to a Bell" by Jonas Friddle & The Majority


This song from Chicago-based folk group Jonas Friddle & The Majority is a traditional country song, complete with banjo licks and down-home harmonies, with lyrics that celebrate the singer's relationship with God that has nothing to do with rehab or jingoism. Too often, "modern" country is just another variation of vapid pop music. This track shows how deep and rich the genre can be when it emulates what's come before.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Favorite TV Show Openings

There’s not much that goes into TV show openings. Their basic function is to let you know the show is starting. The best ones, though, set a definitive tone for what’s going to happen, and stick in the memory on their own right, which is the best kind of free advertising, but also helps cement a show in the annals of entertainment history.

Here’s a list of my favorite show openings and title sequences from my decades of tube-watching:

Star Trek
An obvious choice, and for obvious reasons (to me, anyway). Deceptively simple yet full of dramatic possibilities. Just say the words “Space. The Final Frontier.” and people who watch TV will know exactly what you’re talking about.