WBEZ | Flying Lotus http://www.wbez.org/tags/flying-lotus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork Day 2: Cults, Flying Lotus, Wild Flag http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-cults-flying-lotus-wild-flag-100909 <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/cults.jpg" title="Cults (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p>Yet another indie-pop band hailing from New York, Cults provided a pleasant mid-afternoon surprise, especially as I wasn&rsquo;t wowed by last year&rsquo;s self-titled debut. Led by driving forces Brian Oblivion on guitar and Madeline Follin on vocals, the group delivered a solid set of soulful pop resonant of a hundred great, dusty 45s from the early &rsquo;60s that you almost can name but can&rsquo;t quite put your finger on. Much like West Coast kindred spirits Best Coast, that&rsquo;s because the band brings a fresh exuberance to these familiar sounds, making them their own, and winning your heart with the charming personality, arresting presence and powerful voice of Follin.</p><p>&ldquo;Are you trying to sound like a 12-year-old girl singing into her curling iron?&rdquo; my <em>Sound Opinions </em>colleague Greg Kot ungraciously Tweeted. Hey, dude, lighten up! That naïve joy in being onstage and singing your heart out was part of what made Follin and Cults so magical.</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/flying%20lotus.jpg" title="Flying Lotus (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p>Unfortunately, the next main-stage act, hip-hop producer Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, was one of those bookings that left you scratching your head and thinking, &ldquo;This would have been cool&mdash;maybe even great&mdash;at the Hideout or the Empty Bottle. But in front of 20,000 people in a festival setting under a bright sun in the middle of the day... What the heck were you thinking, Pitchfork?&rdquo; And no, the addition of a hype man out front of Ellison&rsquo;s laptop did not help matters at all.</p><p>Ah, well, at least the sun had returned and the rain for the most part abated&hellip; for the time being.</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/carrie%20wild%20flag.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" />The clouds were returning by the time Wild Flag took the stage at 5:15, but after an explosive hour-long set, the sun had returned. Indeed, the quartet was potent enough to make you think it could even bend the weather to its will.</div><p>The band hit hard right out of the gate, opening with a killer cover of &ldquo;See No Evil&rdquo; by Television, with guitarists-vocalists Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein proving themselves more than the equals of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd on those timeless, serpentine guitar duels, and reeling off some familiar lines that could serve as my Pitchfork mantra (or, indeed, my life&rsquo;s philosophy):</p><p>&ldquo;What I want/I want now/And it&rsquo;s a whole lot more/Than &lsquo;anyhow.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>From there, Brownstein, Timony, keyboardist and backing vocalist Rebecca Cole and near-Bonhamesque drummer and backing vocalist Janet Weiss tore through an effervescent, high-energy sampling of their own classics, including several promising new tunes, and tracks such as &ldquo;Romance,&rdquo; &ldquo;Racehorse&rdquo; and &ldquo;Glass Tamourine&rdquo; from last year&rsquo;s stellar self-titled debut. Many of these songs are about the joys of making a glorious noise, and they were a perfect gift in a festival setting where all too often too many of the acts just aren&rsquo;t up to an expression that simple but effective and motivating.</p></p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-cults-flying-lotus-wild-flag-100909 Weekender: A cure for cultural indigestion! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3671503283_6c8d6ff6b9_z.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 600px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; " title="Taste of Chicago (flickr/Kate Gardiner)" /></div><p>I&rsquo;ve been taking a photography class for a while now, and this week, at our final session, a discussion about how to shoot photos in a crowd turned to talk of <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html/">Taste of Chicago.</a></p><p>In outraged tones a couple of people declared, &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve ruined the Taste!&rdquo; &ldquo;They&rdquo; of course is the city and ruined meant a bunch of things: <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-28/news/chi-taste-of-chicago-shortened-to-5-days-20111228_1_taste-cultural-affairs-marc-malnati">a shorter fest and no firework</a>s, fewer food vendors but more expensive food tickets, and having to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-0713-jennifer-hudson-review-20120713,0,4260874.story">pay for seats at the music acts.</a></p><p>All of this even before they found about there&rsquo;d be no barbeque turkey legs, at which one point one of them threw up her hands and said, &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s what the Taste is all about &nbsp;&ndash; food on sticks!&rdquo;</p><p>Clearly the &quot;they&rdquo; who are &ldquo;ruining&rdquo; the event are, to some, further signs of the new Chicago &ndash; more upwardly mobile definitely, less old-school Chicago possibly. Talk to newer city dwellers and many view the Taste with horror &ndash; one colleague who moved here recently was told to steer clear to &ldquo;avoid being stabbed.&rdquo; But if you grew up with the Taste, chances are you view it like an oddball relative &ndash; sometimes annoying but still family.