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Sidewalk Chalk photo by Kristie Kahns, HANDOUT

Local Anesthetic Playlist For Sunday, March 29, 2015 [Playlist & Free Download]

I’m not sure any great insights were gleaned during last night’s interview with Sidewalk Chalk but it was cool to play some tracks from their live set, Shoulder Season. The title refers to that transitional […]


(Photo: Sneak Attack Media)

“It Was Just Such An Honor And Privilege To Be Inside Those Hallowed Walls” Umphrey’s McGee Talk About Their Experience Recording At Abbey Road

Umphrey’s McGee recently announced the release of their London Session: A Day At Abbey Road Studios album containing ten tracks recorded at the infamous Abbey Road Studios. Recorded while the band was in London for a three night run at the Brooklyn Bowl London, the album is set for an April 7th release. With the release of the record just a few weeks away, I spoke with keyboardist Joel Cummins about the experience as well as what kind of impact it had on the band.


Larkin and Moran Brothers

Local Anesthetic St. Patty’s Playlist For Sunday, March 15, 2015 [Playlist & Free Download]

Dan Larkin and Terry Moran were my guests on last night’s Local Anesthetic, in to represent for the many headed Celtic configuration known as The Larkin and Moran Brothers. Needless to say, it’s a busy […]


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” […]