An upcoming Wilco show at Ryman Auditorium, and an associated ticket giveaway here at WNXP, gave us the inspiration for this #ThematicStatic featuring all bands and artists making music in Chicago. The Windy City has played host and home to innumerable great musical acts, like Tweedy & Co. Your requests spanning the decades to very present day prove that Chicago, tied-for-2nd-largest city, continues to serve as a hub for creatives — many of whom sing about the city itself!
Take a listen (👇🏼) to the February March 2 #ThematicStatic show and get your requests in this week on Twitter or Instagram @WNXPNashville.
#ThematicStatic Playlist – 3/2/23
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Let’s Groove” – Matthew’s request is a cold classic!
Whitney – “No Matter Where We Go ” – This duo played Nashville at East Side Bowl in the fall, were you there?
Oui Ennui – “Matchuline ’82” – Patrick, who’s lived in Chicago for nearly 16 years and has served in multiple capacities for volunteer-run radio station CHIRP, got me hip to this artist he calls “Chicago’s most important music producer of the last two years, full stop.”
Urge Overkill – “Sister Havana” – Dale and Andrew wanted to hear one from this ’90s alternative band.
Beach Bunny – “Entropy” – Mike asked for “Karaoke” but I picked another song from BB’s 2022 record Emotional Creature. The band played our Sonic Cathedral last May!
Baby Huey – “Hard Times” – Billy, thanks for reviving the legend!
Cheap Trick – “Dream Police” – MC on Instagram asked for this very song by this band and it sounded so good on the radio. I hereby request/promise more Cheap Trick on WNXP.
Horsegirl – “Billy” – Stephanie summoned these modern students of grunge, who are playing with another Chicago band Lifeguard at Third Man’s The Blue Room in July!
Dehd – “Bad Love” – Another group of esteemed Sonic Cathedral alumni. Dehd was requested by Maggie.
Umphrey’s McGee – “In The Kitchen” – A longtime Chicagoan who now makes music in Nashville, Jason Paradise, requested this song of his notable jam-rock pals’. According to Jason, it was written “on the corner of Addison and Racine, about the city’s least favorable season.” So the first verse goes:
I was short on opinions and I wanted to know“In The Kitchen”
If you’d still be here tomorrow
‘Cause it was cold in the kitchen and the lights were low
As winter wrapped around Chicago
Andrew Bird – “Pulaski At Night” – The literary mastery of violin loops also sings lovingly about his city on this one. Requested by yet another Chicago-to-Nashville transplant, Mike.
KAINA – “Apple” – Chicago artist Kaina Castillo released her second album with this bop on it just about this time last year.
Retirement Party – “Shoulder It” – Phil asked for this one specifically. Your midday host Justin Barney also a fan of this modern emo-leaning group, so request it on a future show, mine or his!
Twin Peaks – “Good Lovin'” – Adam, Chris and Linzy all wanted this band on WNXP so LET IT BE DONE!