WBEZ | Music http://www.wbez.org/news/music Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hey Marseilles Brings New Sound With New Album http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/hey-marseilles-brings-new-sound-new-album-114703 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Hey Marseilles-Flickr-ianmckay.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Not many bands eight years into a career would be willing-or have the guts-to step back, reassess their sound, and take a new approach to recording and performing. But that&rsquo;s exactly what happened to Hey Marseilles.</p><p dir="ltr">The group is releasing their latest album and even though this is their third album, it&rsquo;s self-titled because in many ways it feels like they&#39;re announcing themselves to the world for the first time. Hey Marseilles joins us in the studio to share their new sound.</p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-04/hey-marseilles-brings-new-sound-new-album-114703 Reclaimed Soul: Artisits Under Aliases http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-03/reclaimed-soul-artisits-under-aliases-114693 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Reclaimed-Soul.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">On this week&rsquo;s Reclaimed Soul preview, Vocalo&rsquo;s Ayana Contreras brings us a crop of musical artists who recorded under aliases, and songwriters writing music under aliases (for a variety of reasons).</p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-03/reclaimed-soul-artisits-under-aliases-114693 Remembering ‘soft rock’s seminal band’ http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-02/remembering-%E2%80%98soft-rock%E2%80%99s-seminal-band%E2%80%99-114688 <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/BlueJeanCommittee_CatalinaBreeze_Cover.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>Although the Eagles were one of the bestselling bands of all time, as definitive of their era as the Beatles were of the one before, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/arts/music/glenn-frey-a-founding-member-of-the-eagles-dies-at-67.html">the recent passing of their key member Glenn Frey</a> didn&rsquo;t elicit nearly the emotional outpouring of, say, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/arts/music/david-bowie-dies-at-69.html">the death of David Bowie</a>, which comes as no surprise to students of rock history.</p><p>More than any other group, the Eagles created the model of a superstar rock band as a ruthless, soulless corporation, thanks as much to their own blatant careerism as to the greed of their infamous manager, Irving Azoff, &ldquo;the poison dwarf&rdquo; from downstate Danville, IL. As amply demonstrated in the 2013 documentary <em>History of the Eagles</em>, as embarrassing and painful an authorized project as Metallica&rsquo;s <em>Some Kind of Monster</em>, the musicians pretty much hated everyone and everything, starting with one another, and very much putting the lie to all those peaceful easy feelings they crooned about. True, some songs stand as undeniably brilliant&mdash;chief among them &ldquo;Hotel California,&rdquo; which intentionally or not conjures the sinister undertones lurking behind their own swaying-palms facade. But much of that multi-platinum canon just ranges from insipid, to vapid, to gratingly insincere.</p><p>Just try to name another band that made punk rock more necessary.</p><p>In any event, as much of any of those Eagles earworms (&ldquo;Well I&rsquo;m a-runnin&rsquo; down the road tryin&rsquo; to loosen my load/I&rsquo;ve got seven women on my mind/Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me/One says she&rsquo;s a friend of mine&hellip;&rdquo; <em>ugh!</em>), the band I can&rsquo;t get out of my head in recent days is the Blue Jean Committee, one of the most brilliant creations of comedians Fred Armisen and Bill Hader in their extraordinary first season of <em><a href="http://www.ifc.com/shows/documentary-now">Documentary Now!</a></em>, the IFC series satirizing the sometimes self-important craft of documentary filmmaking.</p><p>As evidenced by his work on <em>Saturday Night Live </em>and <em>Portlandia</em>, former Chicagoan and one-time punk-rock drummer Armisen always does music well, and the season-closing two-party mockumentary <em>Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee </em>is especially spot-on. The target is the laidback California soft-rock scene of the early &rsquo;70s in general&mdash;with echoes of Bread, America, Jackson Browne, and many other mellow avatars of those groovy times&mdash;but the biggest specific inspirations clearly are Frey &amp; Co. and <em>History of the Eagles.</em></p><p>The Blue Jean Committee&rsquo;s driving forces, Clark Honus (Hader) and Gene Allen (Armisen), start out as buddies playing bad blues in Chicago at night while attending &ldquo;sausage school&rdquo; by day. They hop on the California bandwagon strictly for mercenary reasons, goaded and exploited by managerial mastermind &ldquo;Alvin Izoff.&rdquo; They cynically record &ldquo;the quintessential California album,&rdquo; <em>Catalina Breeze</em>, which spawns six consecutive hit singles&mdash;though they clearly never believe a word they sing or a note they play.