Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CHIRP playlist (6/29/11)

I don't even have to tell you this, but come to the Whistler this Friday night. Yeah, I'm sure you were already planning on it, but I'm DJing with fellow CHIRP DJ Erica Schwanke and it'll be a thing. My CHIRP show was last night, my last show until mid-July (I'm taking a vacation in the woods next week).

12:03AM YACHT Shangri-La from Shangri-La (DFA)

12:07AM The Fiery Furnaces The Garfield El from Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade)

12:15AM Chromatics I Want Your Love from Night Drive (Italians Do It Better)

12:20AM Chad Valley Shell Suite from Equatorial Ultravox EP (Cascine)

12:25AM Handsome Furs Repatriated from Sound Kapital (Sub Pop)

12:30AM T. Rex Rip Off from Electric Warrior (Fly)

12:35AM Galaxie 500 Fourth Of July from This Is Our Music (Rough Trade)

12:40AM The Jesus Lizard South Mouth from Goat (Touch and Go)

12:43AM Sybris Breathe Like You're Dancing from Sybris (Flameshovel)

12:48AM Givers Words from In Light (Glassnote)

12:53AM Cassettes Won't Listen Runtime from Evinspacey (Daylight Curfew)

12:59AM Múm Smell Memory from Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK (TMT)

1:09AM Yeasayer Ambling Alp from Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian)

1:14AM Jeff Buckley Mojo Pin from Grace (Legacy Edition) (Columbia)

1:19AM Seapony Go Away from Go With Me (Hardly Art)

1:22AM The Beach Boys Wild Honey from Smiley Smile / Wild Honey (Capitol)

1:27AM Shabazz Palaces Are You... Can You... Were You? from Black Up (Sub Pop)

1:31AM Classified The Hangover from Handshakes and Middle Fingers (Decon)

1:37AM Fucked Up The Other Shoe from David Comes to Life (Matador)

1:42AM Braid My Baby Smokes from The Age of Octeen (Mud)

1:47AM SBTRKT Trials of the Past from SBTRKT (XL)

1:51AM yourfeetstoobig Pintail from hunter/gather (self-released)

1:55AM Voltair Cleck Cleck Boom from Rio Baile Funk: More Favela Booty Beats (Essay)

2:00AM Explosions In the Sky Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean from The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

2:08AM British Sea Power The Land Beyond from Open Season (Rough Trade)

2:13AM Art Blakey Sincerely Diana from A Night In Tunisia (Blue Note)

2:20AM BOBBY It's Dead Outside from BOBBY (Partisan)

2:28AM Mickey My Lady from Rock'n Roll Dreamer (HoZac)

2:31AM Carol Bui Halfa/Joy from Red Ship (Ex Oh)

2:36AM Pictureplane Black Nails from Thee Physical (Lovepump United)

2:40AM Arcade Fire Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) from Funeral (Merge)

2:47AM Naked Raygun Swingo from Basement Screams (Ruthless)

2:50AM Cat's Eyes The Best Person I Know from Cat's Eyes (Co-op)

2:53AM Jolie Holland Little Birds from Pint of Blood (ANTI-)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Bliss 2011

I made a fun summer mix last year (old school, not a DJ mix), and was encouraged to do the same sort of thing again this year. So here we have it. My 2011 mix of music that makes me feel like I'm on a Chicago rooftop, watching the street festivals, bicyclists, and glistening suntans below. Lake Michigan beaches are visible, as are the crowded dog parks. Enjoy the music, enjoy the summer.


(like on facebook for an extra-summery bonus track)


1. Beach Boys - Come Go With Me
2. Bonobo - Kong
3. Cut Copy - Need You Now
4. Friendly Fires - Blue Cassette
5. Corduroi - My Dear
6. Destroyer - Blue Eyes
7. Battles - Ice Cream
8. Thao & Mirah - Rubies and Rocks
9. Gold Panda - MPB
10. Bibio - Take Off Your Shirt
11. The 1900s - Lay A Ghost
12. Baths - The Vapors
13. Washed Out - Soft
14. Hauschka - Sunrise
bonus track: Chad Valley - Shell Suite

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CHIRP playlist (6/22/11)

Music all over the damn place, it's a mess around here. Hey, come hang out with me after the Pride Parade this Sunday at Rodan. I'm DJing at 10pm, winding you down from the insanity, but still encouraging you to buy drinks. It's something to do after Green Music Fest too (which is on Damen this year by the way, more Wicker Park than Ukrainian Village). Oh man, I was on CHIRP last night too:

