Re:sound #130: The Chicago Show

This hour: Chicago. Hogbutcher to the world, jewel of the Midwest, and everything inbetween.

2010 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: Chicago. Hogbutcher to the world, jewel of the Midwest, and everything inbetween.

Wild Onion
by Gwen Macsai (Re:sound, 2010)
Chicago, as all Chicagoans know, means wild onion. Wild, as in feral, unpredictable, fierce, blustery, lunatic. Onion, as in layered, spicy, sometimes stinky, sometimes sweet, and always tear-inducing. At its best, it's beautiful, humming with life. At its worst, it's freezing, boiling, congested, dirty, and corrupt.

The Chicago Sound Drops:

Couple Two Tree
by Sean Cole, USA

Studs and Jimmy
by Alan Hall, UK

Riding Through the Summer
by Katie Mingle, USA

Elevated (Grand Chicago)
by Aaron Ximm

Chicago's Gangster
by Heather Radke

Beat Street
by Chris Sewell

The Big City
by Sean Hurley

I've Never Lived in Chicago
by Jonathan Mitchell

Tripping the Light Fantastic with Abraham Levitan
by Delaney Hall and Jacob Anderson (Re:sound, 2010)
Chicago musician Abraham Levitan has a musical superpower: he can write and perform songs on the spot, with just a few minutes of preparation time. We visited Abraham in his apartment, at his piano, and he explained the process he goes through to keep the heart-stopping terror at a minimum and the creative energy at a maximum: a little meditation, a lot of talent, and low expectations, which keeps the dreaded writer's block at bay.

Deliverance Day
by Abraham Levitan (Re:sound, 2010)
We like Abraham's work so much that we've invited him to be an occasional Re:sound contributor. Every once in a while, he'll listen to all the songs on the show and write a short song inspired by them. Deliverance Day is Abraham's first wrap-up masterpiece, inspired by the Chicago Sound Drops.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Delaney Hall.

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Gwen Macsai

Gwen Macsai hosts Third Coast's radio programs Re:sound and Best of the Best.

Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a producer at This American Life .

Alan Hall

Alan Hall is the founder of Falling Tree Productions in London.

Aaron Ximm

Aaron Ximm is a San Francisco-based field recordist and sound artist.

Heather Radke

Heather Radke was a first-round judge for the 2012 TC/RHDF Competition: Best Documentary Award.

Chris Sewell

Chris Sewell is a writer and producer who used to live in Chicago, but now calls Seattle home. He's good for about one audio piece a year. Maybe two.

Sean Hurley

Sean Hurley lives with his wife and son in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he contributes regularly to New Hampshire Public Radio, sometimes as himself, sometimes as his alter-ego, "Sherwin Sleeves."

Abraham Levitan

Abraham Levitan is a Chicago-based musician who tries to write the simplest possible songs. "Just throw strikes," he'll often tell himself. Happily, he is unsuccessful at this task, and as a result, his creative energies spill out in all directions.


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