WBEZ | Japandroids http://www.wbez.org/tags/japandroids Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork Day 1: No Tim Hecker but Japandroids http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-1-no-tim-hecker-japandroids-100894 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/japandroids.jpg" title="Brian King of Japandroids. (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p><strong>Tim</strong> <strong>Hecker</strong>, tell us how it was hanging out in the rain, because I definitely didn&#39;t make it to your set as it downpoured (through sunlight?). Which seems appropriate, given how half of outdoor festivals is talking about and braving the elements.</p><p>But as for fellow Canadians&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://japandroids.com/">Japanroids </a></strong>-- moshin&#39;, ya know? I didn&#39;t go into this weekend a fan of Brian King and David Prowse&#39;s particular brand of sweaty punk jams. But man were they effusive and by the end of their set I was, if not converted, questioning. Perhaps that was because of King&#39;s boyish charm. Any sign of recent turmoil between the two was gone; the duo seemed incredibly thankful to be at the festival, talking so fast it was hard to hear what they were saying.</p><p>&quot;You&#39;re going to want to pay attention because there&#39;s a f*cking drum solo in this one by yours truly, David,&quot; said King of his bandmate as they charged into yet another song. You&#39;d have thought the drum solo was King&#39;s; he managed to play, sing and air drum at the same time.</p><p>Particularly notable was their performance of the single off their new album&nbsp;<em>Celebration Rock</em>, &quot;The House That Heaven Built.&quot; What an anthem; you think it&#39;s over and then all of a sudden it amps up again, as they chant &quot;Oh oh oh oh oh oh ohhhh&quot; (it&#39;s better than it looks, I promise).</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ll be hanging around this weekend, so if you see us, say hi,&quot; said King, clearly the vocal one of the pair. If this performance is to be believed, he means it.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/japandroids2.jpg" title="David Prowse of Japandroids. (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-1-no-tim-hecker-japandroids-100894 Pitchfork's head honchos share their favorite newer artists performing at this year's festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS2717_Pitchfork_Flickr_Kate%20Gardiner.jpg" title="(Flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>For the past six years Pitchfork the music website has put on the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park in Chicago&#39;s West Loop. Over that time the festival has proven itself to be one of the most fan-friendly and musically forward-thinking events in Chicago.</p><p>Their use of the neighborhood-based Union Park has also inspired a slew of other summer festivals in Chicago, when just ten years ago it was near impossible to put on an outdoor rock concert in Chicago. This year Riot Fest is taking place in Humboldt Park, Spring Awakening took over Soldier Field and the Wavefront Music Festival was at Montrose Beach- all Chicago Park District properties.</p><p>Meantime, the Pitchfork Music Festival has stylistically shifted- bringing in more electronic and hip-hop acts and a little less emphasis on the indie rock that made the website&#39;s name in its early years.</p><p>We talk with Pitchfork Founder and CEO Ryan Schreiber and President Chris Kaskie about the development of the festival (they started a Parisian version last year) and they share their picks for new artists performing this year. That&#39;s Thursday on <em>Afternoon Shift </em>#105.</p><p>Chris Kaskie&#39;s picks:</p><p>Japandroids &quot;The House That Heaven Built&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/alW6358dPxI" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Lotus Plaza &quot;Eveningness&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hrQLJArVYro?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Genesis&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25338800?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Ryan Schreiber&#39;s picks:</p><p>Kendrick Lamar &quot;ADHD&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEIkwH9STCc?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Chromatics &quot;Kill for Love&quot;<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F41270014&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Grimes &quot;Oblivion&quot;<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JtH68PJIQLE?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/pitchforks-head-honchos-share-their-favorite-newer-artists-performing-years