I know, I know, a post or two (or three!) a day is sometimes a bit much to keep up with. So, I thought, how's about if, at the end of every month, I link back in one giant post to some of the most noteworthy things to hit RFC? I am, after all, here to make your life easier! So starting this month, and hopefully continuing onwards into the distant future, enjoy this: An RFC Round Up! (Full disclosure: This idea may or may not have been snagged from a celebrity gossip site. I please the fifth.)
- - At the beginning of the month, Gayngs hit The Metro. Of course, just one post about the super-sexy supergroup is not nearly enough. So, we've also got a whole slew of Gayngs news, reviews, and interviews for you, as well as Amber's piece on sister site Indie College, "Audio Orgasm: One Girl's Sexual Relationship With Gayngs". Still not hip to Olson and his band of "sex people"? Well, clearly someone doesn't like getting laid.
- - Want a hint at what's going to end up on more than a few "Best of 2010" lists? Twin Shadow.
- - New recruit Sara Jacobsen cuts her teeth on an editorial on why Deerhunter isn't the only dears worth your time. How about The Dear Hunter?
- - Another new recruit, Adam, turns in his first piece on RFC. Man, it's been a while since we've had some punk around these parts. Check Adam's review of The Brokedown's Species Bender. Speaking of punk, we got some Riot Fest coverage via a three part photo editorial from Katie Hovland!
- - Chocago rock four piece Archie Powell & the Exports released a cd and played a show!
- - Likewise, The Walkmen did something similar by releasing Lisbon, and playing the Metro, with Miniature Tigers in tow!
- - Guest blogger Abby Holmes became a regular contributor and man, that was swell. Check out her review of the Daytrotter approved Ben Weaver and a tried and true Abby favorite, The Moondoggies!
- - Radio Free Chicago started tossing up some mixes! First, Amber Valentine was "Left With Nothing Left To Lose" and then Shani Silver churned out "Break Up, Drink Up" in RFC's first collaborative mix. And, you know how that Amber is. Once she makes a mix, she starts makin' a million. Thus, The Sad Bastard Playlist was born. Emanuel joined in the fun and tried to make Amber care about Animal Collective. And what would October be without a spooktastic mix of creepy songs? Nothin' I tell ya'! Nothin'!
- - A new weekly was started called "RFC Thinks You Should Know", all about artists that RFC staffers, well, think you should know. This month, we hope you turned an attentive ear towards Wolfgang Schaefer and Amber's favorite non-folk band of possibly ever Lightning Love, as well as the ever lovely Bicycle Voice!
- - A new not-weekly was started as well, thanks to Matt V. called "Wiping Off The Dust". Read why you should swiffer your copy of Pixies' Come On Pilgrim!
- - Not everything at RFC is all puppies and sunshine. It was with great collective saddness that we reported the loss of a great man, Eyedea.
- But c'mon, let's get happy with that awesome new Ravens & Chimes track.
What's coming up in November? Only time will tell, kids! But I hear the month's gonna start out with some brand new mixes and a ton more of your favorite weeklys, RFC Thinks You Should Know and People Covering Songs I Love! Until then, preview an artist RFC doesn't just think you should know, but thinks you should love with all your little heart, Gun Lake. Followers of RFC's twitter and facebook page might be a little familar already because seriously, this Gun Lake record that's going to be coming out "eventually" (Before 2011, guys? Please?) is going to be For Emma, Forever Ago good. This is Black Sheep Boy material. Don't be fooled by the video of the two piece that appears below, however. In their four piece incarnation, Gun Lake is somethin' else.
And who did Gun Lake share the stage with that night? Chicago's very own Gold Motel!