WBEZ | Cloudbirds http://www.wbez.org/tags/cloudbirds Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Palm Oil-Flickr- cyn_nister.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the Bloomberg investigation into the unsavory practices in the palm oil industry. And do you care who your children&#39;s role models are? Baseball&#39;s recent PED scandal is calling the issue of role models to the plate.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 Cloudbirds: The quiet side of an indie rock band http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/cloudbirds-quiet-side-indie-rock-band-101111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cloudbirds.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/46309707?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p><p>Take a little bit of T-Rex and glam rock, throw in hints of Phil Specter&rsquo;s wall of sound and top it off with a liberal dose of fuzz pedal and you have Chicago&rsquo;s indie rock band The M&rsquo;s.</p><p>Now get rid of the keyboards, the chunky electric guitars and drum kit and you&rsquo;ve got the Cloudbirds.</p><p>The M&rsquo;s have been making music since 2000 and have recorded a handful of records, but in 2009 they announced a &quot;long hiatus&quot; (the band released an album last year).</p><p>Guitarist/singer Josh Chicoine and his M&rsquo;s band mate bassist/singer Joey King decided they wanted to try something other than a rock band and what took shape was a sound more reminiscent of California&rsquo;s early 1970s Laurel Canyon scene and the Byrds with Gram Parsons.</p><p>This is music that has a down home folk-country feel, music that you&rsquo;d want to hear on a warm summer&rsquo;s night while swinging on your front porch &mdash;&nbsp;breezy and slightly rollicking.</p><p>Josh and King are joined on this project by latter day M&rsquo;s player Glenn Rischke. Together the three harmonize in a way that recalls Crosby, Still and Nash, or in the case of the Cloudbirds tune &ldquo;Feather and the Stone,&rdquo; Jerry Garcia and company from Workingman&rsquo;s Dead days.</p><p>The Cloudbirds don&rsquo;t abandon the electric guitar entirely but it clearly takes on a different role in the context of the country-folk sound, sounding more like a slowed down Buck Owens at times.</p><p>I&rsquo;ve always been a fan of the M&rsquo;s sound but this new direction Chicoine and his pals have taken leaves me to pose this request to the trio: continue the M&rsquo;s hiatus and allow the Cloudbirds to fly for a long time to come.</p></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/cloudbirds-quiet-side-indie-rock-band-101111