12:02AM Bon Iver Hinnom, TX from Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

12:05AM Bob Dylan Masters Of War from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Columbia)

12:09AM Corduroi Monk's Muse from Anything For Now (Chill Mega Chill)

12:14AM LCD Soundsystem Someone Great from Sound Of Silver (DFA)

12:20AM Face Candy Ten from Waste Age Teen (Rhymesayers)

12:24AM Woods Out of the Eye from Sun and Shade (Woodsist)

12:31AM Les Savy Fav We've Got Boxes from The Cat and the Cobra (Frenchkiss)

12:36AM Liam Finn Neurotic World from FOMO (Yep Roc)

12:39AM Roy Orbison Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) from For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (Rhino)

12:42AM Gypsyblood Take Your Picture from Cold in the Guestway (Sargent House)

12:46AM White Hills Paradise from H-p1 (Thrill Jockey)

1:00AM Cap'n Jazz Sergio Valente from Analphabetapolothology (Jade Tree)

1:03AM Liars Tumbling Walls Buried Me In The Debris With ESG from They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top (Gern Blandsten)

1:07AM Black Sabbath Symptom Of The Universe from Sabotage (Warner Bros.)

1:15AM Ghostface Killah Nutmeg (featuring The RZA) from Supreme Clientele (Epic)

1:19AM Samiyam Where Am I? from Sam Baker's Album (Brainfeeder)

1:22AM PJ Harvey Legs from Rid Of Me (Island)

1:27AM The Wooden Birds Company Time from Two Matchsticks (Barsuk)

1:30AM Johann Johannson The Cause of Labor Is the Hope of the World from The Miners' Hymns (130701)

1:30AM Johann Johannson The Cause of Labor Is the Hope of the World from The Miners' Hymns (130701)

1:44AM Disappears Needs from Live Over the Rainbo (Plustapes/Rococo)

1:49AM SebastiAn Fried from Total (Big Beat)

1:54AM Green Velvet (Cajmere) Explorer from Can You Jack? Chicago Acid And Experimental House 1985-95 (Soul Jazz)

2:01AM Sufjan Stevens Year Of The Dragon from Enjoy Your Rabbit (Asthmatic Kitty)

2:09AM Deerhoof Believe E.S.P. from Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars)

2:14AM Sun Ra Worlds Approaching from Strange Strings (Atavistic)

2:23AM KLANG Rose Room from Other Doors (Allos Documents)

2:27AM 1,2,3 Work from New Heaven (Frenchkiss)

2:31AM Sorry Bamba Boro from Volume One 1970 - 1979 (Thrill Jockey)

2:37AM Memoryhouse Modern Normal from The Years (Sub Pop)

2:42AM The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands from Darklands (Blanco y Negro)

2:48AM Big'n Seaworthy from Spare the Horses (Africantape)

2:52AM Witches Count to Ten from Forever (Bakery Outlet)

2:56AM The Kinks David Watts from Something Else by the Kinks (Pye)

Monday, June 20, 2011

You Missed Out: Sondre Lerche and Nightlands

"As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the best venues in the world," declared Dave Hartley amidst Nightlands' set at Lincoln Hall on Sunday evening. Sondre Lerche said pretty much the same thing an hour later when he hit the stage. And they're right. No matter how many times I go to Lincoln Hall, I'm amazed by how good it sounds.

The only thing that kind of bugs me about Lincoln Hall is how it makes it harder to tell just how much an artist improved since their last show. Nightlands was great at Empty Bottle last January, but half a year later, Hartley's voice sounds richer and broadening in range. Now with his full band, soaring Fleet Foxey harmonies take Hartley's little solo project to another level. It was gorgeous, dreamy music--but I can't help but wonder if I was just being fooled by the Lincoln Hall sound guy...

But, I have a feeling that Sondre Lerche really is just an amazing singer and guitarist. Lincoln Hall simply complements his talents, not necessarily bolstering them with fool's gold/pristine acoustics. As pleasant as it was to see watch him perform in a live setting though, I can't help but hope for something a little more from Lerche on his next album. Case in point: "Two Way Monologue" was easily the biggest crowd-pleaser of his set. The song is seven years old. He needs another hit already.

