Archives: Music

This is the archive page for the category [Music]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here on the subject. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

CCLaP Podcast 124: "Chicago After Dark" University of Chicago Contributor Party | January 22, 2015
It's Monday Thursday, which means it's time for another episode of the CCLaP Podcast. Today, it's a special one-hour live recording from our recent Chicago After Dark contributor party on the University of Chicago campus, held in conjunction with... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 108: Ken Kase, Words and Music | December 2, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, a special half-hour performance by St. Louis musician Ken Kase, featuring both his pop music and pieces from his first book of poetry. Recorded at CCLaP's "Studio 505" performance venue, also known as my new apartment in the Uptown neighborhood. | Read entire entry

Our last show of the year is tonight! Come see musician Ken Kase! | November 15, 2013
CCLaP's last live show of the year is tonight! And it features St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase, who will be both performing pop songs and reading from his book of sonnets. Free admission! Free food! Free liquor! What a perfect thing to do at the last minute on the last mild Friday night of the year! Click through for more details, and RSVP for the street address to cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. | Read entire entry

Our last show of the year is this Friday! Ken Kase sings and reads! | November 12, 2013
Only four days until CCLaP's last live show of the year! It's a special performance by St. Louis artist Ken Kase, who will be both performing his popular music and reading from his poetry book "Seven Sonnets," the whole thing being recorded for a live album at iTunes in 2014. Click through to download a free copy of the book right this second! | Read entire entry

