WBEZ | Reckless Records http://www.wbez.org/tags/reckless-records Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Why vinyl records are important http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/why-vinyl-records-are-important-106706 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/628x471.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px; " title="John Cusack in the Chicago-filmed adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel, &quot;High Fidelity.&quot; (Touchstone Pictures)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">At last, the wait is over. Tomorrow is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/CustomPage/614" target="_blank">Record Store Day</a>, an annual celebration of independent record stores with new releases, special shows and giveaways galore.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Held every third Saturday in April since 2007 (and ironically falling on <a href="http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/04/17/record-store-day-is-april-20" target="_blank">4/20</a> this year), RSD has often been described as &quot;Christmas for audiophiles.&quot; Dreams of finding those perfect limited-edition LPs and <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/50371-the-top-45-releases-of-record-store-day-2013/" target="_blank">45 RPM singles</a> dance like sugar plums in our heads; until that magical day finally arrives and we can no longer contain our excitement. We rush out to our favorite stores in the wee morning hours, spending way too much money on vinyl that comes but once a year. But as we gaze down at our large hauls, overwhelmed with that indescribable feeling of reverance mixed with pure joy, we know that every dollar spent was worth it.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">My first boyfriend introduced me to records. I would curl up next to him as we listened to<i>&nbsp;</i>Bob Dylan&#39;s<em> <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/blood-on-the-tracks-mw0000189846" target="_blank">Blood on the Tracks</a></em>, Neutral Milk Hotel&#39;s <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-the-aeroplane-over-the-sea-mw0000032195" target="_blank"><em>In the Aeroplane of the Sea</em></a>&nbsp;and a cavalcade of other treasures that made my heart swell when I heard them for the first time. But as I&#39;ve moved on from him (and picked up new records along the way), I feel like they belong to me now. They speak to me in words that only I can understand, and touch me in ways that nobody else can feel quite so achingly, intimately. I hold them in my hands and know that they are mine; and when I play them on my sacred little turntable, the rest of the world falls away.&nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Record-Store-Day-2013.jpg" style="float: right; height: 244px; width: 320px; " title="The official logo for Record Store Day 2013 (RecordStoreDay.com)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Vinyl records are important because they represent the enduring power of analog in a digital world. They are beautiful works of art, lovingly rendered and unselfishly provided. They wait for us in those time-honored record shops, reminding us to support the independent businesses who give us more than we could ever repay them.</p><p>But ultimately, vinyl is about bringing people together. From the record makers and manufacturers to the local shops who barely turn a profit to give back to their communties every day, we are all working together to keep the integrity of music alive and well for future generations.&nbsp;</p><p>RSD is a nationwide event, but Chicago is perhaps the number one city outside of Nashville to celebrate the occasion. Our long list of independent record stores includes <a href="http://www.logan-hardware.com" target="_blank">Logan Hardware</a>, <a href="http://sakistore.net" target="_blank">Saki</a>, <a href="http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com/news.php" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a>, <a href="http://www.dustygroove.com" target="_blank">Dusty Groove</a>, <a href="http://valshallarecords.com" target="_blank">Val&#39;s Halla Records</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://lauriesplanetofsound.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Laurie&#39;s Planet of Sound</a>, <a href="http://www.davesrecordschicago.com" target="_blank">Dave&#39;s Records</a>, <a href="https://www.vvmo.com" target="_blank">Vintage Vinyl</a>, <a href="http://www.gramaphonerecords.com" target="_blank">Gramaphone Records</a>; and of course, the long-beloved <a href="http://www.reckless.com" target="_blank">Reckless Records</a> stores on Broadway, Madison and Milwaukee. A list of RSD events can be found on their websites,&nbsp;along with special releases and promos that each store will be offering on the day.