CHIRP has four nominations in the Reader's annual Best of Chicago poll: Best Overall Radio Station, Best Blog, Best Music Podcast & Best Radio DJ (Ninja)! Vote by February 15!
Every year the Chicago Reader canvases the local popluation to find out the oustanding people, places, and things that make Chicago so special. This year is no different - Ballots are now being accepted for the Chicago Reader's annual poll of the Best of Chicago (2022 Edition)!
CHIRP Radio is honored to have recevied several nominations this year. Vote for CHIRP Radio in the following categories:
Polls close on February 15 at noon, so make sure to send yours in before then. Thanks! for your support!
Belle & Sebastian – Late Developers (Matador)
Welcome to The Fourth Wall, CHIRP's e-conversation on cinema. This week's subject is the 2022 film Everything Everywhere All at Once.
This edition is written by CHIRP Radio volunteers Kevin Fullam and Clarence Ewing.
By most measures, Evelyn Quan Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is an average person just trying to get by. Her laundromat business is a headache, her marriage to her beta-male husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) has lost its magic, and her relationship with her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is strained to the breaking point.
But she can’t imagine how big her problems are going to get. One day while sitting in an IRS office trying to unravel a tax issue, her husband pops up out of nowhere and asks for her help to save the universe.
Actually, not her exact husband, but a different version of him from an alternate reality, and not just this universe, but the multiple universes that make up the totality of existence.
It turns out that Jobu Tupaki, an alternate version of Evelyn’s daughter, has gained enormous power and is in a really bad (as in, reality-erasing) mood, and this version of Evelyn is the only one who might be able to stop her from ending things for everyone.
PJ Harvey – B-Sides, Demos & Rarities (UMe/Island)
This December, as we are inclined to do every year, CHIRP Radio has been sharing our thoughts on the albums that captured our attention in 2022.
The records listed below are just a small sample of the 250+ albums our volunteers cited for this year, but they are the most-mentioned ones, and for very good reasons.
Amidst a great collection of newcomers and veteran players, the top spot on this year’s survey goes to a duo from the Isle of Wight that formed in 2019 and whose debut album has got people paying attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
Best wishes from all of us to all of you for 2023 and beyond!
BUY: Reckless / Amazon
This album is packed with catchy, droll earworms that made me feel happy and clever just listening to it. The music videos are fantastic. I want to hang out with Wet Leg. I want to know what the Isle of Wight is like. They are a culmination/reflection of so much great post-punk and pop that it's NO WONDER it ended up being my favorite release of 2022.
The nonsense opinions swirling around that this band is somehow fake and didn't write their songs because they emerged fully-formed is 100% misogyny. No one would say that about a male-identified-fronted outfit. So if that's you, look within. Meanwhile I'll be over here partying with Wet Leg in the living room, dancing on the chaise and pretending to drink warm beer. --Matt Garman