This wolf digs Juke Underground, a local collective that grew out of footworking crew Tribe National and has ambitions to bring Chicago dance styles worldwide. Juke Underground member DJ Avery76 released last year's Inside the Tribe EP through Japanese label Booty Tune, and on Thu 1/23 the collective will spread more of its alluringly strange, hyperactive sounds with a free Bandcamp download of the 65-track compilation Juke World Order, Vol. 1, whose contributors include Dispondant from London, Manuel Delacroix from Milan, DJ Fulltono from Osaka, and Sonido Berzerk from Veracruz, Mexico—plus of course hometown beat makers, among them Dance Mania alumnus DJ Slugo.
Slanted and enchanted local duo Clearance play buzzy lo-fi indie rock that reminds this wolf of Pavement in a major way. The cover art of their new seven-inch EP, Greensleeve (on their own label, Microluxe), even calls to mind Pavement's early-90s releases! But Clearance's catchy, ramshackle tunes can stand on their own two feet—ever since the overdriven jam "Drive-Out!" wormed its way into our ears, we've been spinning it constantly. Clearance will sell copies of Greensleeve at a Tue 1/28 record-release show at the Empty Bottle with Hollow Mountain, Earring, and "dream punk" four-piece MTVghosts.
Laurie's Planet of Sound mainstay Sam O'Rama is moving on after almost 11 years. But she might not be done selling music: "I'd love to open my own store, but I think Chicago may have hit the saturation point for record stores," she says. "My dream is some sort of combo space: record/vintage boutique." Her last day is Sat 1/25, and she'll likely help out on Record Store Day.
In other record-store news, late last month Reckless Records bought a two-floor building at 1379 N. Milwaukee, which sometime this spring will become the new location for its busy Wicker Park shop!
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