OTL: Episode #453- A son in Logan Square reissues his dad’s 60s rock album, Mick Dumke on the latest in Chicago politics

Mike Stephen talks with:   Maplewood Records founder Ian Capilouto about reissuing The Glass Family’s 1968 album Electric Band (featuring his dad David Capilouto!) along with other musical rarities; and   Chicago Reader senior writer Mick Dumke about the latest on local (State’s Attorney Alvarez vs. Cook County Board President Preckwinkle) and state (Governor Rauner’s redacted calendar) politics.   Plus the OTL crew discusses Knight Rider, David Hasselhoff, and our efforts to track down the Chicago Knights!   This week’s local music is provided by Ian’s new band Holiday Party.   Mike Stephen with his dad and his son. That’s three Mike Stephens in one picture!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #452- A visit to Rebecca Zemans Jewelry Studio, Previewing the Chicago Scots’ Highland Games, and the Secret History of Chicago’s 90s rockers Green

Mike Stephen talks with:   Rebecca Zemans, owner/designer at Rebecca Zemans: Sculptural Designs in Jewelry studio, in Ravenswood;   Gus Noble, president of Chicago Scots, about the 29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Itasca; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about alt-poppy almost-buzz band Green for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   This week’s local music is provided by Antony + the Tramps.   Outside the Loop host Mike Stephen III and his son Mike Stephen IV are suited up in their Blackhawks gear ready for Game 5!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #451- Exploring analog photography in Wicker Park, Fighting airport noise pollution, A pet pig lives in Portage Park

Mike Stephen talks with:   Lomography Embassy Store & Emulsion Gallery Chicago owner Piper Robbins;   Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition co-founder Jac Charlier about the ongoing fight against O’Hare noise pollution; and   Linus… the pet pig of Jennifer & Matt Folino in Portage Park!   This week’s local music is provided by Low Spark.   Linus the Pig and OTL host Mike Stephen get real.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.  

OTL: Episode #450- Developing Chicago’s riverfronts, A new NW Side linear park, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Redwood Landing

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “banks of the Michigan Ditch” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses the future of Chicago’s riverfronts, gets the lowdown on a proposed linear park on the NW Side, and learns about a 70s local band that never made it to the big time: Redwood Landing.   Margaret Frisbie– Executive Director, Friends of the Chicago River The new downtown Chicago Riverwalk opened recently, but there are plans to explore the potential for the rest of Chicagoland’s riverfronts.  We learn about the Great Rivers Chicago Project.     Heather Cherone– Writer and Producer, DNA Info Chicago We get the lowdown on the possibility of a new linear park on the NW side of the city.   The proposed Weber Spur   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles Chicago folk-funk band, Redwood Landing, in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on their musical contribution to the region.       OTL #450 local music provided by Brontosaurus…