</p><p>As with Frey, Don Henley, and all of the other Eagles except for the blissfully oblivious Joe Walsh, Honus and Allen come to despise one another. The big break happens with a fight onstage at the Hollywood Bowl during the &ldquo;Animal Rights Now Benefit.&rdquo; Allen, it seems, can no longer live with the hypocrisies of feigning the hippie vegetarian lifestyle and turning his back on Chicago sausage. He returns to the non-metaphorical meat grinder in his home town, while Honus walks around barefoot in white robes counting his millions in a mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The inevitable latter-day reunion hardly smooths things over, instead instantly recalling all the old animosities.</p><p>&ldquo;Take it easy&rdquo; always is much easier said than done, of course.</p><p>Released with little fanfare late last year and deserving of much more attention, Armisen turned to his old pals at Chicago&rsquo;s Drag City Records to release a seven-song EP of the Blue Jean Committee&rsquo;s best-loved tunes, along with an additional seven-inch single. Like the documentary, <em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Catalina-Breeze-Blue-Jean-Committee/dp/B0186NTSY6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1454514811&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=blue+jean+committee">Catalina Breeze</a> </em>is perfect in tone and execution&mdash;a stone-cold hoot that evinces as much love as disdain for the subject of its parody, in the grand tradition of Spinal Tap or the Rutles. And &ldquo;Hotel California&rdquo; aside, I know whose songs I&rsquo;d rather listen to.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PfrHCNo2I3M" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>The Blue Jean Committee, <em>Catalina Breeze </em>(Drag City)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 3.5 stars.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-02/remembering-%E2%80%98soft-rock%E2%80%99s-seminal-band%E2%80%99-114688 Radio M February 5, 2016: Let's celebrate the Mardi Gras! http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-02-02/radio-m-february-5-2016-lets-celebrate-mardi-gras-114678 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mardi gras.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Shrove Tuesday 2016 is right around the corner; one more moment of revelry before the Lenten season. So this week on Radio M we throw the annual Mardi Gras/Carnival celebration. This year Radio M mines the sounds of Louisiana cajun country where their celebration is known as Fat Tuesday Run or Courir de Mardi Gras, and of course the jazz, blues, R&amp;B and gumbo sounds of New Orleans. So get out your beads and masks and get set for a fais do do!</p></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-02-02/radio-m-february-5-2016-lets-celebrate-mardi-gras-114678 Radio M January 29th, 2016: Another Friday of Great Global Sounds. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-02-01/radio-m-january-29th-2016-another-friday-great-global-sounds-114653 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Studio-One.png" alt="" /><p><p>There&#39;s never a dull moment on Radio M. This week we go to Jamaica for music from the Studio One vaults, Chile for a dose of&nbsp; psych rock from 1970, funky sounds from Ivory Coast and a stop in Israel for the latest from Idan Raichel. Plus another cut from the new album by Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namtchylak. And next week it&#39;s the annual Mardi Gras/Carnaval Radio M show. Tweet your request to host Tony Sarabia @wbezsarabia. On with the show!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Leroy Sibbles- Express Yourself- Studio One Soul</p><p>The 5, 6, 7, 8&#39;s- Dream Boy- Bomb the Twist</p><p>The 5,6,7,8&#39;s live on stage</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rJ5TGC9JxIc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Aguaturbia- Heartbreaker- Psychedelic Drugstore</p><p>Tsvia Abarbanel- Yahel Hawa- Soul of the East</p><p>Chano Pozo- Tin Tin Deo-&nbsp; The Very Best of Chano Pozo</p><p>Debruit- Afro Booty Musique-&nbsp; From the Horizon</p><p>Talking Heads- Born Under Punches- Remain in Light</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YO7N2tFb0X8" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Tamikrest- Imanin Bas Zihoun- Chatma</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/APSCPAAs6LQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Sainko Namtchylak- Melody in My Heart- Like A Bird or Spirit, Not A face</p><p>Cuarteto Patria- Parales Pinares</p><p>Eliades Ochoa was a member of Cuarteto Patria before Buena Vista Social Club then he took part in the Afrocubism project. He never goes anywhere without his trademark cowboy hat.