Host of live talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody, is really into:
James Fritz and Battlestations
One of the best parts about doing the talk show in other cities is exposing people to Chicago comics and bands. I've yet to not preach the gospel of James Fritz to every stand-up I meet. After the first track of "Deflated," they're usually on my side. His anger, despair, and genius is evident early on. It's also my litmus test for judging talent. If you don't find his anger justifiable, you're insane. If you're not laughing your ass off at his anger, you're insane.
The album that's making me excited to still own a record player is The Unicorn by Battlestations. These guys are using every track on the board they can to make some weird, futuristic yet familiar version of garage rock. I recommend picking up the white vinyl. The packaging is gorgeous.