Chicago Farmer - Midwest Side Stories

Chicago Farmer – Midwest Side Stories

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We first happened upon this record, Midwest Side Stories by Chicago Farmer, about a month before the presidential elections.  Being Northeasterners, we were a little nervous when we realized that this was basically folk music about “deplorables.” Nowhere on the record will you find the word deplorable, but given that these are songs about mostly […]

  • From the Archives: Interview with Bride of Funkenstein Dawn Silva

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    In 2002, we got in touch with Dawn Silva to discuss the Brides of Funkenstein, Parliament, Funkadelic, and a whole range of fun stuff, including new music she had just released. Dawn Silva 2002-10-25 Some people spend their whole life wondering what they should be doing. Others go to a concert, decide they want to […]

  • Standing On Shakey Ground – November 16, 2016

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    This week’s Bubble Wrap was a return to pre-election routine, or so we thought.  As it turned out, even when you’re not trying to make topical references, songs come out of the ether with a point of view all their own.  Such was our experience this week, as we all try to make sense of […]

  • And The Kids – Friends Share Lovers

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    And The Kids - Friends Share Lovers

    I first saw And The Kids at a local all ages show here in Brattleboro, and they struck me then as a band to watch.  Sure, they were a little rough around the edges, but they had an originality and passion that set them apart.  Now with their second full length CD Friends Share Lovers, […]

  • From the Archives: Interview with Manda From Bis

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    scottish garden

    In January of 2002, we had the chance to interview Manda Rin from the band Bis, which later morphed into Data Panik. Manda continues with music and art to this day. IndieDisco Exclusive Interview Manda From Bis 2002-01-14 IndieDisco is delighted to share our recent interview with Manda (Manda Rin) of the Scottish pop band […]

  • OMG It’s Trump – the Post Election Show

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    Voting Display in Dayton 1956

    We were looking forward to doing the Bubble Wrap show the day after the election, figuring Hillary would win and we could play upbeat pop songs with just a touch of whimsical sarcasm….  And then the unthinkable happened — Donald Trump won!  How is this even possible.  On one days notice it was back to […]

  • Pre-Election Encouragement – November 2, 2016

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    Since the election was all anyone was thinking about anyway, we decided to provide some musical encouragement on Bubble Wrap this week.  But we threw in someunrelated new stuff too, just to keep it interesting.  First off, apologies in advance to purists who think Bruno Mars is too pop for an indie show.  I agree.  […]

  • Stronger Than Witchcraft – The Bubble Wrap 2016 Hallowe’en Show

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    Old Halloween Card

    Doing a Hallowe’en show on the radio is always fun — it brings out your inner ham and suddenly you’re playing sound effects records of haunted mansions and wishing you had Monster Mash on your iPad… This year’s Bubble Wrap Halloween playlist consisted of two types of Halloween song. There are the songs that are […]

  • Indie Music In The Time Of Patrons

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    Winnaretta Singer, the Princesse de Polignac

    One hundred years ago, musicians didn’t have record labels — they had patrons.  A patron was a single wealthy individual who made a hobby of supporting the artistic efforts of composers or other artists they liked who seemed promising to them.  Such a one was the Princesse de Polignac, which sounds quite grand until you […]

  • All Over Town: October 19, 2016

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    There are weeks when we’re less inspired by the Bubble Wrap playlist options than others, but we always try to put together a good mix of old and new, warped and accessible, or at least entertaining… This week, we dug back in the archives for forgotten gems like “Man in the House” by Greenskeeper and […]

  • Winterpills – Love Songs

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    Winterpills - Love Songs

    Northampton’s Winterpills have been around for over a decade now and in that time, they’ve laid down an impressive body of work, stretching the boundaries of pop with their enigmatic lyrics and the harmonic convergence of their vocals.  Their latest release, Love Stories, cements their growing reputation as masters of their craft, again stretching convention […]

  • Moonlight People: Playlist for October 12, 2016

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    It’s hard to do a radio show in a vacuum, which is why this autumn’s media mayhem is great for sparking interesting musical choices.  The interesting new artist of this week’s Bubble Wrap show was Chicago Farmer, aka Cody Dickoff (pronounced Dee-cough! — you can see why he calls himself Chicago Farmer.)  The record, Midwest […]

  • Wild Nothings: Playlist for October 5, 2016

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    This week on Bubble Wrap we focused on new music again with no particular theme in mind.  There were a few chestnuts in there — accordion virtuoso Brent Buswell’s Pennsylvania Polka provided a rousing opening.  In honor of hurricane Matthew, we tossed in Hurricane by Crooked Fingers, a perennial favorite of mine.  We enjoyed a […]