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UXMyK6hbQZc" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>David Bowie- Black Star- Black Star</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kszLwBaC4Sw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Jefferson Airplane- The Ballad of You &amp; Me &amp; Pooneil- After Bathing at Baxter&#39;s</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LwFR5fjs8m4" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Idan Raichel- Ma&#39;agalim ( Circles)- At the Edge of the Beginning</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FLhwxlrteS4" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Afrosound- Ponchito de Colores- The Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 1</p><p>Philip Cohran &amp; The Artistic Heritage Ensemble- New Frankiphone Blues- The Zulu 45&#39;s Collection</p><p>Sting &amp; Dominic Muldowney- The Ballad of Mack the Knife- Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zMWc4h77e2o" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Orchestra Lissango- Okuzua- Afro Rock Vol.1</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Los Sander&#39;s de Nana- Recuerdos- El Sonido de la Carretera Central con el Rey de la Guitara Teo Laura</p><p>Jimmy Cliff- Let&#39;s Dance - Jimmy Cliff</p><p>DJ Rehka- Bhanghall- Basement Bhangra</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xmo-gqSlWN8" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Ursula 1000-&nbsp; Repetez le Repetoire- Mondo Beyond</p><p>Okoi Seka Athnase- Melokoton Membun Ou- Ivory Coast Soul Edits</p><p>Eddie Palmieri- Las Negritas del Carnaval- Electro Duro</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-02-01/radio-m-january-29th-2016-another-friday-great-global-sounds-114653 The Return of Two Great Chicago Music Fanzines http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/return-two-great-chicago-fanzines-114651 <p><p>Though I spent the vaunted indie-rock &rsquo;80s haunting C.B.G.B. on New York&rsquo;s Lower East Side and Maxwell&rsquo;s across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., I felt a strong connection to what was happening in Chicago during that fertile period that provided the crucial link between the initial explosion of punk in the &rsquo;70s and its flourishing in the mainstream during the alternative &rsquo;90s. I was eagerly waiting at the front of the stage when all of Chicago&rsquo;s best indie bands made their first treks east. Why?</p><p>Y&rsquo;see, kids, back before Al Gore invented the Interweb, leading to the deluge of of blogs, Tweets, and Facebook posts, one could still tune in to underground music (and many other esoteric interests) given the desire and a bit of initiative thanks to fanzines&mdash;self-published, D.I.Y. magazines that covered a culture almost no one else cared about. Chicago was home to three of the best in the country: <em>Matter Magazine</em>, edited by Medill journalism student Liz Phillip and featuring her classmate Steve Albini as star columnist; <em>Empire Monthly</em>, which grew out of Chicagoan Pat Daly&rsquo;s divey labor-of-love Empire Records Store on the far Northwest Side, and <em>Non-Stop Banter</em>, edited by Bruce and Debbie Novak from their home base at the other end of the map in the southwest suburbs.</p><p>Now, two of these three classic &rsquo;zines are back&mdash;not publishing again, alas, but with online archives of their work readily accessible via the Net. The complete (as far as I can tell) run of <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/latherwas30yearsoldtoday/?fref=photo">Empire Monthly</a></em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/latherwas30yearsoldtoday/?fref=photo"> was posted on Facebook by Daly around the holidays</a>, while the Novaks not long before that unveiled a spiffy new site that is hosting all of the <a href="https://issuu.com/ablankslate">back issues of <em>Non-Stop Banter.</em></a></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/Empire.jpg" style="height: 595px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>Warning: Both are intense but very rewarding time-sucks&mdash;and I mean that as the highest compliment.</p><p>Both zines lovingly and thoroughly covered the then-groundbreaking sounds of local bands such as Big Black, Naked Raygun, the Effigies, Eleventh Dream Day, Material Issue, the Slugs, Green and, well, pretty much everyone else in town in who drew a crowd of a dozen or more, as well as chronicling their fellow travelers (and soon to be major influences in the alternative world) far outside the Windy City: Sonic Youth, the Feelies, Salem 66, the Del Fuegos, Dinosaur Jr., R.E.M. (when R.E.M. still was R.E.M.) and many, many others, some forgotten, and some now lionized.</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/NSB%20copy.jpg" style="height: 563px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>Neither publication would win points for stellar design: We&rsquo;re talking articles pounded out on an IBM Selectric and shrunk down to 8-point type with a copy machine, accompanied by photos pasted in with rubber cement and a headline rubbed on with Letraset. But the passion of writers such as Daly, the Novaks, Rick Reger, and Tina Woelke and photographers including Phil Rockrohr and the great Marty Perez is palpable on every page, and their talents are considerable.</p><p>These fans&rsquo; work not only stands up three decades later; it now is an invaluable window into the history of an incredibly rich period that might otherwise have been forgotten absent their love and devotion, to say nothing of the carpal-tunnel pain of hand-stapling mountains of Xeroxed pages to hand out at Metro or Lounge Ax.