• Spencer Tweedy joins us to talk about all the cool stuff he has been doing. Finishing up the new Case Oats record with Casey Walker. How he put together the Mirror Sound book project. Playing drums after school with Dad. Learning drums from Glenn Kotche. Playing with Norah Jones and Mavis Staples. Starring in The Tweedy Show. And so much more! Plus lots of things he loves about Chicago.Time Stamps:1:22: Hello Spencer2:02: Case Oats record in the works4:30: How did Covid effect the recording process?6:50: Fun to do this process on your own as a band?9:07: Was Mirror Sound a Covid project as an outlet to be creative during lockdown?12: How'd you go about figuring out who to put in the book?14:50: Have you seen Get Back?17:20: Making music together is almost a commitment22:10: How do you pick projects?26:15: At what point did it get "serious" making music with your dad?30: How much leeway are you given when drumming with people?35:26: Did you feel extra pressure playing music with your dad?38: Did watching Glenn Kotche play drums help shape your drumming style?42: Why is it important for smaller venues to exist and thrive?44:12: What makes the Chicago music scene unique?46:20: Does it feel normal to be playing shows again?50:30: How cool is it knowing Mavis Staples?52:42: How long did it take for it to feel normal inviting people into your home (The Tweedy Show)?55:35: Deep dish or thin crust?57:10: Favorite cheap drink?57:45: Chicago bands that are standing out in your mind?59:50: What have you been listening to lately?61:16: What are you most excited about music wise for yourself or people around you in the next coming year?

  • Kip Berman joins us from the fine state of New Jersey to discuss his time spent leading indie faves The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, as well as his new gig as The Natvral and the new record Tethers. Along the way he explains his love for the Green Bay Packers and classic uniforms - plus his favorite things about Chicago.Time Stamps:1:40: Hi Kip!5: Were you involved in music prior to Pains?8:10: What do you attribute Pains making it as far as they did to?11:10: Did your love of 80's English music contribute to your releasing of 7 inch records?20:42: Was there a specific theme for your albums, or did they just present themselves after the fact?33: How do you deal with the issue/idea that you recorded something a long time before it comes out?38:50: "I don't want to be in a solo project, I just want to be in a band" so is that not happening now?41:20: I don't think he's lying, but I don't think he has access to the truth either45:36: I evaluate my feelings for nfl teams and most sports franchises on their willingness to never change their uniforms50:28: Was it kind of freeing to just do the songs yourself and do whatever you wanted?55:30: "Music says the things you cannot say in real life"66:30: What can we expect on December 6th at Empty Bottle?72:12: Favorite Chicago venue?76:20: Deep dish or thin?78:20: When you think of the Chicago music scene, what do you think about/of?85:20 Favorite cheap beer?

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  • Mark Greenberg is a legit nice guy. And that has helped him to live a really cool life in the Chicago music community. We talk about his early days in Chicago with The Coctails, his experience working at the legendary Lounge Ax, playing in Eleventh Dream Day, his dream job as manager at the Wilco Loft and so much more. Time Stamps:1:20: Welcome Mark Greenberg2:02: What brought you to Chicago?3:30: We were so dumb4:10: When did it feel like it was more than just messing around with my friends?5:55: Did you feel like you met your audience right away?6:45: How did you get on Lounge Ax's radar?9:35: How did you get to be the last band to play at Lounge Ax?10:40: Answer the god damn phone!11:45: How did it feel to get behind the velvet rope?12:45: What was a "typical" day at Lounge Ax like?16:02: Did you ever stump for any bands?17:12: Do you have a lot of input on who got to play on what bill?20: Greatest show you saw at Lounge Ax?22:25: What's next for me? How do we go forward from here?24:10: Is Bill Callahan as weird as he seems?27:10: Mayfair Workshop - tell us more about your work here.29:41: You get any sweet bennies out of Coke for doing the commercial?32:10: How did you start working at The Loft?36:33: What is a typical day like working at The Loft?40:55: Were you there for David Berman recording with Jeff Tweedy?42:45: What's it like joining a band almost 2 decades into their run?46:24: How was the recording of Since Grazed affected by Covid?48:15: How do live shows work?49:45: Do you feel like you've gotten better in the studio based on your time at The Loft?53:25: Intonation Music - How did you get involved with that?57: Chicago based questions! - deep or thin crust pizza? favorite cheep drink?59: When you think of Chicago and the Chicago music scene, what does that mean to you?61:04: Favorite record store?62:08: What have you been listening to lately?66:10: Do you ever walk into The Loft and just strum Jeff's guitar?

  • Dylan Slocum, singer, guitarist, songwriter from Spanish Love Songs, joins us to talk about how the band has survived and evolved thru the last 20 months during a global pandemic. We talk about cancelling a tour, surviving a derecho in Iowa, starting a Patreon group, moving to Nashville, working on a new record, what he loves about Chicago and finally beginning the journey back to playing live shows again. Time Stamps:1:15: What's been happening over the past 20 months?3:32: What were those conversations about canceling the tour like?6: You've been on tour for 6 weeks, tour is canceled, where are you going?12:01: If you had to choose, would you prefer to be killed by a Taco Bell awning or a Best Buy "B"?14: Is there a lot of conversation with the band about what we are going to do?16: Tell us about your Patreon20:25: Is there a reason why you'd never done a solo project before?28:30: Do you worry that giving people early access will alter expectations of what the album will be?31: What percent done with the new album are you?38:35: Was there a reason for just doing these 3 shows?47:55: What are some of the things you love about coming to Chicago?53:27: Deep dish or thin crust?54:45: When you think of Chicago/the Chicago music scene, what do you think of?55:42: Favorite venue in Chicago?59: What Chicago bands do you like?63:33: What have you been listening to lately?67: "We're a cowboy band now!"71:45: Favorite cheap drink?