Lerche has always been an impressive songwriter, but that may be his blessing and curse. His young self was so dazzling so immediately, that now nearly a decade later it's hardly more than a nostalgia trip to hear his swooning voice.

If anyone can get booked at Lincoln Hall though, it means good things. Nightlands are definitely a band to watch heading into 2012, and Sondre Lerche is still a damn charming Norwegian. They deserve to play at the best concert venue in Chicago.

(published at HEAVE Media)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CHIRP playlist (6/15/11)

We like music. Let's enjoy it together at Simone's (960 w. 18th st.), tonight after 9:30. I'm DJing until close, picking the tunes according to the approving/disapproving looks on patrons' faces. But more than likely, the set will probably look similar to my CHIRP playlist:

12:03AM Thurston Moore Mina Loy from Demolished Thoughts (Matador)

12:07AM Yo La Tengo Moby Octopad from I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (Matador)

12:15AM Do Make Say Think Anything For Now from & Yet & Yet (Constellation)

12:24AM Marissa Nadler Mr. John Lee Revisited from Marissa Nadler (Box of Cedar)

12:30AM Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer from Greatest Hits (Columbia)

12:36AM Vetiver Hard To Break from The Errant Charm (Sub Pop)

12:39AM Arctic Monkeys All My Own Stunts from Suck It and See (Domino)

12:43AM The M'S Trucker Speed from Future Women (Polyvinyl)

12:49AM Yourself and the Air Bicycles Plus from Who's Who in the Zoo (Lujo)

1:00AM Spiritualized I Think I'm In Love from Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Dedicated)

1:00AM Descendents Bikeage from Milo Goes to College (New Alliance)

1:07AM Passion Pit Make Light from Manners (Frenchkiss)

1:13AM Discovery Osaka Loop Line from LP (XL)

1:17AM Gardens & Villa Orange Blossom from Gardens & Villa (Secretly Canadian)

1:21AM Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Touch the Sky from Bulletproof Brass (ChoiceCuts)

1:25AM DJ Shadow What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) from Endtroducing... (Mo' Wax)

1:30AM The Antlers I Don't Want Love from Burst Apart (Frenchkiss)

1:34AM Field Music She Can Do What She Wants from Tones of Town (Memphis Industries)

1:38AM The Coathangers Go Away from Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze)

1:40AM Frank Zappa Trouble Everyday from Strictly Commercial (The Best of Frank Zappa) (Rykodisc)

1:46AM Charlie Parker Mohawk from Bird and Diz (Clef)

1:50AM Here We Go Magic Tulip from The January EP (Secretly Canadian)

1:55AM Smoking Popes I Know You Love Me from Destination Failure (Capitol)

1:59AM Pantha Du Prince Saturn Strobe from This Bliss (Dial)

2:07AM Aphex Twin Girl/Boy Song from Richard D. James Album (Warp)

2:12AM R.E.M. Turn You Inside-Out from Green (Warner Bros.)

2:16AM The Ladybug Transistor Breaking Up on the Beat from Clutching Stems (Merge)

2:21AM Blur Tracy Jacks from Parklife (Food)

2:34AM James Pants Incantation from James Pants (Stones Throw)

2:37AM Beirut East Harlem from The Rip Tide (Revolver)

2:38AM Pulseprogramming Light Rides from Charade is Gold (Audraglint)

2:40AM Wilco Passenger Side from A.M. (Reprise)

2:43AM Mice Parade Nights Wave from Bem-Vinda Vontade (FatCat)

2:55AM Ikebe Shakedown No Name Bar from Ikebe Shakedown (Ubiquity)

2:55AM Animal Farm Test of Time (featuring Talib Kweli) from Culture Shock (Focused Noise)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

DJ Playlist: Rodan 6/10/11

Birthday set last night. I love Rodan. It's never too packed, but always just enough to feel comfy. Nobody likes crowded bars. Or empty bars. Rodan gets it right. More than ever I want to get a regular monthly gig there. Here's what I played last night:

Bibio - Anything New

Beyonce - Party

Com Truise - Hyperlips

Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

Samiyam - Cushion

Das Racist - You Oughtta Know

Gold Panda - You

Shabazz Palaces - Swerve

Casa del Mirto - Poison

Eumir Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra

Bonobo - Kong

Skee-Lo - I Wish

CFCF - Raining Patterns

Heavy D - Nuttin' But Love

Adele - Rolling in the Deep (jamie xx remix)