</p><p>Zine culture isn&rsquo;t dead, of course&mdash;in fact, like cassettes and vinyl, it is resurgent and arguably thriving in a new golden age. If you doubt it, you haven&rsquo;t perused the stacks lately at Chicago&rsquo;s venerable home to the scene, <a href="http://www.quimbys.com/">Quimby&rsquo;s on North Avenue</a> at the outskirts of Wicker Park. But the Net has forever changed the way we learn and read about new music (and everything else), and the zines of this era, like the hand-scribed Bibles of monks in the Middle Ages or the first edition of collected Shakespeare, are now relics very much worth celebrating.</p><p>Is it too much to hope that someone will scan their old copies of <em>Matter</em> and give them immortality on the Web, too? Until that happens, we have these sites, which could have no better soundtrack than the shoulda-been-a-hit 1987 tune from Great Plains, &ldquo;Letter to a Fanzine.&rdquo;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9f4J2x3crc8" width="560"></iframe></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/return-two-great-chicago-fanzines-114651 Radio M January 22, 2016: New music from Baaba Maal, Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namchylak and Morocco's answer to James Brown. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-01-25/radio-m-january-22-2016-new-music-baaba-maal-tuvan-throat-singer-sainko <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sainkho.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There already are a couple of great new releases for the new year; one is from a well known Senegalese artist the other from a female Tuvan throat singer who&#39;s remained a bit of a cult figure. Guitarist and vocalist Baaba Maal has not released a new album since his 2009 electronic heavy <em>Television</em>. His new one- <em>The Traveller</em>- features a mix of African roots sounds and western electro music.</p><p>The Guardian calls <em>Like a Bird or a Spirit not a Face </em>from experimental Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namtchylak the most unlikely fusion album of the year. That&#39;s because she teams up with two members of Tuareg group Tinariwen. The result works very well with desert blues and sparse calabash percussion providing the perfect accompaniment to Namtchylak&#39;s vocal variations- from child like cooing to eerie and beautiful wailing. This woman&#39;s got a seven octave range! The year for global music is off to a good start.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>M&rsquo;Fadel Fadoul- Sid Redad- Al Zman Said</p><p>Sainko Namtchylak- Erge Chokka To- Like a Bird or a Spirit not a Face</p><p>Here&#39;s a bit of Sainko from a 2010 performance</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qvyd-f7YpVw" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Baaba Maal- Fulani Rock- The Traveller</p><p>Hafusa Abasi &amp; Slim Hodi with the Yahoos Band- Sina Raha- Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970&rsquo;s-80&rsquo;s</p><p>The Good Ones- Dans L&rsquo;oublie&nbsp; (The World is in Chaos)- Rwanda is My Home</p><p>Grace Jones- Walking in the Rain- Nightclubbing</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ifhcWeXIOZs" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Aurelio- Nando- Landini</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aboegce_7kg" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Duke of Iron- Mambo Calypso- Mambo Calypso</p><p>Sylvie Vartan- Suzanne- Nouvelle Vague</p><p>Abida Parveen- Meri Bukkai De Vich- 50 Greatest Hits</p><p>Suba- Sereia- Sao Paulo Confessions</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lsLy2ocBHWw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Jethro Tull &ndash; Fat Man- Stand Up</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wVbDKB1TtEQ" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Jerusalem in My Heart- Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz (What If The Hijaz Were Enough?)- If He Dies, If, If, If, If, If, If</p><p>Yorkston/Thorne/Kahn- Everything Sacred &ndash; Everything Sacred</p><p>Tunto - Couscous Music- Huvi</p><p>Fofoulah- Balou Nala- Bene Bop</p><p>Cecilia Noel- Cars- Havana Rocks</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xmyoNEr4wZY" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Hailu Mergia &amp; the Walias- Tche Belew- Tche Belew</p><p>Hailu in Copenhagen. Maybe you saw him at Martyr&#39;s.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xxOCqWGSNDA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Rabbits &amp; Carrots- Las 4 Culturas- Soul Latino</p><p>Dick Khoza- African Jive- South African Funk Experience!</p><p>Bob Marley &amp; the Wailers &ndash; Stir It Up- Catch A Fire</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y5sOzbD29GQ" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Stromae- Ave Cesaria- Racine Caree</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rO1VDCZh_Ko" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Cesaria Evora- Consedjo- Cesaria Evora</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4TSjLf-n3r0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Tony Allen- Morose- Lagos No Shaking</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2016-01-25/radio-m-january-22-2016-new-music-baaba-maal-tuvan-throat-singer-sainko Chicago's photographers and fine artists celebrate the life of Michael Weinstein http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/chicagos-photographers-and-fine-artists-celebrate-life-michael-weinstein <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/Mike.jpeg" style="height: 358px; width: 640px;" title="Michael Weinstien, (Charmane Eastman)" /></div><p>This blog paid tribute to the one-of-a-kind political philosophy professor, punk-rock agitainer, and photography critic <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-09/farewell-fellow-traveler-michael-weinstein-112998">Michael Weinstein upon his death last September</a>. Now, the Chicago art community of which he was a tireless champion is gathering to celebrate his life at <a href="http://www.paulberlanga.com/events/mike-weinstein">Berlanga Fine Art &amp; Photographs</a>, 230 W. Superior, from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 23.