Two weeks until Mark R. Brand performs at Studio 505! Just a month until Ken Kase! | October 18, 2013
Just two weeks until CCLaP's newest event at its new "Studio 505" performance venue (i.e. Jason Pettus' new apartment in Uptown), Mark R. Brand reading a full half-hour from his new book "Long Live Us." Then two weeks after that, a special one-time event featuring St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 94: August Music Special | August 31, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the music I've been finding online in the last thirty days, and present the best to you college-radio-style. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 92: July Music Special | August 3, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the triumphant return of the center's monthly music special, in which I look over all the songs I've been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days, then present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 80: Mathrock Music Special | November 14, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special themed music episode, this time looking at the genre of "mathrock," which my fellow clueless middle-agers can think of as a combination of Devo, club music, They Might Be Giants, '80s movie soundtracks, and the intense energy of a live punk show. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 77: August/September Music Special | September 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August/September edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the recent music I've been downloading legally for free online, and present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's special features 13 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 75: June/July Music Special | July 25, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June/July edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last month, and present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's special features twelve songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 05: Music for a Sleepless Night | June 6, 2011
Today in the special "CCLaP After Dark" summer podcast series: it's an extra-special 75-minute music mix, full of songs that are all a little weird, a little haunting and a little poetic, perfect for your next rainy day or restless night. Click through to download, stream live, or subscribe to CCLaP's iTunes channel. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 72: May Music Special | May 16, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's the May edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the free legal music I myself have been finding online in the last month, then present the best back to you college-radio-style. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts right around 45 minutes. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 71: April Music Special | April 25, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the April edition of the center's monthly music special, the third of four new music specials I've been posting throughout the month of April. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 70: March Music Special | April 11, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the March edition of the center's monthly music special, the second of four new music specials coming every Monday throughout the month of April. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 69: February Music Special | April 4, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the February edition of the center's monthly music special, the first of four all-new music specials coming every Monday throughout April. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 67: Winter 2011 Electronica Special | February 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's one of only two all-electronica music specials I allow myself to do each year, where songs are literally mixed together by beat like you would hear in a danceclub, and with only one short voiceover at the beginning of the episode. Today's mix features 18 songs and lasts just over an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 66: January Music Special | January 31, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: After a holiday break, it's the triumphant return of the center's monthly music special, in which I present the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading over the last 30 days. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 64: October Music Special | November 9, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the October edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I share my favorites of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last thirty days. Today's special features 16 musicians and lasts just over an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 62: September Music Special | September 20, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the September edition of the center's monthly music special, where I share the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last 30 days. Today's episode features a whopping 16 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 61: August Music Special | September 13, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August edition of the center's monthly music special, where I present the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last 30 days, a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 60: July Music Special | September 6, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's time for the center's July music special (a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer), in which I present the best of all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's special features 16 bands and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Field report: Fifth House Ensemble at High Concept Laboratories | August 9, 2010
I had a chance earlier tonight to visit for the first time the new, absolutely astounding Chicago performance space High Concept Laboratories, where I watched the first concert of their new artists-in-residence, the avant-garde chamber-music group Fifth House Ensemble. Click through for details, links, and photos! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 58: Summer 2010 Electronica Special | July 5, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special all-electronica show, one of only two I allow myself to do each year, with songs mixed together by beat like you would hear in a danceclub. Today's episode features 16 songs and lasts almost exactly one hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 57: June Music Special | June 25, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature college-radio-style the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 55: May Music Special | May 17, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the May edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, where I feature the best of the music I've been downloading legally online in the last thirty days. Today's special features 15 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 53: April Music Special | April 26, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the April edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last month. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Beachy announces cancer fundraiser for Dave Thomas | April 7, 2010
I heard from author Kyle Beachy today, letting me know about a cancer fundraiser being held for local artist and scene supporter Dave Thomas. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Borodin | March 31, 2010
Today's obsession: Chicago musician Patrick Spiroff, otherwise known as the one-man band Borodin. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 51: March Music Special | March 15, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the March edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share college-radio-style my favorites of all the free legal music I myself have been downloading the last 30 days. Today's episode features 15 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 49: January Music Special | February 10, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the January edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share my favorites of the free legal online music I've been coming across the last thirty days. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 48: Electronic Beat-Mix Special | January 28, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's my second-ever all-electronica beat-mix special, using my dusty old DJ skills from college and way too much time this week in front of Garage Band. Today's episode lasts an hour and features a whopping 19 songs. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 47: December Music Special | January 21, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the December edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, in which I share my favorites of the free legal online music I've been finding in the last month. Today's episode features 14 bands and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 46: November Music Special | January 13, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the fourth of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free online music of last autumn, from when I was in St. Louis with family recovering from a bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 45: October Music Special | January 6, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the third of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free legal online music from fall of 2009, when I was laid up in St. Louis recovering from a bike accident and away from my podcasting equipment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 44: Monthly music special (Sept) | December 9, 2009
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the second of four special music episodes coming weekly from now until Christmas, featuring the best free online music I was downloading in the four months I was in St. Louis, recovering from a bad bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 43: Monthly music special (August) | December 2, 2009
Today on the podcast, it's the first of four new music specials from now until Christmas, highlighting all the great music I found for free online in the last four months that I've been in St. Louis, recovering from a bad bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The CCLaP music library reaches 500 songs. | June 29, 2009
Today, a special essay on the occasion of my 500th free legal song download since opening CCLaP, looking in detail about what this says about the arts in the early 2000s and what it says about culture in general. A companion piece to episode 42 of the CCLaP Podcast, also being posted today. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 42: Beat-Mix Electronica Special | June 29, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's a very special experiment, my first-ever beat-mix electronica music special since being a club DJ myself back in college, almost twenty years ago now. Done as a companion piece to an essay I posted on the same day, on the occasion of downloading my 500th free legal song online since opening the center. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 41: Monthly Music Special | June 22, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the June edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share the best of the music I myself have been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 13 bands and lasts a little under 50 minutes. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 40: Monthly Music Special | May 20, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the May edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, where I look back at all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last 30 days, and present around an hour's worth of the best of it to you "college radio style." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 38: Monthly Music Special | May 4, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the April edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I feature a dozen of the best indie-rock bands I myself have come across legally for free online in the last thirty days. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Music For Midnight | April 27, 2009
Today's obsession: The weekly dark-electronica podcast "Music For Midnight," from Ohio-based media professional Austin Beeman. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 36: (Yet Another) Monthly Music Special | March 30, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's a special surprise second monthly music special, in which I feature the best of the indie-rock bands I myself have been finding online in the last 30 days. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 34: Monthly Music Special | March 16, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the March edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, in which I feature the best of the free online indie-rock music I've been finding legally over the last four weeks. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 32: Monthly Music Special | February 16, 2009
On today's podcast: It's another monthly music special, wherein I feature 14 great free songs that have all been released legally online in the last month. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 31: Monthly Music Special | January 19, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the January edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I feature the best of the various free music I've come across online in the last month, presented college-radio-style with fades and DJ banter. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's new microblog -- the "CCLAPocracy" | January 6, 2009
Announcing the latest online experiment from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: The center's own Twitter-style microblog, in which readers debate recent reviews, announce local artistic events, post goofy personal updates and more. Today, all the details. | Read entire entry

The Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008: A wrap-up. | December 16, 2008
(UPDATE, DECEMBER 2008: All four essays in this series are now available as a free downloadable eBook, for those who are interested.) Well, so here we finally are, at the end of the Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008;... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 30: Monthly Music Special | December 15, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the last monthly music special of 2008 (doubling as the last podcast episode ever of 2008), wherein I look back at all the songs I've been downloading legally online in the last month, and share around a dozen of them with you "college radio style." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Orange Alert Holiday Guide 2008 | December 12, 2008
Today's obsession: The fantastic little downloadable holiday guide from cultural website "What To Wear During an Orange Alert," even cooler because of it being made in a way that almost anyone could, but that only OA thought of and actually executed. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 29: Monthly Music Special | November 17, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the November edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I highlight my favorite dozen indie-rock bands of that month, of the 30 or 40 I've come across for free online. Today's episode features 13 bands, with songs that have all been released within the last 30 days. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Regarding the iPod as personal mainstream adult-contemp radio station. | October 24, 2008
Today: We've officially reached the three-quarters mark of the Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008 (in which I as a middle-ager am trying to replace all my sad old '80s college-rock with brand-new contemporary music). Here, a tenth-month report. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 27: Monthly Music Special | October 13, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the October version of CCLaP's new monthly music special, featuring 13 bands from around the world over the course of 45 minutes, cut together with voiceovers like a college-radio show. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 26: Monthly Music Special | September 22, 2008
Today on the podcast: My first new episode in three months! Yeehaw! Here, in honor of the coming autumn, another of CCLaP's occasional all-music specials (now expanded to once a month), 46 minutes featuring twelve bands, cut together with voiceovers radio-style. Enjoy! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The Great iPod Challenge of 2008 -- a mid-year report | July 27, 2008
Regular readers will remember the challenge I issued myself at the beginning of the year -- to replace the 150 sad old '80s and '90s songs on my 1-gig iPod Shuffle as quickly as possible with brand-new music from contemporary indie-rock bands. And how goes it, halfway through the challenge? Click through to find out. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 25: All-Music Special | June 18, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's another of CCLaP's occasional all-music specials, here featuring a total of 12 songs over 45 minutes that have all been released within the last three months. Enjoy! | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Collective Family | June 3, 2008
Today's obsession: The indie-rock free download site "The Collective Family" (cllct.com), which also doubles as a tight-knit community for the artists themselves. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Muxtape.com | May 15, 2008
Today's obsession: The brand-new, user-driven, streaming-music service "Muxtape," in which random visitors are given a chance to upload exactly 12 songs as their own personal mix tape to share with others. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: modyfier | April 25, 2008
Today's obsession: The extra-smart electronic-music blog "modyfier," and especially their "Process" series of long-form mix-tapes that I thought had died with cassettes back in the '90s. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "The Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008." | March 30, 2008
Today, some weekend personal thoughts on a subject far away from CCLaP's main mission: the attempt in my personal life, that is, to get reacquainted with the latest in the world of indie-rock. Click through for the details on how it's going, six months into the experiment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 21: All-Music Special | March 17, 2008
Today's episode: It's yet another cold, dreary, gray day here in Chicago, which means it's time for another all-music special, collecting up all the indie-rock I've been recently enjoying and sharing it all with you. I hope you like! | Read entire entry