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead

Friendly Fires - Hurting

Jamiroquai - Alright

Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine

Kanye West - Good Life

Ford & Lopatin - Joey Rogers

Junior Boys - Banana Ripple (mixed with various Ke$ha choruses)

CSS - Move

Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned

Prince - Erotic City

Michael Jackson - PYT

Major Lazer - Pon de Floor

Outkast - The Way You Move

Duran Duran - Planet Earth

Jack Prongo - Movin' Through Your System

Hot Chip - One Life Stand

Machine - There But For the Grace of God

Austra - Lose It

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends

Cut Copy - Blink and You'll Miss A Revolution

Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane pour Moi

La Bionda - I Wanna Be Your Lover

Ratatat - Wildcat

Galapagos - Actin' Up

Michael Jackson - Rock With You

Stevie Wonder - Do I Do

I-Tone - Will You Cry

Digable Planets - Rebrith of Slick

De La Soul - Say No Go

Daft Punk - Da Funk

Delorean - Seasun

Baths and Gold Panda - Marriage

The Weeknd - The Morning

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

CHIRP playlist (6/8/11)

Attention readers--go to Rodan in Wicker Park this Friday night after 10pm. I'm DJing and I want everybody to come have a good time. 90s' computer animation will be projected on the big back wall. It'll be like my CHIRP show, only with good-looking people all over the place, and sake.

12:04AM Ford & Lopatin The Voices from Channel Pressure (Software)

12:08AM Depeche Mode Blasphemous Rumours from The Singles 81-85 (Sire)

12:13AM Glenn Kotche Mask from Introducing (Quakebasket/Locust)

12:19AM Oneida Horizon from Absolute II (Jagjaguwar)

12:30AM Cults Oh My God from Cults (Columbia)

12:34AM Fucked Up Life In Paper from David Comes to Life (Matador)

12:40AM Netherfriends Don't Invite Me from Calling You Out (Emergency Umbrella)

12:43AM Death Cab for Cutie St. Peter's Cathedral from Codes & Keys (Atlantic)

12:49AM Fuck Buttons Flight Of The Feathered Serpent from Tarot Sport (ATP)

12:59AM Edith Frost Merry Go Round from Wonder Wonder (Drag City)

1:04AM Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Beverly Kills from Before Today (4AD)

1:07AM ADULT. Plagued By Fear from Why Bother? (Thrill Jockey)

1:12AM Parenthetical Girls Love Connection, Pt. II from Safe As Houses (Slender Means Society)

1:17AM Son Lux Rising from We Are Rising (Anticon)

1:23AM White Denim River to Consider from D (Downtown)

1:28AM Battles Wall Street from Gloss Drop (Warp)

1:34AM James Brown Night Train from Star Time (Polydor)

1:38AM Freddie Gibbs The Coldest from Str8 Killa (Decon)

1:42AM Ratatat Lex from Classics (XL)

1:48AM Starlicker Vodou Cinque from Double Demon (Delmark)

1:54AM Wild Beasts Plaything from Smother (Domino)

2:00AM Tortoise Glass Museum from Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Thrill Jockey)

2:05AM Phosphorescent Los Angeles from Here's To Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans)

2:16AM The Fall Living Too Late from 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats (Beggars Banquet)

2:20AM Tombs Bloodletters from Path of Totality (Relapse)

2:25AM City Center After Hours from Redeemer (K)

2:29AM Girls Names Bury Me from Dead to Me (Slumberland)

2:32AM David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights Could Be On My Way from Left by Soft (Merge)

2:37AM Com Truise Hyperlips from Galactic Melt (Ghostly International)

2:41AM Grandaddy The Crystal Lake from The Sophtware Slump (V2)

2:48AM Seun Anikulapo-Kuti & Africa 80 Mr. Big Thief from From Africa with Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory)

2:56AM NOMO Nova from Ghost Rock (Ubiquity)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

You Missed Out: Thao & Mirah

I missed out on Thao and Mirah's show at the Empty Bottle last night, but one of my favorite things about summer in Chicago is how easy it is to catch great shows for such little cost. Thao and Mirah played another full set of music today at the Do Division fest, just moments before a thunderstorm chased us out of the street and under whatever shelter we could find. I decided to just bike home, because Thao and Mirah was what I was most looking forward to at this year's fest anyway. But Bonobo is a headliner, so I wouldn't be surprised if Division Street gets crowded again.