&nbsp;</p><p>And now, I will leave you with 2013 Record Store Day Ambassador Jack White, explaining how vinyl records are made:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/etxYxIfDhXc" width="620"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>How do you plan to celebrate Record Store Day this year? Leave a comment below, send me a tweet <a href="https://twitter.com" target="_blank">@leahkpickett </a>or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/why-vinyl-records-are-important-106706 Mystery mixtapes spark city-wide treasure hunt http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/mystery-mixtapes-spark-city-wide-treasure-hunt-105533 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mixtapes.jpg" title="The return of the mixtape. (the OCMD)" /></p><p>As a child of the &#39;90s and teen of the &#39;00s, I missed the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X" target="_blank">Gen X cutoff</a> for romantic mixtapes. By the time I got to highschool, my classmates were making emo-heavy mixed CDs (think Bright Eyes and the Postal Service) to profess their undying love for each other. I remember being a tortured 13-year-old in 2002 and playing Damien Rice&#39;s <em>O</em> on a loop, back in the days of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod_classic#First_generation" target="_blank">iPod classics</a> that have now become obsolete.</p><p>However, most music purists&nbsp;regard mixtapes as the <a href="http://www.kempa.com/articles/tape/" target="_blank">one true art form</a>: an expression of self through the careful order and selection of tracks. Anybody can make a playlist on iTunes or Spotify by clicking and dragging songs into place, but the act of compiling a mixtape is much more involved, personal and intimate. To quote Nick Hornby&#39;s <em>High Fidelity</em>:</p><blockquote><p><em>&quot;</em>Making a tape is like writing a letter &mdash; there&#39;s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://elephantmixtapes.com" target="_blank">Elephant Mixtapes</a> project is not only a celebration of the mixtape as an artistic statement, but a call to share that spirit with others as well. The founder of the movement, who wishes to remain anonymous, makes 10 copies of a mixtape each month and hides them in various locations throughout Chicago.</p><p>If you discover one of the tapes, you can either leave it for someone else to find or choose to complete the following steps:&nbsp;look up the contact info inside the tape&#39;s artwork, take a picture of the tape with a description of where you found it and write a little note about what the music means to you.&nbsp;Then you have a few more choices: hide it again for someone else to find, make a copy for yourself or pass it along to a friend.&nbsp;<a href="" target=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2011_02_ChicagoMixtape.jpg" style="float: right; " title="Local music junkies can also get their fix through Casey Meehan's Chicago Mixtape project, which gives participants weekly MP3s from up-and-coming Chicago bands. (The Chicagoist/chicagomixtape.com)" /></a></p><p>Remember those <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_4516416_plan-scavenger-hunt-birthday-party.html" target="_blank">scavenger hunt birthday parties</a> that used to be so much fun when you were a kid? The Elephant Mixtapes project is a grownup version of that, with the added bonus of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward" target="_blank">paying it forward</a> through music. The movement has already picked up steam with articles in the <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/08/elephant_mixtapes_hides_musical_tre.php" target="_blank">Chicagoist</a> and <a href="http://gapersblock.com/merge/archives/2013/02/08/go-elephant-hunting/" target="_blank">Gaper&#39;s Block</a>, but so far, nobody has been lucky enough to find where these mysterious tapes are hidden.</p><p>Eager to start sleuthing? Check the founder&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://elephantmixtapes.com" target="_blank">website</a>&nbsp;for updates and clues on the tapes&#39; whereabouts, as well as general information about how to share the project with your community and keep spreading the word.</p><p>I don&#39;t own a casette player, and I don&#39;t know many people who do.&nbsp;Yet most of the twenty-somethings in my social circle (myself included) own turntables that we found in vintage shops and multiple stacks of vinyl collected from our parents&#39; basements. So why not resurrect the mixtape as the new novelty trend?&nbsp;Several local record stories (<a href="http://www.reckless.com" target="_blank">Reckless</a>, <a href="http://sakistore.net" target="_blank">Saki</a>, <a href="https://shop.permanentrecordschicago.com/index.php?search=FEATUREDITEMS" target="_blank">Permanent Records</a>, etc.) also sell an eclectic mix of audio casettes, and Amazon has a wealth of old-school&nbsp;cassette players in stock.</p><p>You can also sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomixtape.com" target="_blank">Chicago Mixtape</a>&nbsp;mailing list to learn more about our city&#39;s vibrant local music scene, or go all <a href="http://www.perksmixtape.com" target="_blank"><em>Perks of Being a Wallflower</em></a> on your crush and make them a mixtape of your own. Your thoughtful gesture may not have the same charming effect as <a href="http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2012/09/19/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-mixtape/" target="_blank">the kid from <em>Clash of the Titans</em></a> had on Emma Watson, but at least you&#39;ll be spreading the love.