WLUW Gets Under Our Skin
By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 8, 2005 11:59AM
Oh, this is terrible. Seriously this is just the worst possible thing ever. On this their 3rd anniversary, Loyola University’s independent radio station WLUW has extended their usual one-day record fair to two days! This is horrible! It’s bad enough we had to put off paying the electricity bill for a month last spring just to subsidize our habit. But this year we know that much like the effect of Mr. Brownstone, we’ll try to buy a little but a little won’t do it so the little will get more and more-ore.
WLUW’s Record Fair and Other Delights (oh how we love a good Herb Alpert reference!) seems to get bigger each time it’s held. Ostensibly a benefit for the non-commercial, 100-watt, volunteer-run station, the event has grown to be much more. Almost every musical genre is represented among the CD, LP, DVD, poster and ‘zine offerings and live music is featured throughout the day (with closers the Hootenanners offering up some live band karaoke). It’s rapidly becoming the type of event you put on your calendar months in advance and not just a place to hawk some wares. This year’s addition of a Self-Publishing Fair from Diatribe Media will feature the requisite readings and a how-to workshop for anyone looking to DIY.
The official start time is 10 AM Saturday at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk). Admission is $7 (or $5 with this ad). But if you’re willing to pay $20 you can march your ass down there at 8 AM Saturday, get first dibs, and enjoy that VIP status all weekend. Now if you’ll excuse us we’re gonna go sell our mama’s color TV for some 7” Japanese import singles.