  • Aadam Jacobs joins us to discuss his amazing treasure trove of live recordings. Starting in the mid-1980's, Aadam has documented an incredible portion of the Chicago music scene as the guy in the back with the tape recorder. His archive of shows from iconic Chicago clubs like Lounge Ax, Schubas, Metro, West End and many more includes bands like Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Wilco, 11th Dream Day and 1000's more.Time stamps:1:32: how did you get started recording shows?3:10: what was the first show you recorded?4:10: when was the first time you listened to your recording of a show?5:25: how do you keep track of all the shows you've recorded?6:08: are you trying to be inconspicuous when you tape?8:25: was there a show that you felt like you figured out recording?11:45: did your quality get more consistent?14:25: do you become friends with the sound guy?18:00: does recording the show enhance your experience?20:55: is there satisfaction that people in the Chicago community respect what you did?25:00: is this recording obsession satiated by the act of recording?29:35: do you remember "first" shows?31:40: had a good thing going at Metro and I fucked it up35:10: how did your recordings make it to Mogwai?38:00: have you said "no" to bands?39:50: working with Mekons, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Wilco45:40: you've seen & documented so much music46:20: were there bands on the upswing that you identified?49:00: treasure trove of unknown bands51:00: does Aadam like Green?52:55: Material Issue issue54:00: was there only one type of music you recorded?60:55: do you still have the same passion to record?67:10: what's your plan to preserve this archive of shows?75:10: amazing concerts at the Fireside Bowl79:00: favorite show is Chicago?81:30: deep dish or thin crust?83:10: favorite cheap beverage?84:45: favorite record store?89:20: favorite venue to record in?

  • Bob Nastanovich of the bands Pavement and Silver Jews, along with the Three Songs Podcast, and Brokers Tip Records joins us to discuss his career from driving a Manhattan bus to joining Pavement, to owning racehorses, to starting his own podcast, and label. Time Stamps: 2:00: We are here with Bob Nastanovich/Brokers Tip Records10: Music streaming isn't all bad13: Three Songs Podcast20: Let's not judge people on their musical taste23: Is there still a beef with Billy Corgan?/Billy Corgan's prickitude 37: When did you know Pavement was going to be your gig for a while?43: Bob's role in Pavement49: Did Pavement go against the grain?52: What was recording with Pavement like?58: Satisfaction with being a cult hit/critics favorite/reference point for bands today without that ultimate commercial success?63: Silver Jews - Who's idea was it to record songs on Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore's answering machine?65: How did Silver Jews get on Drag City Records?70: David Berman and Dan Koretzky's relationship - what made it work?79: How do you attract such interesting people to yourself?82: Chicago Questions - That was 50 Cent88: Favorite cheap beer?91: Be unselfish

  • Andy Weber Co-Owner/Founder of Smashed Plastic Record Pressing joins us to discuss how he got his start in the record pressing business, why the personal touch matters so much in dealing with artists, how demand is currently outpacing supply by 6+ months, what separates Chicago from other markets, and Smashed Plastics ethos in how they run their company. Time Stamps: 00:30: Intro01:24: Here with Andy with Smashed Plastic04:00: 5 years outta the music game06:25: "let's do something fun in music"08:40: "someone is way ahead of us, this idea is too good to be true, we are not that smart"12:02 Who does what at Smashed Plastic15:00 Important to have touches with all our clients. Important to make people feel like the big guy/philosophy of Smashed Plastic18:20: Smashed Plastic HQ 24:10: Boom of the boutique plants26:30: "There are more record orders out there than there are machines to produce them"30:30: How do I get beyond the velvet rope and start pressing with you?35:40: "Color is king"40:10: If you build it they will come43:30: Shit, we made it45:45: We take a lot of pride in being Chicagoans/what are you digging lately50:15: A day in the life for Andy54:35: Chicago questions

  • Today we have Shawn Campbell the head of CHIRP Radio joining us to discuss what separates local community radio from the big radio stations. CHIRP Radio is Chicago’s only non-commercial community run radio station at 107.1 FM or via the web at http://chirpradio.org/ (chirpradio.org). Shawn dives into her journey through radio, what she learned along the way, what she brought to creating her own radio station and her thoughts on what makes the Chicago local music scene special and unique. Podcast Time Stamps:why the name: 00:40shawn campbell intro : 02:53start of interview: 04:10shawn's thoughts on baseball: 06:10shawn's college & career start: 07:45importance of being on the radio as a program/music director: 13:10evolution of thoughts on radio: 15:45move to wluw: 20:10shawn measuring success with reader personal ads 22:00the start of CHIRP: 24:24shawn's thoughts on what radio should be aka her manifesto 26:45CHIRP elevator pitch: 31:30your show is not for you it's for your audience: 38:50what does Chicago music mean to you: 43:35back to the future (resurgence of singles): 48:00we are in staunch defiance of these trends: 49:20is there a CHIRP 2.0?: 56:30Chicago questions: 59:45final question - house red at the metro: 65:02

  • No Wristbands: We Drink For Free! is a podcast for Chicago music scene fanatics BY Chicago music scene fanatics. With over 40 years of music memories and experiences we are here to champion all things Chicago music - from local bands, to touring bands passing through Chicago, to radio stations, to music venues, to the background players - concert promoters, record pressers, engineers, producers. Each episode runs about 1 hour, and features an in depth interview with someone associated with the Chicago Music Scene. We will be releasing podcasts monthly. If you care about Chicago music, you will love our Podcast.