</p><p>If familiar, frumpy Taste has been undergoing an upgrade, what&rsquo;s the big deal? For such an established Chicago event, change has been the mantra of the Taste &ndash; from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/here-we-go-again-taste-chicago">the size of the portions to the rules about which food vendors actually qualify as local</a>, to who actually runs the thing (it&rsquo;s gone from the city to the Park District and back again in the past two years).</p><p>And as long as its crowd-pleasing run has been (since 1980, with <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2011/Taste-of-Chicago-Forever-free-clear-and-musical/">a one-year hiatus in the early &#39;80s</a> due to political infighting), the Taste in recent years has been equally divisive: plagued by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/07/was-the-taste-of-chicago-violence-accurately-reported/4512">violent altercation</a> and <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-06-22/health/ct-x-0622-festival-food-inspection-20110622_1_booths-food-safety-food-temperatures">anxiety about food poisoning</a> (<a href="http://consumerist.com/2007/07/over-500-people-ill-after-taste-of-chicago.html">though apparently that really only happened once</a>, at least on a grand scale). Add in declining revenues at Taste, plus general belt tightening at the city, and is it any wonder something&rsquo;s got to give?</p><p>But I think all the talk about stuff going away isn&#39;t just about new economic realities or tougher policing. It&#39;s also a reaction to a cultural sea change, a shift in mindset about what kind of city Chicago should be. What, these days, is our city&#39;s character? And how well-behaved should its citizens be? Are we &quot;Taste&quot; &ndash; or are we in good taste?</p><p>My fellow shutterbugs talked about the event&rsquo;s unruly nature as a positive feature &ndash; not the outright stabbings, but the Fest&rsquo;s tendency to spill over official boundaries and regulations. If the upscale foodies take over the Taste, <a href="http://theluxurylife.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/taste-of-chicago/">as they seem to be doing</a>, how long before Grant Park&#39;s a sea of orderly white tableclothes rather than a mess of grease-stained cardboard containers?</p><p>In that sense changes at the Taste are a bellwether of a little more order and (to some) a little less fun and personality to be found on our city streets and at our community celebrations. Gay Pride tightened up its act this year and the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade in Bridgeport went away and then came back with a radical makeover. Celebrations of Cinco de Mayo or Puerto Rican Independence have also been curtailed over the years. When I moved to Chicago 12 years ago, traffic in and west of Humboldt Park came virtually to a standstill on those holidays &ndash; as an impromptu bumper-to-bumper parade of flag-waving motorists took over. Not so much these days.</p><p>So far the City seems to be making an effort to keep the Taste an event that can accomodate both old and new Chicago, both giant cheesecakes and celebrity chefs (a line deftly navigated by <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/07/10/get_your_free_samples_of_asian_carp.php">Asian carp sliders?)</a> But you tell me &ndash;&nbsp; are the changes to Taste of Chicago a timely re-do? Or is the Fest ruined beyond recognition?</p><p>Weigh in below &ndash; and while you&#39;re there, check out the rest of <em>Weekender&rsquo;s</em> picks!</p><p>&nbsp;</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/ramadan.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CFRJuly2012.html">1. Ramadan Food Rituals</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 10 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The culinary and spiritual elements of the annual Islamic fast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">900 N. North Branch Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flying_lotus_456_002.jpg" style="height: 147px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://flying-lotus.com/">2. Flying Lotus</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 4:15 p.m.</p><p>The slap-happy, experimental beat meister is back!</p><p><a href="http://pitchfork.com/festivals/chicago/2012/">Pitchfork Music Festival</a>, Union Park</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/BlackSix.jpg" style="width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDU9bv7jJhQ"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. The Black Six</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 7 &amp; 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">NFL football players transformed into big, bad bikers!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/">Doc Films</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Max Palevsky Cinema</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml">University of Chicago</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; Ida Noyes Hall</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/folk.jpg" style="height: 209px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://woodstockfolkmusic.com/folkfestival/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. 27th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.</p><p>Folk legend Tom Paxton and more in the town <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7NHCy13ZLk"><em>Groundhog Day</em></a> made famous!</p><p>Woodstock Square</p><p>Woodstock, Ill.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/ericandrep4k.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/shows/adult-swim-pitchfork-official-after-party-featuring-eric-andre-show"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Adult Swim Pitchfork After Party: The Eric Andre Show Live</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A manic take on the late-night talk format &ndash; as if it could get crazier?!