I’ve started writing for the Chicagocentric webzine Gapers Block, in particular their newish music blog Transmission. It requires a blog post or two a week and an occasional feature article (like this one on Forest Park’s Old School Records). I thought that this might cut into Songs:Illinois but it turns out it may just add to it. I’m going to repost these Transmission pieces here for your enjoyment. Here’s one:
On April 10, Philadelphia’s Joshua Marcus will be releasing his sophomore release on Chicago’s own Contraphonic Records (Lesser Birds Of Paradise, The Thin Man). On Make/Believe his simple, plaintive songs are accompanied only by plucked banjo and standup bass leaving plenty of room in the mix for Joshua’s quavering vocals. On “Coal or Smoke” pay particular attention to the heavenly female harmony vocals. Preorder Make/Believe here.