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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesTake Two: “It’s My Life” (Talk Talk Vs. No Doubt)

Funny how I find myself in love with you.
If I could buy my reasoning, I’d pay to lose.
One half won’t do.
I’ll ask myself, ‘How much do you commit yourself?’
It’s my life. Don’t you forget. It’s my life. It never ends.


The Original:
The title track from the 1984 album by New Wave band Talk Talk is a romantic declaration of personal insight set to an arrangement that features sweeping waves of synths washing over a jazz-tinged rhythm section. The pre-Animal Planet video for the song, which enjoyed heavy rotation on early MTV alternative music shows, uses a montage of wild creatures that, combined with the music, makes a connection between man and the world.

Video director Tim Pope wanted to make a statement against the rampant degree of lip-synching in music videos, so Lead singer Mark Hollis spends his time standing in a zoo, silent and immobile except for the animated squiggly lines dancing across his face. The images, music, and Hollis’ and Tim Friese-Greene impressionistic lyrics combine to create an effect that’s contemplative as well as pop-oriented.

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Categorized: Take Two

Topics: no doubt, talk talk

Sophie Holtzmann writesAlbum Review: The Eradicator (s/t)

T’was Friday the 13th and all through Chicago, punks eagerly awaited the cobwebby and spooky releases from every band with a Halloween fascination. But now that “Release Christmas” has passed, it’s time to appreciate those that rose to the occasion. The Eradicator, a Chicago-based punk band, delivered a treat that spooky night, with a full length album in The Eradicator (self-titled), released through the label Stonewalled.

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Categorized: Album Reviews

Topics: the eradicator

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesClassic Album Sundays Presents “Is This It” by The Strokes on Oct. 22nd!

The next installment of Classic Album Sundays is happening this Sunday October 22nd at Saturday Audio Exchange (1021 W Belmont Avenue 60647). The listening party will feature the 2001 debut album from The Strokes, Is This It.

Hailed as a post-mellenial masterpiece that connects modern Rock to its 1970s garage band roots, the album appears on just about every list of the best albums of the 2000s. This is your chance to hear it on top-shelf audio equipment with a group of like-minded music lovers not just in Chicago, but around the world! Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased here.

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Topics: classic album sundays, the strokes

Kevin Fullam writesThe Fourth Wall: The Florida Project

Welcome to The Fourth Wall, CHIRP's weekly e-conversation on cinema. This week's subject is the film The Florida Project.

This edition is written by CHIRP Radio volunteers Kevin Fullam and Clarence Ewing.


After seeing the terrific films What Maisie Knew and Moonlight last year, it struck me how rare it is for directors and screenwriters to capture authentic views of the world through the eyes of a small child. So often, when we see children on screen, they're essentially mini-grownups, with dialogue that's far too mature for their age*. Part of the issue is that little kids are rarely good actors, but also, how else would you keep their characters involved in adult-oriented plots that, in the real world, would likely mean zilch to someone that young?

[*There are a number of tropes which tangentially describe this unfortunate phenomenon, but the most common one is Most Writers Are Adults.]

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Topics: the florida project

Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesTop 5 Things You Might Not Know About CHIRP Radio

photo: The Brox Sisters [WikiCommons]

This Saturday, October 21st, is a landmark day for CHIRP Radio as it ventures onto the broadcast airwaves for the first time at 107.1FM! It’s the end of a years-long journey to change the media landscape, and also the beginning of a new era for the organization.

While we’ll still be heard online, the addition of our broadcast signal is something we’re over the moon about. To help mark the occasion, here are five things about radio, and CHIRP radio, you may not have known…

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Categorized: CHIRP Radio News and Info.

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