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/">Bottom Lounge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1375 W. Lake Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fermi.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.137films.org/The-Atom-Smashers.aspx/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. The Atom Smashers</strong></span></a></p><p>Monday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Fermilab&#39;s race to find the elusive Higgs Boson particle &ndash; we know the ending now!</p><p><a href="http://higgsboson.eventbrite.com/">Landmark Century Cinema</a></p><p>2828 N. Clark Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em>Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</p><div>What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</div></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/weekender-cure-cultural-indigestion-100853 WBEZ staff pick their favorite songs of 2010 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 12/16/2010: Download file changed</em></p><p>At this time of year it seems everyone's suddenly a music critic. There's no shortage of lists carefully ranking albums in order of cultural significance. And this year, the most interesting part of most of them is finding out where Kanye's album fell. (Except, of course, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/reasons-living-20-best-albums-2010">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/shownotes/2010/121010/shownotes.html">Sound Opinions</a>' lists).</p><p>But how often does cultural significance line up with what people actually listen to? Sure, the Arcade Fire's album makes a big statement, but can any of the tracks hold their own against Ke$ha's &quot;Tik Tok?&quot; It's an MP3 world after all.</p><p>In that spirit, we decided to put a little twist on the annual &quot;critic's list&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp; We simply asked our colleagues here at Chicago Public Media to pick their favorite song they listened to in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>And together, they served up quite a range of responses. Some picks were heartfelt, others not so much.&nbsp; Most of them simply had a good beat.&nbsp;</p><p>Without further ado - for your listening pleasure - we present&nbsp; the top songs playing on iPods at 848 E Grand Avenue this year.&nbsp; Enjoy!</p><p>(<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/WBEZ Staff 2010 Mix.mp3" target="_blank">Download an abridged version of this mix here</a>)</p><p><strong>(0:00) Robin Linn, Producer, Sound Opinions</strong><br />F- You by Cee Lo Green</p><p><strong>(4:27) Jason Marck, Director, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />Into the Wind by Bei Bei &amp; Shawn Lee</p><p><strong>(7:58) Jim DeRogatis, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Garbage Truck by Beck</p><p><strong>(12:03) JR Nelson, Co-Host, Hit It or Quit It </strong><br />Yamaha by The-Dream</p><p><strong>(16:58) Jason Saldanha, Producer, Sound Opinions </strong><br />All I Want by LCD Soundsystem</p><p><strong>(23:43) Molly Adams, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Runway Love Remix by Kanye West featuring Justin Bieber</p><p><strong>(29:01) Icoi Johnson, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />The Perpetual Self or &quot;What Would Saul Alinsky Do?&quot;by Sufjan Stevens</p><p><strong>(31:41) Alison Cuddy, Host, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />MmmHmmm by Flying Lotus</p><p><strong>(35:55) George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships </strong><br />No Viniste by Carla Morrison</p><p><strong>(39:52) Melanie Palmer, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />The Best in Me by Marvin Sapp</p><p><strong>(44:18) Susie An, News Producer </strong><br />Exuses by the Morning Benders</p><p><strong>(48:53) Brian Babylon, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Stylo by Gorillaz featuring Bobby Womak and Mos Def</p><p><strong>(53:44) Natalie Moore, Reporter </strong><br />Miss Me by Drake</p><p><strong>(58:07) Bill Healy, News Freelancer</strong> <br />Sinister Kid by The Black Keys</p><p><strong>(62:11) Nick van der Kolk, Producer, Vocalo Mixtape</strong> <br />An Apology by Future Islands</p><p><strong>(66:04) Tony Arnold, Reporter </strong><br />Sick of You by Cake</p><p><strong>(69:42) Alison Scholly, COO </strong><br />Tightrope by Janelle Monae</p><p><strong>(74:40) Samuel Vega, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />Battle Cry by Joell Ortiz</p><p><strong>(80:24) Greg Kot, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Albatross by Besnard Lakes</p><p><strong>(85:04) Liz Bustamante, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />Winterwind by the Bottomless Pit</p><p><strong>(91:56) Richard Steele, Interviewer </strong><br />Wonderful Savior by Mavis Staples</p><p><strong>(94:15) Andrew Gill, Web Producer </strong><br />Bottled in Cork by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists</p><p><strong>(97:57) Nathan Biggs, Membership </strong><br />Bushwick Blues by Delta Spirit</p><p><strong>(101:32) Beth Maggard, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Terrible Love by the National</p><p><strong>(106:05) Tony Abraham, Web Development Intern </strong><br />Shutterbug by Big Boi</p><p><strong>(109:38) Janet Gould, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Positive Dance by SMAP</p><p><strong>(114:11) Alex Keefe, News Producer </strong><br />Tootsie Roll by the 69 Boyz</p><p>Share the song that defined 2010 for you in the comments.</p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010