Thao and Mirah were great though. If I can label them as such, they're easily my favorite supergroup. Mirah is the owner of what I believe to be the sweetest voice I've ever heard, and Thao is just a rocker. They work well together, whether they taking turns singing, fingerpicking their guitars, or assisting their drummer in any manner of percussion. Mirah even did a patty-cake routine for an entire song.

Yes, these ladies are cute. And that's what we love about them. It's obvious that they love music, and they play it with joy. Add in Chicago summer weather and you can't go wrong. Do Division has a reputation for booking great indie acts, rivaled only by Wicker Park fest.

Yeah it's here. It's hot. The music is loud and outdoors. Time to get stressed out about which shows and events we attend and the ones we have to miss out on. But of course, it's worth the cost of a bike ride through a summer rain.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

CHIRP playlist (6/1/11)

Three major events I suggest you attend between two CHIRP shows. This Friday I'm DJing at the Burlington (10pm to 2am. no cover. 3425 W. Fullerton Ave.). Then it's the Do Division street fest, and Thao and Mirah play at 2:30 Saturday on afternoon. If can handle any more, Iron and Wine is playing a free concert in Millennium Park on Monday night. Then I'll have another CHIRP shift the following Tuesday night. This is summer in Chicago. This is how it goes.

12:03AM Thao & Mirah Little Cup from Thao & Mirah (Kill Rock Stars)

12:08AM Nico These Days from Chelsea Girl (Polygram)

12:10AM Cat Power (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction from The Covers Record (Matador)

12:15AM Kid Koala Fender Bender from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Ninja Tune)

12:19AM Friendly Fires Chimes from Pala (XL)

12:25AM Chad VanGaalen Blonde Hash from Diaper Island (Sub Pop)

12:29AM TV On the Radio Will Do from Nine Types of Light (Interscope)

12:33AM Washed Out Eyes Be Closed from Within and Without (Sub Pop)

12:38AM Boris Les Paul Custom '86 from Attention Please (Sargent House)

12:41AM Parts & Labor Without A Seed from Constant Future (Jagjaguwar)

12:43AM The Pains of Being Pure at Heart My Terrible Friend from Belong (Slumberland)

12:48AM Booker T. Jones Walking Papers from The Road from Memphis (ANTI-)

12:51AM Califone Bottles And Bones (Shades And Sympathy) from Roomsound (Perishable)

12:56AM Coltrane Motion Maya Blue from Hello Ambition! (datawaslost)

1:01AM Kurt Vile Jesus Fever from Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)

1:05AM Bon Iver Beth / Rest from Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

1:09AM Hauschka Radar from Salon des Amateurs (130701)

1:15AM Destroyer Kaputt from Kaputt (Merge)

1:21AM My Morning Jacket Holdin' On to Black Metal from Circuital (ATO)

1:26AM Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Nothing But Our Love from It's a Corporate World (Quite Scientific)

1:30AM American Football Never Meant from American Football (Polyvinyl)

1:35AM A Lull Sidemen from Confetti (Mush)

1:41AM Holy Fuck Latin America from Latin (XL)

1:45AM Black Lips Go Out and Get It from Arabia Mountain (Vice)

1:48AM Beastie Boys Long Burn the Fire from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

1:52AM Kool Moe Dee I Go To Work from Knowledge Is King (Jive)

1:57AM Howlin' Wolf Smokestack Lightnin' from Chess Blues 1954-1960 (Chess)

2:00AM Melvins Goin' Blind from Houdini (Atlantic)

2:05AM Slayer War Ensemble from Seasons in the Abyss (Def Jam)

2:11AM Cryptacize New Spell from Mythomania (Asthmatic Kitty)

2:15AM Brute Heart Satellite from Lonely Hunter (Soft Abuse)

2:19AM Thurston Moore Benediction from Demolished Thoughts (Matador)

2:26AM Pet Lions Thieves from Houses (self-released)

2:31AM The Rosebuds Limitless Arms from Loud Planes Fly Low (Merge)

2:37AM Samiyam Frosting Packets from Sam Baker's Album (Brainfeeder)

2:41AM Kraftwerk Aéro Dynamik from Tour De France Soundtracks (Astralwerks)

2:47AM Shabazz Palaces An Echo From The Hosts Profess Infinitum from Black Up single (Sub Pop)

2:50AM Art Ensemble Of Chicago Ja from Nice Guys (ECM)