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Jaime Rojo at WXRT

Local Anesthetic Playlist for Sunday, March 1, 2015 [Playlist & Free Download]

In order to get this post to “format” correctly on the WXRT website, I’ve got to write a minimum number of words. I forget how many exactly but it’s usually not a problem. However, since […]


The Bama Lamas and Me

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 [Playlist & Free Download]

I’m sorry, are my questions putting you to sleep? Nah, the boys in The Bama Lamas were just resting up for the hard work of getting grilled by yours truly regarding the making of Going […]



Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 [Playlist & Free Download]

Rare is the album that seems to grow stronger as it moves from track to track but such is the case with Fragmented World from Split Single. The Jason Narducy led project spikes early with […]


Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends

Local Anesthetic Playlist For “The Anesthetic Best of ’14” [Playlist & Free Download]

Having spent a boatload of time between Christmas and New Year’s looking at all the Local Anesthetic playlists of 2014 and listening back to the 20-something interviews I did with Chicago bands, I came up […]


Richard Milne at early radio gig

The Pogues’ James Fearnley talks about “Fairytale of New York” this Christmas Afternoon On XRT

See that guy spinning records on the radio this Christmas day? That’ll be me from 2pm-6pm.


The Life and Times

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

As I expected, Allen Epley of The Life and Times had me genuinely guffawing during the course of our conversation on Sunday night’s Local Anesthetic. Especially his friendly mimicking of my “it’s my job, bro” […]



Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

Two very down to earth and very talented fellas were my guests on last night’s Local Anesthetic. Textbook guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dave Lysien and bassist Rick Uncapher dropped by to play tracks from the group’s All Messed […]


Gerald Dowd

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, November 2, 2014 [Playlist & Free Download]

For as much as this man works, you’d expect Gerald Dowd to be a Type A personality. You know; at best, just a touch overbearing and kind of a general noodge. I knew, however, before […]



Anesthetic Playlist For “The History of Chicago Funk And Soul (Part 9)” [Playlist & Free Download]

After nine episodes of the “Chicago History of Funk and Soul”, Dante Carfagna and me are like a well-oiled, 7″ single spinning machine. What’s become clear to me in the ten years since Dante’s first […]