</p><p>Writes gallery owner Paul Berlanga, &ldquo;He needed nothing except his beloved soulmate Deena Weinstein and to live every moment in full. Anyone who knew Michael Weinstein is a bit more alive for having crossed his path. And for those of us in the art community, specifically the Chicago fine art photography community, we have lost our true champion; Michael was our critic, philosopher, interpreter and cheerleader. There is no other like him.&rdquo;</p><p>More info is available on the gallery&rsquo;s Web site at the link above and on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1685449928398284/">Facebook</a>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><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/19-913x620.jpg" style="height: 435px; width: 640px;" title="NJ Transit, NYC 1994 by Adam Yauch (Stephen Daiter Gallery)" /></div></div><p>Also on the rock and photography tip, this weekend is your last chance to catch a show at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, also at 230 W. Superior, pairing the work of the photographs of the Beastie Boys&rsquo; Adam Yauch, who died in 2012, with paintings by his father Noel.</p><p>The show has been open for several weeks, but it ends tomorrow, so didn&rsquo;t miss the opportunity to see it before it closes, before or after hoisting one in honor of fellow traveler Mike Weinstein.</p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/chicagos-photographers-and-fine-artists-celebrate-life-michael-weinstein Adore Life, Adore Savages http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/adore-life-adore-savages-114524 <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/New%20Savages%20Pic%202015.jpg" style="height: 640px; width: 640px;" title="" /></div><p>Be here now. Live in the moment. Carpe diem. However you want to phrase it, this is the message of all great rock &rsquo;n&rsquo; roll&mdash;explicit in the lyrics, implied in the music, or in the case of Savages, both.</p><p>&ldquo;I understand the urgency of life/In the distance there is truth which cuts like a knife/Maybe I will die maybe tomorrow so I need to say/I adore life,&rdquo; Jehnny Beth sings midway through <em>Adore Life</em>, theatrically but oh-so-sincerely, seducing us but also scaring us a little bit, and as thoroughly undeniable as ever. Then her bandmates Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan, and Fay Milton&mdash;each of them as distinctive voices on, respectively, guitar, bass, and drums as Jenny Beth is as a front person&mdash;build from a whisper to a roar in an ever-building climax that evokes&hellip; who, exactly?</p><p>The temptation is to say Wire at its most frantic, Hüsker Dü at its most thunderous, Joy Division at its most hypnotic, or My Bloody Valentine at its most wall-of-noise chaotic. But while Savages have plenty of reference points&mdash;on their eagerly anticipated second album as on their <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-05/savages-drop-startlingly-powerful-debut-107065">2013 debut Silence Yourself</a>&mdash;they don&rsquo;t really sound like anybody else. What they really prompt is that same electric jolt, part thrill of recognition and part sledgehammer introduction to the new, that many of us felt when first hearing any of those bands&mdash;as well, as I&rsquo;ve said in the past, as Nirvana. (And it may be worth noting here how one of the new videos, for &ldquo;The Answer,&rdquo; pays subtle homage to the community of alternative misfits in that famous gym in &ldquo;Smells Like Teen Spirit.&rdquo;)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kvvhHT0B5ck" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Honed in live performance, including a nine-night stint in New York, and produced once again by Jehnny Beth&rsquo;s former musical partner Nicolas Congé/Johnny Hostile, much is being made of <em>Adore Life </em>being a collection of 10 love songs, albeit supremely twisted ones. Some are expressing surprise because they heard <em>Silence Yourself </em>as so angry that it bordered on nihilism. Maybe those folks never saw the band live; they certainly didn&rsquo;t listen closely enough to the last album&rsquo;s lyrics. Onstage and on record, Savages howled against solipsism and the alienating disconnection of modern life not in affirmation but in the strongest possible rejection. But anger, especially from very smart and self-assured women, can cause confusion in some corners.</p><p>As Thompson says in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/arts/music/savages-embrace-love-with-controlled-chaos-on-adore-life.html?