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow Leah on <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or add her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/mystery-mixtapes-spark-city-wide-treasure-hunt-105533 Morrissey in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-11-10/morrissey-chicago-93953 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-11/morrissey_flickr_Marta Quilez.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Leaving hundreds of dedicated Chicago fans with broken hearts and wilting gladioli, Morrissey on Tuesday announced the cancellation of tonight’s concert at the Congress Theatre, allegedly due to “a visa administration error.” But making this tragic news even harder to bear was the plethora of Moz sightings in the last week at hipster sites throughout Our Town.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9-rrkwxC9Tg" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>The erstwhile leader of the Smiths was at Myopic Books in Wicker Park! (Checking out the Oscar Wilde shelf, no doubt!) He was at that cool vegan restaurant in Logan Square! He was at Reckless Records! Wait, which one? All of them!</p><p>The singer was, it would seem, everywhere… though he won’t be onstage here as had been expected, at least not until Dec. 17, when the gig has been rescheduled.</p><p>To mark the news of this sad, sad turn of events, one of Chicago’s wittiest Anglophiles and most prolific tunesmiths, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir’s irrepressible bandleader Elia Einhorn, quickly dashed off, recorded, and posted a tune called “Morrissey in Chicago” on YouTube. It’s just “a little song I just knocked out in an hour about Moz’s awesome/charming/obsessive fans here in Chicago,” Einhorn writes. “He’s been in town rehearsing for a week, and since I’m a fan, people keep texting me real-time updates on his whereabouts. Poor guy... nah, he probably loves it!”</p><p>Well, maybe not so much. But this blogger digs it plenty. The lyrics:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Something big’s going down!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">And everybody wants to know where he’s at tonight!</p><p>“He was just at the Globe watching football!</p><p>“What were his clothes like?</p><p>“What did he drink?</p><p>“Was his hair in a quiff?”</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Something big’s going down</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">And everybody wants to know where he’s at!</p><p>“I heard he went to Reckless Records in Wicker Park!</p><p>“What did he buy? What was he like?</p><p>“Was he with anyone?</p><p>“I heard he went to the one on Broadway!”</p><p>Well he might be gay so that might be true</p><p>And I know that you</p><p>Wanna see him too!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town for a week!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town for a week!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">I can’t wait to see him live</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">But to know of his whereabouts is all I need for tonight</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Morrissey’s in my town for the week</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">All I can say is:</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Woah oh oh!</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Woah oh oh!</p></blockquote></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-11-10/morrissey-chicago-93953 Chicago band Implodes with sonic waves and texture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/chicago-band-implodes-sonic-waves-and-texture-86104 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/implodes kranky.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The members of local band <a href="http://www.kranky.net/artists/implodes.html" target="_blank">Implodes</a> obviously play music together but they have a number of other things in common: Three of them hail from Pittsburgh and three of them work together at <a href="http://www.reckless.com/" target="_blank">Reckless Records</a> in Lakeview. Their shared roots and day jobs have helped create a laid-back atmosphere within the band, which is fitting, because atmosphere is key to the sound of Implodes.</p><p>The group spoke to <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy and performed several of their songs in the Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.</p><p>The band will host a record release show on Sunday, May 8, at <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/Shows/05-08-2011+Implodes+Record+Release" target="_blank">Lincoln Hall</a>.</p><p><br> Listen to the track "Oxblood" from Implodes' debut album <a href="http://www.brainwashed.com/common/htdocs/discog/krank156.html" target="_blank"><em>Black Earth</em></a>.<span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/Implodes%20Song3.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-103662" player="null">Implodes Song3.mp3</span></p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 14:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/chicago-band-implodes-sonic-waves-and-texture-86104