Construction of a New Action (1990s Chicago Underground Rock)

Continuing our focus on 1990s indie/underground rock scenes, this week we turned our attention to Chicago. Rather than focus heavily on a few genres or labels (as we did with our recent D.C. and Olympia shows), we tried to cover a wide range of the Windy City's musical styles and scenes/communities. We purposefully skipped the city's alt-rock heroes of the day: Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt, Wilco, et al. And there were a lot of great bands that we didn't have time to include: Tar, The Coctails, Red Red Meat, Mekons, pretty much all the emo/post-hardcore bands apart from Cap'n Jazz. But we were able to include a number of personal favorites (Trenchmouth, Lake of Dracula, Los Crudos, Assembly Line), as well as feature a mini-set of artists from Chicago's terrific "now wave" noise rock scene of the mid-1990s.

Here's the playlist for our Saturday, October 11, 2014, broadcast:

Shellac - "Wingwalker"
Tortoise - "Cornpone Brunch"
Gastr del Sol - "Is That a Rifle When it Rains?"
The Sea and Cake - "Flat Lay the Water"
Joan of Arc - "Post Coitus Rock"
Trenchmouth - "The Volcanic Action of My Soul"
Assembly Line People Program - "New Minds"
Jaks - "Fidgecake & Pismire"
Los Crudos - "Crudo Soy!"
Charles Bronson - "Chicago"
The Jesus Lizard - "Nub"
Ministry - "TV II"
Bobby Conn - "United Nations"
U.S. Maple - "Letter to ZZ Top"
Flying Luttenbachers - "Fist Through Glass"
Scissor Girls - "Vamps, Here!"
Lake of Dracula - "Blues Fantastique"
Cap'n Jazz - "Basil's Kite"

Archived streaming audio of this show can be heard here now (playable in Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers):

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