_r=0">a brilliant profile of the band</a> by Jon Pareles in <em>The New York Times, </em>&ldquo;When it&rsquo;s associated with women, anger is treated as a negative thing. It shouldn&rsquo;t be. Anger in men or women, put in a positive way, creates things. It accelerates creation. And I think we put it in a very positive way on that record, and it made us stronger. We needed that at that time.&rdquo;</p><p>That need purged, Savages felt free to spell out what has been evident in every note they&rsquo;ve played: Life is worth celebrating, as is the sometimes elusive but very real ideal of love. So much so, in fact, that it&rsquo;s impossible not to feel fury for anyone who would deny or impede that.</p><p>&ldquo;Love is the answer,&rdquo; Jehnny Beth sings in the choruses of the very first song on the new disc, and everything that follows amplifies that proudly un-ironic declaration. Not that there aren&rsquo;t challenges. &ldquo;If you don&#39;t love me/You don&rsquo;t love anybody,&rdquo; she warns at one point in crazy-eyes mode. &ldquo;This is what you get when you mess with love/A morning in darkness, the eyes of dawn,&rdquo; she howls elsewhere.</p><p>Yes, well, to quote William Goldman from <em>The Princess Bride </em>(a most un-Savages-like film&mdash;or is it?), &ldquo;Life is pain&hellip; Anyone who says differently is selling something.&rdquo; Savages aren&rsquo;t selling anything, other than the notion that life is worth living, and, indeed, adoring. So, too, is this incredible band.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y7ZpPsaMNMM" width="560"></iframe></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/Savages-ADORE-LIFE.jpeg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p><strong>Savages, <em>Adore Life </em>(Matador)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 4 stars.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><strike>@</strike></strong><strong>JimDeRogatis</strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong>Facebook</strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>&mdash;including our 2013 </strong></em><a href="http://soundopinions.org/show/409/"><strong>interview with and performance by Savages</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2016-01/adore-life-adore-savages-114524 Remembering the Persian Gulf War http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-20/remembering-persian-gulf-war-114544 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gulf-War-2.jpg" style="height: 423px; width: 620px;" title="President George Bush pauses during a White House press conference shortly after Congress empowered him to use force in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 1991. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)​" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242986529&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Twenty five years since the Gulf War</span><br />This month marks the 25th anniversary of the congressional authorization of the first Gulf War. The Center for Strategic International Studies recently noted that for the U.S. it was the start of almost 25 continuous years of bombing and military engagement in Iraq. John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago recently said that &ldquo;since 2001, the U.S. has had the midas touch in reverse&rdquo; when it comes to the Middle East. We talk with two veteran peace campaigners who make the case that first Gulf War was instrumental in a series of cascading events with negative repercussions for the U.S. and the world. We&rsquo;ll talk about how militarization, the media, and politics changed after the Gulf War.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Jennifer Bing is the &nbsp;director of Chicago AFSC Middle East Program</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Kevin Martin is executive director of Peace Action</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/WHM.jpg" title="Otto von Bismarck, the Chancellor of Germany. (AP Photo)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242986970&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">World History Moment: Reunification of Germany</span><br />When most people think about German reunification, they remember the fall of the Berlin Wall. &nbsp;But Germany was actually unified before that,in 1871. &nbsp;Historian John Schmidt recalls what happened.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> John Schmidt is a historian and the author of &ldquo;On This Day in Chicago History.&rdquo;</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/Global%20Notes%20.jpg" title="Fadoul is known as the James Brown of Morocco. (Photo: Habibi Funk Records)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242994102&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a66cb6ec-620f-2009-178e-e707a9357c6c"><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Global Notes: Fadoul, Morocco&rsquo;s &ldquo;godfather of soul&rdquo;</span></span></span><br />There seems to be no corner of the world that wasn&rsquo;t impacted &nbsp;by the music of the &ldquo;hardest working man in show business,&rdquo; &nbsp;James Brown. For this week&rsquo;s Global Notes, Radio M and Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia introduces us to Morocco&rsquo;s answer to the Godfather of Soul: Fadoul.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> Tony Sarabia is the host of Morning Shift and Radio M</p></p> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-20/remembering-persian-gulf-war-114544